Walking Hiking

Sheep’s Head Way – 6 Days

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Sheep’s Head Way – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The “Sheep’s Head” Peninsula which is translated from the ancient Irish name of Muintir Bháire, meaning the people of Bháire, is the middle of the three peninsulas in the south-west of County Cork, Ireland’s largest county along the Wild Atlantic Way.  The Sheep’s Head Way is a very well kept secret and is one of the least visited parts of Cork. This contributes to the wonderful peace and quiet in this most unique place.

This narrow finger peninsula is part of the old red sandstone system when the mountainous coastal region was split into several peninsulas as the sea level rose between 4000 – 7000 years ago. The rounded hills (drumlins) are the evidence of glaciation, leaving fertile sheep pastures dominated by a spine of low hills. The highest point on the peninsula is Seefin Hill at 345 m. At its busiest in 1844, the peninsula had a population 8,340 but now has just 1,300 residents.

Bantry Harbour, sheltered by Whiddy Island, is one of West Cork’s oldest ports and was the scene of an attempted French invasion in 1796. Bantry House, which was built in 1771 for the first Earl of Bantry, houses a fine art collection and is open to the public. Bantry town remains a bustling market town and the main shopping town of the south-west. A renowned Farmer’s Market takes place every Friday morning in the main square. Look out for the West Cork Fuchsia Brand, a marketing initiative to brand the huge variety of local produce that both locals and newcomers to the area manufacture, for the local and international markets.

The Sheep’s Head Way indeed offers an interesting variety of experiences during this six-day self-guided walking adventure!

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour €454 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€300
Tour Dates 1st April to 31st October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrive at Dublin or Cork Airport and take public transport to Bantry

It is also possible to arrive in Dublin or Shannon airport but will result in a longer transfer by bus. We will supply you with all the travel details that you need to get to your first accommodation in Bantry.

Bantry town is the perfect location to start your self-guided walking adventure in the South-West of Ireland. Bantry sits in the bay separating the Sheep's Head and Beara Peninsulas and is in the shelter of Whiddy Island.

Day 2 / Bantry to Glanlough

On the first day of your tour, you will walk from Bantry to Glanlough overlooking Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island. On today’s walking trail, you will walk along a beautiful ridge before making your way down into Glanlough.

Distance: 16 km / 10 miles, Ascent: 280 m / 1,148 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 3 / Glanlough to Kilcrohane

Today’s self-guided walk gives you the option to follow Gortnakilly ridge up onto Seefin Mountain, the highest point of the peninsula at 345 m. Alternatively, you can take the lower path which also finishes in Kilcrohane village.

Distance: 13 km / 8 miles, Ascent: 385 m / 1263 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 4 / Kilcrohane to Durrus

Durrus, the largest village on the peninsula, is today’s destination. The walking trail takes you along undisturbed paths and winding roads where you will see evidence of the extensive activity from pre-Christian times, in the form of standing stones, wells and burial grounds.

Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Ascent: 280 m / 918 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 5 / Durrus to Bantry

On the final part of your return to Bantry, you move inland from the coastline and ascend "Barr na Gaoithe", translated as the Top of the Wind, before meandering back down on small country roads into the town, through the beautiful grounds of Bantry House.

Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles, Ascent: 190 m / 623 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 6 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart from Bantry for home.
We will supply you with all the travel details required for your onward journey from Bantry.

Included

  • 5 nights Bed and Breakfast accommodation
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guest houses with all rooms en-suite
  • Detailed route notes and ordnance survey maps
  • Details of restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk with just a small day pack.
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Bantry and back at the end of the tour from Bantry
  • Full back up service, should you require it, while on our self-guided walking tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • 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
  • 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

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