Welcome to West Cork Walking. The purpose of this website to enable you to join us HERE in West Cork for what we believe is a truly remarkable walk… a seven day odyssey where you will walk the full length of the Sheep’s Head Way, then join the ancient St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, leading to your goal: the 6th century island hermitage of St Finbarr at Gougane Barra. Our aim is to give you information on how you can undertake this walk. Besides our own farm accommodation centre here at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre, we want to suggest suitable accommodation, guides and places to eat all along the way.
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This is not a package tour...it is simply a guide to help you make the arrangements which suit you best. Each accommodation provider must be contacted directly and they will be responsible to advise you about the section of the walk pertaining to their accommodation facility. Starting at the western end of the Sheep's Head the accommodation providers are:
1.Charlie and Julia McCarthy at Seamount Farm on the northern edge of the Sheep's Head Peninsula. Their farmhouse B&B is fitted out to a very high standard and is surpassed only by their wonderful welcome and their desire to share the beauty and traditions of this peninsula with you.
2.The Westlodge Hotel, BANTRY overlooking the bay. This hotel and leisure centre situated on twenty three acres makes a perfect half way stop on your walking week. Situated next to historic Bantry House, and within walking distance of Bantry town, it is a great place to relax and be replenished for the remainder of the walk.
3.The Top of the Rock Pod Páirc and Walking Centre overlooking some of West Cork's best inland scenery. The Pod Páirc is a truly ''different'' type of accommodation, particularly suited to walkers and their families. The open farm, evening camp fires and modern communal facilities combine with the nine miles of walkways in the area to make it a memorable experience.
4.The Gougane Barra Hotel is situated in one of Ireland's most tranquil and mystical settings where the River Lee rises. Neil and Kate Lucey are a particularly welcoming couple in a long family tradition of hospitality who will make your stay a perfect climax to a great week's walking.
The Sheep’s Head Way is one of only six places in Ireland which have been designated ‘’European Destinations of Excellence’’ (EDEN). See it for yourself in this YouTube clip…