Dursey Island and Beara Far West

  • Dursey island from the mainland - © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy
  • © William Mackesy

Key information: Dursey Island and Beara Far West

  • A lovely island (and nature reserve) at the tip of the Beara Peninsula, stunning land-and-seascapes.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating81.5
  • Beauty31.5
  • Natural interest15
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma31
  • Negative points1
  • Total rating81.5
  • Note: Negs: Likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: Up to 14km
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
© William Mackesy


Dursey Island lies off the far western tip of the Beara Peninsula. Stunning land-and-seascapes, and the whole island is a wildlife reserve, to boot.

Lovely, remote, peaceful, wildlife-rich walking. The Beara Way  circuits it in 14km/ around 4 hours.

Access is by Ireland’s only, and slightly alarming-looking, cable car.

The final hills of the peninsula also make for some lovely walking from easy roadheads (create your own circuits): huge sea views.

The South-west gets a lot of rain, and cloud/fog. Take great care with wayfinding in foggy/mist/cloudy conditions.

See our Beara Peninsula page for more general and practical information and photos.

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Safety and problems: All walks have inherent risks and potential problems, and many of the walks featured on this website involve significant risks, dangers and problems. Problems of any sort can arise on any walk. This website does not purport to identify any (or all) actual or potential risks, dangers and problems that may relate to any particular walk.

Any person who is considering undertaking this walk should do careful research and make their own assessment of the risks, dangers and possible problems involved. They should also go to “Important information” for further important information.

© William Mackesy

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