Walking Hiking

Beara Way – 7 Days

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  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way

Beara Way – 7 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

The Beara Way walking trail is 196 km / 122.5 miles long and is shared between counties Cork and Kerry on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. The rugged Beara Peninsula is also part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Beara Way walking trail takes you along small country roads, passing numerous monuments and sights of great archaeological interest, through small towns and villages and through some of the most scenic views that Ireland has to offer.

Tour Pricing & Dates

7 Day Tour €584 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€240
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Travel to Adrigole

Arrive at Cork or Dublin Airport and take public transport to Adrigole. 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.

Day 2 / Adrigole to Castletownbere

The trail today 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 on the peninsula. You will pass Park Lough and continue through Comnagapple Glen, ending your walk today in Castletownbere.

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

Day 3 / Beara Island (Ferry to and from the island)

Beara Island is a charming island that offers a haven of peace and tranquillity. Your walking trail today winds along old abandoned roads and grassy tracks, through a rocky wilderness to a picturesque lighthouse and a ruined signal tower. From here you will have magnificent panoramic views of Bantry Bay, Bear Haven Harbour and back over your previous days walk. You will stay overnight in Castletownbere.

Distance: 12 km /7.5 miles, Ascent: 420 m / 1260 ft, Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours 

Day 4 / Castletownbere to the village of Eyries

The trail today takes you out of Castletownbere following quiet country roads and passing Derrenataggart Stone Circle, one of the finest megalithic monuments on the peninsula. A steady ascent takes you to a saddle between Knockoura and Miskish where you have the option to shorten your day down to 13 km / 8 miles by crossing the centre of the Peninsula to Aughbrack and or continue on the trail through the charming village of Allihies and over the spine of the peninsula to Eyeries. You will stay overnight in Eyeries.

Distance (Option 1): 27 km / 17 miles, Ascent: 807 m / 2421 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hours

Distance (Option 2): 13 km / 8 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours 

Day 5 / 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 walking trail turns inland to pass a charming lake called Lough Fadda (Long Lake) and continues on to follow a small ridge that offers a panoramic view of the Kenmare River. The trail takes you through the quaint village of Ardgroom, continuing parallel to the Ring of Beara road to cross the border in County Kerry and the village of Lauragh. You will stay overnight in Lauragh.

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

Day 6 / Lauragh to Kenmare

You have the option to be transported part of the way today and get dropped off at Drombohilly Lower, which shortens your hike 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 and country road 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. You will stay overnight in Kenmare.

(You have the option to extend your walking tour by another day and walk the old Kenmare Road into the town of Killarney, through part of the Killarney’s National Park and visit Muckross House and Gardens).

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

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

Day 7 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart for home.

Included

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast
  • 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, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

    Nicole
  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

    Adam
  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

    Erin
  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.

    Radha
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael

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