Ireland

Hiking trails: six sections of the Beara way, hiking on the peninsula Beara, Ireland

Getting there: a  - low cost - flight to Dublin or Cork. From Dublin is quite a time in the bus to - our destination for example - Kenmare (5 hours). From Cork airport to Kenmare it's 2,5 hours by bus.
The Beara-way is a way-marked route, 197 kilometers, around the peninsula, at the west coast of Ireland. There is no official starting point or end: begin where you want to begin. The trail goes through old roads and footpaths, such as the - on the peninsula -  famous O’Sullivan Bere march from 1602.
(named after a clan, Spanish king oriented, who tried to stay out of the hands of bloodthirsty Englishmen).
Highest point of the trail: 340 m. You can complete the trail in 8 days. The traill doesn't climb the tops but follows the flanks of the mountains.
Maps: the Ordnance Survey of Ireland 84 en 85; you can buy the maps on trail.
Accommodation: Sleeping and eating: a lot of B&B’s. Or the youth hostel. Or a holiday home! Whatever you want.

March 2005: 6 sections of the Beara-way. You can complete the route in 8 days , including a more or less round-walk at Bere Island.

Distances between the stage cities: 20-25 km.

Height on trail: sea-level till 340 m.

Day 1: Kenmare - Lough Inchiquin (holiday home 2,5 kilometres off route)
Day 2: Lough Inchiquin - Ardgroom
Day 3: Ardgroom - Castletown Bearhaven (variante)
Day 4: round walk at Bere Island (ferry from Castletown Bearhaven)
Day 5: Casteltown Bearhaven - Adrigole
Day 6: Adrigole - Glengarriff 
           and by direct bus (18.00 hours in 2005) to Cork airport.

On trail: the never ending colors of the Irish west coast , the Caha and the Slieve Miskish mountains. You can admire as well the views at Bantry-bay, Kenmare-river, as the Atlantic Ocean.
”The views can be breath-taking.”Or, as people say: “there is a view around every corner”.
A magnificent combination of mountain and coastal scenery.  A lot of  remains from the former residents: the stone-circles, standing stones and the megalithic tombs. The loughs in the mountains, the colors of some villages (Eyeries), sheep, the gasp, the rugged coast in the far west, the pubs with, if you are lucky, a folk music band……...and all that in a week walking!