Self-Guided Beara Way Hike

Self Guided

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.


Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.




Per Person

Enjoy breath-taking views everywhere you turn on the Beara Way Self Guiding Hike.

The Beara peninsula is often missed by many, situated just south of the famous Ring of Kerry in the southwest of Ireland.  Beara is even more picturesque than its famous neighbour and offers magnificent scenery dominated by mountains & sea. Boasting some of the most glorious archaeological remains, along with a fascinating history, Beara is a hikers paradise with fishing ports, villages with rows of brightly coloured houses, easy access to islands and so much more.

3 Day Beara Taster

This is a great introduction to Beara in County Cork. Spend 2 nights in Castletownbere with one day hiking a super mountain trail from a tiny place called Adrigole to finish back in Castletownbere.  Your other hiking day takes you on a short ferry trip to visit the stunning Bere Island overlooking Bantry Bay.

8 Day Beara Highlights Tour

Immerse yourself into the compelling culture of Beara as you explore much more of this fascinating peninsula.  Enjoy wonderful hikes along mountain trails, through beautiful valleys and old bog roads as well as taking time to visit some of the beautiful Stone Circles along your route.  Your holiday starts in the glorious village of Glengarriff, continues to the fishing port of Castletownbere and finishes in the historic Kenmare town.

11 Day Full Beara Tour

Hiking the entire peninsula on this holiday, you start in the beautiful Glengarriff Village and continue to the western tip of the peninsula at Dursey Island.  With opportunities to hike two of the most beautiful islands off the Beara coastline, you will also have time to enjoy Allihies and the rich Copper Mining history there.  The colourful villages of Eyeries and Ardgroom await you as Stone Circles, Ring Forts and Standing Stones intersperse your hikes each day.  This is one of the most inspiring holidays and an all-time favourite for us.

For more information about this tour & to explore all your other options please contact a member of our team here.

To see a short video of some of the highlights on this tour check out our YouTube channel here.

Daphne DesimpelaereDaphne Desimpelaere
15:52 08 Dec 22
We did discover the beautiful region of the County of Kerry (Kerry Ring Tour).Very well organized by IWHB, good communication with the team (good reactivity, and kean to find solutions and open minded, especially when we had to postpone our journey due to the COVID). The hotels/guestrooms very well choosen (good location and guests friendly). Luggage drop off to the next accomodation was a really good option. The infos were correct. We do recommend Ireland Walk Hike Bike and will travel again with them, for sure.
Brian WhiteBrian White
22:12 28 Nov 22
Wonderful trip. Everything was planned perfectly by Ireland WBH. B&Bs were great with Irish breakfast every day to fortify us for the ride. Would love to do another bike trip with them.
David McAleaveyDavid McAleavey
21:17 27 Nov 22
Our walk along parts of the Dingle Way and connected trails as organized by Ireland Walk Hike Bike was everything we had hoped for, from extremely courteous and responsive staff to useful links before the trip (including excellent exercise videos!) and a specially-designed GPS app which knew which route we were following as well as where we had gotten to. (While we also used the provided maps and cue sheets, the GPS app in itself would probably have been sufficient.) The B&Bs which we were booked into were all cozy and clean, and our luggage was handled without any problem. I would recommend this outfit (IWBH) – and I have indeed recommended it – to anyone wishing to explore the part of Ireland we encountered. IWBH also deserve credit for holding our deposit for two years of COVID delay; and I’m very glad that we could finally undertake the walk. For what it’s worth, we took the self-guided “comfort” hike, which meant that we would receive taxi rides to favorable trailheads each day. (From what we could tell, we most often avoided flat boring stretches near towns, without sacrificing more remote and interesting parts.)
Jeanne SargentJeanne Sargent
11:56 27 Nov 22
My husband and I did a self-guided hike through a large part of the Dingle Peninsula to celebrate his 80th birthday. Naturally, we had some concerns about getting lost, having the needed stamina and wanting support along our way. Ireland Walk Hike Bike staff were there for us every step of the way. They chose excellent accommodations at very reasonable prices; taught me how to use the GPS function on my first ever smartphone and arranged transportation to and from Shannon Airport to Tralee. We met so many wonderful folks along our treks who took time from their walk to talk about their lives. It went like clockwork and have toyed with the idea of a repeat adventure if our health permits.
Carol SmithCarol Smith
00:56 24 Nov 22
I usually plan vacations months ahead of time but this one came together in just a few short weeks thanks to Ireland Walk Hike Bike. They worked with our rather impromptu and tight time frame to arrange a 6-day outing along the Kerry Way, and we had a magical time from start to finish. The Kerry Way is moody, broody, and incredibly varied. All arrangements were spot on, from accommodation to transport to walking notes. All we had to do was soak up the scenic rambling each day, drink a celebratory Guinness each night, and meet really interesting people along the way. Ireland captured a piece of my heart – will need to go back again with Ireland WHB to retrieve it!

