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Quest 12 Beara is a new, one-day individual unsupported adventure race across the uncharted territory of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork.

You will run across the Caha Mountains and the Beara way, cycle through the Healy Pass, along the Ring of Beara, and through the picturesque villages of Eyeries and Allihies. Kayak in Bantry Bay out to Bere Island and follow an ancient trail run around the island, before finishing on the shoreline of the famous fishing village of Castletownbere.

Total distance: 151.5km.
Total Elevation: 3297m

Registration will open Jan/Feb 2021

Description: Starting at Berehaven Lodge (T1), there is a short road run before you hit the trails. Climb to the top of Maulin Mountain which is a looped run, returning back to Berehaven Lodge (T1).

  • Start: Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere
  • Finish: Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere
  • Terrain: Tar road, Trail/ forestry Path
  • Precautions: Slippery when wet
  • Distance: 17.3km run
  • Total elevation: 675m
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1314316

Description: Collecting your bike at T1, cycle east from Berehaven lodge along the Wild Atlantic Way. You will cycle over the Healy Pass into the village of Lauragh. From there you continue along the coastal road through the villages of Ardgroom, Eyeries and Allihies. The second transition area (T2) is located on Garnish pier, home to Ireland’s only cable car.

  • Start: Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere (T1)
  • Finish: Garnish Pier (T2)
  • Terrain: Sealed tar road
  • Precautions: Narrow sections with some sharp bends
  • Distance: 80km
  • Total elevation: 1392m
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1326351

Description: From transition 2 on Garnish Pier you will run south on the Beara Way. Heading out along Crow Head you will take in the stunning views of the Dursey Cable Car. This is a gentle, flat trail run with only one short steep section.

  • Start: Garnish Pier (T2)
  • Finish: Garnish Pier (T2)
  • Terrain: Trail run
  • Precautions: Slippery when wet
  • Distance: 12.1 km
  • Total elevation: 385m
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1314312

Description: From transition 2, you begin your cycle back to Berehaven lodge (T3). Cycling along the stunning coast road through the small fishing village of Castletownbere.

  • Start: Garnish Pier (T2)
  • Finish: Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere (T3)
  • Terrain: Secondary roads, sealed tarmac
  • Precautions: Open secondary roads and debris on the road
  • Distance: 26.9km cycle
  • Total elevation: 395m
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1326377

Description: After racking your bike at transition 3 by Berehaven Lodge, head down to the pier to collect your kayak. This is an exciting route over to Bere Island.

  • Start: Berehaven Lodge Pier (T3)
  • Finish: Donegan’s Point, Bere Island
  • Terrain: Water
  • Precautions: Lifejackets worn at all times
  • Distance: 1.5km
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1326387

Description:  After kayaking to Bere Island, you now head on a trail run past the famous Martello tower and up to the highest point on the island, the Bere Island Cross. Once you get to the cross, follow the trail back to the kayak.

  • Start: Donegan’s Point, Bere Island
  • Finish: Donegan’s Point, Bere Island
  • Terrain: Trail/Forestry Road
  • Precautions: Slippery when wet
  • Distance: 12.2km
  • Total Elevation: 450m
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1326402

Description: From Bere Island you will kayak back across the harbor to the finish line at Berehaven Lodge.

  • Start: Donegan’s Point, Bere Island
  • Finish: Berehaven Lodge, Castletownbere
  • Terrain: Water
  • Precautions: Lifejackets worn at all times
  • Distance: 1.5km
  • Link to the route map: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1326387
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