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Hiking - Sheep's Head Way
Bantry Ireland

The Sheep’s Head Way is a long distance walking route traversing the 4th of the five peninsulas in the southwest of Ireland.

Sheep’s Head Peninsula, or the ancient name of Muintir Bháire, the people of Bháire, is in southwest of county Cork, Ireland’s largest county. Following old tracks and roads, the route starts and finishes in Bantry and takes you to the actual Sheep’s Head at the tip of the peninsula. It must be the least visited part of Cork and this contributes to the wonderful presence of such a unique place.

Bordered by Bantry Bay to the north and Dunmanus Bay to the south, a narrow spine of mountains culminates in Seefin Hill at 345m. The route is always in view of the mighty Atlantic with pockets of temperate climate to harbour flora & fauna. Expect also to see the remains of an old copper mine, a blow hole, stone circles, standing stones, high cliffs, a Napoleonic signal tower and old churches.

The elevation varies from sea level to 345m; there are a couple of hard climbs but it is primarily a ridge and shoreline route. The route is very well marked with numbered waymarkers.

Tour Highlights
- Walking along the ridge to Seefin mountain…the world falls away on each side to water, Dunmanus Bay, Bantry Bay, the Atlantic.
- Coffee & cake in Bernie’s café, right at the tip of the peninsula!
- Bantry House & Gardens, stately 17th century untouched beauty with a quirky 1796 French Armada museum in the stable yard.

Walking Tour
Meeting: Bantry
Airport:   Cork
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Hiking - Sheep's Head Way
Tour Code: ZZ-OUT-42
8 days / 7 nights ~$810.00
Dates: April to October

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Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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