Beara Way

A self-guided walking holiday around the mystical Beara Peninsula.

Starting in Glengarriff, at the heart of West Cork, the Beara Way passes under the Sugarloaf and Glenlough Mountains, enjoying wonderful views over Bantry Bay and of the area's rivers, lakes, forests and bogs. It is easy to see why the area is famed for its natural beauty.

Soon, the trail reaches Adrigole, which sits under the looming Hungry Hill and as the trail continues in its shadow, on ancient tracks and passing a series of megalithic tombs, there are superb views over to Bear Island.

The trail stops in the beautiful town of Castletownbere, which sits at the mouth of Bantry Bay and is sheltered by Bear Island. As you stop and enjoy this lively fishing port, you can look ahead to the intriguing Bear Island, where the next day's walk will lead.

Taking a ferry across to Bear Island, the trail proceeds from west to east, experiencing numerous army fortifications, a pretty lighthouse at Ardnakinna Point and the little village of Rerrin on the east side of the island, before the ferry returns to Castletownbere.

After leaving Castletownbere, the BEAR1 itinerary heads into the Slieve Miskish Mountains and departs from the Beara Way as it cuts across the peninsula before it arrives in the colourful village of Eyeries. As the trail continues, it passes the dramatic ruins of an old Coastguard Station at Ballycrovane Harbour.

On the BEAR2 itinerary, the trail passes through a landscape rich in archaeology, with numerous traces of Bronze Age forts as it passes under Knockgour Mountain and reaches the attractive little village of Allihies. From here, it continues to the tip of the Beara peninsula and Dursey Sound. The following day's walk takes a cable car to Dursey Island, where there are colonies of seabirds and stunning scenery. After a walk over the spine of the Island, the trail returns to the mainland and to Allihies, before the trail continues through old copper mines and through the Slieve Miskish Mountains to Eyeries.

From, Eyeries, both of the itineraries take a short transfer to the village of Ardgroom and a visit to the Ardgroom Stone Circle, one of the most famous stone circles in the area. The Beara Way then climbs along ancient tracks and offers spectacular views over Ardgroom Harbour, before it arrives in the little village of Lauragh.

Finally, the trail approaches Kenmare, the 'Jewel in the Ring of Kerry.' Crossing two mountain saddles, the Caha Mountains provide a wonderful backdrop, before the trail drops down to the Cloonee Lakes.

Ancient woodland frames Lough Inchiquin as the trail passes into the Dromoghty valley and arrives in Kenmare, which sits on Kenmare Bay and is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the scenery on completion of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking around the beautiful Bantry Bay, the world's second deepest bay.
  • Discovering the rich mythology of the area, including tales of the Hag of Beara and the Children of Lír.
  • Visiting the colourful village of Eyeries and Allihies, with houses painted in shades of every colour.

Beara Way

Glengarriff to Kenmare through the rugged landscape of the Beara Way.
Total Distance 81 miles (130 km)
Start and Finish Glengarriff to Kenmare
Availability All Year
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Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
BEAR1 7 nights, 6 days walking £710 per person More Information Book Online
BEAR2 10 nights, 9 days walking £1010 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.