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Beara Way
Glengarriff, Co. Cork
Free to visit
Explore the County Cork and Kerry coastline on a bracing 206km loop of the Beara Peninsula. Pleasantly remote and surrounded by incredible seascapes, the charm of this Wild Atlantic Way stretch is plain to see.

Part of the Beara-Breifne Way, Ireland's longest way-marked trail, the Beara Way combines stunning coastal scenery and rugged mountain landscapes with village life dotted in between.

Starting from picturesque Glengarriff, the Beara Way is a relatively strenuous trail. The terrain is mainly quiet tarmac and bog roads, cliff and woodland paths and open moors. Some of the loop is remote and rough underfoot with a number of short but steep climbs too. In all, the trail ascends almost 5,300m, making for some spectacular Atlantic views.

The loop also leads you to Bere Island with its historic military forts, while another spur takes you out – via Ireland’s only cable car – to sparsely inhabited Dursey Island.

Walkers and cyclists will encounter plenty of friendly villages along the way for rest and refreshment, Allihies, Eyries, Travara and Castletownbere among them.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Beara Glengarriff
Dogs allowed:
    Time:9 days
    Nearest town start:Glengarriff
    Nearest town finish:Glengarriff
    Start point:Glengarriff
    Finish point:Glengarriff
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking
    At Start/Finish - on street in Glengarriff
Tips from locals

Don't have time for the full Trail, then try any of the shorter looped trails on the penninsula. Drive the Healy Pass through the Caha Mountains.

Contact details
Monteensudder, Glengarriff, Co. Cork, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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