The Beara Way

Peace Perfect Peace on Ireland's South West Coast

The Beara Way is on the quietest of the three south-western peninsulas. Its like a wee sister to the Kerry Way, which is located on the busier Ring of Kerry to the north. The walk is shorter than the Kerry Way, but equally beautiful - a real undiscovered delight for anyone who likes walking in tranquil and scenic surroundings.

This isn't a walk for "bagging" in the shortest time possible. It deserves to be lngered over, in keeping with the relaxed pace of life here. So, the distances to walk each day are relatively short, with an average of just 13 miles (21 kilometres), and we also include a rest day at Castletownbere, which you can use for a bit of exploration, or some gentle walking on the nearby Bere Island.


What's Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast for 7 nights in good quality guest houses
  • Door to Door luggage transfer
  • Comprehensive Tour Pack with route notes, maps, and details on accommodation and transport

Optional Extras

  • Transfers to and from the Cork Airport
  • Extend the trip by 2 days to walk from Castletownbere to the pretty coastal village of Alliehies, and take the cable car to the spectacular cliff scenery of Dursey Island, off the remotest part of the peninsula
  • Omit the free day in Castletownbere

Price - £459.00 per person

For 2 people sharing a room - single occupancy supplement is £132.00

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Getting There

Cork Airport is the most convenient. We can arrange collection, and you can also get to Glengarriff and from Kenmare by bus. Please contact us for details.


Itinerary (7 nights)

Total Distance - 66 miles, 105k
Longest Day - 15 miles, 24k
Average Day - 13 miles, 21k
Available from April to end of September

Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Glengarriff

By bus from Cork Airport (or we can arrange a transfer from Cork or Shannon). Located at the head of Bantry Bay, Glengarriff is a colourful place with plenty of pubs and restaurants

Day 2 - Glengarriff to Faha (Adrigole) - 10 mls, 16k

A gentle start - the Way takes you out through woodland and along old tracks (including a little bit of tarmac road) around the Glenlough Mountains. Overnight in Faha

Day 3 - Faha (Adrigole) to Castletownbere - 14 mls, 22k

A few ups and downs along the way, mainly on old bog roads and good farm tracks. After a bit of a climb to the southern slopes of Hungry Hill, you are rewarded with fine views to the south, and there are a couple more ascents before you reach Catletownbere, the main town in the peninsula, and a thriving fishing port. Overnight in Castletownbere.

Day 4 - Free Day in Castletownbere

A good place for a stopover. Its worth taking a trip over to Bere Island, which has its own short waymarked walk. Or stay in the town to explore a typical working Irish town. Bicycles are available for hire if you want to go a bit further afield. Overnight Castletownbere

Day 5 - Castletownbere to Eyeries - 13 mls, 21k

A mixture of forest and open moor and bogland, passing several remains of what were significant Bronze Age settlements. As you head to the northern side of the peninsula, you follow an old mine track, with fine views towards the rocky headlands and sandy bays of Alliehies and Ballydonegan. Overnight Eyeries

Day 6 - Eyeries to Lauragh - 14 mls, 22k

More stunning views as you cross Gortbrack Hill to the painted houses of Ardgroom. After crossing some more higher ground, you descend to Lauragh village, in a lovely bay, warmed by the Gulf Stream, and sheltered enough to boast fine rhododendron gardens. Overnight near Lauragh village

Day 7 Lauragh to Kenmare -15 miles, 24k

A short ascent on a minor road takes you through a low pass in the hills andthen onto tracks leading higher onto the open moor below Knockagarrane. Grat views to the Cloonee Lakes before you drop down to a neolithic stone circle at Lough Inchiquin. Another short climb takes you over a pass onto the minor roads that lead you down to Kenmare. Overnight Kenmare.

Day 8 - Depart Kenmare

There is a bus service to Killarney or Cork for onward travel.