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walking trails in cork

Walking Trails in Cork

Explore Corks finest spectacular walking trails within commutable distance from the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.

These sign posted walking trails are suitable for walkers of all ages and abilities. The Beara Way and Sheep’s Head Way (Named “Destination of the Year” in 2015 by John and Sally McKenna Guides) are both located on breath-taking peninsulas in West Cork.

The Beara Way walking route is a walking circuit of the peninsula following side roads, barrens, bog roads and tracks, taking in all that is special about the place, including a variety of historical sites ranging from Ogham Stones to Wedge Graves, Stone Circles to ancient church sites.

While there are a few stretches along the very edge of the Atlantic, one is never very far from the sea, even on the mountainous parts and the route includes a thrill unique to Beara – a spin over the sea in a tiny cable-car at Dursey Island. The trail begins and ends in stunning Glengarriff. Normally the full route takes nine days to complete, but you may dip in for various sections at your leisure.

The Sheep’s Head Way is a 150km walking route located on the narrow Sheeps Head peninsula in West Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay.  The route also extends eastwards from Bantry to Drimoleague and Gougane Barra offering further walking opportunities in the region.

The Sheeps Head Way is a winner of a Waterford Crystal Walker Award and it has been chosen as the best walk in Ireland by Country Walking magazine. This 55 mile long distance walk has a huge variety of terrain all with beautiful views and there are many long and short loop walks available.

Ideal Hotel for Walking Trips

If you are planning a trip to one of these walking trails, then why not stay with us at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, offering luxury accommodation, fine dining and great value rates, this hotel is exactly what you need after a long day of walking.


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