Beara Way - Challenging
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- Beara Way - Challenging
- 7 days / 6 nights
- Difficulty: Easy
The Beara Way is a 152 kilometer (95 miles) circular walk along the Beara Peninsula, starting and ending in Glengarriff, County Cork. The route leads you through the beautifully rugged mountain and coastal areas in the Counties Kerry and Cork. With additional walks over the islands of Bere Island and Dursey Island, you can extend the route to a total length of more than 200 kilometers.
RouteWhat's the plan?
Day 1: Glengarriff to Adrigole
Quiet roads and forest trails lead you through the beautiful forests of Glenariff Forest Park to the remote Coomerkane Valley. From there, a steep climb takes you to a ridge of the Caha Mountains leading to Sugarloaf Mountain, where the Beara Way reaches its highest point at 560 meters. Enjoy stunning views of Bantry Bay before descending again to the village of Adrigole.
Distance: 16.6 kilometres / 10.3 miles
Walking time: 5.5 hours
Day 2: Adrigole to Castletownbere
Today you pass the famous Hungry Hill. After a walk around Hungry Hill, the trail follows a route along the southern slopes of the Slieve Miskish Mountains to the charming fishing harbour of Castletownbere. Along the way, you can enjoy the views of Bere Island and Berehaven, one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world.
Distance: 19.6 kilometres / 12.2 miles
Walking time: 5.5 hours
Day 3: Castletownbere to Allihies
A walk along ancient country lanes takes you past a Bronze Age stone circle and through forests before the route climbs up to the Slieve Miskish Mountains. You can catch a glimpse of the north side of the peninsula before the path climbs up again and then descends past an old disused copper mine towards the colourful village of Allihies.
Distance: 14.6 kilometres / 9.1 miles
Walking time: 4.5 hours
Day 4: Allihies to Ardgroom
From here, a beautiful mountain path takes you past and over the northern slopes of the Slieve Miskish range. The route now follows the mountain slopes with stunning views over Coulagh Bay. The path will lead you along the shores of Coulagh Bay, with the waves pounding the shore beside you. Pass a rock formation known as the 'The Hag of Beara', one of Ireland's oldest mythological creatures, before a small old country road (called a 'boreen' in Ireland) takes you along Lough Fadda to the small village of Ardgroom.
Distance: 25 kilometres / 7.9 miles
Walking time: 8 hours
Day 5: Ardgroom to Clonee Lough
Quiet roads are now followed by a beautiful walk along a rugged mountain path over Drung Hill. The trail then leads you to the Cashel Keelty stone circle which is almost 3,000 years old. The path leads you through fields and valleys and over several hills. Almost at the end of this walking day, you will visit the mystical Uragh stone circle - an undoubted highlight of the whole Beara Way and, on a calm day, possibly one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on earth.
Distance: 22 kilometres / 6.6 miles
Walking time: 7 hours
Day 6: Cloonee Lough to Kenmare
The trail follows the highway for a couple of miles, then heads inland along a wooded lane with beautiful scenery. The trail then ascends steeply up to the gap in the ridge. From here, you will have beautiful sights towards Kenmare, down Kenmare Bay, all the way to the sea.
Distance: 17.6 kilometres / 11 miles
Walking time: 5 hours
Day 7: Kenmare to Glengarriff
Today you walk along small roads through the beautiful Sheen River valley. Quiet country roads then lead you to a remote old pass between the Esk and Barraboy mountains. From there the route descends into the beautiful Glengarriff Forest Reserve - a wildlife-rich woodland with many different walking trails. These lead you to the charming village of Glengarriff, situated on the shores of Bantry Bay, where the mountains meet the sea.
Distance: 19 kilometres / 11.8 miles
Walking time: 6 hours
Possible Extra Stops
From Castletownbere, you can plan an extra day to visit Bere Island. A short ferry ride across the sheltered harbour takes you to Bere Island, where hikers are spoiled with trails varying in length and difficulty. On this Island, you can enjoy some of the highlights of the Beara Way. From locations with a rich military heritage from different eras to views of the spectacular scenery of the Slieve Miskish and Caha mountains on the mainland.
