The Sheep’s Head Way walking route forms part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way and it focuses on the famous Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay. Read more about the Sheep’s Head Way.
The main Sheep’s Head Way walk is about 93km long. It begins in the historic West Cork market town of Bantry. From there you can hike right to the end of the Sheep’s Head peninsula where you’ll find the Sheep’s Head lighthouse and stunning views northwards across Bantry bay to the Beara peninsula and south across Dunmanus bay to the Mizen peninsula. Read more about visiting the area.
You can choose to walk the whole Sheep’s Head Way main trail over 6 days, or pick from one of over 25 (1-7 hour) loop walks or additional linear routes which form a 200-km trail network along the Sheep’s Head peninsula and around Bantry, extending into the eastern section to Drimoleague, Mealagh Valley, Kealkil and on to Gougane Barra. Read more about the walking routes, their distance & difficulty with interactive maps.
Click on the map for more information about the trails in each area.