The coastal path around Belle-Île was originally used by the military for coastal surveillance. Some sections were used by fishermen.
Legislation adopted on 31 December 1976 established an easement of way for pedestrians on private properties on the ocean front. Since then, a path runs almost all the way around the coastline. The local department of public facilities is responsible for enforcing the easement of way, in cooperation with the local elected representatives and the owners concerned.
The coastal path is exclusively reserved for pedestrians. Any usage by horses, cycles or other vehicles is punishable by a fine of between €381.12 and €762.24, under Article R.160-33 of the town planning code.
The coastal path goes around the island in 82.5km and has a total vertical drop of 2,000 metres.
>> Getting around
A variety of means of transport are available to get you to and from your hiking trail.
Taxis are available all year
Taxi José Guégan à Le Palais
02 97 31 86 33 ou voiture 06 71 64 28 71
Taxi Margely à Le Palais
02 97 31 50 81 ou voiture 06 07 66 36 57
Taxi Passat à Le Palais
02 97 31 58 22 ou voiture 06 82 10 34 22
Taxîle à Bangor
02 97 31 32 88 ou voiture 06 08 77 41 74
Taxi Pallas à Le Palais
Voiture : 06 85 51 28 75
The Taol Mor public bus service runs from April to September
Routes, timetables and fares
Le guide des randonnées pédestres (guide to hiking)
On sale for €5
The Stang Per valley
"The life of a Belle-Île valley, the Stang Per valley, past and present"
The Bangor valley interpretation trail was built as part of the nature contract implemented by the Municipality of Bangor and the Belle-Île CPIE (permanent centre for environmental initiatives). The project's objective is to counter the tendency to let areas of special interest in the municipality become abandoned and overgrown, by making them attractive again and known to a wider audience.
The trail is rated of medium difficulty and takes around three hours in full. It is possible to make the hike shorter by turning off towards Marker 7 and Kerprad, but you will miss out on seeing Port Kérel.
Remember to pack a picnic lunch and your swimming suit for Port Kérel beach.
Explore Belle-Île's natural side
2, place de l’Hôtel de Ville – 56360 Le Palais
33 (0)2 97 31 37 28 Fax : 33 (0)2 97 31 89 70
Jardin la Boulaye
This garden is set in a small valley on the wide coast: willow reflections in the ponds, waterfalls, an old wash house in amongst the agapanthus.
Paid visits by prior arrangement
Le Grand Cosquet in Locmaria
02 97 31 76 09
CPIE Maison de la nature
Les Glacis à Le Palais
02 97 31 40 15
The CPIE (permanent centre for environmental initiatives) on Belle-Ile en Mer offers a variety of nature-based activities throughout the year:
outings for adults and children, and courses for naturalists
accompaniment for groups, from one day to one week
nature hikes, organisation of school trips, volunteer projects to restore the natural heritage, mobility-impaired persons, publications on nature and the environment, etc.
Bretagne vivante - SEPNB
Includes ornithological visits to the Koh Kastell reserve
Haute Boulogne à Le Palais
02 97 31 63 67