Beara Way (6 Days & 5 Nights)6 Days & 5 Nights 5 Read 2 reviews
- Walk the best of the Beara Way, in Ireland's south west
- Explore the colourful fishing village of Eyeries
- A mix of coastal and mountain walking with views over the Skellig Islands
- Sample traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness in Kenmare
- Catch a glimpse of whales and dolphins feeding in the bays
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
Groups > 10, Avid Adventurers
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Coastal & Island
Grade & Terrain
Our itineraries are graded moderate overall. However depending on the itinerary this can be anywhere between easy to moderate and moderate to strenuous. These itineraries are suitable for regular walkers but you will need to be physically fit as there are some steep climbs. The terrain consists of mainly quiet tarmac roads, bog roads, cliff and woodland paths and open moorland, some sections of which can be quite rough and remote. During rainy weather some of the trails can be very muddy, boggy and waterlogged, so be prepared to get your boots wet and wear very good quality walking and waterproof boots. Wearing gaiters is also a good option. As there are no “public rights of way” in Ireland you will need to expect some road walking. The roads that the Beara Way follows are generally very quiet and sometimes farm tracks but you will have to walk on tarmac every day as there is no avoiding this. However this in no way creates a negative experience, it is just what you have to expect when you walk in Ireland.
This route is quite well way-marked. Detailed route notes and GPS data will be provided for you via the Macs Adventure App. Further information will be provided upon receipt of your booking. As some of these areas are quite remote it is advisable that you are a regular walker in this kind of environment.
The accommodation on this tour is mostly cosy and comfortable B&B's. All offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional Irish hospitality and delicious full Irish breakfasts. It must be noted that due to the lack of accommodations in Adrigole, transfers will be provided. We regularly use the following properties but may accommodate you elsewhere if these are not available.
We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.
Due to the route taken by the Beara Way, it is sometimes necessary to accommodate you a short walk away from the trail itself, as there is not always suitable accommodation close to the trail. Details will again be given on your accommodation sheet.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.
A hearty breakfast is included each morning, which usually includes choices of cereals, toast, and yogurts. A full cooked Irish breakfast is also provided and cooked to order. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively, you can buy lunch at local shops or stop in a café. Your route notes will have more specific information on whether you will need to take a packed lunch on a walk or whether there is a café, shop, etc en route.
- Overnights in B&B’s, guesthouses & small hotels
- Luggage transfers
- People transfers as described in the itinerary
- Information Pack, maps, route notes, GPX tracks, access to our smartphone app
- 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
- Travel insurance (required)
- Travel to starting point/from finish point
- Ferries & Cable Car
- Lunches & Dinners
- Drinks and snacks
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
- Personal equipment
- Extra nights before, after or during your walk
- Additional Transfers
When To Go
This walking holiday is best enjoyed between May and October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find availability on our website. The Beara Way is popular and in some places there is limited accommodation choices so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.
Getting to the Start
The closest international airport is Cork Airport. This airport is served by a few different airlines such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus from cities like as London, Manchester, Glasgow, Munich, Zurich and Amsterdam. When you arrive you can take a #266 bus from the airport to Cork Parnell Bus Station. Buses from the airport run approximately every half an hour. From Cork Parnell Bus Station you can catch a bus to Glengariff. There are 3 buses per day in the early morning, afternoon and early evening. The journey takes about 2H20.
If you fly into Dublin is it also possible to get a direct train to Cork from the centre of Dublin which takes about 2H35.
A useful website when deciding on your travel plans is Bus Eireann.
If your tour begins in Castletownbere a private transfer from Glengariff to your accommodation in Castletownbere is included. Please let us know of your arrival in Glengariff as soon as possible after booking.
Getting from the End
On return to Cork you can get a taxi to Glengariff and take the same return journey. However a less expensive option is to take a bus from Kenmare to Killarney. During week days there are buses 3 times per day, but only twice on Saturdays and once on Sundays, so you will have to plan accordingly. The journey takes about 45 minutes. From Killarney you can take a train to Cork, which takes approximately 1h30 to 2H depending on the stops.
There are also direct train to Dublin from Killarney if you wish to take this option. Once again the Bus Eireann website is the best one for making your travel plans.
Daily door to door transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg)
The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.
It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.
Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.
Our itineraries are graded moderate overall. However depending on the itinerary this can be anywhere between easy to moderate and moderate to strenuous. These itineraries are suitable for regular walkers but you will need to be physically fit as there are some steep climbs. The terrain consists of mainly quiet tarmac roads, bog roads, cliff and woodland paths and open moorland, some sections of which can be quite rough and remote. During rainy weather some of the trails can be very muddy, so be prepared to get your boots wet and wear very good walking and waterproof boots. Wearing gaiters is also a good option.
Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.
Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although we believe any time between April and October offers a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Castletownbere and overnight
Arrive in Glengarriff, the southern gateway to the Beara Peninsula (2H20 local bus ride from Cork) and an ideal place to begin your Beara Way walk. This harbour is the place where the rugged beauty of the Beara Mountains meet the sea. Glengarriff has a mild sub-tropical climate and a nature reserve. Check in to your accommodation and the rest of the day is yours to explore the nearby sights.
This B&B is located up the hill in the Castletownbere and you will be welcomed warmly at this family run establishment. Island View commands a towering view over the fishing port of Castletownbere and Bantry bay. A spectacular setting awaits you in the peaceful surrounding's with panoramic views of Bere Island. This modern, spacious house is tastefully decorated with a pleasing homely atmosphere and brilliant cooked breakfasts. Wifi is available throughout. There are 11 rooms, a few are located in a separate building behind the main house.