What makes us differEnt?

Hiking Day Transfers  – We include transfers to and from the hikes to improve your hiking experience. We remove unnecessary road sections on multiple days to maximise your enjoyment of each trail. “We received taxi rides to favourable trailheads, so we avoided flat boring stretches near towns, without sacrificing more remote and interesting parts.” – David USA 

Our Tailormade App  – Our app is not just a GPS navigation tool…… you will have your entire holiday in your hand. You will have easy access to your route notes, points of interest, destination details and emergency contact information. “The materials provided before and during the trip were extremely helpful. The phone app was excellent.” – Carole, USA

Overnight Locations – We have carefully selected the start and finish locations for your overnights to allow for easy access and departure by public transfers. If not, we include a transfer to/ from the nearest transfer hub. “The B&Bs were charming, very comfortable with personable hosts.” – Jack, USA

We write our own Route Notes  –  Our new route notes are even easier to follow with marked maps and distances between each point. We hike and re-check the routes each year to ensure all details are up to date. We do not give you generic guidebooks for your hikes. “Everything went off without a hitch. Directions and maps were great and easy to follow.” – Kelly, USA

 On Tour Support  – Not only do we offer you a 24/7 emergency contact support, we will also contact you regularly during your tour to see how things are going and if you have any questions for us. I cannot praise Ireland Walk Hike Bike enough.  They are just outstanding at what they do.” – Russ, UK 

What's Included?

Ensuite room in select accommodations with breakfast
Move your luggage as per itinerary
Digital Route Notes & Maps or GPS Navigation app
Holiday specialists to handle the details of your trip
24 hour telephone support service
Upgrade option available – Please see downloadable PDF itineraries for details


Single Room Supplement (SRS) is the extra cost of single room occupancy if part of a group.
Solo Traveller Supplement (STS) is the extra cost incurred if travelling alone. The SRS is already included in the STS.
3-Day Self-Guided Beara Way Hike
Duration: 2 nights
Cost pps: €342
8-Day Self-Guided Beara Way Hike
Duration: 7 nights
Cost pps: €750
SRS:* €325
STS:** €435
11-Day Self-Guided Beara Way Hike
Duration: 10 nights
Cost pps: €1055
SRS:* €455
STS:** €645

Departure Dates

To book your tour choose your preferred Departure Date and click on Next Step.


Bere Island – off the coast of Castletownbere and home to Ardnakinna lighthouse, an old Signal Tower and an impressive High Cross

Uragh Woods – a special area of conservation and home to Clonlee Lakes, Uragh Stone Circle and Gleninchaquin Lake

Village of Eyeries with its colourful shops and houses looking across Coulagh Bay

Allihies – home to ancient copper mines dating back to the 1800s

Package Options

Prices quoted are for the Digital Option. If you would prefer the Traditional Pack please let us know your booking form page.


Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

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