France - Brittany self guided tour GR34 -Saint Brieuc to Paimpol and Brehat Island

France - Brittany self guided tour GR34 -Saint Brieuc to Paimpol and Brehat Island

Self-guided hiking tour around Brittany from Saint Brieuc to Paimpol

This walk takes place in the heart of the Bay of Saint Brieuc and its large beaches,the highest cliffs of Brittany and an amazing discovery of the peaceful flowered Brehat island and its mild climate. You will also enjoy walking along the Coast du Goelo and its beautiful sceneries.

This part of GR34 is a combination of Armor (Sea) and Argoat (Land), a love pact adorned by the typical Brittany atmosphere : small fishing ports, granite villages, cliffs, beaches.

The Cotes d Armor ( Armor Coast) is a vast plateau where the rivers have carved deep valleys to reach the sea which culminates with the cliffs of Plouha, the highest of Brittany. This hiking part is more challenging with its 100m high cliffs.


The GR34 is a trail also called the Sentier des Douaniers or Smugglers footpath following the 1800 km of coastline in Brittany.

Our expert of this coastline tour can customize your trip on the section of your choice. Please send me an email if you would like a walk on this long distance trail even if the part you would like to walk is not online.

Level of Hiking : Level 2 +. Each day the elevation gains can vary from 300 to 500m (ups and downs). The average walking time is 5 hours per day.

Day 1

Arrival at your hotel in St-Brieuc, in the afternoon.

Day 2

Saint-Brieuc - Binic - +800m /– 750m - 22 km
From St-Brieuc, you will follow the green valley of Gouëdic before entering the heart of the Bay of Saint Brieuc that offers large sandy beaches up to Binic where you will spend the night.

Day 3

Binic - St-Quay-Portrieux - +450m / –450m - 14 km.
An optional loop inland is possible before following the coastal itinerary from port to port of the Goelo area : Binic and Saint-Quay-Portrieux. Admire the sceneries over the opposite coast up to the Frehel Cape. Arrive at the bay of Portrieux and the Belle époque sea resort.

Day 4

St-Quay-Portrieux - Lanloup - +770m /–770m - 21 km.
After walking around several tips you will reach the Plouha cliffs (+105 m), the highest cliffs of Brittany. This wild coastline has been the witness of numerous achievements during WW2 from the Resistance. Transfer to Paimpol at the end of the hiking day

Day 5

Lanloup - Paimpol - +470m / –450m - 19 km.
Transfer to the start of the hike. Today's walk goes through the colored moorland to explore the dramatic headlands of Minard, Plouézec and Kerarzic.

Day 6

Paimpol - Pointe de l'Arcouest - +100 m/-100 m - 9 km.
From the bay of Paimpol you will reach the Arcouest headland by Porz Even and then the cove of Launay. At low tides you will discover numerous islets along this wild coastline. Then you take a boat to Bréhat the island of flowers where you will spend the afternoon and the night.

Day 7

Brehat island
Free time in the island before crossing back to the Arcouest headland. You can decide to extend your walk westward or to spend an extra night in St Brieuc before taking your train back to Paris or elsewhere.

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Self guided WALKING
Duration :
7 Days
From :

Included : (see details in Dates and Prices section)

2 and 3 star hotels and guest houses- B&B or Half Board

Luggage transfer

An English road book and a map.

English speaking email or phone assistance




Starts in : Saint Brieuc

Ends in : Paimpol (Island of Brehat)

Access :  train station.




Information : click on "ask for more information"

Phone Cecile : +33 5 58 48 71 65


Customize your tour : add or remove one night or more,combine with another tour


See also :

 Other sections of the GR34

Other Hiking tours






the cliffs of Plouha (104 m)

the Arcouest tip and its islets

1 night on the island of Brehat

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