Bere Island, Co Cork is holding a series of Walking Weekends this autumn! The first will be held on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27st September 2015, with another taking place on 24th-25th October. On a mellow autumn afternoon, there’s no better place to be than walking the hills of Bere Island.
Explore the length and breadth of this historic island, which was once a former strategic military base during WW1, and lies at the southern most reaches of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Bere Island is part of the Beara Way and, together with a series of looped walks and wild open terrain, offers up to 6 hours of continuous walking with spectacular scenery. The hills of Bantry Bay shelter the southern side of the island and flanking the northern side is the rugged Caha Mountain range.
Bere Island caters for all levels of walker, and the walking weekends are perfect for anyone looking to meander along quiet roads and lanes, and for those seeking a more challenging walk through open heathland. Guided walks will be available over the Bere Island walking weekends. A local historian who will lead walkers to Ardnakinna Lighthouse on the western most point of Bere Island, across the hills to the Holy Year Cross on the island’s highest point, carrying onto the standing stone which marks the centre of the island, before climbing up to one of two remaining Martello towers, and then back to Rerrin village.
A second walk will take in the flatter, eastern loop of the island past military fortifications from WW1. Maps and suggested routes will also be available to those who wish to walk under their own steam. Wind down at the end of the day with a hot shower and a hearty, well-earned meal at your accommodation, and then finish off the day in one of the island bars.
If you can play a musical instrument, bring it along and join in the session! For those who want to take in even more of this beautiful island, take an evening stroll and watch the sun set over the hills of Beara.
Book Now: Special Offer
For €120 pps – to include 2 nights B&B (Friday & Saturday night), one evening meal, 2 packed lunches and return ferry trip for foot passengers.
To book, please contact one of the accommodation providers involved in this offer:
Ardagh Holiday Village
Tel: 086 8091204
Bere Island Holiday Homes
Tel: 027 75995 / 021 437 2531/ 086 8845709
Tel: 027 75018 / 086 1628344
Lawrence Cove Lodge
Tel: 027 75988 / 086 1513612
Bere Island is approximately 2 hours by road from Cork City, and Cork Airport. Two ferry services ply between the island and mainland with numerous trips each day. For ferry details contact Bere Island Ferries 086 2423140 or Murphy’s Ferry 087 2386095.
Bus Éireann operate between Cork City Bus Station and Castletownbere. www.buseireann.ie A private bus service also operates between Cork City and Castletownbere contact Harrington’s Bus Service on 027 74003 / 087 2678388.