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.
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.
click here to visit the Beara Way gallery.