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Beara Way – 9 Day

3 - Ireland, Beara Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 9 Days | £656

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 – Available March to October

Tour Grade – Easy to Moderate

Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)

Itinerary

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.

Included

✓ 8-nights B&B

✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite

✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack

✓ Maps and Waterproof Route Notes

✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way

✓ 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

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