Walking Hiking

Sheep’s Head Way – 8 Days

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Sheep’s Head Way – 8 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The “Sheep’s Head Way” Peninsula or the ancient name of Muintir Bháire, the people of Bháire; is the middle of the three peninsulas in the south-west of County Cork, Ireland’s largest county, along part of the Wild Atlantic Way.  It must be the least visited part of Cork and this contributes to the wonderful presence of such a unique place. The narrow finger of land 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 best in 1844, the peninsula had a population 8340 but now has just 1300 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, built in 1771 for the first Earl of Bantry, houses a fine art collection and is open to the public. The 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.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €615 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€280
Tour Dates April to October
Tour Grade Easy to Modarate 
Accommodation B&B




Day 1 / Arrive at Dublin or Cork Airport and take public transport to Bantry
It is also possible to arrive into Dublin or Shannon airport but will result in a longer transfer by bus. Bantry town is perfectly located as a place to start your adventure in the southwest of Ireland. It sits in the bay separating the Sheepshead and Beara peninsulas and in the shelter of Whiddy Island.
Day 2 / Bantry to Glanlough
On the first day of your walking tour on the Sheep's Head Way, you will walk from Bantry to Glanlough overlooking Bantry Bay and Whiddy Island. On today’s trail, you will walk along a beautiful ridge before making your way down into Glanlough. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 280 m/1148 ft, Approximate walking time; 4.5 hours
Day 3 / Glanlough to Kilcrohane
Today’s walk gives you the option of following Gortnakilly ridge up onto Seefin Mountain, the highest point of the peninsula at 345m or you can take the lower path which also finishes in Kilcrohane village. Distance; 13km, Ascent; 385m, Approximate walking time; 4 hours
Day 4 / Kilcrohane to Tooreen
You will follow the wild and rugged coastline at the western extremity of Sheepshead peninsula on the trail today, passing through long abandoned and ruined villages and the Gortavallig Copper Mines. Distance; 14km, Ascent; 110m, Approximate walking time; 4 hours
Day 5 / Tooreen to Reenmore
Starting your day walking the southern coastline, with a very short climb, which leads you to a 17th-century signal tower, the trail then stays at lower levels winding through farmsteads and ancient town lands on your way to Kilcrohane village. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 200m, Approximate walking time; 4.5 hours
Day 6 / Reenmore to Durrus
Durrus, the largest village on the peninsula, is today’s destination and the trail takes you there along undisturbed paths and winding roads. Passing through this area you will see evidence of the extensive activity from pre-Christian times, in the form of standing stones, wells and burial grounds’. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 280m, Approximate walking time; 5 hours
Day 7 / Durrus to Bantry
On the final leg of your return to Bantry, you move inland from the coastline and ascend Barr na Gaoithe, the Top of the Wind, before meandering back down on small country roads into the town, through the beautiful grounds of Bantry House. Distance; 17km, Ascent; 190m, Approximate walking time; 5 hours.
Day 8 / Depart
Depart from Bantry.


  • 7 nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Detailed route notes and Ordnance Survey maps
  • 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 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


  • 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,
    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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.


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