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Walking Cork

Trag Retreat is located in such an area of outstanding natural beauty which provides,the ideal escape from urban living. You can wander for miles around the rocky coastline of the peninsula discovering the myriad of coves and inlets. Indulge your sense of adventure and explore this sensual landscape to the full.

Walking Routes in West Cork

Sheep's Head Way (30 minute drive from Trag Retreat) This is a 55 mile long distance walk combining low, rugged hills and a splendid cliff coastline with quieter roads, paths and tracks. There are many long and short loop walks available. As the route is fairly short and covers relatively easy terrain, the Sheep’s Head Way is suitable for those walkers who do not have much experience of covering long distances. The walking route is fully marked and there are guides are available in local pubs & shops. There are also areas for fishing and bathing, as well as restaurants and pubs for after your journey.

The Sheep's Head Peninsula is a peaceful and unchanged corner of Ireland. It is one of the best kept secrets in the whole country...the most beautiful landscape in Ireland" Mike Harding, Footloose in the West of Ireland.

"Short, sweet and scenic, this (The Sheep's Head Way) must be the best in Ireland. It takes in a superb moorland crest and rugged cliffs, as well as easy lowland terrain." Country Walking
" of the most attractive maps ever made in Ireland." Irish Times description of the Sheep's Head Way map

Beara Way: (1 hour and 15 minute drive from Trag Retreat)
The Beara Way Walking Route is a walking circuit of the peninsula following side roads, boreens, bog roads and tracks, taking in all that is special about the place, including a variety of historical sites ranging from Ogham Stones to Wedge Graves, Stone Circles to ancient church sites. While there are a few stretches along the very edge of the Atlantic, one is never very far from the sea, even on the mountainous parts,and the route includes a thrill unique to Beara - a spin over the sea in a tiny cable-car at Dursey Island.

The Beara Way, incorporating part of the O' Sullivan Beara Way, is a long distance walking route around the highly spectacular peninsula with a large concentration of historical and archaeological sites en route. The main towns on the route are Kenmare, Glengarriff and Castletownbere. There are a number of colourful villages in between: Allihies, Ardgroom, Adrigole, and Eyeries. Bere Island and Dursey Island offer excellent walking after a short trip by ferry or cable car.

Walking Tours in West Cork

Skibbereen Walking Group, various walks around West Cork and Kerry every Sunday.

Cape Clear Island
Walks with Chuck Kruger, Chuck is a full-time freelance writer, poet, lecturer & broadcaster, who offers guided walks on Cape Clear Island, Ireland's southernmost inhabited island, 8 miles off the coast, accessible by ferry from Baltimore.

West Cork Tourism Walking Festival
West Cork Tourism
028 22812

Bantry Bay Walks
Contact: Nina
00353 (27) 50046 or 003533 (86) 856 7099
Archeological and historical walks with panoramic views of the Bay; starting from the Westlodge Hotel

Additional information on walking in West Cork at West Cork Week

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