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 - Dursey Sound14.5 or 17 Miles / 23 or 27 Km 7-9 Hrs 800 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. From there a stunning coastal walk in truly spectacular surroundings takes you right out to the western end of the Beara Peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the coastline.
Day 4 Dursey Island9.5 Miles / 15 Km 4-6 Hrs 280 Metres
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. Transfer back to Castletownbere after your walk.
Day 5 Departure from Castletownbere
There are regular bus services from Castletownbere to Cork City. Full details provided upon booking.