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 Island9 or 15 Miles / 14 or 24 Km 4-6/6-8 Hrs 400/500 Metres
A short ferry ride across the sheltered harbour will take you to Bere Island where walkers are spoilt for choice with routes of varying length and difficulty. You will find some of the highlights of the Beara Way here. From sites of rich military heritage from various eras to the spectacular scenery of the Slieve Miskish and Caha Mountains on the mainland.
Day 3 Castletownbere - Allihies9.5 Miles / 15 Km 4-6 Hrs 500 Metres
A hike along century old country roads takes you past a Bronze Age stone circle and through some forestry before it climbs up into the Slieve Mishkish Mountains. You can catch a glimpse of the northern side of the peninsula before the trail climbs once more and then descends past an old disused copper mine into the brightly coloured village of Allihies.
Day 4 Allihies - Eyeries8 Miles / 13 Km 3-5 Hrs 435 Metres
As you leave Allihies, a lovely mountain path brings you past reminders of the local copper mining past and across the northern slopes of the Slieve Mishkish range. The trail now follows the side of the mountains for a bit, with great views over Coulagh Bay, before it descends towards the coast near the picturesque little village of Eyeries.
Day 5 Eyeries - Ardgroom9 Miles / 14 Km 4-6 Hrs 175 Metres
Start today with a beautiful coastal walk along the shores of Coulagh Bay, with the waves crashing onto the shore next to you. Pass a rock formation, known as the ‘The Hag of Beara’, one of the oldest mythological creatures of Ireland, before an old boreen takes you past Lough Fadda and onward to the tiny village of Ardgroom.
Day 6 Ardgroom - Lauragh8 Miles / 13 Km 3-5 Hrs 180 Metres
A short walk with little climbing to rest weary legs! Minor roads are followed by a scenic hike on a rugged mountain path across Drung Hill. Continue on towards Cashelkeelty stone circle, dating back almost 3,000 years, before you finish in the tiny hamlet of Lauragh, hidden away in a large old forest.
Day 7 Drombohilly - Kenmare12 Miles / 19 Km 5-7 Hrs 550 Metres
Transfer to Drombohilly in the morning. Today’s hike will lead through fields and valleys and across a number of hills. About half way you will visit the Gleninchaquin Valley with its lake, waterfall and the mystical Uragh stone circle – an undoubted highlight of the entire Beara Way and, on a quiet day, possibly one of the most tranquil and beautiful places on Earth.
Day 8 Kenmare - Bunane9.5 or 7.5 Miles / 15 or 12 Km 4-6 Hrs 200/270 Metres
You have a choice of two routes for today’s hike to Bunane. Either follow an old boreen through the Dromoghty River Valley and across a mountain pass or you follow minor roads through the pretty Sheen River Valley. No matter which route you choose, you might want to pay a visit to the popular local chocolaterie in Bunane – you deserve it!
Day 9 Bunane - Glengarriff7.5 Miles / 12 Km 3-5 Hrs 280 Metres
Quiet roads guide you to a remote, ancient pass between Esk and Barraboy Mountain. From there the route descend into the beautiful Glengarriff Forest Reserve – a woodland area rich in wildlife and packed with lots of different walking trails. These trails guide you to charming Glengarriff, situated on the shores of Bantry Bay, where the mountains meet the sea.
Day 10 Departure from Glengarriff
There are regular bus services from Glengarriff to Cork City. Full details provided upon booking.