Beara Way – 9 Days
The Beara Way – 9 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
The Beara Way self-guided walking trail is 196 km/122.5 miles that are shared between county Cork and Kerry, on the most south-westerly tip of Ireland, the Beara Peninsula, on part of the Wild Atlantic Way. 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 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 and Dursey.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|9 Day Tour||€737 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Accommodation||Guesthouse (en suite)|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Travel to Castletownbere
- Arrive at Dublin or Cork Airport and take public transport to Castletownbere; it may also be 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.
You will take an afternoon/evening bus to the village of Castletownbere where you will stay for the next 2-nights. We will supply you with all the travel details that you need from whatever airport that you arrive in, to your first accommodation.
Overnight in Castletownbere
- Day 2 / Adrigole to Castletownbere
- The first day of your tour you will be transported to Adrigole and walk back to Castletownbere. The 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, highest mountain on the peninsula, Past Park Lough, through Comnagapple Glen back to Castletownbere. Overnight in Castletownbere Distance: 20 km/12.5 miles, Ascent: 550 m/1650 ft Approximate walking time: 6 hrs
- Day 3 / Castletownbere to Allihies
- Walk 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 Way crosses open hill terrain and is under the peak of Knockgour at 481m. 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. Overnight in Allihies Distance: 15.7 km/10 miles, Ascents 647 m/1942 ft Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hrs
- Day 4 / Dursey Island - The Scantuary of Beara
- You will be transported from Allihies to Dursey Sound, where you will take a cable car across to the island, on the only cable car which crosses seawater anywhere in Ireland, the journey is only 200m. The island is only 6.5km/4.6miles long and 1.5km/1mile wide, with a population of only six, with no shops, pubs or restaurants. Dursey is famous for its great variety of bird species and is a birdwatchers’ heaven. The island offers a barren and charming beauty, with a rugged coastline, cliffs and a patchwork of fields divided by dry stone walls and ditches. Dursey was awarded one of the top 10 walks in Ireland for 2010. Overnight in Dursey Sound Distance: 14 km/8.7 miles; Ascent; 240 m/720 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
- Day 5 / Dursey Sound to Allihies
- From Dursey Sound the trail takes you along the coastline to the small fishing port of Garnish Point. From here the trail follows a small country road that takes you along the slopes of Canalmore and Follshauncrone Mountain. Along the way, you will have stunning views across Garnish and Ballydonegan Bay and the Atlantic to Cod’s Head. Once again this is a great area for bird watching or photography. The final section of the trail takes you along by Ballydonegan Strand and back into the village of Allihies. Overnight in Allihies Distance: 17 km/10.6 miles; Ascent: 270 m/810 ft Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
- Day 6 / 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. If you arrive into the village early, you can relax by exploring the small colourful village, by taking a walk to the beach, or sitting back and doing some reading. Overnight in Eyeries Distance: 12 km; Ascent 490 m/1500 ft Approximate walking time: 3 to 4 hrs
- Day 7 / 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. Overnight in Lauragh Distance: 27.2 km/17 miles, Ascent: 950 m/2850 ft Approximate walking time: 8 to 9 hrs
- Day 8 / 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 9 / Depart
- Depart for home.
- 8 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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