Bantry Walking Festival
Join us each summer for a weekend of hiking, exploring, sightseeing and fun at the Bantry Walking Festival!
Our expert guides will lead treks along the Sheep's Head Way, around Whiddy Island, and along the shores of Bantry Bay to give you a taste of the walks that West Cork has to offer. While you take in the views, we'll take care of all the organisation needed to get you around.
There'll be time to enjoy the delights of Bantry too. Visit its great bars and restaurants for fresh seafood, local produce, music and hospitality over the Bank Holiday Weekend!
Bantry Walking Festival was first held on June Bank Holiday Weekend 2013. The festival was conceived when members of local walking groups joined the Bantry Development and Tourism Association, a local group concerned with the advancement of the Bantry area. The walkers proposed the festival in an effort to boost the profile of Bantry as a Walking Destination and to showcase the numerous breathtaking walks that the area has to offer.
Since then the festival profile has grown and an ever increasing number of volunteers sign up every year to assist. All those that work to organise and guide the festival do so on a voluntary basis, with any profit put back into the BDTA to fund this and other festivals held throughout the year in the area. It is these volunteers that set and map the walks, work tirelessly behind the scenes and the farmers that allow the walks to cross their lands, that make this festival possible year after year.
The Festival Walks
For the Festival we divide our walks into three categories:
A Walks for the experienced walker
B Walks require some experience and stamina
C Walks for those who enjoy regular casual walking activities
Things to Remember
◦All walkers must book in advance to take part in our events, there will be no booking on the actual days of the walks.
◦Experienced guides will accompany all walks.
◦Walk leaders will refuse to allow individuals to take part in walks if they have insufficient experience, unsuitable clothing or footwear – boots only, no trainers.
◦Those participating in the Walking Festival do so at their own risk.
◦The organisers maintain the right to change routes where deemed necessary.
◦All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
◦Strictly no dogs allowed.
◦Walkers are requested to bring adequate clothing, food and drinks for the duration of the walk.
◦The decision and authority of the leaders is final and at all times must be adhered to by participants.