Join us each summer for a weekend of hiking, exploring, sightseeing and fun at the
Bantry Walking Festival!
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Bantry Walking Festival was first held in 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.
In 2016 we again expanded the festival with a launch on Friday 3 June and a family friendly “D” walk available each day.
The launch was held in Bantry Community Tourist Office and there was a guided historical walk of Bantry town available to all.
Our family friendly walk on Saturday followed one of the Drimoleague Heritage Walks while Sunday’s walk was a ramble through the scenic Mealagh Valley.
Bantry Events Calendar 2016
For details of events in Bantry throughout 2016 please see our sister web site Visit Bantry