2 Stay Self-Guided Beara Way Hike

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SELF GUIDED TOUR

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

€749 PPS

“Extremely comfortable rooms in accommodation Well prepared paths. Appreciated the quality of traditional Irish dishes.”

– Ursulina & Fritz, Switzerland, 2015

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Self-Guided Beara Way Hike

If you want to see rural Ireland at its best then Beara 2 Stay Hike Tour is the holiday for you – explore a land rich in history, folklore and archaeology with imposing megaliths, tombs and standing stones. The offshore islands add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline frequently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers.

Beara’s breathtaking panoramas are dominated by mountains and sea. The Caha Mountains and Sliabh Miskish Mountains form the spine of the peninsula, which is washed by Kenmare Bay to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. The folding of the rock strata throughout millennia has left the swirling wave-like patterns across the mountains, which are so characteristic of the Beara landscape. Few roads cross this massive natural barrier, and those which do are spectacular feats of engineering: the ‘Tunnels Road’ via Turner’s Rock and the Healy Pass road with its series of hairpin bends, as dramatic as any alpine pass. All of Beara’s towns and villages are dotted along the coastal road, which loops around the peninsula. The largest is Castletownbere (or Castletown Bearhaven), a major fishing port located on one of the deepest natural harbours in Ireland. Picturesque villages such as Eyeries and Allihies are renowned for their rows of brightly contrasting houses featuring every shade of the rainbow, where every house competes with its neighbours to be the most colourful.

If you would like a longer hiking holiday you should check out our 11-Day Self-Guided Beara Way Hike

Highlights

  • Lough Inchaquin
  • Bere Island
  • Town of Allihies

Whats Included?

  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each walking day.
  • Give you full walking details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250.00. Solo Traveller Supplement – €315.00.

Day by Day

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Arrive in Kenmare where your host will give you your full detailed information book. He will also be able to recommend some of the excellent local restaurants.

You will be dropped at Drombohilly, near Lauragh to start today’s walking. From Drombohilly you start walking over the first of two mountain saddles you will be crossing today, with views behind to the Caha Mountains and north towards the Ring of Kerry. Descending to the Cloonee Lakes, you continue along the shores of Lough Inchiquin before ascending again over the second saddle. Descending into the lovely Dromoghty valley, you walk along narrow little back roads, finally joining the main road for the last about 2kms to walk into the heritage town of Kenmare. Overnight in Kenmare.

Walk Details: Distance: 26kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Open mountain and moorland, grass and mud tracks – boots essential. Some road walking at end of day – please take care.

Transfer to Lough Inchiquin Nature Reserve to walk in this beautiful area. Overnight in Kenmare.

Walk Details: Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 260m. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

You will be driven to the start of your walk at Galways Bridge – outside Killarney. From here you walk across Killarney National Park passing Peakeen Mountain to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare.

Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Transfer to Castletownbere. On arrival at your accommodation you will be driven to Adrigole to start your walk, continuing under the dominating mass of Hungry Hill and Maulin Mountain, before reaching Castletownbere. This is a long and very varied walk giving beautiful views over to Bere Island.   Overnight in Castletownbere.

Walk Details: Distance: 25kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Rocky walking with no clear path a lot of the way. Can be very wet underfoot. Some road walking. Boots essential.

Walk from Castletownbere in a westerly direction towards the tip of the peninsula, passing under Knockgour Mountain to finish in the beautiful little village of Allihies. You will encounter a wealth of archaeological sites along the way. Transfer back to Castletownbere for you overnight.

Walk Details: Distance: 15kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 260m. Muddy and grassy tracks, some road walking, can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Take the ferry from Castletownbere over to Bere Island – this fascinating place, steeped in history. Loop around the west end of the island, and on to the little village of Rerrin. From here you can continue to the eastern tip of the island, exploring the old army fortifications, before returning by road to the harbour for the return ferry. (As this piece of water is naturally sheltered by the island – the ferry service runs every day). Overnight in Castletownbere.

Walk Details: Distance: 23kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Grass and muddy tracks, rocky in places. Some road walking – boots essential.

Departure from Castletownbere.

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Collis Sandes House, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

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