Walking Hiking

Beara Way – 7 Days

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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 +€300
Tour Dates 15th March to 31st October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Beara Way – 7 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour Ireland

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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.

Overnight Adrigole

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 / 7 hours 

Overnight Castletownbere

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. 

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 420 m / 1260 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours 

Overnight Castletownbere

Day 4 / Castletownbere to the village of Eyeries

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. 

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

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

Overnight Eyeries

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. 

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

Overnight Lauragh 

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).

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 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 in Adrigole and back at the end of the tour from Kenmare
  • Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour

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