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At the southernmost stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way, the Haven Coast offers up endless calming landscapes and dramatic coastlines. From idyllic Bantry Bay to historic Skibbereen and of course lively Kinsale, discover unspoilt territories and hidden coves as you amble through County Cork’s array of charming towns and villages on a number of looped walking routes.  

Think you know what to expect on a walk in this neck of the woods? Think again. Walks in captivating Cork are like nothing you've experienced before thanks to its rolling vistas, stunning cliffs and remote yet mesmerising peninsulas.

 
 
Exposed to the elements on Sheep's Head
 

Among the Haven Coast’s many routes are the delightful Sheep’s Head Loops, which wind around the wild and secluded Sheep’s Head Peninsula, where you’ll manoeuvre through the base of the area’s soaring cliffs, pass gorgeous lakes like Lough Akeen, and even explore the old lighthouse that marks the tip of beautiful Bantry Bay.

Or if you fancy an offshore adventure, be sure to make your way by ferry to Cléire – Clear Island. In this Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) region, you’ll not only hear the lilting tones of the Irish language being spoken - you'll also find trails like the Gleann and Cnoicin’s Loops walking routes which showcase the rich history and cultural heritage that this serene island has to offer. The Gleann Loop in particular is one of the Wild Atlantic Way's best spots for watching whales and dolphins too. No doubt glimpsing a fin in these crystalline waters is the icing on the cake after roaming this awe-inspiring terrain. 

 
  • Bantry Bay
 

These are just some of the many regional Cork walks in the enchanting Haven Coast that are waiting for the satisfied stomp of your walking boots. Whatever region you choose to explore, there’s a delightful selection of routes waiting, no matter what your level of fitness. What’s more, there are lots of ways to plan and tailor your trip to exactly what you like.

What are you waiting for? Those boots are made for walking and those County Cork views are extending an irresistible invitation.