Trip: Beara Peninsula Walk & De-stress Week
Route: See Itinerary for Daily Routes
Date: All Year
Duration: 7-8 hours with 4-5 hours of daily walking
Grade: Walking - Easy/Moderate
Our Walking De-Stress Break will give you an adventurous walking week amongst some of Irelands most dramatic sea and landscape with the opportunity to learn a little about our monastic settlements as well as opening our interest to Tibetan Buddhism and the art of meditation as a form of relaxation.
Relax, enjoy get fit and de-stress from the hustle and bustle of modern life and join in on our de-stress walking holidays. Good company, food, accommodation and craic galore!
You can choose a 2 day, 6 day or an 8 day itinerary that best suits you and your needs from our listings.
Killarney and its surroundings are some of the most idyllic and ideal wilderness for the keen walker. In this land where mountain, wood, and water harmoniously blend you can learn something of the spectacular ecology and scenery to which this area is justifiably famous for. We combine an exciting itinerary that will blend walking, good food, culture and craic that will have you returning to the hustle and bustle of life feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Walking: Easy/ Moderate
Contact one of our office team to discuss dates and itineray that suits you
• Ferries and cable car to Islands
• Boat journey through the Lakes of Killarney
• Transportation to/from walks
• B&B in top quality Irish homes and hotels (3* and 4* standard)
• Dinner in some of Ireland's best restaurants, including such famous restaurants as The Lime Tree, Mulcathy’s, Nickies and Kates Kearney’s Cottage.
Minimum of 6 people per trip.
Day 1: Friday evening: We meet in Killarney in the evening to depart for our accommodation.
Day 2: Saturday:
Trip: Boat Journey through the Lakes of Killarney
Route: O’Sullivan’s Cascade in oldest oak forest in the country - Lord Brandon’s cottage at the head of the upper lake - through the Black Valley and into the Gap of Dunloe, a glaciated rugged valley formed after the last ice age - Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Duration: 7 Hours (3-4 hours walking)
Day 3: Sunday:
Trip: The Old Kenmare Road
Route: Today we make our way to Kenmare along the Old Kenmare Road. Our journey today will take us across the wild countryside between Killarney and Kenmare on an easy ramble. This excursion will take us on a meandering jaunt along the rugged track that was once the old road to Kenmare.
Duration: 8 hours (4-5 hours walking)
Day 4: Monday:
Trip: Sceilig Rock
Route: We tour around the Ring of Kerry to Portmagee where we leave on a boat journey for an incredible hike on the famous monastic ruin on the Sceilig Rock. This is subject to weather conditions. An alternative walk will be done if the sea conditions are too tough for this trip.
Duration: 8 hours (1.30 hours walking) (Rock) or 4 hours walking in Winter
Grade: Easy (with choice of scramble to Hermits Cave)
Day 5: Tuesday:
Trip: Beara Pennisula
Route: Our journey to our objective today will take us on a trip along the scenic coastline of the Beara Peninsula. We will walk in the beautiful rugged valley of Glanrastel and climb the picturesque hill known as Knockowen (Cnoc Eoghain) 2,200 feet in height. Our descent route will take us along a meandering broad ridge that divides the borders of Cork and Kerry, the views are spectacular with Bantry Bay to the South and Kenmare Bay to the north as we walk westward to our destination at the Healy Pass. A low level walk on the Beara Way can be arranged as an alternative.
Duration: 6 hours (4 hours walking)
Grade: Easy/ Moderate
Day 6: Wednesday:
Trip: Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Centre & Dursey Spur
Route: Beara Peninsula - Dursey Spur
Duration: 8 hours (2 hours introduction to relaxation, meditation & an insight to Tibetan culture; 3-5 hours walking)
In our visit to the Retreat Centre, we partake in a meditation and relaxation session. The center is situated on the wild and beautiful Beara Peninsula. It sits high up on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of sea and sky. We will get a chance to explore the Truths of Tibetan Buddhism and learn techniques of relaxation that we can use in daily life. After a visit to the Buddhist center we will take an exciting walk on the Dursey Spur taking time out to reflect on our experience amongst the great beauty of wild open spaces, rugged cliff faces, spectacular seascape and experience the beauty and tranquility of island life on Dursey. Note: Island walk depending on cable car times at Castletownbere.
Day 7: Thursday:
Trip: Beara Island
Route: Beara Peninsula- Allihies to Eyeries through the copper mines
Duration: 8 hours (4 hours walking)
We spend a further day walking on Beara. Depending on weather conditions, we will explore the beauty of yet another magnificent island, Beara Island. Our option for the day is a walk through the copper mines across one of the most picturesque walks in Ireland.
Day 8: Friday:
Departure for home. Special note: Due to the nature of Irish weather our walking holidays will have a number of options that we can alter depending on conditions. If we are going to an island we will be able to alter our walking days to pick the best time to take advantage of sea conditions. We will also be able to alter high level walks to coastal walks depending on conditions on the hills.
Walking boots, warm layering system, wind/rain proof jacket and pants, warm hat and gloves, small day bag to carry rain gear. If you are going on hike for more than 4 hours, we recommend that you carrya packed lunch and plenty of water.
First Aid Kit: I’d suggest bringing a small personal first aid kit.