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Sheep's Head Way

Sheep's Head Way

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

Although the Sheep's Head is the smallest of the south-western peninsulas, the walk around it has been described as the finest long distance path in Ireland. The peninsula is formed by a narrow finger of hills stretching nearly 25 miles into the Atlantic, but less than four miles wide. Agriculture along the Way is simple, imbuing the landscape with a sense of timelessness. Treks begin at Bantry at the neck of the peninsula. You climb up onto the hillside heading west past the stone circle of Ahakista. Follow the south coast to the small town of Kilcrohane, then around the dramatic headland to the Sheep's Head lighthouse. The craggy coastline of the northern shore is followed east to the Horseshoe Road and up to Finn MacCool's seat. You conclude by walking the crest of the hills affording spectacular views across the whole peninsula to the mountains of Beara and beyond as you wend your way back to Bantry.

3 Night Tour

Day 1 – Arrival to Ahakista
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Days 2 & 3 – Please choose 2 of the following 3 walks:

Durrus to Ahakista

The route offers fine views over Dunmanus Bay, and you will be passing Gorteanish stone circle on the way to Ahakista. 13 km, 210 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Ahakista to Tooreen

Follow the traditional funeral route from the church to the burial ground at the ruined Kilcrohane church. The route then meanders between the shoreline across fields, along old fisherman’s paths. Then you follow the course of the old road over Ballyroon Mountain, 232 m, where there are ruins of an old signal tower built in 1632. 19 km, 430 m ascent
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Tooreen to Finn MacCool’s Seat

The route provides the finest coastal scenery of the whole walk. You begin by walking out to the lighthouse. A choice of routes then gives an opportunity to follow a cliff path up to the old Gortavallig copper mine. You continue with good views across Bantry Bay along the horseshoe road to Finn MacCool’s seat.(18 km, 370 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

7 Night Tour

Day 1 - Travel to Bantry

A taxi is available (if requested) to take you from Cork Airport to Bantry. Alternatively you may make your own way to Bantry by public transport.
Accommodation - B&B in Bantry

Day 2 - Bantry to Durrus

The first day contains more tarmac walking than we would typically arrange. The lanes, however, are quiet and allow you to adjust to this corner of Ireland. There are splendid views across Bantry Bay and the route meanders through farmland and forests. (19km, 360m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Bantry

Day 3 – Durrus to Ahakista

The route heads west along the peninsula. You leave the village on an old military road pay Durrus Court and then climb up to a gap in the spine. The route then descends with fine views over Dunmanus Bay, and you will be passing Gorteanish stone circle on the way to Ahakista. (13 km, 210 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Day 4 – Ahakista to Tooreen

Walk along the old military road then cut down to the shoreline walking past the old Bardic school to Farranamanagh. Pass through the village of Kilcrohane then follow the traditional funeral route from the church to the burial ground at the ruined Kilcrohane church. The route then meanders between the shoreline across fields, along old fisherman’s paths and back to the military road. The route then leads away from the shore to follow the course of the old road over the last hill of the peninsula, Ballyroon Mountain, 232 m, where there are ruins of an old signal tower built in 1632. (19 km, 430 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Day 5 – Tooreen to Finn MacCool’s Seat

The route today hugs the shoreline and provides the finest coastal scenery of the whole walk. You begin by walking out to the lighthouse on the western most point of the peninsula before turning east to follow a cliff path along the northern shore. A choice of routes then gives an opportunity to follow a cliff path up to the old Gortavallig copper mine. You continue with good views across Bantry Bay along the Horseshoe Road to Finn MacCool’s seat. 
Accommodation - B&B in Ahakista

Day 6 – MacCool’s Seat to Glanlough

The route today follows the main spine of the peninsula reaching the highest point of the walk, Gouladane, 310 m. From the ridge there are excellent views to the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse in the south around the Kerry Mountains to the north. (11 km, 420 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Glanlough

Day 7 – Glanlough to Bantry

The trail again heads over the spine of the peninsula with fine views over Bantry Bay. The way finally descends as you follow a mixture of tracks and lanes back to Bantry House and town. (15 km, 250 m ascent)
Accommodation - B&B in Bantry

Day 8 - Return home

3 Night Tour

€410 per person sharing
€ 95.00 single occupancy (single room charge if travelling with others)
€ 125.00 solo traveller supplement ( if travelling alone )
€ 15 supplement per person in July & August

7 Night Tour

€770 per person sharing
Single room supplement €245 (if travelling with others)
High season supplement (July/August) €30 per person
Solo tour supplement €350 (if travelling alone)

Tour Includes

3 Night Tour

  • Country home in Ahakista provide accommodation. Rooms have shower and WC en suite.
  • All breakfast
  • Three packed lunches
  • Three dinners in Ahakista
  • Full route details with a map of the tour

7 Night Tour

  • Country homes provide accommodation in Bantry and two farmhouses are the base for four nights on the peninsula. Each of the guest houses is only a short walk from shops and bars. All rooms have shower and WC en suite.
  • All breakfast
  • Three packed lunches
  • Three dinners in Ahakista
  • Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
  • Full route details with a map of the tour

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start any day from April until October.

 

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