Beara Way (10 Days & 9 Nights)

10 Days & 9 Nights 5 Read 3 reviews
  • Walk the Beara Way, one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets
  • Explore the colourful fishing villages of Allihies and 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
Walk the Beara Way, a dramatic peninsula located in Ireland's south west corner and one of the country's best-kept secrets. With ever-changing views over the sea and the mountains that run along its entire length as it juts out into the Atlantic, this fascinating part of Ireland lies at the entrance to the magnificent Bantry Bay. Walk through colourful fishing villages, such as Allihies, Eyeries and Castletownbere and on the islands of Bere and Dursey. Pass Bronze Age standing stone circles, see views over the famed Skellig Islands and glimpse a whale or dolphin as you walk on coastal paths. More reasons to enjoy this wonderful hiking adventure includes the warmth of the local people, the cosy B&B’s and the obligatory pint of Guinness to refresh you after every walk.
This 10 day moderately rated itinerary combines longer and shorter walks as you cross the whole of the peninsula.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.


Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 11 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails


Activity Level & 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.

Accommodation Location

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
  • Breakfasts
  • 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.

Luggage Transfer

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)

General Information

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.

Travel Insurance

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.

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Day 1 Arrive Glengariff and overnight Day 2 Glengarriff to Castletownbere 14 miles / 22 km Day 3 Bere Island Loop Walk - 10 or 20 km 12 miles / 20 km Day 4 Castletownbere to Allihies 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Walk on Dursey Island 11 miles / 17 km Day 6 Walk to Eyeries 7 miles / 12 km Day 7 Eyeries to Ardgroom 8 miles / 13 km Day 8 Ardgroom to Lauragh 7 miles / 11 km Day 9 Transfer to Drombohilly, walk to Kenmare 11 miles / 18 km Day 10 Onward Travel

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