Beara Way – 8 Days
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, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Beara Way is on a rugged peninsula that reaches out into the wild Atlantic Ocean, and Bantry Bay is breathtakingly beautiful, picturesque and mystical. If you want to go on a walking/hiking vacation, this walking trail, the Beara Way, is the perfect way to discover Ireland.
The trail takes you along small country roads, passing numerous monuments and sights of great archaeological interest, through small towns and villages. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the climate is pleasant throughout the year supporting a unique combination of highly colourful flora and fauna. You will also visit the enchanted islands of Beara Island.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|8 Day Tour||€626 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|Accommodation||Guesthouse or B&B|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- 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 but this will depend on the time of arrival. 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 days walking on the Beara Way take you through Glengariff Nature Reserve, which covers some 300ha, with the dominant habitats being of old oak woodland.
The 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: 280 m/840 ft, Approximate walking time 5 to 6 hours. Overnight in Adrigole
- Day 3 / Adrigole to Castletownbere
- Today’s walk whole 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. Travelling 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 into the lively town of Castletownbere. Distance: 21 km/12.5 miles, Ascent: 944 m/2832 ft, Approximate walking time; 6-7 hours, Overnight in Castletownbere
- Day 4 / Beara island (Ferry to and from the island)
- A charming island that offers a haven of peace and tranquillity, on a walk that winds along old abandoned roads and grassy tracks. Through a 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. Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 420 m/1260 ft, Approximate walking time 3-4 hours Overnight in Castletownbere
- Day 5 / Castletownbere to the village of Eyeries
- The trail takes you out of Castletownbere following quiet country roads, 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 rejoin the trail at Aughabrack. Or continue on the trail through the charming village of Allihies and over the spine of the peninsula to Eyeries. Distance: 27 km/17 miles, Ascent: 807 m/2421 ft, Approximate walking time, 8-9 hours or Distance: 13 km/8 miles, Ascent: 350 m/1050 ft, Approximate walking time, 4-5 hours Overnight in 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, near which is the site of a magnificent 4.7 m/14 ft prehistoric standing stone, an inscription in ancient Ogham writing. From here the trail turns inland to pass a charming lake called Lough Fadda (Long Lake) and 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 in Lauragh
- Day 7 / Lauragh to Kenmare
- You have the option to go part of the way today with the luggage and get dropped off at Drombohilly Lower, which shortens your day down 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 to 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. Distance: 25 /15.5 miles or 19 km/11.8 miles, Ascent: 987 m/2961 ft Approximate walking time: 7-8 or 5-6 hours Overnight in Kenmare 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.
- Day 8 / Depart
- Depart for home.
- 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
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals
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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