Walking Hiking

Beara Way – 9 Day

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  • Beara Way

The Beara Way – 9 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour

This 9 day self-guided tour takes you along the 196km Beara Peninsula along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Beara is a rugged peninsula in the south-west of Ireland on the shores of Bantry Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Beara is a breathtakingly beautiful, picturesque and mystical part of Ireland.

Tour Pricing & Dates

9 Day Tour £656 per person sharing
Single Supplement +£240
Tour Dates 2017 Available March to October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)



Day 1 / Travel to Castletown
You will arrive by public transport to Castletown, your base for the first couple of nights of your tour.
Day 2 / Adrigole to Castletown
The first day of your tour you will be transported to Adrigole and walk back to Castletown. The whole trail offers you sweeping views across Bantry Bay to Beara Island on one side and Hungry Hill and the Slieve Miskish Mountains on the other. Travelling along a trail that flanks the southern slopes of Hungry Hill, highest mountain on the peninsula, Past Park Lough, through Comnagapple Glen back to Castletown. Distance: 20 km, Ascent: 550 m Approximate walking time: 6 hrs
Day 3 / Castletownbere to Allihies
Walk Castletownbere to Allihies through the Slieve Miskish Mountains. Some of today’s route passes through conifer forests. The Way crosses open hill terrain and is under the peak of Knockgour at 481m. Allihies is a colourful coastal village, surrounded by the remains of copper mines – crushed stones from the mines formed the beach. Distance: 12km, Ascents 220m Approximate walking time: 3.5 hrs
Day 4 / Dursey Island - The Scantuary of Beara
You will be transported from Allihies to Dursey Sound, where you will take a cable car across to the island, on the only cable car which crosses sea water anywhere in Ireland, the journey is only 200m. The island is only 6.5kmlong and 1.5km, with a population of only six, with no shops, pubs or restaurants. Dursey is famous for its magnificent variety of bird species and is a birdwatchers’ heaven. The island offers a barren and charming beauty, with a rugged coastline, cliffs and a patchwork of fields divided by dry stone walls and ditches. Dursey was awarded one of the top 10 walks in Ireland for 2010. Distance: 14km; Ascent; 240 m Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 5 / Dursey Sound to Allihies
From Dursey Sound the trail takes you along the coastline to the small fishing port of Garnish Point. From here the trail follows a small country road that takes you along the slopes of Canalmore and Follshauncrone Mountain. Along the way you will have stunning views across Garnish and Ballydonegan Bay and across the Atlantic to Cod’s Head. The final section of the trail takes you along by Ballydonegan Strand and back into the village of Allihies. Distance: 17km; Ascent: 270m Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 6 / Allihies to Eyeries
This may be a short walk day but the views along the way are incredible beautiful. You will leave the village and walk through what remains of an old copper mine, which was once the largest producer of copper in Europe. The trail follows an old disused road that offers you views across Clough Bay, the Kenmare River and beyond to the Kerry Coastline. If you arrive into the village early you can relax by exploring the small colourful village, by taking a walk to the beach. Distance: 12k; Ascent 160m Approximate walking time: 3.5 hrs
Day 7 / Eyeries to Lauragh
After leaving Eyeries the trail takes you down to Eyeries Point to follow a beautiful coastal path by Coulagh Bay to reach Ballycrovane Harbour, near which is the site of a magnificent 4.7 m prehistoric standing stone, an inscription in ancient Ogham writing. From here the trail turns inland to pass a charming lake called Lough Fadda (Long Lake) and on to follow a small ridge that offers a new panorama of the Kenmare River. The trail takes you through the quaint village of Ardgroom, walking parallel to the Ring of Beara road to cross the border in county Kerry and the village of Lauragh. Distance: 24 km, Ascent: 290 m Approximate walking time: 6.5 hrs
Day 8 / Lauragh to Kenmare
The trail takes you out of Lauragh on a small country road to ascent steadily passing Knockatee and Drombohilly Mountains and the picturesque and lonesome Gowlaun Lough. Skirting around the base of Knockagarrane Mountain to join a small track and country road that leads you to your final ascent onto the saddle of Derrysallagh. From here you start your descent into the charming and colourful town of Kenmare. Distance: 19 km, Ascent: 275 m Approximate walking time: 5.5 hrs
Day 9 / Depart
Your tour ends in Kenmare from where you will make your onward travels.


  • 8-nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Maps and all route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation, during the tour and back at the end of the tour
  • Full back up service should you require it while on our tour

Not Included


    • Once more a big thank you for a gorgeous week with splendid weather (which probably was none of your doing) and your splendid company (which certainly was a lot of your doing).  As if I hadn’t known: Connemara is a very beautiful spot on Gods earth.

      Eberhard Schmid, Germany
    • Many thanks for a well-planned trip. We had a blast. The hiking was fantastic…no rain…accommodating and lovely B&B’s…nice folks along the way…. just beautiful. We enjoyed a new play at the Abbey Theater and saw everything on our list in Dublin! Thanks for all your great instructions and helpful suggestions. I have recommended you to some friends from Arizona going this summer.

      Tricia, Arizona
    • The walk you led was one of the best trips David and I have enjoyed. I have been thinking about why that is so. Ireland itself is beautiful scenery, lovely friendly people. But Ireland is not alone in having those attributes.
      I decided the factor which contributed the most to our enjoyment was the fact that you were able to create a group of friends out of people who just met at the airport. That is very special, and one of the reasons I think Teresa is a very lucky woman (and from your comments,she too is very special).
      So again heartfelt thanks for leading us on a wonderful walk through gorgeous vistas.

      Shirley & David