South of Ireland hiking tour – Day 5

Starting with a visit to an ancient stone circle, we traverse the Beara Peninsula to the very tip of the mainland, a prime spot for whale and dolphin watching. There we’ll undertake a series of dramatic headland hikes on the Beara Way in one of the most remote settings in Ireland. From the fishing village of Garinish to the far-flung Allihies, the village furthest from Dublin in all of Ireland, all walks are sure to yield breathtaking views of cliff and coastal scenery and idyllic Irish farmsteads. Afterwards, we complete the Ring of Beara as we journey to Kenmare, one of Ireland’s most friendly and decorated “Tidy Towns” for our two-night stay. After settling in our town-center lodging, you’ll have free time to explore Kenmare with optional walks and terrific opportunities to dine, shop and enjoy traditional Irish music throughout this celebrated and colorful town. Breakfast included. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Hiking: 4 miles, 2-3 hours; Terrain: Waymarked hills and headlands, exposed heath, rolling hills with some steep sections; minimal road walking; Ex: Garinish Loop on the Beara Way is 1.7 miles, 410′ ascent, Ballydonegan Loop is 1.9 miles, 180′ ascent. Driving: 2 hours.