Sheep’s Head Peninsula, County Cork

Sheep’s Head Peninsula, County Cork

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The Sheep’s Head Peninsula is one of Ireland’s treasures and a European destination of excellence. Located in the west of County Cork between Bantry Bay and Dunmaus Bay, this charming little place is only 21 km long and just 4 km wide. With a wild landscape and magnificent views over the loughs it is a beautiful place to explore.
 
The famous Sheep’s Head Way is located here, giving you an unparalleled chance to discover this gem for yourself. The Sheep’s head way passes through unspoiled landscape including summits up to 345 m, coastal paths and small unpaved roads with views over Bantry Bay, Beara and Mizen.
 
It stretches for over 150 km on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the general Bantry area. The Peninsula circuit alone is an 88km Long Distance Walk. There are smaller loops that focus only on a section of the route and hikes that just cover a part of the Sheep’s Head way for people with less time. The trails are clearly marked and offer a wide variety for every level of experience and fitness.
 
Sprinkled along the trail are some attractions like the tip of the peninsula, where you can experience some sensational views or the Kilcrohane church.
 
The peninsula has three villages, Durrus, Ahakista, and Kilcrohane, the base for the Sheep’s Head Way. All of them rather small, but they are used to accommodate tourist so you will find everything you need there. There are also many activities to choose from ranging from dolphin-spotting, to horse-riding or cooking courses to name a few.

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