A nine-day walk in total, 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 will encounter plenty of friendly villages along the way for rest and refreshment, Allihies, Eyries, Travara and Castletownbere among them.
- Dolphins and whales are regular visitors in the waters around Dursey Island at the western tip of the Beara Peninsula.
- One of the few inhabited islands off the southwest coast, at just 6.5km long and 1.5km wide, taking the cable car over to Dursey is an experience in itself.