The Sheep’s Head Way walking route has a worldwide reputation as Ireland’s best-loved coastal walking trail
The West Cork walking trail traces the coastline of the Sheep’s Head peninsula – its beauty enhanced by the magnificent views it offers across Bantry and Dunmanus bays.
Whether you walk the whole 88km hiking route along the West Cork stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, or choose one of the 20 loop walks on offer, you’ll be captivated by the unspoilt beauty of the Sheep’s Head Way.
The walking trails begin in the historic West Cork market town of Bantry. The main route passes through breathtaking, unspoilt scenery including high ridges up to 365 metres, coastal paths, small roads and boreens. It also takes in the lovely coastal villages of Durrus, Ahakista, and Kilcrohane.
As you walk the route, enjoy views across the West Cork islands, and our neighbouring Mizen and Beara peninsulas.
These fabulous West Cork walking routes are clearly marked and are accessible to anyone with basic levels of experience and fitness.
Way-marked loop walks along the Sheep’s Head Way provide shorter walking trails suitable for easier one-day excursions. Additional routes extend the Sheep’s Head Way eastwards to Drimoleague and Kealkill and onto the Mizen at Mount Corrin, south-west of Durrus.