Walk the Sheep’s Head Way this September and explore an unspoilt peninsula flanked by the beauty of Bantry and Dunmanus Bays
On this seven-day adventure, odyssey in wonderful West Cork, you’ll walk the full length of the Sheep’s Head Way, then join the ancient St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, leading to your goal: the 6th century island hermitage of St Finbarr at Gougane Barra.
This is a fantastic opportunity to explore a landscape that’s dotted with heritage sites, and to take in the grandeur of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
The walk is organised by the experienced local team at West Cork Walking. Besides our own farm accommodation centre here at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre, West Cork Walking will arrange suitable accommodation, guides and places to eat all along the way.
We have picked out the accommodation providers we consider will give you the best possible experience. Each accommodation provider will be responsible for advising you about the section of the walk pertaining to their accommodation facility. Starting at the western end of the Sheep’s Head, the accommodation providers are:
1.Charlie and Julia McCarthy at Seamount Farm on the northern edge of the Sheep’s Head Peninsula. Their farmhouse B&B is fitted out to a very high standard and is surpassed only by their wonderful welcome and their desire to share the beauty and traditions of this peninsula with you.
See their website at www.seamountfarm.com
2.The Westlodge Hotel, in the historic market town of Bantry, overlooking the famous Bantry Bay. This hotel and leisure centre, situated on twenty three acres, makes a perfect half way stop on your walking week. Situated next to the elegant Bantry House, and within walking distance of Bantry town, it is a great place to relax and be replenished for the remainder of the walk.
See their website at www.westlodgehotel.ie
3.The Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre is in a tranquil spot, overlooking some of West Cork’s best inland scenery. The Pod Páirc is a truly “different” type of accommodation, particularly suited to walkers and their families. The open farm, evening camp fires, and modern communal facilities combine with the nine miles of walkways in the area to make a wonderful place to stay.
See our website at www.topoftherock.ie
4.The Gougane Barra Hotel is situated in one of Ireland’s most tranquil and mystical settings where the River Lee rises. Neil and Kate Lucey are a particularly welcoming couple in a long family tradition of hospitality who will make your stay a perfect climax to a great week’s walking.
See their website at www.gouganebarrahotel.com
The Sheep’s Head Way is one of only six places in Ireland which have been designated ‘’European Destinations of Excellence’’ (EDEN).
To find out more, contact David Ross on 086 173 5134 or email him at [email protected]