From Allihies, you can schedule an extra day to visit Dursey Island. A ride on Ireland's only cable car takes you across Dursey Island. With only 6 permanent residents, little motorized traffic and a wealth of wildlife, Dursey Island is a walker's paradise.
√ Booking the hotels
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
We will arrange your accommodation on the Beara Way in hotels. The accommodation will be in shared rooms when possible, although most hotels on the route offer private rooms.
During this trek, you will stay in typical Irish hotels, with breakfast included where possible.
√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.
× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Glengarriff. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Ireland.
Once in Ireland, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Glengarriff. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back to Dublin Airport after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
× Lunch and Dinner
Breakfast is, where possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
On the Beara Way, you can stay in a cozy hotel or in a typical Irish B&B, where you will receive a warm welcome and possibly a typical Irish breakfast. We have selected the accommodations based on the length of each stage and the recommendation of hikers who preceded you on the Beara Way. Here is an example of what can be booked. If the first option is not available, we will find an alternative.
Adrigole: Hungry Hill Lodge and Campsite
This holiday park is situated in the heart of the Beara Peninsula, West Cork on the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest signed coastal drive in the world.
Castletownbere: Island View House
This modern house is run by a family and offers panoramic views of the Beara Peninsula. Only 22 kilometers away, you can find cable cars to explore Dursey Island.
Allihies: Sea View B&B
This B&B is located at the tip of the Beara Peninsula, in the quiet, charming village of Allihies. It serves a hearty full Irish breakfast and offers warmly decorated rooms with picturesque views.
Clonee Lough: Beara Camping
This is a family-owned business that loves camping and the outdoors. They offer spaces for both tents and caravans, but also offer trekking cabins and mobile homes.
Kenmare: Watersedge Guesthouse
Watersedge is nestled in a majestic, peaceful location, with unobstructed views of Kenmare bay and the folding Kerry Mountains in the background. We are situated in a very private and quiet area with no passing traffic.
Packing listPacking List
On the Beara Way, being prepared for the changing weather is paramount. Ireland has a very diverse climate and you may experience all four seasons in one day! With this in mind, it’s essential to pack clothing, footwear, and accessories suitable for changing weather conditions.
Try to base your clothing on the "three-layer" principle. This consists of a base layer, which will absorb the moisture from your skin; a middle layer, which should provide some warmth; and a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the rain and the wind. Here are our recommendations for your Beara Way walk:
- Trousers, waterproof, lightweight, and quick-drying
- Shirts for the base layer
- Warm jacket or pullover for the middle layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Trekking boots, worn in
- Good quality socks
- Extra footwear for the night
- Waste bags
- Whistle to summon assistance in case of accidents
- Water bottle containing enough water to take you to your next stop
- Torch (preferably a head-torch) with spare bulb and batteries
- Emergency food and snacks (high energy snacks such as chocolate, dried fruit, energy bars etc.)
- Hiking poles
- First aid kit
What is the best season?
You can walk the Beara Way all year round. The popular season is between March and October, May being the most recommended month. What you should know is that the weather conditions are frequently wet and windy, regardless of the season that you choose, so pack the necessary wet/warm weather gear and always have an extra dry pair of shoes to wear at the end of the day. A good rain jacket and overtrousers will be your best allies.
How do I get to the starting point?
The Beara Way begins and ends in Glengarriff. Since it is a circular route, the path can be walked in both ways. Glengarriff is reachable by public transport.
To get to Glengarriff, you first have to travel to Dublin. From there, you can take the train or bus to Glengarriff. You can also drive to Glengarriff by car. Glengarriff is a tourist town. Here you can find a bamboo park, Glengarriff Nature Reserve, and Sugarloaf Mountain.
Since the Beara Way is a circular walk, the route also ends in Glengarriff.
Irish emergency number: 112 or 999
How to BookHow to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We ask once again for a deposit of 15% to secure all accommodation for you. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 15% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
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