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Bere Island - Ardnakinna - West Island Loop
Bere Island, Co. Cork
Hidden gem
Free to visit
Free car parking
The Beara Peninsula is undoubtedly the most rugged of the five mighty headlands that thrust into the Atlantic on Ireland’s south west corner.

Catch the ferry from Castletownbere to the western part of the island.

The 10km route from the pier takes around four to five hours to complete and leads you on a series of tracks, lanes and pathways past the main landmarks of the area.

Take in the stunning coastal views as you ascend the 258m hill that forms the spine of the island. It’s a gradual climb, but you will be rewarded by 360º panoramic views over Bantry Bay and the Beara and Sheep’s Head Peninsulas.

Check out the striking white tower of the Ardnakinna Lighthouse, which is characterised to mariners by its distinctive two white and red flashes every 10 seconds.

Follow the route downhill again until you reach the starting point at the pier.

Trail details

Walking Trail
Bere Island
Dogs allowed:
    Time:5 hours
    Nearest town start:Castletownbere
    Start point:Western Pier
    Finish point:Western Pier
    Waymarking:Purple arrow
Contact details
Bere island ferries Ferry lodge Derrycreeveen Bere Island, Derrycreeveen, 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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