Summer Hill Bed and Breakfast accommodation at the seaport town of Castletownbere on the Beara Peninsula West Cork is just a 9-minute walk to the towns harbour. Summer Hill was designed and constructed in 2001 as a purpose-built B&B Guesthouse with all the very spacious bedrooms being ensuite. Natural timber is a feature throughout the house. They also provide both free WiFiand secure parking. Teey have 11 rooms to suit all accommodation requirements: doubles, twins, triples and family rooms each with en suite bathroom and TV.
Brookhaven B&B, overlooks the beautiful Castletownbere Harbour and is located just a 3 minute walk from Castletownbere town. You are always assured of a warm welcome in Castletownbere B&B, an Irish B&B where you will be treated to warm home-made , freshly baked scones with whipped cream and jam, tea or coffee all served on our balcony or garden.
Walk from the exceptionally pretty fishing town of Castletownbere to Eyeries, known for its colourful pastel houses which give the village its character. Enjoy the everchanging views over Coulagh Bay, before sitting down for a typical Irish meal.
Your host Therese provides excellent breakfast and a warm welcome to this B&B which has great views over the coast. You will be greeted with a cup of tea or coffee. Located just a short walk from the main village it is in an ideal location.
This accommodation is cosy and comfortable and offers a very warm welcome after a day of walking. The breakfasts are filling and delicious and it is conveniently located quite close to Eyeries village.
Dropping down from the village to the coast, the Beara Way now follows the shoreline and you turn northward toward Tranimod and the Ballycrovane. Continue along the shore before turning inland and head over open hillside toward Lough Fadda (the Long Lake). Then ascend the hill above you and follow the ridge before crossing the estuary and following the quiet road into the village of Ardgroom.
A 2 minute walk from the village of Ardgroom your delightful host offers spacious comfortable rooms and modern bathrooms. There are 3 rooms in this charming accommodation with Wifi in all the rooms. If you require a packed lunch you can let Rose your host know the evening before and she will provide that and you can pay her locally.
The Sea Villa B&B is set in a wonderful scenic location on the rugged and beautiful Beara peninsula in County Cork. All of the cosy guestrooms are ensuite and feature hairdryer, TV, and trouser press. The delicious breakfast menu is full of options from a full Irish breakfast to cereals and fruit.
As well as serving breakfasts guests will be able to avail of the delicious dinner menu featuring homemade Irish stew and fresh muscles from the owners own mussel farm.
As this B&B is a long way from the village, they will provide dinner at approximately €15 pp. However they will need 24 hour notice. So please call them in advance.
They will also provide a packed lunch with 24 hour notice.
Leaving Ardgroom walk along a country road before passing a turning going to the Ardgroom Stone Circle. It is one of the best preserved on the Beara, with 8 stones still standing and constructed during the Bronze Age, roughly 4,500 years ago. It’s just a short diversion off the trail of about 1km to see it.
Then pass from County Cork to County Kerry and a rise to a gap between the hills. Your route then brings you on past a stone circle at Cashelkeelty before descending to Lauragh and your stay for the evening.
The parish of Tuoist/Lauragh is rich in beauty and heritage and bordered by Kenmare Bay to the north and the soaring Caha Mountains to the south.
This delightful B&B provides free Wifi in all the rooms, a delicious cooked breakfast served in the conservatory, ensuite rooms and a very kind host.
Noreen will cook an evening meal for guests for approx. €15 pp, payable locally. Please call ahead and give her 24 hours’ notice of this requirement.
The Mountain View B&B is indeed as described and has awesome views over the surrounding mountains. The rooms are all very comfortable with ensuite bathrooms. All the rooms have Wifi. Sheila your host will cook an evening meal for guests for approx. €20 pp, payable locally. Please call ahead and give her 24 hours’ notice of this requirement. They can also make packed lunches with advance notice.
The next section takes you all the way to the lovely town of Kenmare. A transfer brings you to the trail near Drombohilly (not on the 8 day itinerary) and you ascend up toward the central spine of the Beara Peninsula. You are afforded views back down to the coast and across Kenmare Bay to the Iveragh Peninsula and Ireland’s highest peaks.
Passing the Clonee Loughs you head into the scenic valley of Gleninchiquin. Turning eastward away from Lough Inchiquin you follow a back road uphill before breaking off across country and dropping over the ridge as you descend toward Dromoughty Lake and stone circle. Now follow the route as it runs parallel with the coast and onward into Kenmare town.
This little heritage town is rich in tradition and home to craft workers such as artists, weavers, potters and silversmiths. There is an array of brightly coloured shops and restaurants giving the town a cosmopolitan atmosphere. It also has a great reputation for some of the best food in the area and you can enjoy your final meal (and a Guinness!) in one of the towns many eateries.
In business for over 30 years four stars Rockcrest House is where style, elegance and attention to detail comes to life. Your hosts Marian & David O'Dwyer offer all the modern conveniences in a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere. With beautiful scenery, lots to do, gourmet food and live music; Kenmare & Rockcrest is the ideal base for touring the famous Ring of Kerry.
The Lodge is a purpose-built luxury 4-star guesthouse directly opposite Kenmare's 18-hole golf course, surrounded by its own private gardens and within 3 minutes’ walk of some of the finest restaurants in Ireland. The Lodge has twelve rooms. Each Twin room contains 1 single and 1 King size bed. All rooms are en-suite and elegantly furnished, some with en-suite marble bathrooms. All have safes and central heating.
You are assured the warmest of welcomes at Watersedge. This fine property offers all that is required for a most comfortable stay. The bedrooms are finished to a very high standard, with the house enjoying lovely views.
After breakfast your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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