The Sheep’s Head Way – Discover Ireland’s Best-Loved Walking Route

Explore the Sheep’s Head Way walking route on West Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula!

It’s one of Ireland’s best-loved walking routes, and the perfect place to immerse yourself in life along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

You’ll find an unspoilt natural landscape with stunning coastal views. This is a place that’s been recognised as a European Destination of Excellence: a kind of modern Eden. And there are lots of things to do in Bantry and around the Sheep’s Head as you explore this beautiful part of the world.


Plan Your Stay, the Sheep’s Head Way!

Take the renowned Sheep’s Head Way walking route, hire a bike and cycle the Sheep’s Head peninsula’s stunning coastal cycle route, or drive the Wild Atlantic Way with gorgeous views across the neighbouring Mizen and Beara peninsulas.

Sail the Wild Atlantic Way when you visit the Sheep's Head peninsulaFind delicious West Cork places to eat, and meet our great local communities in the seaside villages of Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus. Take an Irish craft tour, sail the Wild Atlantic Way, or spend time exploring the historic harbour town of Bantry at the head of beautiful Bantry Bay.

At every turn, you’ll find stunning views, across West Cork’s three peninsulas, the ever-changing waters of Bantry and Dunmanus bays, and the lush farmland that inspires West Cork’s food producers. The Sheep’s Head peninsula is the perfect base for a walking holiday in Ireland – the Sheep’s Head Way is a foodie heaven, and an adventurer’s paradise, where the locals will help you get to the heart of life as it’s lived the “Sheep’s Head Way”!

The Sheep’s Head Way: Ireland’s Best-Loved Coastal Walking Route

The renowned Sheep’s Head Way walking route begins in Bantry and leads you out to the tip of Ireland’s unspoilt Sheep’s Head peninsula and back, tracing the coastline.

It then extends through West Cork’s valleys and mountains along St. Finbarr’s Way towards the early Christian settlement at Gougane Barra. Solitude and history are always only moments away here, but this is a place to relish the present as well as discover the past. 

Whether you’re walking Ireland’s Sheep’s Head Way, kayaking on West Cork’s deep bays, or climbing the steps at Bantry House, you’ll find a rich quality of life here on Ireland’s southwest coastline that’s hard to match.

Meet the potters, blacksmiths and artists the Sheep’s Head inspires, taste Bantry Bay mussels served with our great local produce, or join the celebrations at one of our world-class festivals.

Start planning your visit to West Cork, and look forward to an Irish holiday spent “living the Sheep’s Head way”!

The Sheep’s Head Peninsula: A European Destination of Excellence

European Destination of Excellence IrelandThe Sheep’s Head peninsula has been recognised as a European Destination of Excellence in recognition of the sustainable tourism on offer in this unspoilt part of the world.

The Sheep’s Head Way walking & cycling routes offer you the perfect way to explore the stunning natural landscape of West Cork.

We invite you to share in a way of life that conserves our environment and celebrates its vibrant communities.

Find Sheep’s Head Way maps and directions, and places to stay in Bantry and on the Sheep’s Head on our website. Contact us to find out more about planning the best things to do around Bantry, the Sheep’s, Head and the Wild Atlantic Way.

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