Beara Way Rambler Ten Day Hike

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Beara Way Rambler 10 Day Itineary

Our driver can meet you on your arrival at Kerry Airport or Killarney for a private transfer to your first guesthouse to Kenmare. Kenmare is one of Ireland’s prettiest village and it has a wonderful choice of cafes, pubs, craft shops and restaurants. There are many places to explore but we also have an optional 6km along the river and harbor if you wished to stretch the legs before tomorrow’s first day on the Beara Way. Kenmare has a lively traditional music scene and there is usually live music in at least 2 or 3 pubs each night.

Today marks the start of the Beara Way proper and after crossing the harbor bridge you enter the Beara Peninsula. The hike follows the beautiful coast along Kenmare Bay before turning inland and following quite country lanes. The route turns to the south and shortly you begin to ascend up the slope of Derrysallagh Mountain. This is a steady ascent and after a good effort you reach the pass and begin the beautiful descent into the Gleninchiquin Valley.

The shimmering waters of Lough Inquin can be seen in the distance. The descent brings you to the lake where you follow its shores to further into the valley. Near the head of the valley is Gleninchiquin Park. A beautiful location framed by its large waterfall. The is a small café here too where you can rest before our driver meets you. As there are no places to stay in valley, our driver will meet you here and bring you back to your guesthouse in Kenmare (We will return you to Gleninchquin Valley in the morning to continue the next section of the Beara Way).

This morning at a time of your choosing our driver will bring you back to the Gleninchquin Valley. The drive takes about 15-20 minutes. Almost immediatley the Beara Way passes the Uruagh Stone. This standing stone is stunningly situated looking out onto the lake and waterfall in the distance.  The surrounding valley, lake and waterfall background add to the monuments impact. Moving on we now have our first ascent of the day, passing by a large sheep farm. A wide track gives us access to the mid slopes of Knockaarrane.

Wonderful views over Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula open up to your right hand side. At the altitude of 270m we being to descend eventually reaching the road at Tuosist. From here, it is quiet country roads towards Knockatee mountain. About 1.5km from Lauragh you get one of the most beautiful views in Ireland as you look down on Lauragh and Kilmakilloge Harbour. The descent from here allows you to enjoy the valley almost the entire way down to Lauragh. Lauragh is well forested and as you decend  you enter the forest and soon your guesthouse for tonight.

This morning begins along quiet country lanes towards Glanmore Lake with fine views of the surrounding Caha Mountains. We turn west at Croanshagh Bridge and enter the forest on the lowest slopes of Cummeennahillan Mountain. A gradual ascent along a medieval road that once ran from Kenmare to Castletownbere brings you to the Cashelkeelty Standing Stones. The five stone circle megalithic monument was erected almost 3,000 years ago and it is marvelously located with its Atlantic backdrop. Shortly afterwards you descend before rising again to the pass between Drung Hill and Keecrah.

This is a particularly beautiful section of the hike and the wide panoramic views ahead never fail to delight us. Once you have descended the pass you have the opportunity to visit the Beara Gallery and this is a good place to take a rest.

After the Beara Gallery, you hike along the lower slopes of Coomacloghane and Tooreennamna Mountains and enjoy views out over Kenmare Bay. Soon you come to another of today’s highlights, the Ardgroom Stone Circle. An even larger circle than Cashelkeelty, the circle has 11 standing stones and in the vicinity are the remains of two ring forts. By now you are only a short walk to your destination for today, Ardgroom Village. Ardgroom is a colorful one street village with a lovely pub and local café. For the more energetic it is possible to walk to nearby Glenbeg Lake, a 20-minute walk south east of Ardgroom.

Today’s hike can be divided into three stages, a ridge walk, a lake walk and finally a coastal walk. You leave Ardgroom, hiking north of the village and soon you are ascending to the low ridge of Cleanderry Mountain. Once on the ridge you can enjoy wide Atlantic views to your right and the majestic mountains of Lackawee and Maulin on your left. Dropping down from the ridge, a short stretch of quiet road is soon replaced by a trail through tall grass as you skirt the shores of Lough Fadda, a popular Anglers spot due to its plentiful brown trout.

