Beara Peninsula

Altitude: 670m

Route: See itinerary for daily routes

Grade: Walking – easy/moderate

Duration: 8 days with option of shorter multi-day trips; 4-5 hours of walking daily

Dates: All year round; contact us for details

Description

Our Beara Peninsula De-stress Walking Tour offers an adventurous walking week in some of the most idyllic and ideal wilderness in Ireland. During this walk (8-day, 6-day or 2-day options) you will be in the heart of the country’s most dramatic sea and landscape where mountain, wood, and water harmoniously blend and you will learn about the spectacular ecology and scenery for which this area is justifiably famous. Relax, get fit and de-stress from the hustle and bustle of modern life in good company while enjoying the best local food, accommodation and craic that the southwest has to offer.

PRICE

Group rates available (minimum of 6 per trip). Please contact us for details.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Friday evening

We meet in Killarney in the evening to depart for our accommodation.

Day 2: Saturday

Trip: Boat journey through the Lakes of Killarney

Route: O’Sullivan’s Cascade in the oldest oak forest in the country – Lord Brandon’s Cottage at the head of the upper lake through the Black Valley and into the Gap of Dunloe, a glaciated rugged valley formed after the last ice age – Kate Kearney’s Cottage.

Duration: 7 hours (3-4 hours walking)

Grade: Easy

Day 3: Sunday

Trip: The Old Kenmare Road

Route: Today we make our way to Kenmare along the Old Kenmare Road. Our journey will take us across the wild countryside between Killarney and Kenmare on an easy ramble. This excursion will take us on a meandering jaunt along the rugged track that was once the old road to Kenmare.

Duration: 8 hours (4-5 hours walking)

Grade: Easy/moderate

Day 4: Monday

Trip: Skellig Rock

Route: We tour around the Ring of Kerry to Portmagee where we leave on a boat journey for an incredible hike on the famous monastic ruin on the Skellig Rock (this is subject to weather conditions). An alternative walk will be done if the sea conditions are too tough for this trip.

Duration: 8 hours (boat trip and1 hour walking on the Rock)

Grade: Moderate

Day 5: Tuesday

Trip: Beara Peninsula

Route: Our journey to our objective today will take us on a trip along the scenic coastline of the Beara Peninsula. We will walk in the beautiful rugged valley of Glanrastel and climb the picturesque hill known as Knockowen (Cnoc Eoghain) 670m in height. Our descent will take us along a meandering broad ridge that divides the borders of Cork and Kerry. The views are spectacular with Bantry Bay to the south and Kenmare Bay to the north as we walk westward to our destination at the Healy Pass. A low-level walk on the Beara Way can be arranged as an alternative.

Duration: 6 hours (4 hours walking)

Grade: Easy/moderate

Day 6: Wednesday

Trip: Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre & Dursey Spur

Route: Beara Peninsula – Dursey Spur. In our visit to the retreat centre, we partake in a meditation and relaxation session. The centre is situated on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula. It sits high up on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of the sea and sky. We will get a chance to explore the truths of Tibetan Buddhism and learn techniques of relaxation that we can use in daily life. After a visit to the Buddhist centre we will take an exciting walk on the Dursey Spur, taking time out to reflect on our experience amongst the great beauty of wild open spaces, rugged cliff faces, spectacular seascape and experience the beauty and tranquillity of island life on Dursey.

Note: Island walk depending on cable-car times at Castletownbere.

Duration: 8 hours (2 hours introduction to relaxation, meditation & an insight to Tibetan culture; 3-5 hours walking)

Grade: Easy/moderate

Day 7: Thursday

Trip: Beara Island

Route: Beara Peninsula – Allihies to Eyeries through the copper mines. We spend a further day walking on Beara. Depending on weather conditions, we will explore the beauty of yet another magnificent island, Beara Island. Our option for the day is a walk through the copper mines across one of the most picturesque walks in Ireland.

Duration: 8 hours (4 hours walking)

Grade: Moderate

Day 8: Friday

Depart for home.

Note: Due to the nature of Irish weather our walking holidays will have a number of options that we can alter depending on conditions. If we are going to an island we will be able to alter our walking days to pick the best time to take advantage of sea conditions. We will also be able to alter high level walks to coastal walks depending on conditions on the hills.

GEAR

What you wear when you are out in the hills and mountains is very important, especially when conditions are challenging. It is important to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some basic equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and that ­you return home safely. The following is a list of basic gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight long thermal underwear
  • Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
  • Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
  • Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable

Headwear:

  • Sun hat with good visor for summer
  • Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
  • Woolly hat
  • Sunglasses – UV & IR protection

Handwear:

  • Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold 

Footwear:

  • Light hiking boots
  • Gaiters
  • Socks – warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs) 

Trekking equipment:

  • Daypack – 25-35 litre (optional)
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Ski poles – 1 pair collapsible spring-bound ski poles (optional)
  • Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
  • Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
  • Sunblock
  • Personal First Aid kit

Miscellaneous items:

  • Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
  • Cold water detergent and some toiletries
  • Small sewing kit
  • Penknife and small scissors
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
  • Baby wipes/hand wipes
  • Hand gel
  • Personal medication
  • 1 x flask with hot drink (optional)
Pat Falvey

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