sheeps head way

The Sheep’s Head Way is an 88km way-marked route that circles the whole of the Sheep’s Head from Bantry to Sheep’s Head at the end of the peninsula and back through Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus.

The Sheep's Head Way is a 200km walking route located on the narrow Sheep's Head peninsula in West Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay.  The route also extends eastwards from Bantry to Drimoleague (www.drimoleaguewalkway.com) and Gougane Barra offering further walking opportunities in the region. 

The narrowness of the peninsula means that you are never far from the glorious Atlantic Ocean, even on the outward stretch when you climb to the route's highest point, 300 metres above sea level, on the heathery Seefin ridge.  The terrain is very varied and includes old boreens, open grassy and heathery hill, rock, field paths, quiet roads and some short stretches of woodland path.  The aggregate ascent over the whole route is 2,460m, which includes a few long ascents.  In good weather those who like the uplands can extend the ridge section of the route, or use a number of alternative loops.

The remains of an old copper mine, a blow hole, stone circles, standing stones, high cliffs, a Napoleonic signal tower and old churches are some of the varied attractions to be discovered along the way.  Patience may be rewarded by the sightings of dolphins and whales off the westernmost tip of the headland.  Here too is the Sheep's Head lighthouse.

The colourful villages of Kilcrohane, Ahakista and Durrus en route provide refreshments and accommodation.

www.thesheepsheadway.ie