Beara Way, 5-day Walking Tour

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The Beara Way is a long distance walking route of 196km (120 miles) circumnavigating the Beara Peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. Beara is a quieter than its northern neighbour, the Kerry Way, but is equally beautiful and offers superb walking.

Hiking is through low rounded hills, walking old bog roads, 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 full trail starts at and finishes in Kenmare.

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. This tour consists of 25% quiet country road walking.

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 €420
  • Single Supplement +€140
  • Solo Traveller Price €640

Tour Highlights

This 5-day walking tour starts in Castletownbere and finishes in Ardgroom.

  • Coastal route with old ringforts, copper mines & Ardgroom stone circle
  • Ballycrovane Ogham Stone
  • Pulleen Sea Caves

Difficulty Level

This tour is rated RELAXED for two days and MODERATE for one day.

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 Castletownbere

Travel to Castletownbere by bus. Services are offered by Bus Eireann and Harrington’s Coaches.

Overnight in Castletownbere.

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

Overnight in Allihies.

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.

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

Overnight in Eyeries.

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 and Bird Point. The Pulleen Sea caves are worth an extra 5km loop.

Distance 11km (7mi). Ascents 90m (295ft). Approximate walking time 3 hours.

Overnight near Ardgroom. Dinner tonight is in your guesthouse.

Day 5: Depart from Ardgroom

Depart Ardgroom bright and early for return to 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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