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  • Day 1 Arrival in Castletownbere

    From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Castletownbere.

  • Day 2 Bere Island

    14/24 Km 4-6/6-8 Hrs 400/500 Metres

    A short 15 minute ferry ride across the sheltered harbour will take you to Bere Island. There are two loops on the island – you choose how far you wish to walk.

  • Day 3 Castletownbere - Dursey Sound

    23/27 Km 7-9 Hrs 800 Metres

    Walk along old country roads that take you through some forestry and then up into the Slieve Mishkish Mountains before descending past an old disused copper mine into the brightly-coloured village of Allihies. Then, a stunning walk out to the tail end of the Beara Peninsula.

  • Day 4 Dursey Island

    15 Km 4-6 Hrs 280 Metres

    With just 6 permanent residents, little motorised traffic and abundant wildlife, Dursey Island is a walker’s paradise.

  • Day 5 Dursey Sound - Eyeries

    24 Km 6-8 Hrs 720 Metres

    You retrace your steps back as far as the colourful village of Allihies. From here, head up to a pass in the Slieve Miskish Mountains, then continue along old roads past the small townland of Urhan before arriving at your destination overlooking Coulagh Bay.

  • Day 6 Eyeries - Lauragh

    27 Km 6-8 Hrs 350 Metres

    Follow a beautiful path out of Eyeries next to Coulagh Bay before heading inland towards the village of Ardgroom. From here you cross the Croanshagh River before making your way into the picturesque village of Lauragh.

  • Day 7 Lauragh - Kenmare

    24 Km 6-8 Hrs 660 Metres

    Today you arrive at the splendid setting of Lough Inchaquin – long regarded as one of the most beautiful sites in the country. From here you climb to another mountain pass before descending towards the bustling town of Kenmare.

  • Day 8 Kenmare - Glengarriff

    24/27 Km 6-8 Hrs 550 Metres

    You have two choices for the start of today’s walk. The shorter route is to turn left out of Kenmare village and follow old roads as far as the tiny village of Bunane. Otherwise, retrace your steps to the Dromoghty River Valley before climbing steeply to a pass in the Caha Mountains. Descend into Glengarriff.

  • Day 9 Departure from Glengarriff

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