Day 1 Arrival in Glengarriff
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Glengarriff.
Day 2 Glengarriff - Adrigole11.5 Miles / 18 Km 6-8 Hrs 740 Metres
Quiet roads and forest trails take you through the beautiful woodlands of the Glenariff Forest Park into the remote Coomerkane valley. From there, a steep climb brings you to a ridge of the Caha Mountains that guides you towards Sugarloaf Mountain, where the Beara Way reaches its highest elevation at 560m. Enjoy splendid views over Bantry Bay before descending into the village of Adrigole.
Day 3 Adrigole - Castletownbere11 or 14 Miles / 18 or 22 Km 6-9 Hrs 630/700 Metres
Today you pass famous Hungry Hill – a mountain immortalised in Dame Daphne Du Maurier’s epic novel of the same name. After hiking around Hungry Hill the trail follows a route along the southern slopes of the Slieve Miskish Mountains to the charming fishing port of Castletownbere. Along the way, you can enjoy views of Bere Island and Berehaven, one of the finest natural harbours in the world.
Day 4 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 5 Castletownbere - Dursey Sound14.5 or 17 Miles / 23 or 27 Km 6-9 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 6 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 7 Dursey Sound - Eyeries15 Miles / 24 Km 6-8 Hrs 720 Metres
You retrace your steps back as far as the colourful village of Allihies. From here, 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 8 Eyeries - Lauragh17 Miles / 27 Km 7-9 Hrs 350 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. Minor roads are now 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 9 Lauragh - Kenmare15 Miles / 24 Km 6-8 Hrs 660 Metres
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 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. From here you climb to another mountain pass before descending towards the bustling market town of Kenmare.
Day 10 Kenmare - Glengarriff15 or 17 Miles / 24 or 27 Km 7-9 Hrs 470/550 Metres
You have a choice of two routes for the first half of today’s hike . Either follow an old boreen through the Dromoghty River Valley and across a mountain pass or follow minor roads through the pretty Sheen River Valley. Quiet roads then 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 11 Departure from Glengarriff
There are regular bus services from Glengarriff to Cork City. Full details provided upon booking.
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