- Name Beara Way
- Length of trail 206 km, 128 miles
- Length in days 9 days
- Start of trail Glengarriff
- End of trail Glengarriff
- Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
- Hut tour grading T1, Walk
Beara Way, Glengarriff - Glengarriff, 206 km, 9 days
Whereas the Kerry Way is very popular, the Beara Way is less often chosen by walkers. Why? Of course, nearby Iveragh Peninsula with Killarney and its lakes is much better known by tourists.
The Beara Way is situated on the Beara peninsula, a narrow elongated stretch of land south of the touristic Iveragh peninsula. The interior is mountainous, with green valleys, a rugged coastline with some fine beaches, and no tree plantations. The outer limits of the peninsula stretch far into the Atlantic. Ultimately, the trail also calls upon the far end, Dursey Head, on Dursey Island. When walking on the hilly ridge, the ocean is all around you.
The path is a little sportive. It is well designed, with cooperation of all landowners (thank you all!). Accommodation is available in the little villages.
The European Long Distance trail E8 makes use of the Beara Way, from Dursey Head to the town of Kenmare, where it meets the Kerry Way.
Another very interesting long distance trail, the Irish Coast to Coast Walk, chooses instead to start in the town of Cahirciveen along the Kerry Way in the Iveragh peninsula, but apart from the start, both long distance trails share the same itinerary.
And finally the third long distance trail to mention here, the Beara - Breifne Way, still under construction (2013): the Beara Way is the first stage of this 500 km long trail across the Irish heartland.