Beara Way

A self-guided walking holiday around the rugged Beara Peninsula from Glengariff to Kenmare.

7 to 10 nights
81 miles
Moderate / Demanding to Demanding

From £725 per person

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About this route

This wonderful Irish walk departs from the heart of West Cork and circles the Beara Peninsula along a coastline surrounded by incredible panoramas over mountains and sea.

Forays into the peninsula’s rugged interior on ancient tracks reveal a mountainous, uninhabited expanse of rock, while trips across to Dursey Island and Bere Island add still more stunning scenery alive with birdlife. This trail winds through Castletownbere and Allihies to the tip of the peninsula at Dursey Sound, and then heads east along Kenmare Bay through Eyeries and Lauragh, with a final night in Kenmare itself.

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Interactive
Beara Way map
Glengarriff to Kenmare
81 miles (130 km)
1st January to 31st December

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.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
BEAR1 From Glengarriff to Kenmare 7 nights, 6 days walking Demanding£725
BEAR2 From Glengarriff to Kenmare 10 nights, 9 days walking Moderate / Demanding£940

Beara Way 7 nights, 6 days walking

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Start

Travel to Glengarriff where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Glengarriff to Adrigole. 11 miles (18km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Adrigole you will be accommodated in Glengarriff. Transport is provided to take you from Adrigole to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 2

Adrigole to Castletownbere. 15.5 miles (25km)

Day 3

Castletownbere to Bere Island. 14.5 miles (23km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Bere Island you will be accommodated in Castletownbere. Transport is provided to take you from Bere Island to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 4

Bere Island to Eyeries. 10 miles (16km)

Day 5

Eyeries to Lauragh. 14 miles (22km)

Day 6

Lauragh to Kenmare. 16 miles (26km)

Finish

Depart from Kenmare after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Walker Supplement
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Kenmare)
£55.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night can give you more time to pause and experience more in the wonderful towns and villages along the trail. Whether you choose to visit some of the local attractions, or to rest your aching feet, a rest day is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

For those who love gardens, Glengariff offers the opportunity to see the beautiful Garinish Island with its ornate Italian Gardens.
An extra night in Castletownbere gives you the opportunity to explore the historic Dunboy Castle or visit a Tibetan meditation centre.
Kenmare is a heritage town, and famous for its lace making and offers some wonderful walks, sea trips or just enjoy the town and it's lovely array of restaurants ad shops.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Kenmare)
£55.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 81 miles (130 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 10 miles (16 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (26 km)
Code: BEAR1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 1st January - 31st December
Start of holiday: Glengarriff
End of holiday: Kenmare

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you on booking. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major cities and international airports are Cork and Kerry. There is a railway station a short trip away from Kerry Airport. Buses run between the Cork Airport and the centre of Cork, where the main train station is.

By Rail - The nearest railway station to the start of the trail at Glengarriff, is Killarney, about 38 miles away. Killarney is also the nearest railway station to the end of the trail at Kenmare, and is about 20 miles away.

By Bus - No there are no bus services between Killarney and Glengariff, so you would need to take a taxi. From the end of the trail at Kenmare, there is bus service to Killarney, Monday to Saturday only. On a Sunday, you would need to take a taxi.

From Dublin - There is a train service between Dublin and Killarney. You would need to take a bus or taxi to complete your journey to the start/from the end of the trail. Buses run between the centre of Dublin and Dublin Airport.

Return to Start - There are no viable public transport options, so you would need to take a taxi.

For planning journeys by public transport in Ireland, please visit: www.journeyplanner.transportforireland.ie

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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