With the lake behind you a short section on surfaced road offers views of the nearby Ballycrovane Ogham Stone, which at 5.3m, is the tallest Ogham Stone in Europe. Ogham is an ancient Irish written language, consisting of inscriptions on stone monuments, it is thought to have originated in the 4th century AD.

You now enter the final stage of today’s hike which takes you along the Atlantic shore. Part of the Beara Way here is also part the Eyeries Heritage Trail, and one of the most interesting sections is the Ballycrovane Coastguard Station which was the scene of a raid during the 1920 War of Independence. The shores along this section is very pleasant with the waves crashing against the rocks below. Soon the bright houses of Eyeries Village can be seen in the distance and we depart the coast to enter the village. Eyeries is a picture-perfect village and was voted the place where most Irish people would choose to live. Eyeries has a number of pubs and a choice of places to dine this evening.

The trail leaves Eyeries along quiet country lanes. Once you reach Coulagh, you leave the country lanes and the trail climbs to bring us onto the slopes of Miskish Mountain. The views over the valley below and out over the Atlantic improve with each step. On a clear day the Skellig Islands come into view. The trail drops down to a lower stream before climbing up the slopes of Knockgour.

After a while you begin to see the remains of the old Copper Mines industry. Allihies and the surrounding area was a thriving mining town during the 18th Century. Up ahead is the pass that leads you down into the Allihies Valley. Once over the pass, the scale of the old mining industry becomes clear with the old engine rooms being particularly striking.  The Beara Way continues its descent and the brightly painted house of Allihies Village soon come into view. Depending on the time of your arrival try and make time to visit the Copper Mine Museum which details the fascinating history of the mining industry in Allihies.

Departing Allihies you pass the Copper Mine Musuem before emerging onto the main beach. Allihies has a fine long beach, the best on the Beara Peninsula. The trail runs along the beach before turning west and beginning an ascent along the slopes of Knocknahulla. This next section is wonderful with massive Atlantic views and the slopes of Dursey Island coming into view ahead as you progress high above the cliffs at Foilshauncrone.

As you progress the sight of boats in Garnish Bay below can be seen and eventually the mountain becomes a track and you descend past the scattered cottages who enjoy the most enviable views. The Beara Way reaches the road at the Firkeel Gap and from here you can enjoy great views of Garnish Harbour. Soon after the amazing sight of the Dursey Channel and Ireland’s only cable car mark the end of today’s hike.

A different start to today’s hike as you board Ireland’s only cable car for the short journey across to Dursey Island. The cable car is legendary in Ireland and the views beneath are dramatic as you cross the channel. Home to only 6 families now Duresy is a peaceful oasis, and the Beara Way starts with an ascent that soon allows you to look back to the mainland and appreciate your journey here. Once up on the wide ridge, the hike on Dursey is a delight as you ascend and descend through the three peaks.

In the distance you will see the highest point on the Island marked by a signal tower at 252 metres and this is a good spot for a break as the tower provides shelter if there is a wind. As you ascend to the tower make sure to turn around and appreciate the jaw droppingly beautiful view back to the mainland of Ireland. From the signal tower you can see Dursey Head, the last land before North America. Two islets, The Bull and The Cow can be spotted to the north of Dursey Head. Descending from the Signal Tower you reach the Island’s only road, (virtually traffic free) and you can decide whether to descend to Dursey Head or return to the cable car via the Island’s only traffic free road track. The day on the Island is one of the great highlights of the Beara Way. Our driver will meet you on your return and bring you to tonight’s guesthouse in Allihies (15 minute driver).

A gentle start to the day as you leave Allihies along various tracks and trails. Once you reach the remains of the Kealoge Mine, the trail begins to climb and there are good views of the valley and the bright colors of Allihies Village can be seen in the distance. As you continue your ascent the masts of Knockgour become closer and make sure to turn around to appreciate the views of Dursey Island and the wide Atlantic panorama behind you.

