Literary Programme 2017

Festival Walk

Festival Walk

All around Bantry

Fri 21 July


€5 payable at start of walk

Join us as we embark on a walk in the magnificent countryside surrounding Bantry Bay. We will be accompanied on this walk by authors Melissa Harrison, author of Rain: Four Walks in English Weather and Sarah Perry, author of The Essex Serpent. Neither rain nor serpents are guaranteed but please do dress appropriately for the weather!

Start point: Tourist Office, The Square, Bantry
Length of walk: 4km
Duration: 2 hrs
Level : Easy but grassy terrain so suitable footwear is necessary. Suitable for all ages and for buggies.

The starting point of this walk is the Tourist Office on the Square, Bantry. The walk follows the pavement along the southern side of Bantry Bay and passes through Bantry House’s gardens and woodlands to reach the Rope Walk.  The route includes a short side trip to the unique seventh century Kilnaruane Pillar stone, which features a very early depiction of a boat. The walk passes the Westlodge Hotel and the Abbey graveyard before returning to the Tourist Office. 

Experienced local guide Charlie McCarthy will be leading the walk.

Cost €5 payable at the start of the walk

Complimentary ticket for those who attend the Melissa Harrison and Sarah Perry event on Friday 21 July at 2.30pm - please bring your ticket from that event with you.

If you want to check out more of the sights of Bantry, you can explore this part of the beautiful Wild Atlantic Way here.