SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
4 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Information of routes provided was from an expert. Excellent service all around especially the views on the hikes, Ireland is beautiful.”
– Maria, Netherlands, 2015
West Cork is truly a world apart, seemingly remote from the constant hub of modern life yet discreetly offering quiet time to breathe in the freshest sea- salt air. In a landscape festooned with little ports, bays, inlets and harbours, the ocean is never more than a thought away!
Bantry is a busy, bustling market town at the head of the famous and beautiful Bantry Bay is the heart of West Cork. It has a population of approximately 5,000. The main industries are tourism and mari-culture (Bantry Bay mussels are exported worldwide and the annual Mussel Festival held each May attracts thousands of visitors). Historic Bantry House and gardens are open to the public and the annual music festivals held in Bantry House bring thousands to the town each year.
If you would like a longer hiking holiday you should check out our 7-Day Self-Guided Sheep’s Head Hike
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Arrive in Bantry, a beautiful town nestled at the head of the famous and beautiful Bantry Bay. Its main industries are tourism, and mari-culture, which see Bantry Bay mussels exported worldwide. Historic Bantry House and gardens are open to the public and the annual music festivals held in Bantry House brings thousands to the town each year. Your first night is spent 5km from Bantry at the start of the Sheep’s Head Way, where you will collect your “Information Pack”. Overnight near Bantry.
Walk from the start of the Sheep’s Head Way to Glanlough. Overnight in the village of Kilcrohane which lies under the shadow of ‘Seefin’, the Peninsula’s highest point. Kilcrohane has an all year round population of approximately 300 persons but this number more than doubles during the busy summer season.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Max. Height: 230m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with some road walking Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
You will be transferred to Cahergal from where you walk out along to the Lighthouse (look out for the Dolphin and Whale viewpoint), continuing back the Sheep’s Head route to Kilcrohane, the last coastal village on the Peninsula. This location is renowned for its beautiful coastline, idyllic views and world-famous hill walking routes. Overnight in Kilcrohane.
Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Max. Height: 240m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.
Walk from your accommodation, or nearby Ahakista, to Durrus along the Sheep’s Head route. Overnight at Durrus, a very pleasant village located at the head of Dunmanus Bay. Ahakista is the site for a Memorial to those who lost their lives off this coast in the Air India air crash of 1985.
Walk Details: Distance: 14 – 16kms. Max. Height: 120m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.
After breakfast your host will arrange a taxi transfer back to Bantry, we also understand that there is a “local” bus service … details of which are available from your host.