At the 250m contour the trail begins to level and enters an area of forestry. Your views are now to the south and recent forestry clearance has opened up the area. Once you reach the Gour viewing point, your first sighting of Castletownbere and Bere Island are clearly seen as well as the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and Bantry Bay. The trail turns north and at the Teernahilane Ridge you get the widest vistas. To the north the colors of Eyeries Village, Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula, while looking south the Sheep’s Head, Bere Island and even the Mizen Penisula can be seen.

From the ridge the trail ascends towards the summit of Miskish before running east and beginning the continuous decent into Castletownbere. Just before arriving in the town, you get the opportunity to visit the Derreenataggart Stone Circle, which is not to be missed. Shortly afterwards you arrive in Castletown, the largest village so far with its wonderful choice of pubs, restaurants and living fishing port.

We find the short 15 minute boat journey to Bere Island is unfortgetable , and this sheltered harbor makes for a gentle crossing on most days. Once landed you follow the Beara Way towards the lighthouse. The peace of the Island and the stunning views back on the mainland bring joy every time we hike here. The fishing boats from Castletownbere often pass by as they make their way through the narrow channel and out into the Atlantic. After about an hour the lighthouse and its dramatic location come into view.

It’s a magical spot and looking south the tips of the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsula come into view. You are looking at the most westerly corner of Ireland framed by the never-ending Atlantic Ocean. It’s difficult to bring yourself to leave this spot but there is plenty more to see as the Beara Way continues it ascent to the ridge. On the ridge you get to enjoy view over the entire Island, back to the mainland and to the north the Iveragh Peninsula. The route is very well marked on Bere Island and with many daily ferries you can choose to return at your preferred time. Our driver can meet you back at your guesthouse and bring you to your onward connection at Kerry Airport or Killarney (or Cork also)*.

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The price of the Ten Day Beara Way Walking Holiday is 1125 per person sharing.

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Beara Way Rambler Ten Days: Kenmare to Castletownbere

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Itineary of the Beara Way Rambler Ten Day Walking Holiday

Our driver can meet you on your arrival at Kerry Airport or Killarney for a private transfer to your first guesthouse in Kenmare. Kenmare is one of Ireland’s prettiest villages and it has a wonderful choice of cafes, pubs, craft shops and restaurants. There are many places to explore but we also have an optional 6km walk along the river and harbour if you wished to stretch your legs before tomorrow’s first day on the Beara Way. Kenmare has a lively traditional music scene and there is usually live music in 2 or 3 pubs each night.

Today marks the start of the Beara Way proper and after crossing the harbor bridge you enter the Beara Peninsula. The hike follows the beautiful coast along Kenmare Bay before turning inland and following quite country lanes. The route turns to the south and shortly you begin to ascend up the slope of Derrysallagh Mountain. This is a steady ascent and after a good effort you reach the pass and begin the beautiful descent into the Gleninchiquin Valley.

The shimmering waters of Lough Inquin can be seen in the distance. The descent brings you to the lake where you follow its shores to further into the valley. Near the head of the valley is Gleninchiquin Park. A beautiful location framed by its large waterfall. The is a small café here too where you can rest before our driver meets you. As there are no places to stay in valley, our driver will meet you here and bring you back to your guesthouse in Kenmare (We will return you to Gleninchquin Valley in the morning to continue the next section of the Beara Way).

This morning at a time of your choosing our driver will bring you back to the Gleninchquin Valley. The drive takes about 15-20 minutes. Almost immediatley the Beara Way passes the Uruagh Stone. This standing stone is stunningly situated looking out onto the lake and waterfall in the distance.  The surrounding valley, lake and waterfall background add to the monuments impact. Moving on we now have our first ascent of the day, passing by a large sheep farm. A wide track gives us access to the mid slopes of Knockaarrane.

