The Poets, Pilgrims and Places walking tour will introduce you to trails and tales in one of Ireland’s most beautiful places.
The walking tour will be led by David Ross, an experienced local walking guide who regularly directs pilgrim walks, and by Richard Whyte (a man with a poem for every turn in the road). You’ll explore the coastline of the Sheep’s Head peninsula as you walk the Sheep’s Head Way, and hike the length of St. Finbarr’s Way – West Cork’s pilgrim trail – on the route inland to Gougane Barra.
We’ll begin our walk at the westernmost tip of the Sheep’s Head peninsula, a European Destination of Excellence and home to the world-renowned Sheep’s Head Way walking route. With views across Bantry Bay, Dunmanus Bay, and the neighbouring Beara and Mizen peninsulas, the trail is the perfect place to connect with nature and poetry, and to contemplate our place in this beautiful world.
On day two we’ll walk from Glanlough to Bantry, again tracing the peninsula’s coastline on our way to the historic harbour town of Bantry.
On day three, we’ll head inland from Drimoleague to Kealkill, across rolling valleys and West Cork’s mountain trails.
The final day will see us trek to Gougane Barra where St. Finbarr’s Oratory will mark the final point of a walk that will celebrate poetry, contemplation, and stunning views.
The walk is suitable for people in good health, with reasonable levels of fitness. We’ll have bus support throughout the trip, so walkers will have the opportunity to shorten walks and get lifts back to base if they have any difficulties at all.
To book contact David at [email protected]>
An Easter Pilgrim Walk is also available!