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 - Dursey Sound6 or 9.5 Miles / 10 or 15 Km 3-5 Hrs 285 Metres
A stunning walk in truly spectacular surroundings. You will pass Ballydonegan Strand, a man-made beach created from thousands of tons of crushed rock extracted by the now closed Allihies Copper Mines. From there, a coastal path overlooking the Atlantic Ocean leads you to a deserted mountain track that takes you right out to the western end of the Beara Peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the coastline.
Day 5 Dursey Island9.5 Miles / 15 Km 4-6 Hrs 280 Metres
[NOT AVAILABLE FOR MOST OF 2022 – SEE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW] Take a trip on Ireland’s only cable car which will bring you across Dursey Sound, a narrow stretch of water with a very strong tide and reefs of rocks. With just 6 permanent residents, little motorised traffic and abundant wildlife, Dursey Island is a walker’s paradise.Important Note: The cable car that brings visitors to Dursey Island will be closed from 1 April for the rest of the 2022 walking season. This is due to significant repair work that needs to be carried out following recent storm damage. As this is the only access to the island for non-residents, hikers will unfortunately not be able to visit Dursey Island during 2022.
As an alternative for 2022, this tour includes a day of hiking on waymarked trails around the pretty village of Allihies, with its beautiful coastal scenery and rich mining history. The hike can be adjusted in length from 7km to 18km and all routes pass scenic Ballydonegan Strand and then follow the beautiful coastline north before they turn inland to head into the hills above the village where you can explore some of the remains of the copper mines.
Distance: 4.5 to 11.25 miles / 7 to 18km, Walking Times: 2 to 7 hours, Elevation change: 210m to 465m
Day 6 Allihies - Eyeries8 Miles / 13 Km 3-5 Hrs 435 Metres
Free transfer to Allihies in the morning. 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 7 Departure from Eyeries
Free transfer to Castletownbere in the morning. There are regular bus services from Castletownbere to Cork City. Full details provided upon booking.
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