From stunning coastal walks along Sheep’s Head to the more strenuous challenge of Hungry Hill, Bantry is a paradise for walkers of every level. Don your hiking boots for the annual walking festival that takes place in June with guides on hand to share their local knowledge. Spend a day discovering the tranquility of Gougane Barra National Park or take the ferry from Bantry pier to Whiddy Island and combine a breathtaking looped walk of the island with a rest-stop in the local island pub. We are happy to advise on walks to suit the weather, your interests and fitness level.
Bantry is the hub for the three West Cork peninsulas; the Beara, Sheep’s Head and Mizen peninsulas. The award-winning Sheep’s Head Way provides 89 kilometres of trail with some unforgettable scenery and starts and finishes in Bantry, passing through the colourful villages of Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus. High cliffs, old churches, quiet country roads, stone circles and short stretches of woodland paths are just some of the varied attractions along the way and you are never far from views of the Wild Atlantic. The terrain is varied, with a few long ascents but there are several shorter looped walks also.