QUEST 12 BEARA – ROUTE INFO

Quest 12 Beara is a 151.5km test of your physical and mental endurance designed to challenge you and discover limits you didn’t know you had!
Route Information & Precautions

Quest Adventure Series has put together new untested routes for you to explore and test your mettle against the backdrop of the majestic Caha Mountains, Garnish, Dursey, and Bere Islands.

Route distance: 12 hours – 151.5km

Please familiarise yourself with the route maps, race briefing document and the areas on the route where care must be taken. Please observe warning signs, the race steward’s advice, and listen carefully to the race briefing before the race.

*All routes are subject to change, statutory approval, and license agreements.

Quest 12 Beara Route Information

All routes are subject to final permissions from statutory bodies and are subject to change

Quest 12 Beara consists of 7 stages: The route has been devised to bring you to places you have never been before, both physically and mentally.

Stage 1: Run – 17.3km
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

 

Stage 2: Cycle – 80km
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

 

Stage 3: Trail Run – 12.1km
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

 

Stage 4: Cycle – 26.9km
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

 

Stage 5: Kayak – 1.5km
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

 

Stage 6: Run – 12.2km
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

 

Stage 7: Kayak – 1.5km to the finish
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

 

CHECKPOINTS & TIMING
Each participant will be given a GPS tracker that will track their progress along the prescribed route.
Participants will have to check-in at certain points along the route highlighted on route maps.

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