SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
6 nights stay, 5 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Returning client. The landscape is just phenomenal. Linda is amazing. Staff were so helpful, prompt replies, very caring, flexible, and have a genuine passion for Ireland.”
– Mary Thompson, Australian, 2016
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. Your first night is spent 5km from Bantry at the start of the Sheep’s Head Way in order to you allow you get the best from the first days walking.
If you would like a shorter hiking holiday you should check out our 5-Day Self-Guided Sheep’s Head Hike
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Arrive in Bantry where you collect your “Walk Information Pack” from your first house accommodation. Your first location of Bantry is a busy, bustling market town at the head of the famous and beautiful Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork. It has a population of approximately 5,000, with a thriving tourism and fishing industry. Music lovers are also welcomed here, as the location gathers thousands for their annual musical festival held in Bantry House. Your first night is spent 5km from Bantry at the start of the Sheep’s Head Way, positioning you in the best location to begin your first days walking. 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. This peaceful, unspoilt Peninsula has some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 4.5 hours. Max. Height: 230m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with some road walking Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Walk from Glanlough along the Northern shores of the Peninsula to Cahergal. Overnight again in Kilcrohane which takes its name from the Church of St. Crohan founded in the 8th century.
Walk Details: Distance: 17kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections, wet underfoot – boots essential.
You will be transferred back 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 on the southern side of the Peninsula to Kilcrohane. Overnight in Kilcrohane.
Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6/7 hours. Max. Height: 240m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.
Walk from nearby Ahakista to Durrus along the Sheep’s Head route. Overnight at Durrus, a quaint little village located at the head of Dunmanus Bay, on what is called the “Friendly Cove”, one of the loveliest and most unspoilt coasts in Ireland. Ahakista is a wooded coastal village with a deep and sheltered harbour, and also has some historical significance, as it is the site for a Memorial to those who lost their lives off this coast in the Air India air crash in 1985.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.
Walk from Durrus back to Bantry for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 120m. Rocky and grass mountain tracks with boggy sections. Some road walking – boots essential.
From Bantry you can return by bus to Cork City and by bus from there to the airport, schedules of which can be researched on their website (www.buseireann.ie) . Alternatively, you can make your way from Bantry to Killarney by bus, and from Killarney a bus or train to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.