Glengarriff is the perfect base and starting point from which to explore the rugged beauty of the Beara Peninsula shared between counties Cork and Kerry. Setting out on The Beara Way is a great way to experience it with its waymarked trails offering a stunning combination of mountain and coastal scenery.
The sign posted walk is 196 kilometres long and starts and ends in Glengarriff. From Glengarriff you can go north towards Kenmare or west towards Castletownbere.
The marked circuit includes some spectacular scenery and takes in Glengarriff, Kenmare and Castletownbere. On the western end of Beara lie the villages of Eyries and Allihies and Ireland’s only cable car which services Dursey Island.
Northwards you walk along the N71 until two miles up you see the old coach track across the Esk mountain. The views are fantastic towards Bantry Bay and then on the other side to Kenmare Bay.
If you want to do a shorter part of the Beara Way on a day trip then we recommend heading West and making your way to Adrigole. Starting from Glengarriff at the head of Glengarriff Harbour, the Beara Way follows roads and old tracks alongside the Magannagan Stream. An ascent crosses a rugged gap between Gowlbeg Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain. An old coach road, now no more than a track and minor road, runs down to the little village of Adrigole, at the head of Adrigole Harbour. A prominent standing stone and an old church are passed on the way. Once completed you can grab a hot drink locally and then head back to Glengarriff.
To find out more about the route it is well some great info online at these links;