Sheep's Head Way

A circular walk through West Cork and around remote Sheep's Head Peninsula.

6 nights
58 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £645 per person

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About this route

Hemmed into fields but never without a wilder view, West Cork’s verdant landscape hosts bustling communities in market towns and harbour villages, and juts into the North Atlantic as Sheep’s Head Peninsula. This craggy ridge, with its rugged ascents to ocean views and its steep cliff drops, provides some of the most remote walking terrain on offer in Ireland.

The Sheep’s Head Way clambers mountain flanks and winds between abandoned copper mineshafts, with rope handrails set into the rock to assist with cliff-edge crossings as the sea surges below. This breath-taking wilderness slowly tames into green pathways and the curated grounds of Bantry House as the trail returns along the peninsula’s southern edge, ending in vibrant Bantry.

Sheep's Head Way map
Circular trail beginning at Bantry
58 miles (93 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday Highlights

Looking out from the summit of Gouladane over Bantry Bay to the Beara Peninsula and over Dunmanus Bay to Mizen Head.

Standing at the very tip of Sheep’s Head Peninsula and looking out across the sea.

Relaxing in the fresh sea air outside one of County Cork’s many pubs at the end of a long day’s walk.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
SSHW1 A circular trail beginning at Bantry 6 nights, 5 days walking Moderate / Demanding£645

Sheep's Head Way 6 nights, 5 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

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

Day 1

Bantry to Glanlough. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 2

Glanlough to Cahergal. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 3

Cahergal to Kilcrohane. 15 miles (24km)

Day 4

Kilcrohane to Durrus. 9 miles (14km)

Day 5

Durrus to Bantry. 12.5 miles (20km)


Depart from Bantry 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

What's included?

  • 6 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.

Consider an extra night in the town of Bantry with various options including a visit to the beautiful Bantry House and Gardens.

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

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

Tour Facts

Total distance: 58 miles (93 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 9 miles (14 km)
Maximum daily distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Code: SSHW1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Bantry
End of holiday: Bantry

Travel Information

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

By Air - The nearest International airports to the trail are Cork and Kerry, although public transport links to Cork are much better than Kerry. There is a train 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 stations to the start/end of the trail at Bantry are Killarney (46.5 miles away) and Cork (51 miles away).

By Bus - There is no viable public transport option to Killarney, so you would need to take taxi. There is a bus service between Cork and Bantry.

From Dublin - Take the tram or a taxi to Heuston Luas Railway Station and catch the train to Cork. From Cork, take the bus to Bantry. There is a bus service between the centre of Dublin and Dublin Airport.

Return to the Start - The Sheep's Head Way is a circular tour beginning and ending in Bantry.

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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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