Walking The Beara Way

Of all the long distance walks in Ireland, the Beara Way offers perhaps the greatest escape from modern life. Even for the west of Ireland, Beara is a world apart and offers a tranquility and peacefulness that has long since vanished in other parts. The least populated and most intimate of the main Kerry and Cork peninsulas, the pace of life here is soon infectious.

Castletownbeare, its largest town is a working sea port with easy access to Bere Island, a wonderful Island offering unparalled views back to the main land. The picturesque village of Eyeries and cultural hub of Allihies are perfectly situated, offering excellent stopover along the route. Further west, the dramatic beauty of Dursey Island accessible by Ireland’s only cable car offers one of the most exciting day trips in Ireland.

Standing at the gateway to the peninsula, Glengarriff makes a great welcome and offers the opportunity to visit the almost Mediterranean Garnish Island. While Kenmare, the other gateway offers some of the finest restaurants and best traditional music in Kerry. As some of the days can be long we have created a Mountaineer and a Rambler walking holiday in the Beara. The Rambler walking holidays offer between 10-15km a day walking while the Mountaineer offer 23-28km a day and covers the Glengarriff to Adrigole and Kenmare to Lauragh sections that are quite challenging.

All in all, the Beara Way offers a wonderful experience that will leave you astonished at the variety and beauty of the west of Ireland. What are you waiting for ?

Beara Way Mountaineer Eight Days7129km2380mMod-Challenging
Beara Way Mountaineer Ten Days9169km3450mMod-Challenging
Beara Way Mountaineer Twelve Days11207km4000mMod-Challenging
Beara Way Rambler Six Days570km1076mModerate
Beara Way Rambler Eight Days795km1625mModerate
Beara Way Rambler Ten Days9113km2275mModerate

Note: For those wishing to take a rest day, we can recommend Castletownbere, Kenmare or Glengarriff. Kenmare is a very pretty market town with a large choice of fine restaurants, great pubs and the liveliest traditional music scene outside of Dingle. Glengariff is a beautifully situated village offering direct access to Garnish island as well as easy strolls in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve. It has a fine location on the shores of Bantry Bay and you can enjoy some good seafood and cosy traditional pubs. Castletownbere is a thriving fishing village and “capital” of the peninsula with easy access to Bere Island by a 15 minute ferry trip.  Just let us know and we can include these extra rest days in your itinerary.

Here is a video we took in January 2020 while we were walking the Beara Way on Bere Island. You can see the Beara mainland just a short distance across the water from Bere Island.

Our Self Guided Walking Holidays

Wonderful Ireland looks after all the aspects of your walking holiday so that you can relax and take in the beauty of the countryside around you. Our driver can meet you at Kerry Airport or Killarney train station and bring you to your first guesthouse.   Transfer from Cork Airport also available (60€ supplement). Through years of experience we have selected the best places to stay along the Beara Way.

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Each day we also transport your luggage between the guesthouses. A full Irish breakfast is provided each morning in addition to a packed lunch. On your final day we will meet you at your guesthouse and bring you back to Kerry airport or Killarney Train Station (or Cork if required). We also supply you with the latest waterproof walking notes, maps and guidebooks to make sure you get the most from your visit. Also supplied is a cell phone that has the best coverage on the Beara peninsula and we are only a phone call away should you require backup or support during your trek. We can also supply you with use of complimentary hiking poles if required.

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