Bere Island Map

Island Walks & Runs

Main Beara Way

  • Length: 19km
  • Estimated Time: 7-8hrs
  • Terrain: Varied
  • Level of Difficulty: Varied, with easy ambles along country roads to hills which are more suited to the experienced walker. Opportunities exist to shorten the walk dramatically.
  • Starting Point: Either Ferry point
  • Sights: Stretches from East to West of the Island, taking in many of the Island’s heritage sites.

ArdnaKinna Lighthouse Loop

  • Length: 11km
  • Estimated Time: 4-5hrs
  • Terrain: Varied, including some difficult rugged sections.
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • Starting Point: West End
  • Waymarking: Purple arrow
  • Sights: The track heads west and then south on an old military track. Ardnakinna lighthouse is in itself a must-see on Bere Island. There was originally a beacon built here in 1850, with the present lighthouse lit in 1965. The rugged track to the lighthouse along the coastline provides stunning views back onto the mainland, whilst the area around the lighthouse provides a perfect picnic spot with views of Sheep’s Head, the Mizen, and west to Dursey Island.
  • Lat. and Long. 51.63886, -9.89924

Doonbeg Loop

  • Length: 5km
  • Estimated Time:  3hrs
  • Terrain: Varied, some steep sections
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
  • Starting Point: Middle of the island, just south of the Gallán (standing stone)
  • Waymarking: Orange arrow
  • Sights: This takes in beautiful views to the south of Sheep’s head and the Mizen peninsula.
  • Lat. and Long. 51.63054, -9.861676

Rerrin Loop

  • Length: 6 km, although can be shortened
  • Estimated Time:  2-3hrs
  • Terrain: Flat, predominately along the road
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Starting Point: East End (Rerrin) ferry point
  • Waymarking Purple arrow
  • Sights: This route encompasses several sites of historical importance, including the British fortification at Lonehort. It also takes in views of Martello towers, Ardaragh Wedge tomb, and a Viking breakwater. This is essential viewing for the military enthusiasts.
  • Lat. and Long. 51.63443, -9.81939

Lonehort Heritage Trail

  • Length: 2km
  • Estimated Time: 30 mins
  • Terrain: Flat on grass
  • Level of Difficulty: Easy
  • Waymarking Brown finger signs
  • Starting Point: Lonehort Battery, in the eastern end of the island. This walks adjoins the Rerrin Loop.
  • Sights: Walk around the perimeter of the large, moated Lonehort Battery which contains two 6″ coastal artillery guns.  
  • Lat. and Long. 51.6450995, -9.7865069

Bere Island parkrun

The Bere Island parkrun, which is on the Wild Atlantic Way offers spectacular scenery of Bantry Bay with a route which takes in a Bronze Age wedge tomb, remains of a Viking boatyard and a former World War One military battery.