Wonderful views over Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula open up to your right hand side. At the altitude of 270m we being to descend eventually reaching the road at Tuosist. From here, it is quiet country roads towards Knockatee mountain. About 1.5km from Lauragh you get one of the most beautiful views in Ireland as you look down on Lauragh and Kilmakilloge Harbour. The descent from here allows you to enjoy the valley almost the entire way down to Lauragh. Lauragh is well forested and as you decend  you enter the forest and soon your guesthouse for tonight.

This morning begins along quiet country lanes towards Glanmore Lake with fine views of the surrounding Caha Mountains. We turn west at Croanshagh Bridge and enter the forest on the lowest slopes of Cummeennahillan Mountain. A gradual ascent along a medieval road that once ran from Kenmare to Castletownbere brings you to the Cashelkeelty Standing Stones. The five stone circle megalithic monument was erected almost 3,000 years ago and it is marvelously located with its Atlantic backdrop. Shortly afterwards you descend before rising again to the pass between Drung Hill and Keecrah.

This is a particularly beautiful section of the hike and the wide panoramic views ahead never fail to delight us. Once you have descended the pass you have the opportunity to visit the Beara Gallery and this is a good place to take a rest.

After the Beara Gallery, you hike along the lower slopes of Coomacloghane and Tooreennamna Mountains and enjoy views out over Kenmare Bay. Soon you come to another of today’s highlights, the Ardgroom Stone Circle. An even larger circle than Cashelkeelty, the circle has 11 standing stones and in the vicinity are the remains of two ring forts. By now you are only a short walk to your destination for today, Ardgroom Village. Ardgroom is a colorful one street village with a lovely pub and local café. For the more energetic it is possible to walk to nearby Glenbeg Lake, a 20-minute walk south east of Ardgroom.

Today’s hike can be divided into three stages, a ridge walk, a lake walk and finally a coastal walk. You leave Ardgroom, hiking north of the village and soon you are ascending to the low ridge of Cleanderry Mountain. Once on the ridge you can enjoy wide Atlantic views to your right and the majestic mountains of Lackawee and Maulin on your left. Dropping down from the ridge, a short stretch of quiet road is soon replaced by a trail through tall grass as you skirt the shores of Lough Fadda, a popular Anglers spot due to its plentiful brown trout.

With the lake behind you a short section on surfaced road offers views of the nearby Ballycrovane Ogham Stone, which at 5.3m, is the tallest Ogham Stone in Europe. Ogham is an ancient Irish written language, consisting of inscriptions on stone monuments, it is thought to have originated in the 4th century AD.

You now enter the final stage of today’s hike which takes you along the Atlantic shore. Part of the Beara Way here is also part the Eyeries Heritage Trail, and one of the most interesting sections is the Ballycrovane Coastguard Station which was the scene of a raid during the 1920 War of Independence. The shores along this section is very pleasant with the waves crashing against the rocks below. Soon the bright houses of Eyeries Village can be seen in the distance and we depart the coast to enter the village. Eyeries is a picture-perfect village and was voted the place where most Irish people would choose to live. Eyeries has a number of pubs and a choice of places to dine this evening.

The trail leaves Eyeries along quiet country lanes. Once you reach Coulagh, you leave the country lanes and the trail climbs to bring us onto the slopes of Miskish Mountain. The views over the valley below and out over the Atlantic improve with each step. On a clear day the Skellig Islands come into view. The trail drops down to a lower stream before climbing up the slopes of Knockgour.

After a while you begin to see the remains of the old Copper Mines industry. Allihies and the surrounding area was a thriving mining town during the 18th Century. Up ahead is the pass that leads you down into the Allihies Valley. Once over the pass, the scale of the old mining industry becomes clear with the old engine rooms being particularly striking.  The Beara Way continues its descent and the brightly painted house of Allihies Village soon come into view. Depending on the time of your arrival try and make time to visit the Copper Mine Museum which details the fascinating history of the mining industry in Allihies.

Departing Allihies you pass the Copper Mine Musuem before emerging onto the main beach. Allihies has a fine long beach, the best on the Beara Peninsula. The trail runs along the beach before turning west and beginning an ascent along the slopes of Knocknahulla. This next section is wonderful with massive Atlantic views and the slopes of Dursey Island coming into view ahead as you progress high above the cliffs at Foilshauncrone.

