A year after we walked the Kerry Way, my daughter and I walked the major part of the Beara Way. As the name implies, this is a gentle hike on the Beara peninsula in southwest Ireland. It is a roundtrip with a few extras, like a daytrip from Castletownbere to Bere Island and from Allihies to Dursey Island. We had 1 week for walking and did only the main circle, with start and finish near Glengarriff.
The way has been altered in the last few years. As a result, the indication of the route on the Ordnance Survey maps is incorrect on many places. The section from Glengarriff to Adrigole has been moved from the south to the north slope of the Sugarloaf Mountain. Several other sections have seen minor changes, probably to reduce the miles on surfaced roads. There is still more than enough tarmac in the Beara Way. I think that most changes are an improvement compared to the "old" route.

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We walked only a small part of the stage from Adrigole to Castletownbere. Farmers warned us for an escaped "dangerous bull, roaming the mountains" and strongly advised us to descent to the main road, where we hitch-hiked to Castletownbere. 15 or so kilometers along a tarmac road is a bit too much to walk.

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