Beara Way – Entire Walking Route, Maps and GPS, Cork and Kerry, Ireland


Feb 4, 2014 at 10:00 am in Walking/Hiking, Walks by ActiveME

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County: Route Length (km): 184
Nearest town: OS Map: 84
Route shape: linear one-wayRoute type: NWT - National Waymarked Trail
Grade/difficulty: ModerateDuration: 9
Parking: Car parkWheelchair friendly?: No
Family/child friendly?: NoDog friendly?: No
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The Beara Way is an stunning long distance walking trail in Counties Cork and KerryIreland at approximately 184 km (114 miles) long. The walking route officially begins and ends in Glengarriff, Co. Cork but you can join the trail at any number of points along its length.  The Beara Way takes in the entire Beara Peninsula is the walking alternative to the Ring of Beara scenic drive and cycle which follows a similar route on main roads. The Beara Way is part of the new Beara Breifne Way based on the march of O'Sullivan Beare in 1603. The main towns on the route are Castletownbere, Kenmare and Glengarriff including many interesting, scenic and colourful villages and destinations such as Allihies, Ardgroom, Adrigole, Eyeries, Bere Island and Dursey Island. There are also many short loop walks off the main Beara Way offering excellent walking alternatives for short trips. 
The Beara Peninsula much like the neighbouring Iveragh Peninsula can to be enjoyed on foot on the Beara Way and by car and bike on the Ring of Beara scenic driving and cycling route. Either way the peninsula takes shape with old world seaside towns and fishing villages, rich Irish Mythology and legend, archaelogical sites, beaches and many many tourist attractions. From Megalithic stone circles to stone forts and neolithic sites, the Beara Peninsula is thought to have more archaeological sites than anywhere else in Europe by area. 

It is one of the most popular signposted hiking trails in Ireland and one of the worlds most spectacular and diverse walks taking 7 to 10 days to complete, crossing varied and spectacular terrain with overnight stops camping in this wild terrain or in the great towns and villages. 

Typically the entire route is broken down into 10 key stages of approximate equal length or duration. We have also broken some of these longer stages into smaller parts to allow everyone irrespective of fitness or time available to experience one of the best and varied walks in Ireland.

Use our Map of Ireland and Sat Nav tool to get directions to any of the stage start points and our detailed maps and GPS on our ActiveME App ( to find and follow the walking route live on screen and keep on track.  At all times, our maps and Apps should be used in conjunction proper map and compass navigation techniques. Feel free to send us your photos and add you own star rating, comments or suggestions below.

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