Ireland: West Cork & Islands 8-Day Guided Walk

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What You'll Do
  • Explore the offshore islands which add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline fre-quently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers.
  • Admire the gaily painted houses in Eyeries and Alllihies which contrast starkly to the military heritage of Bere Island
  • Marvel at the views of Kenmare Bay which are equally as wonderful as the views from the Cable Car ride to Dursey Island
The Beara Peninsula and West Cork is a land rich in history, folklore and archaeology, a virtual open-air museum for the culturally curious, here Irelands heritage is brought dramatically to life in imposing megaliths, tombs and standing stones.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive at your first Guesthouse in Glengarriff where you will stay for your first 3 nights before moving further “West” along this wonderful and historical peninsula. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week.

Day 2

You follow an old track to the legendary Priest’s Leap and continue along this spectacular mountain range – the Caha Mountains, enjoying views north over the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and South over Bantry Bay. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 500m. Rocky tracks and open mountain with no tracks. Bogland and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 3

After a morning transfer to Adrigole, you hike along the along the Beara Way, back to Glengarriff with magnificent views over Bantry Bay and Sheeps Head to the South. Whiddy Island is standing proud, guarding the entrance to Bantry Harbour. Return to Glengarriff for accommodation, dinner and overnight.

Walk Details - Distance: 18kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 250mMountain tracks and open roads. Can be wet – boots essential. Some road walking.

Day 4

Today you visit Bere IslandYou take the very short sea crossing to this island steeped in history and famous for its part in modern Irish history as it hosts the many Army garrisons and Navy fleets who protected the entrance to Bantry Bay. A hike around this rugged and wild island shore is a must. Return by ferry to Castletownbere and enjoy your evening meal in one of the many town’s excellent local restaurants. Overnight and dinner inCastletownbere.

Walk Details – Distance: 15kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 260m. Grass tracks and rocky pathways. Some road walking. Boots recommended.

Day 5

This is your ‘free day’ to allow you to partake in other activities if you wish – such as cycling, horseriding, canoeing or just laze about with a book! If weather/time permits, you may take a trip to the glorious Dursey Island, just at the very tip of the Beara Peninsula … crossing over on Ireland’s only Cable Car service. This is a step back in time and gives you an opportunity to walk “West” to the end of land!! Another must on this holiday. Return to Castletownbere for overnight and evening dinner.

Walk Details – Distance 10km. Duration on island about 5 hrs. Height gain 150mts. Open hillside and small paths and island road.

Day 6

Going west again, you walk part of the Beara Wayas it winds its way towards the hamlet of Allihies. Here you follow in the footsteps of the Cooper Miners as you hike around the hills surrounding Alllihies, dotted with closed mine shafts and memories of great times and people gone. This is area steeped in Irish legion and history. The stunning views from the open mountain tops have to be seen to be believed, sea, land and wild beauty at its best. Return to Castletownbere for evening meal and overnight

Walk Details - Distance: 18kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 500m. Tracks, open mountain, some rocky terrain and some small road walking. Boots essential.

Day 7

Today’s morning transfer takes you to the picturesque heritage town of Kenmare, known locally as Neidin (Little Nest). En route, you hike part of the Beara Way and Gleninchaquin Valleyon the north side of the Caha Mountains. Great views abound over Kenmare Bay and the Kerry Peninsula to our north. The day’s hiking is dotted with archaeological sites and evidence of days gone by. A fitting hike to complete a spectacular week in the most beautiful part of Ireland – an experience not to be missed! Overnight and farewell dinner in Kenmare.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 350mts. Open hillside, mountain tracks and small green roads. Boots essential.

Day 8

After Breakfast at approx 09.00hrs, we offer a courtesy transfer to Killarney Bus/Rail Station.From here there is an excellent Public Bus/Rail service to all parts of Ireland be it city or airport.
What's Included
  • 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom. Full Irish breakfast each morning
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only)
  • 7 Evening Dinners
  • 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required
What's Not Included
  • Any boat trips (e.g. ferry to Great Blasket Island)
  • Personal drinks
  • Entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc
  • Medical expenses or gratuities
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