Walking Hiking

Beara Way – Full Circuit – 9 Days

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.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €725 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
Tour Dates 15th March to 31st October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse
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The Beara Way – 9 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour Ireland


Itinerary

DAY 1 / TRAVEL TO THE VILLAGE OF GLENGARIFF

Arrive at Cork or Dublin Airport and take public transport to Glengariff. It may be also possible to arrive in Shannon or Kerry Airport but this will depend on your time of arrival. Please check with Footfalls before you book your flights. We will supply you with all the onward travel details that you need to get to your first accommodation.

Overnight  Glengariff

DAY 2 / GLENGARIFF TO ADRIGOLE

Your first day of walking on the Beara Way will take you through Glengariff Nature Reserve, which covers 300 ha. of old oak woodland. The walking trail leads you up to the Caha Mountain range where you will have some fantastic views of mountain and sea. Your day finishes in the scatter farming village of Adrigole, situated on the scenic shores of Bantry Bay. 

Distance: 18.35 Km / 11.2 miles, Ascent: 780 m / 2340 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours.

Overnight Adrigole

DAY 3 / ADRIGOLE TO CASTLETOWNBERE

Today’s walking trail offers you sweeping views across Bantry Bay to Beara Island on one side and Hungry Hill and the Slieve Miskish Mountains on the other. You will be walking along a trail that flanks the southern slopes of Hungry Hill, the highest mountain (685 m) on the peninsula, past Park Lough, through Comnagapple Glen and into the lively town of Castletownbere. 

Distance: 21 km / 12.5 miles, Ascent: 944 m / 2832 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours 

Overnight Castletownbere

DAY 4 / CASTLETOWNBERE TO ALLIHIES

Today you will walk from Castletownbere to Allihies through the Slieve Miskish Mountains. Some of today’s route passes through conifer forests, about the only alternative on poor bogland to turf cutting or sheep farming. The Beara Way walking trail crosses open hill terrain and is under the peak of Knockgour at 481 m. You will pass a ringfort (an ancient farm enclosure), which would have served as a home for people and animals.

Allihies is a colourful coastal village, surrounded by the remains of copper mines. Crushed stones from the mines formed the beach here. 

Distance: 15.7 km / 10 miles, Ascent: 647 m / 1942 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours.

Overnight Allihies

DAY 5 / ALLIHIES TO EYERIES

This may be a short walk day, but the views along the way are incredibly beautiful. You will leave the village and walk through what remains of an old copper mine which was once the largest producer of copper in Europe. The trail follows an old disused road that offers you views across Clough Bay, the Kenmare River and beyond to the Kerry Coastline. 

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 490 m / 1500 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

Overnight Eyeries

DAY 6 / EYERIES TO LAURAGH

After leaving Eyeries, the trail takes you down to Eyeries Point to follow a beautiful coastal path by Coulagh Bay to reach Ballycrovane Harbour. Here is the site of a magnificent 4.7 m/14 ft prehistoric standing stone which still has an inscription in ancient Ogham writing.

From here the trail turns inland to pass a charming lake called Lough Fadda (Long Lake) and continues on to follow a small ridge that offers a new panorama of the Kenmare River. The trail takes you through the quaint village of Ardgroom, walking parallel to the Ring of Beara road to cross the border in County Kerry and the village of Lauragh. 

Distance: 27.2 km / 17 miles, Ascent: 950 m / 2850 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 / 9 hours

Overnight Lauragh

DAY 7 / LAURAGH TO KENMARE

You have the option today to be transported to Drombohilly Lower, which shortens your walk to 19 km/11.8 miles. The trail takes you out of Lauragh on a small country road to ascent steadily passing Knockatee and Drombohilly Mountains and the picturesque and lonesome Gowlaun Lough. Skirting around the base of Knockagarrane Mountain, you will join a small track that leads you to your final ascent onto the saddle of Derrysallagh. From here you start your descent into the charming and colourful town of Kenmare. 

Option 1 - Distance: 25 km / 15.5 miles, Ascent: 987 m / 2961 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours 

Option 2 - Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles, Ascent: 987 m / 2961 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours 

Overnight Kenmare

DAY 8 – KENMARE TO GLENGARRIFF

The final stretch on the Beara Loop takes you south from Kenmare along small country roads and farming countryside. The trail takes you under the shadow of Barrerneen Mountain and across the slopes of Esk and Barraboy Mountain before starting your descent back to the village of Glengariff.

Distance: 24.8 km / 15.5 miles, Ascent: 987 m / 2961 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours

 

Overnight Glengariff

DAY 9 - DEPART

After a hearty breakfast, you will depart Glengariff by public transport for your onward journey. 

Included

  • 8 Nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Maps and all route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Glengariff and back at the end of the tour from Glengariff

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening Meals

Testimonials

  • Thank you both Teresa & Christopher for a fun, adventurous, spectacular week,
    You have a fantastic business, long may it last and I am already looking forward to our next adventure
    Anne D x

    Western Way Connemara
  • Christopher and Teresa…Thank you soooo much for a superb week and your hospitality.
    Jyoti Thapa

    Western Way Connemara
  • Hi Christopher,

    On behalf of Mary & Myself, I want to thank you for our wonderful trip. We loved every minute of it, even the wet bits.

    The B&B’s that you work with are second to none and in every place we stayed we were made to feel welcome and at home at all times. In each place, they even refrigerated our wine and provided us with wine glasses in order to enjoy our pre-dinner drinks. I would like to give a particular shout out to Donnach in The Castle B&B in Ballintoy. He told us that we were his first “Footfall” visitors so our feedback on his B&B is that it is excellent.

    Your notes and attention to detail on your trail instructions are excellent but just to note for yourself, the red trail down the side of the cliffs to the Giants Causeway is locked and not currently in use. Not sure whether the explanation is Covid related or a safety issue.

    Many thanks

    Marion

    Antrim Causeway Coastal & Rathlin Island Route – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Hi Christopher,

    Thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and very much appreciated the lovely relaxed pace and all the stories and information and the fun. Thanks to Teresa also for taking us to Avondale and to the grandchildren for their patience. Truly a memorable experience.
    Terence and Eleanor
    A Day Walk on Trooperstown & the Vale of Clara
  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Carmel
    Wild Atlantic Way South West

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