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

Explore West Cork’s Sheep’s Head peninsula, one of the finest stretches of Ireland’s Atlantic coastline, and you’ll discover an unspoilt natural landscape so beautiful it’s been recognised as a European Destination of Excellence: a kind of modern Eden.

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.

Find places to eat and people to meet in the seaside villages of Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus, and 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. This 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 peninsula’s 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”!


Activities Sheep's Head Way
Walk West Cork’s trails, sail on Bantry Bay, go pony trekking, or explore historic monuments from Bronze Age stone circles to Bantry House. There’s lots to do along the Sheep’s Head Way Read More

Food & Drink

Sheep's Head Way Food
Enjoy Bantry Bay mussels, Durrus Cheese, and great locally-produced food here in West Cork. You’ll get to meet the producers, and taste food that is shaped by the pure unspoilt environment of the Sheep’s Head Way. Read More


Sheep's Head Way walks
Walk the renowned Sheep’s Head Way route, or choose shorter loop walks on the Sheep’s Head peninsula. Head inland to explore West Cork’s hills and valleys. There are walking routes to suit everyone along the Sheep’s Head Way
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The Sheep’s Head Peninsula: A European Destination of Excellence

European Destination of ExcellnceThe 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, and share in a way of life that conserves our environment, and celebrates its vibrant communities.

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