Beara @Ease, 15-day Walking Tour

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Our @Ease programmes are designed to give walkers an opportunity to unwind, relax and recover with less unpacking and longer stays. This gives you more time to experience each location, helps ease the pressure on our accommodation providers, and offers a more fuel-efficient option. 

Beara is quieter than its northern neighbour, the Kerry Way, but it is equally beautiful and offers superb walking. You will hike through low rounded hills, walking old bog roads and exploring abandoned copper mines. It is a largely undiscovered area, hilly but not mountainous, with some good open hill-walking sections. The rocky coastline of the Beara Peninsula is a walking holiday dream. Visit Dursey Island by cable car, walk the green roads of Bere Island and sample the best fresh fish from the port of Castletownbere. 

The Beara Way follows old green roads, boggy mountain trails and country roads. It is a very well marked route, signposted with numbered wooden or plastic yellow markers and road signs.

What's Included

Price Includes

  • Bed and Breakfast in comfortable, friendly, locally-run Guest Houses
  • Daily Luggage Transfers
  • Detailed Route Notes, Maps & GPX Tracks
  • 24/7 Support Line
  • Where to Eat & Regional Reading List
  • Packing List, Travel Advice & more!

Optional Extras

  • Airport Transfers
  • Day Trips & Excursions
  • Extended or Customised Itineraries

Pricing

  • Per Person Sharing Room €1470
  • Single Supplement +€490
  • Solo Traveller Price €2240

Tour Highlights

The 15-day tour is a relaxed version of our Beara Way tours, incorporating more free days so you can choose how often and how much you walk. This walking tour begins in Glengarriff and roams through the best of the Beara Way to end in Kenmare.

  • Coastal route with old ringforts, copper mines & several outstanding stone circles
  • Dereen Gardens on Killmackillogue Harbour
  • Bere Island & the Island Loop Ways
  • St. Mary's Abbey on Dursey Island
  • Allihies Copper Mining Museum and Dangan Rocks coastline
  • Reenagross Woodlands, Kenmare Bay & Heritage Trail

Difficulty Level

This tour is perfectly balanced with half of the walks rated MODERATE and half rated RELAXED. Day 5 is rated STRENUOUS.

See how we determine levels of difficulty for each of our hiking tours by visiting our FAQ page.

  • Relaxed: 12-18km (8-11mi), 3-4hrs
  • Moderate: 16-23km (10-14mi), 4-7hrs
  • Strenuous: 22-30km (14-19mi), 5-9hrs

Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Glengarriff

Travel to Glengarriff by public bus from Cork City.

Overnight accommodation in Glengarriff.

Day 2 – Free Day Glengarriff

Free day in Glengarriff to enjoy a trip from the Blue Pool to Garinish Island and the famous Peto Italian Gardens.

Overnight in Glengarriff.

Day 3 – Glengarriff to Adrigole

Walk through the Glengarriff woods and Glenlough Mountains, following old tracks alongside Coomarkane River to Adrigole.

Distance 16km (10mi). Ascents 500m (1,640ft). Approximate walking time 5 hours.

Overnight in Adrigole.

Day 4 – Free Day in Adrigole

Enjoy a free day in Adrigole, a quiet corner of the country where sheep trails and coastal quays await exploration. There are numerous megalithic stone remains within easy access. A local loop walk of 8km accesses Adrigole Harbour.

Overnight in Adrigole.

Day 5 – Adrigole to Castletownbere

Walk the Beara Way from Adrigole to Castletownbere.

Distance 22km (14mi). Ascents 450m (1,476ft). Approximate walking time 7 hours.

Overnight in Castletownbere.

Day 6 – Free Day in Castletownbere

Free Day in Castletownbere to explore Bere Island and follow the Island Loop Ways.

Distance 18km (11mi) or 24km (15mi). Ascents 250m (820ft). Approximate walking time 6 hours.

Overnight in Castletownbere.

Day 7 – Castletownbere to Allihies

Walk to Allihies through the Slieve Miskish Mountains, turf-cutting through bogland and wide open hills. This is classic Irish hillwalking.

Distance 16km (10mi). Ascents 220m (722ft). Approximate walking time 5 hours.

Overnight in Allihies.

Day 8 – Free Day in Allihies/Dursey

Explore Allihies and the copper mines or take the cable car to Dursey, where you can explore deserted farming villages and stunning cliffs. The Dursey cable car is the only one of its type in Ireland. It was constructed in the 1973 and crosses a 200m strait approximately 25m above sea level. Your hosts will transfer you to the cable car station where you can walk back to Allihies.

Distance from Allihies via transfer to cable car is 12km (7.5mi).

You may wish to add walking on Dursey Island for a longer day.

Overnight in Allihies.

Day 9 - Allihies to Eyeries

Walk the Beara Way to Eyeries, through abandoned copper mine country with wonderful views over Coulagh bay and north to the Ring of Kerry.

Distance 20km (12mi). Ascents 500m (1,640ft). Approximate walking time 6 hours.

Overnight in Eyeries.

Day 10 - Free Day Eyeries

Free day in Eyeries, with a host of coastal routes and quiet corners to hide away.

Overnight in Eyeries.

Day 11 - Eyeries to Lauragh

Walk to Lauragh through the pre-historic remains at Ardgroom.

Distance 22km (14mi). Ascents 300m (984ft). Approximate walking time 6 hours.

Overnight in Lauragh.

Day 12 - Free Day in Lauragh

Free day in Lauragh, where you can visit tropical Dereen Gardens on Killmackillogue Harbour or walk from your guesthouse into the remote Dromkereen Valley and Pookeen Hill.

Overnight in Lauragh.

Day 13 - Lauragh to Kenmare

Transfer to Drombohilly to start your walking route to Kenmare, across Knockgarrane and descending to Lough Inchiquin and a stone circle from the Neolithic era 3500 – 2000 B.C. Walk into Kenmare town,
founded in 1670, on the banks of the Roughty River.

Distance 24km (15mi). Ascents 470m (1,542ft). Approximate walking time 7 hours.

Overnight in Kenmare.

Day 14 - Free Day in Kenmare

Free day in Kenmare, where you can explore Reenagross Woodlands, take a seafaring trip on Kenmare Bay, or walk the Kenmare Heritage Trail around a 16th-century town.

Overnight in Kenmare.

Day 15 - Depart Kenmare

Depart Kenmare by public transport services for Killarney or Cork.

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REVIEWS

July 2019 – A. Lees, Auckland, New Zealand
The area is quite magical,  as one would expect in Ireland. The remote walks,  sheep,  mixed weather,  scenery,  smooth and rugged rocks, the harbours,  and the colourful villages add to a great experience. All my hosts have been friendly,  courteous and hospitable. Each B&B had its own character,  and certainly had the comfort and nourishing food needed after and /or before a days walk. Margaret’s place in Adrigole was special because it was sharing her home,  the home-cooked food was a treat, and the view of the bay was wonderful. I enjoyed all the places and people.

 

June 2019 – Belinda & Ken, Washington, USA
Hello, made it home. We wanted to thank you for a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed it loved the Beara!!!!  The hostess’s and host’s were wonderful everywhere and The Beara was just so beautiful. Thanks again for your patience and planning for us!

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