As you progress the sight of boats in Garnish Bay below can be seen and eventually the mountain becomes a track and you descend past the scattered cottages who enjoy the most enviable views. The Beara Way reaches the road at the Firkeel Gap and from here you can enjoy great views of Garnish Harbour. Soon after the amazing sight of the Dursey Channel and Ireland’s only cable car mark the end of today’s hike.

A different start to today’s hike as you board Ireland’s only cable car for the short journey across to Dursey Island. The cable car is legendary in Ireland and the views beneath are dramatic as you cross the channel. Home to only 6 families now Duresy is a peaceful oasis, and the Beara Way starts with an ascent that soon allows you to look back to the mainland and appreciate your journey here. Once up on the wide ridge, the hike on Dursey is a delight as you ascend and descend through the three peaks.

In the distance you will see the highest point on the Island marked by a signal tower at 252 metres and this is a good spot for a break as the tower provides shelter if there is a wind. As you ascend to the tower make sure to turn around and appreciate the jaw droppingly beautiful view back to the mainland of Ireland. From the signal tower you can see Dursey Head, the last land before North America. Two islets, The Bull and The Cow can be spotted to the north of Dursey Head. Descending from the Signal Tower you reach the Island’s only road, (virtually traffic free) and you can decide whether to descend to Dursey Head or return to the cable car via the Island’s only traffic free road track. The day on the Island is one of the great highlights of the Beara Way.

A gentle start to the day as you leave Allihies along various tracks and trails. Once you reach the remains of the Kealoge Mine, the trail begins to climb and there are good views of the valley and the bright colors of Allihies Village can be seen in the distance. As you continue your ascent the masts of Knockgour become closer and make sure to turn around to appreciate the views of Dursey Island and the wide Atlantic panorama behind you.

At the 250m contour the trail begins to level and enters an area of forestry. Your views are now to the south and recent forestry clearance has opened up the area. Once you reach the Gour viewing point, your first sighting of Castletownbere and Bere Island are clearly seen as well as the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and Bantry Bay. The trail turns north and at the Teernahilane Ridge you get the widest vistas. To the north the colors of Eyeries Village, Kenmare Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula, while looking south the Sheep’s Head, Bere Island and even the Mizen Penisula can be seen.

From the ridge the trail ascends towards the summit of Miskish before running east and beginning the continuous decent into Castletownbere. Just before arriving in the town, you get the opportunity to visit the Derreenataggart Stone Circle, which is not to be missed. Shortly afterwards you arrive in Castletown, the largest village so far with its wonderful choice of pubs, restaurants and living fishing port.

We find the short 15 minute boat journey to Bere Island unfortgetable, and this sheltered harbor makes for a gentle crossing on most days. Once landed you follow the Beara Way towards the lighthouse. The peace of the Island and the stunning views back on the mainland bring joy every time we hike here. The fishing boats from Castletownbere often pass by as they make their way through the narrow channel and out into the Atlantic. After about an hour the lighthouse and its dramatic location come into view.

It’s a magical spot and looking south the tips of the Sheep’s Head and Mizen Peninsula come into view. You are looking at the most westerly corner of Ireland framed by the never-ending Atlantic Ocean. It’s difficult to bring yourself to leave this spot but there is plenty more to see as the Beara Way continues it ascent to the ridge. On the ridge you get to enjoy view over the entire Island, back to the mainland and to the north the Iveragh Peninsula. The route is very well marked on Bere Island and with many daily ferries you can choose to return at your preferred time. Our driver can meet you back at your guesthouse and bring you to your onward connection at Kerry Airport or Killarney (or Cork also)*.

Check Our Availability

Booking and Rates

Official Member of Failte Ireland

Failte Ireland

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Wonderful Ireland Walking Holidays

63 Dundrum Gate,

Dundrum,

Dublin 16

D16 EY00

Republic of Ireland  

Company Number 397494 

VAT Number 6417494G