The Wild Atlantic Ocean has formed Ireland into the land as we know it today, ravaged by its storms & pounding waves, or on calm days enjoying the therapeutic lapping of its warm waters along our coastal shores and glorious sandy beaches. One of the best places to see how this Ocean has transformed this land into a myriad of inlets, with amazing rock formations, hidden coves & ancient harbours is the beautiful Sheeps Head. This is a peaceful and unchanged corner of southwest Ireland offering a variety of terrain, all with beautiful views. It takes in a superb moorland crest and rugged cliffs as well as easy lowland terrain.
The 17th Century Book of “Survey and Distribution” has described much of this Peninsula as “being all rocky and frequented only by eagles and birds – never to be inhabited by reason of the rough in-commodities”… sounds like the perfect walking terrain!
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Jul 10th – 14th*
Sep 4th – 8th (TOUR FULL)
Gougane Barra Valley
Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
5 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
4 Evening Dinners.
4 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
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 – €185.00.
Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.
Day by Day
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Meeting your guide at 14.00hrs in the market town of Bantry you will have a wonderful introduction to your holiday as you take a ferry over to the undiscovered and beautiful Whiddy Island. This island is in the middle of Bantry Bay, protecting the town from the worst of the Atlantic’s raging storms, and offering some fabulous walking. Returning to the mainland, you then transfer to your accommodation where you will be staying for your next 4 nights. Your evening meal will be in a nearby restaurant.
Walk Details – Distance: 8kms. Duration: 3 hours. Max. Ascent: 250m. Rocky tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
A short transfer takes you to the top of a mountain pass where you start your walk. Following your route along the central spine of these mountains, you have glorious views north over Bantry Bay & south towards “Roaring Water” bay. With stunning panorama’s you will delight at the beauty of this ancient land. At the end of your walk, a stop at one of the many archaeological landmarks which gives you an opportunity to learn some of the rich history that abounds on Sheeps Head. Enjoy dinner in one of the many pubs that dot this peninsula and return to your accommodation for your overnight.
Walk Details – Distance: 12kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Ascent: 250m. Rocky tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
Discovering the old copper mines on the northern shores of this peninsula, you will do a circular route that takes in a wonderful stretch along a cliff edge. This area was once a busy and industrious place as copper ore was mined & exported from these shores. At the end of your walk you will be introduced to Irish bread-making or scones and can enjoy learning how to bake them before you sample these delightful sweet treats. Driving to enjoy dinner in a different location you will return to your accommodation for your overnight. Walk Details – Distance: 10kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Ascent: 150m. Rocky & uneven tracks and open roads. Can be wet – boots essential. Some road walking.
Your final walk takes you to the most westerly tip of this peninsula where you walk to the picturesque lighthouse at the end of land. Here you have the chance of spotting whales or dolphins as they enjoy the warm currents of the Gulf Stream. Completing your circuit of this magical place, you will be rewarded with a warming Irish Coffee before transferring back to your accommodation. Enjoy your final dinner & overnight in this exceptional location.
Walk Details – Distance: 10kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Grass tracks, open bog land and rough mountains. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Some road walking.
Travelling back to the town of Bantry after breakfast. If time allows, your guide will escort you for a visit to the beautiful Bantry House & Gardens before you leave (entrance fee NOT included). Enjoying a gentle stroll through these idyllic gardens, it will refresh your body and soul before taking the bus for your onward connections. Guide will depart at 12 noon from Bantry.
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