Sheep's Head Trail Main Loop is a 91.9 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bantry, County Cork, Ireland that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 91.9 km Elevation Gain: 2,764 m Route Type: Loop




nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

no dogs

Follow the Sheep's Head Way yellow walking man markers. Start/Finish : Bantry West Trailhead Estimated Time : 5 to 6 Days Minimum Gear : Walking boots, rain gear, fluid and a mobile phone. The Sheep’s Head Way is a long distance walking route over 250km encompassing the Sheep’s Head Peninsula and the general Bantry area. It also connects to Whiddy Island by ferry and to Drimoleague at the east, Mealagh, Kealkill and Carriganass linking up with the Beara Breifne Way en route to Gougane Barra. The Main Sheep’s Head Way is 93 Km approximately, starting in Bantry, taking in the Bantry Bay and Dunmanus Bay sides of the Peninsula and out to the Sheep’s Head Lighthouse, before returning back to Bantry. The walker can experience spectacular views from various ridges, shoreline, cliff tops and lakes, this includes also numerous monastic, archaeological and historical sites.  Within this there are ten Failte Ireland Loop walks with trail heads at Carriganas, Mealagh, Drimoleague, Bantry, Durrus, Ahakista, Kilcrohane, Dun Oir, The Goat’s Path, The Black Gate and Tooreen. These are colour coded and afford the self guided walker to a wide variety of walking experiences from one to seven hours duration.  This is predominantly a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and NHA National Heritage Area and was awarded the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN) for the development of sustainable Tourism. Note : Be aware of weather conditions. Be aware of any livestock on the land, especially any Bulls. Please do not exit marked trails only on marked routes.  No dogs are allowed on The Sheep’s Head Way.   Emergency: Phone 999 or 112 and state whether you need Ambulance, Gardaí (police), Fire Brigade or Mountain Rescue. To identify your location please quote the number of the nearest way marker pole or your GPS/grid co-ordinates. 

15 days ago

One of Irelands finest

1 month ago

Sheeps head has to be one of the most beautiful walks I've ever done! The loop back around to the car park is tough if you're not prepared. Make sure to have water and food if necessary as we got caught out there with nothing not realising how long that route would take but nonetheless it is an amazing cliffside walk.

10 months ago

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