The “Sheep’s Head” Peninsula is the middle of the three peninsulas in the southwest of county Cork, Ireland’s largest county.
The “Sheep’s Head” Peninsula (or its ancient name of Muintir Bháire, ‘the people of Bháire’) is the middle of the three peninsulas in the southwest of county Cork, Ireland’s largest county.
It must be the least visited part of the county, which contributes to its unique atmosphere.
With Bantry Bay to the north and Dunmanus Bay to the south, a narrow spine of mountains culminates in Seefin Hill (345m).
The Sheep’s Head Way, (88 kms/55 miles in length), follows old tracks and roads and, starting and finishing in Bantry, will take you right to the tip of peninsula.
£569 per person based on 2 people sharing
Single supplement – £95
One person walking alone – £759
Other meals, arrival and departure Bantry, entry fees, insurance, anything not specifically mentioned in the programme.
Daily April to October
Travel to Bantry lying sheltered behind Whiddy Island. Bantry is the market town of southwest Cork and an ancient port. The deep waters have hosted a succession of fleets, French, Spanish and British. In order to make the best of the route, your first night is spent 3 miles/5 kms from Bantry at the start of the Sheep’s Head Way.
Bantry to Glanlough along the coast. The route starts on small farm lanes from Dromcloc Farmhouse and climbs one of the mountain roads that cross the peninsula. Then, a glorious ridge walk through sheep grazing country to 223m, before descending to Glanlough and Seamount Farmhouse. 8.75 miles/14 kms
Glanlough to Kilcrohane. The ridge walk continues over Gouladane, from where you can descend to Gortnakilly or continue on the ridge to Seefin, the highest point of the peninsula at 345m. Finish at Kilcrohane village from where you will be transferred back to Glanlough. 8.1 miles/13 kms
Kilcrohane to Tooreen, the end of the peninsula.Your hosts will return you to Kilcrohane. The Way follows the exhilarating coastline of the western end of the peninsula through ruined villages and the Gortavallig Copper Mines to the edge of the world! Your host for tonight will collect you at this point and transfer you to your accommodation in Reenmore. 8.75 miles/14km
Transfer back to Tooreen. Walk to Kilcrohane along the southern coastline of the peninsula. After the initial climb to the remains of a 17th century signal tower, today’s walk is on lower ground through farms and townlands to return to Kilcrohane village. You host will collect you and transfer you to Reenmore. 10 miles/16km
Walk from Reenmore to Durrus. The route follows old paths and droving roads through hillside farms to Durrus, the largest village on the peninsula. There are many pre-Christian remains, standing stones, wells, burial grounds, indicating the ancient importance of the area. Overnight in Durrus. 10 miles/16 kms
Durrus to Bantry. Leaving the seascapes behind, the route follows the Four Mile Water valley before climbing through forest to Barr na Gaoithe, the Top of the Wind. A short climb completes the hill walking before descending on minor roads to Bantry town, through the grounds of majestic Bantry House. 10.6 miles/17 kms
Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit
Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.