Walking Hiking

Beara Way – 8 Days

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  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way
  • Beara Way

Beara Way – 8 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

The Beara Way self-guided walking trail is 196 km / 122.5 miles that are shared between counties Cork and Kerry on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland. The Beara Peninsula is 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 and through many small towns and villages and through some of the most scenic views that Ireland has to offer.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the climate is pleasant throughout the year supporting a unique combination of highly colourful flora and fauna. As part of your 8-day walking holiday, you will also visit the enchanted Beara Island.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €626 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€280
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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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.

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. You will stay overnight in Adrigole. 

Distance: 18.35 Km / 11. 2 miles, Ascent: 780 m / 2340 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours.

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, where you will stay overnight.

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

Day 4 / Beara island (Ferry to and from the island)

Beara Island is a charming island that offers a haven of peace and tranquillity. Today you will follow a walking trail that winds along old abandoned roads and grassy tracks, through rugged 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 again stay overnight in Castletownbere.

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

Day 5 / Castletownbere to the village of Eyeries

The trail today takes you out of Castletownbere following quiet country roads. You will pass 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 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 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, where you will stay overnight. 

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

Day 7 / Lauragh to Kenmare

You have the option to get transported part of the way today 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 and country road that leads you to your final ascent onto the saddle of Derrysallagh. From here, you will start your descent into the charming and colourful town of Kenmare, where you will stay overnight.

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

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

Day 8 / Depart

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

Included

  • 7 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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