Beara Way – Full Circuit – 9 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

Beara Way Full Circuit 9 Day Walking Tour

The Beara Way self-guided walking trail is 196 km/122.5 miles long and is shared between county Cork and Kerry on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. The Beara Peninsula is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is a rugged peninsula that reaches out into the wild Atlantic Ocean and Bantry Bay is breathtakingly beautiful, picturesque and mystical.

The trail takes you along small country roads, passing numerous monuments and sights of great archaeological interest, through many small towns and villages and through some of the most scenic parts of Ireland.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the climate here is pleasant throughout the year supporting a unique combination of highly colourful flora and fauna.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €725 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€350

Tour Dates: 15 March to 31 October

Tour Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse

Included / Excluded

We will supply you with all the travel details required to get from your point of entry into Ireland to your first accommodation in Ballycastle.

Ballycastle is the northern gateway to the Glens of Antrim and dates back to sometime around 1565 when a son of Sorley Boy McDonnell, the first Earl of Antrim, built a castle in the centre of the old part of the town. Unfortunately, nothing of this castle remains today, but this area is worth a walk around before you leave for Ballintoy.

Overnight Ballycastle

This Island is a rare place of wild and natural beauty, extraordinary environmental values and social interests. 
You will take the morning ferry from Ballycastle to the island departing at 10 am, crossing time is approximately 45 minutes.

Shaped like a boot the island is 10 km/6 miles long and almost 1.6 km/1 miles wide. Three lighthouses stand as monuments to its wild coastline, while over 40 recorded shipwrecks lie in the depths of its underwater cliffs. The island is immersed in flora and fauna and in spring and summer Puffins, Guillemots and Kittiwakes, to mention but a few, nest in their thousands along its steep on-shore cliffs.
Afternoon ferry back to Ballycastle. 

Overnight Ballycastle

After leaving the town of Ballycastle, you will follow a country road to Clare Woods. Following a short forest trail that links you with a very quiet country road that will take you through the farming community of Craignagolman and Ballaghcravey, down to the world-famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. This is an amazing place, and if you are brave enough to cross the bridge that spans an 80ft chasm, the experience will be invigorating. But it is optional, so crossing is not compulsory. If you do wish to cross there is a charge for the pleasure! Overnight stay is in Ballintoy.

Distance: 14.16 km / 8.9 miles

Ascent: 270 m / 810 ft, Approximate walking time: 4-5 hours.

Overnight Ballintoy

Like we said in our introduction, this is probably one of the best coastal walks in Europe; if not in the world! The day offers you a unique and awe-inspiring array of scenery, flora and fauna. The trail from Ballintoy passes along the golden sandy beach of White Park Bay, past the ruins of Dunseverick Castle and along a cliff-top path that takes you around by Benbane Head to the World Heritage Site and Nature Reserve of the Giants Causeway. 

Distance: 17.6 km / 11 miles, Ascent: 430 m / 1290 ft, Approximate walking time: 5-6 hours. 

Overnight Giant's Causeway

Your final days walking tour of Antrim takes you along the coastal road to Portrush, overlooking Binbane Cove, Dunluce Castle, The Burnfoot and The White Rocks, before making the short descent down to Curran Strand. From here you have some very nice views over a series of small islands that lie a short distance north of the strand. The two biggest being the Big Skerries and Little Skerries. Then it’s into the town of Portrush with a chance to do a little exploring and shopping before starting the final leg of your journey into Portstewart. This is a beautiful section of the trail and a perfect finish to what hopefully will have been a memorable week of hiking in the Antrim Glens and Coastal Path.

Distance: 19 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 80 m / 240 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hrs

Overnight Portstewart 

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, so after breakfast, you will commence your homeward journey.

We will supply you with all the travel details that you will require to get to your next destination.  

A few words from our customers...

I have now done 3 self guided trails - Wicklow, Kerry way and the Beara way and every one a brilliant time. Everything is so well organised; great accommodation, transport of luggage to the next stopping point, and excellent clear directions and marked maps for the walking. I am off to do another one next year!
Mary
UK
I just returned from an 8-day self guided tour of the Beara Way. I brought a group of 15 to visit this incredibly beautiful part of Ireland. Christopher and Teresa were wonderful in making our B&B accommodations, arranging for our luggage transfer from town to town, and providing excellent maps and walking directions. They also recommended good restaurants and made reservations for our nightly dinners. They take good care of their clients, and I recommend Footfalls for walking trips to Ireland.
Ron
USA