8-Day Assisted Beara Peninsula Hike

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ASSISTED SELF GUIDED TOUR

The perfect “inbetween” holiday – for those who like the comfort of a guide but the freedom of self-guided holidays.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

The choice is yours – you can opt for short, moderate or long hikes each day!!

Price €1050

“My husband and I will never forget our great experience, hiking the Dingle peninsula with all your great info….we did that in August 2009 and it remains one of the greatest adventure we had traveling.”

– Solange, 2009, Canada

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Beara Peninsula Guide Assisted Hike

Our Beara Peninsula 8-Day assisted hike is your opportunity to be whisked away to the south western corner of Ireland to experience some of the most beautiful hiking available with terrific coastal scenery & hills that are empty except for sheep….!!! Refresh your body & soul as you visit the Beara Peninsula in West Cork looking across at the Ring of Kerry. Beara is one of the four long fingers of land jutting out into the Atlantic from the South-West corner … Ireland’s toes!! The peninsula is a haven of tranquillity, far away from ‘coach-tour’ country and therefore has long been popular with the more discerning traveller. A haven for walkers, hikers & cyclists alike.
The Caha Mountains and Slieve Mish 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 Beara’s 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 and challenging as any alpine pass.
This untouched & undiscovered part of Ireland is rich in history, pre-history, folklore and archaeology. Copper and other metals have been mined around Allihies since the Bronze Age. The earliest inhabitants made their mark, leaving numerous tombs, standing stones and stone circles dotted across the landscape. The region is rich in mythology: it was the home of the Hag of Beara, a powerful sovereignty goddess whose reputation extends across the whole country.
The Bull Rock, lying off Dursey Island, is reputed to be the site of Teach Doinn (‘the house of Donn’ – Irish God of the underworld) and it is here that souls wait to enter his domain. Near the tiny village of Allihies is reputed, by folklore, to be the spot where the four Children of Lír came ashore after spending 300 years adrift on the Atlantic. According to legend, they had been turned into swans and banished by their evil stepmother. Stepping onto ‘terra firma’, they became human once again, but aged immediately. They died soon after, but not before being converted to the new religion of Christianity, which had arrived in Ireland since their enchantment with St. Patrick. Beara, and this region of West Cork is an ancient, untouched & magical region waiting for you to discover, where the power of the past is ever-present and the present just blooms with welcome for you the visitor.

Highlights

  • Irelands Only Cable Car
  • Gleninchaquin Valley
  • Colourful Village of Eyeries
  • Copper Mines

Whats Included?

  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Give you full walking details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • One of our expert guides will accompany you throughout your holiday and will give you information on your hikes each day, tell you what the terrain is like, talk about the local history and culture and move your luggage from place to place.
  • 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 – €295.00.

Day by Day

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Arrive by public transport to the beautiful village of Glengarriff – famous for the beautiful Garinish Island and the array of magnificent plants & trees that so easily grow in this part of Ireland, heavily influenced by the Gulf Stream.  Your Guide will meet you at 5pm in your accommodation and will go through logistics with you for your next day.  Overnight in Glengarriff for 2 nights.

Access for this holiday is made by a bus connection from Cork.  This service is available all year round.

Your first day begins with a wonderful hike over the Caha Mountains following west to the little hamlet of Adrigole.  This is a stunning walk – with glorious views across Bantry Bay and south to the Sheeps Head & Mizen Peninsula’s.  You will also have wonderful views across to the idyllic Garinish Island and in the distance Whiddy Island.  On arrival to Adrigole, your Guide will gather everyone together & then travel back to Glengarriff by minivan for your 2nd overnight in this picturesque village.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 16kms. Total Ascent: 720mts. Total Descent: 725mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 6kms. Total Ascent: 160mts. Total Descent: 100mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.

Leaving Glengarriff, you travel west to reach Castletownbere and journey over by ferry to the historical Bere Island.  Here a choice of hike distances will each give you a wonderful insight into the history & strategic importance of this glorious island.  Returning by ferry to Castletownbere, your Guide will gather everyone together & bring you to your accommodations.  Overnight in Castletownbere.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 18kms. Total Ascent: 545mts. Total Descent: 540mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 8kms. Total Ascent: 290mts. Total Descent: 290mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. Boots essential.

Today is your next island day as you drive further west by minivan with your Guide to reach Dursey Sound.  From here, you will be taken over by Cable Car to Dursey Island to enjoy a super walk, going as far west as time & energy allows.  If you are lucky – you may enjoy sightings of migratory whales, dolphins or seabirds on your way.  Your Guide will gather everyone together & then drive you to the village of Allihies for you overnight.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 13kms. Total Ascent: 560mts. Total Descent: 535mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 3kms. Total Ascent: 155mts. Total Descent: 150mts.
Gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. Boots essential.

Leaving Allihies on the Beara Way, you then head west to follow the coastline as far as Dursey Sound – a beautiful hike with stunning views over the islands of this western extremity as well as views across the Ring of Kerry to the north & down to Mizen Head to the south.  Return to Allihies for your 2nd overnight.   There is an opportunity today for those who wish to enjoy a harder hike to enjoy a super circuit around the mountains above Allihies village.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 14kms. Total Ascent: 480mts. Total Descent: 510mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 115mts. Total Descent: 120mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. Boots essential.

Leaving Allihies behind, you have a terrific hike to enjoy as you head east to reach the village of Eyeries.  This is a very historical hike, as well as offering stunning scenery.  Those with energy to spare, you may like to continue on to the village of Ardgroom to finish there.  Overnight in Eyeries.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 490mts. Total Descent: 510mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 4kms. Total Ascent: 50mts. Total Descent: 40mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & some coastal sections with no tracks. Uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.

Your final day of hiking is a spectacular hike over 2 mountain passes as you travel along the northern shores of the peninsula towards Kenmare at the eastern end.  Leaving Drombohilly you hike over your first mountain pass with wonderful views across the Cloonee Lakes as you descend into the Gleninchaquin valley.  From here, you then climb over you next mountain pass to descend near Kenmare.  From the end of your hike, your Guide will gather everyone together and take you by minivan to Kenmare where you spend your final overnight.   Depending on timing today – there may be an option to visit one of the many stone circles in this region before you start your hike.

Walk Details: 

Longest Distance: Up to 18kms. Total Ascent: 625mts. Total Descent: 725mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 200mts. Total Descent: 105mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.

Transferring from Kenmare back to Killarney bus or train station you can make your onward connections by Public Transport at a time most convenient to yourself.

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