There is so much to discover on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. We’ll gladly assist you! Here you will find the famous Sheep’s Head Way, a 93 km long, marked hiking trail that runs around the peninsula.
If you’d like to explore the area by car you’ll find we are only 20 minutes from Bantry Harbor and a short drive from the seaside village of Ahakista. There are many other attractions in the vicinity.
The peninsula is also easy to explore by bike. Here are a few tips. Feel free to contact us for further ideas.
A small, charming harbor town with a traditional weekly market with many local producers. Bantry also has many small traditional Irish style craft shops.
The historic ” Bantry House ” invites you from April to October to stroll in the beautiful garden, which was laid out in the 17th century.
SHEEP’S HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
This lighthouse is a must for anyone visiting the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. It’s a small but doable hike to the tip of the peninsula that is always worth it! From here you can only see the wild Atlantic.
SHEEP’S HEAD WAY
This great walk has a main route that starts and ends in Bantry. This main route covers 93 km. You can hike the entire Sheep’s Head Way main trail in 6 days or one of over 25 smaller loop hikes (1-7 hours). They also find one or the other stone circle. It is also worth making one or two detours to the various bays (Dooneen pier on the south side of Dunmanus Bay, Glanroon on Bantry Bay or the Cove on Bantry Bay on the north side).
Gougane Barra is an enchanting place, so picturesquely situated on a lake. A small monastery was built there in the 6th century by Saint Finbarr. In the 19th century a small, pretty chapel was built on the still existing ruins, which is still often booked for weddings.
A large forest area right next to it is ideal for a hike.
This island is a small idyll in the south of Ireland and is also known as Ireland’s Garden of Eden – we think it is not without good reason. In a sheltered location in the harbor of Glengariff, Garinish Island is home to a breathtaking variety of plants. The Mediterranean garden invites you to stroll across the island. At the entrance there is a tea room where you can sit by the water and strengthen yourself. Every now and then a seal shows up off Garinish Island, maybe you’re lucky!
This little island has also made it into the film world. One or the other film was shot there.
THREE CASTLE The fort was built in the 12th century by a pilgrim and wanderer named Donagh na Aimrice O’Mahoney on the Mizen Head Peninsula.
Somewhat remote from the well-known lighthouse of Mizen Head you will find this breathtaking scenery of this ruin. After a short hike, these three ruins pile up. It is on the edge of the 100m cliffs. There is one of the highest surviving medieval walls in Ireland. There are also spectacular views of the surrounding land and sea from Mizen Head to the Beara Peninsula.
Barley Cove is home to the most beautiful beach on the Mizen Peninsula. An extensive dune landscape stretches far inland here. The sheltered beach is very popular in the summer months. There are other beaches in the bay. The beach itself has been designated a Special Protection Area by the European Union as the sand dunes offer a variety of wildlife and interesting habitats.
Castletownbere is a small but vibrant town situated in the heart of the beautiful Beara Peninsula. It lies between the mountains of Caha and Slieve Miskish and overlooks the spectacular Berehaven Harbour.
We are only at a short distance from the villages of Ahakista, Kilcrohane and Durrus. The harbor town of Bantry with supermarkets can be reached by car within 20 minutes.
We offer a pick-up service for hikers.
Private parking spaces are available to our guests free of charge for the duration of the booking.
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