The Sheeps Head Way, County Cork

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Sheep's Head, also known as Muntervary, is the headland at the end of the Sheep's Head peninsula - a European Destination of Excellence - situated between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay in County Cork, Ireland.The peninsula is popular with walkers, and the Sheep's Head Way is an 88 km long-distance trail which follows old tracks and roads around the peninsula from Bantry to the headland and back. The trail is very accessible and is well signposted . The route combines low and rugged hills with coastline and cliffs.The walkway is very straightforward and can be walked during any time between April and October. The trail is divided into eight stages—each representing a half-day's walking. Among those responsible for establishing the Sheep's Head Way were Tom Whitty, an American, local farmer James O’Mahony, and Jim Leonard.The Sheep's Head Way network of trails includes 20 looped walks, and extends eastwards to include Kealkill, Drimoleague and Gougane Barra where it intersects with the Beara-Breifne Way.A Sheep's Head Way cycle trail also exists, and begins in Ballylickey, County Cork. It extends around the coastline of the Sheep's Head peninsula, and ends in Ballydehob.The peninsula has three villages, Durrus, Ahakista, and Kilcrohane . Durrus has been identified as one of the key staging posts on the Wild Atlantic Way driving route along the Irish coastline and is the home to Durrus Cheese.
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  • About 30 mins up and down each way - this rambling, stony walk was a highlight of southwest Kerry. Breathtaking views in all directions and around every bend. Be sure to bring warm clothes and a wind ...  more »
  • Great views and wonderful walk, especially when you have three small children who all really enjoyed it! It's an amazing place.  more »
  • It was our first visit to the Sheeps Head peninsular, we drove to the Lighthouse car park and did the Lighthouse Loop walk, which is short and well signed. The views are spectacular. We enjoyed it so ...  more »
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  • Small but beautiful area, the Sheep's Head Walkways have many nice walks well signposted and places of interest but no cheap accommodation or public camping places.

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