This 5-day walking tour starts and ends in Castletownbere and includes the best of the waymarked Beara Way walking route.
- Quick immersion in the best of Beara!
- Three lovely colourful villages; Allihies, Eyeries & Ardgroom
- The Pulleen Sea Caves near Ardgroom. Perfect, beautiful meditative.
Day 1: Arrive to Castletownbere by bus from Cork. Bus services are offered by Bus Eireann and Harrington’s Coaches.
Overnight Castletownbere town.
Day 2: Castletownebere to Allihies
Through the Slieve Miskish Mountains, conifer forests, crossing open hill terrain under the peak of Knockgour at 481m. 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.
Distance 12km. Ascents 220m. Approximate walking time 3 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Allihies village.
Day 3: Allihies to Eyeries
Mining tracks link Allihies with Eyeries and the views are to the north of Coulagh Bay and the mouth of the Kenmare River. The coastal route takes you past coastguard ruins and rocky shorelines to the Ballycrovane Standing stone – 4.7m and quite a sight!
Distance 20km. Ascents 500m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Eyeries village.
Day 4: Eyeries to Ardgroom.
Last views of Coulagh Bay before venturing inland, the route takes you past Lough Fadda above Ardgroom Harbour and the beautiful isolated coast of Cleanderry & Bird Point. The Pulleen Sea caves are worth an extra 5km loop
Distance 11km Ascents 90m Approximate walking time 3 hours.
Overnight near Ardgroom village. Dinner tonight is in your guesthouse.
Day 5: Departure from Ardgroom.
Harrington’s Coaches leave Ardgroom bright and early each morning at 0740, so back to the hustle of the city before morning coffee!
Prices & Booking
€44 single supplement.
* Four nights Bed & Breakfast guesthouse accommodation;
* Luggage transfers each day;
* Detailed route descriptions;
* Relevant 1:50000 maps.
What’s not included
* Other meals.
* Entries or excursions.
We are back from another wonderful vacation in Ireland and adjusting to the return to “normal” life. The walking trip on the Beara Way was great and memorable. We had a great time, met dozens of fine people and ate a lot of fabulously fresh seafood.
October 2012 – Thea & Bert, Amsterdam
Beara is still one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland! The weather was really mild, only in Allihies we had some rain. (They call that mist!)Your B&B’s were excellent and so were the hosts. All and all: The area is magnificent, the weather was good, the people were nice as ever
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