Arriving at Shannon Airport or Cork Airport, you are collected by
our transport (12:00 at Shannon and 14:00 at Cork). You are then transferred to the first of three
nights accommodation at Glengarriff. You will have time free to
acclimatise and to see some of the town before our welcome chat
and evening meal, hosted by your guide for the tour.
Our route takes us from the village of Glengarriff east toward Knockboy following an old track to Priest's Leap on the county border between Cork and Kerry. On the way we enjoy the
views across Bantry Bay and also across to the north and the majestic Magillycuddy Reeks. Cutting across open hillside we
may come across turf-cutting, which is still practised in this
part of the country. Our stay this evening is back in the town
In the morning we transfer to Adrigole where we join the Beara
Way. Following the old Castletownbere to Glengarriff coach road
we gradually rise away from the coast. Passing between the Gowlbeg
and Sugarloaf mountains we continue on toward Glengarrif and
follow roads across the peat bogs and into the state forests.
On our journey today we once again have superb views over Bantry
Bay, and may have the opportunity to see some sites of archaeological
interest, such as standing stones and a wedge tomb. Descending
in the afternoon we return to our base in Glengariff and a well-deserved
Leaving Glengarriff in the morning we transfer to Castletownbere,
following the Ring of Beara coast road. From Castletownbere we
take a small ferry to Bere Island and enjoy an 15km walk around
the island. On our way today we can see signs of the history
of this strategic island - including signal and defensive towers.
We also have views back to the mainland to the mountains of the
Following our return to the mainland we enjoy an evening meal in one of the town's excellent restaurants.
This is a free day, but weather permitting we can organise a visit to Dursey Island - which nestles at the southern tip of the peninsula. We take Irelands only
cable car across Dursey Sound to Dursey Island and enjoy an
easy walk over the string of hills that make up this island.
At the far western end of the island are some spectacular cliffs
which afford superb views and on a clear day you may be able
to spy the Skelligs. As we walk along the coastal paths you
will be treated to the sight of various seabirds oin this bird
sanctuary, and hopefully the sight of dolphins playing in the
waters below. At the end of the day we return again to Castletownbere.
Leaving Castletownbere in the morning we once again walk
on the Beara Way to the village of Allihies. On the way we may have
time to see the Derrintaggart stone circle, a large ringfort,
a megalithic wedge grave and several standing stones. We continue
to Allihies through forested sections of the Beara Way. Upon
reaching Allihies we have the opportunity to walk up to the site
of the old copper mines, which were in use from 1813 - 1883.
You have the opportunity to view some of the old mineshafts and
machinery, including the 1862 winding engine house
In the evening we return to our accommodation at
A short drive brings us back into Kerry and to the scenic Killarney National Park under the shadow of Ireland’s highest mountain,
Carrauntoohil. Carrying on we enter the Black Valley and are in reach of Killarney’s upper lakes and forests
Ascending through the nature reserve we head up along Torc Mountain with stunning views of the lakes and the glorious Torc Waterfall. Continuing
on to the end of our tour we stay in Killarney itself and enjoy an evening meal and some
ceoil, caint agus craic (Irish music, chat and goodtimes)!
The tour finishes after breakfast in Killarney and at which time we offer a scheduled transfer to Killarney Bus/Rail stations.
We offer a number of different start dates for our Beara Way escorted walking holiday throughout the year. To see the current
available start dates please check out the latest schedule which also has our up-to-date prices.
- 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish
Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with
- Meals consisting of a full Irish breakfast each day,
packed lunch (on walking days) and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks
are not included.
- 6 days of walking with our expert Guide, luggage transfers as required, route descriptions and
maps and a souvenir book.
- A scheduled transfer offered from Shannon Airport or Cork Airport.
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