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.