Walking Hiking

Sheep’s Head Way – 8 Day

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  • Sheep's Head Way

Sheep’s Head Way – 8 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula; is the middle of the three peninsulas in the southwest of county Cork, Ireland’s largest county, along part of the Wild Atlantic Way.  It must be the least visited part of Cork and this contributes to the wonderful presence of such a unique place. The narrow finger of land is part of the Old Red Sandstone system, the rounded hills (drumlins) are the evidence of glaciation, leaving fertile sheep pastures dominated by a spine of low hills. The highest point on the peninsula is Seefin Hill at 345 m.

This 8 Day Self-Guided Tour circumnavigates the peninsula taking you from Bantry Town along the spine of the peninsula to the lighthouse on the headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and then returning by the shores Dunmanus Bay, back to Bantry.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour £585 per person sharing
Single Supplement +£210
Tour Dates 2017 Available March to October
Tour Grade Moderate 
Accommodation Guesthouse (en suite)



Day 1 / Arrive Bantry
Travelling by public transport to Bantry town which is perfectly located as a place to start your self-guided tour in the southwest of Ireland. It sits in the bay separating the Sheepshead and Beara peninsulas and in the shelter of Whiddy Island.
Day 2 / Bantry to Glanlough
On the first day of your walking tour on the Sheeps Head Way you will walk from Bantry to Glanlough overlooking Bantry Bay and Whiddy island. On today’s trail you will walk along a beautiful ridge before making your way down into Glanlough. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 280 m, Approximate walking time; 4.5 hours
Day 3 / Glanlough to Kilcrohane
Today’s walk you follow the Gortnakilly ridge up onto Seefin Mountain, the highest point of the peninsula at 345m. Distance; 13km, Ascent; 385m, Approximate walking time; 4 hours
Day 4 / Kilcrohane to Tooreen
You will follow the wild and rugged coastline at the western extremity of Sheepshead peninsula on the trail today, passing through long abandoned and ruined villages and the Gortavallig Copper Mines. Distance; 14km, Ascent; 110m, Approximate walking time; 4 hours
Day 5 / Tooreen to Reenmore
Starting your day walking the southern coastline, with a very short climb, which leads you to a 17th century signal tower, the trail then stays at lower levels winding through farmsteads and ancient town lands on your way to Kilcrohane village. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 200m, Approximate walking time; 4.5 hours
Day 6 / Reenmore to Durrus
Durrus, the largest village on the peninsula, is today’s destination and the trail takes you there along undisturbed paths and winding roads. Passing through this area you will see evidence of the extensive activity from pre Christian times, in the form of standing stones, wells and burial grounds’. Distance; 16km, Ascent; 280m, Approximate walking time; 5 hours
Day 7 / Durrus to Bantry
On the final leg of your return to Bantry, you move inland from the coastline and ascend Barr na Gaoithe, the Top of the Wind, before meandering back down on small country roads into the town, through the beautiful grounds of Bantry House. Distance; 17km, Ascent; 190m, Approximate walking time; 5 hours.
Day 8 / Depart
After breakfast your tour ends and you will depart Bantry by public transport.


  • 7 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 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