Hiking Caherdaniel in County Kerry, Ireland. Flickr:Tony Webster

Beer tasting in Glenbeigh in County Kerry, Ireland. Flickr:Reeks District

Ring of Kerry

Ireland Hiking + Walking Tours

The best of the best hiking in Ireland

  • Considered one of the finest hikes in Ireland, Kerry is the name given broadly to the famous Ring of Kerry, nestled in the South West corner of Ireland. This is a magical place and the wonderful thing about hiking the “Ring” is the pleasure of seeing the ‘real’ Ireland.

    As you navigate the Kerry Way walking trail, from rugged cliffs to golden beaches, from small villages and pastures to peat bogs and picturesque mountain ranges, you hike away from crowds, with glorious, uninterrupted sounds of nature as your company each day.

    Starting in the famous town of Killarney, boasting the magnificent Three Lakes of Killarney, and finishing in the village of Glenbeigh, your hiking holiday will immerse you into almost 10,000 years of dramatic history.

    Highlights:

    • Three Lakes Of Killarney
    • The Ring of Kerry
    • Magnificent Coastal Views
    • Beautiful Villages
    • Derrynane House
    • 17th Century “Stage Coach” route

    This tour highlights the best hiking Ireland offers.

    If you would like a shorter or longer hiking holiday, we can offer you a 5-Day or 11-day Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike. Just ask! Do you want a guided or supported tour, we have that as well!

    Check out all our hiking tours!

  • Self-guided 
    Twin/double: $ 1421 £ 703 $ 1,229 769 $ 1450 kr 8669 $ 876 Single supplement: $ 379 £ 188 $ 327 205 $ 387 kr 2311 $ 234 Solo traveler supplement: $ 628 £ 311 $ 543 340 $ 641 kr 3833 $ 387

    Self-guided, easy
    Twin/double: $ 1654 £ 819 $ 1,430 895 $ 1688 kr 10089 $ 1,020 Single supplement: $ 416 £ 206 $ 359 225 $ 424 kr 2536 $ 256 Solo traveler supplement: $ 610 £ 302 $ 527 330 $ 622 kr 3720 $ 376

    Guide assisted:
    Twin/double: $ 2060 £ 1020 $ 1,781 1115 $ 2103 kr 12569 $ 1,270 Single supplement: $ 545 £ 270 $ 471 295 $ 556 kr 3325 $ 336

    Guided:
    Twin/double: $ 2901 £ 1436 $ 2,508 1570 $ 2961 kr 17698 $ 1,789 Single supplement: $ 545 £ 270 $ 471 295 $ 556 kr 3325 $ 336  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    A non-refundable admin fee of 20 Euros per person is included in the deposit amount.

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  • Travel

    Depending on your pre or post tour travel plans, you could fly to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, or Kerry Airports.

    Local Travel

    Dublin Airport (DUB) is located 327 km from Killarney, Cork is 87 km, and Shannon, 132 km. Kerry Airport (KIR) is actually the closest international airport though quite small. Most flights coming from outside the European Union will transfer in Dublin. The airport is located between Killarney and Tralee in the village of Farranfore, 13 km from Killarney and 15 km from Tralee. It is served by a bus and train station.

    Climate

    Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. Those rolling, green hills and lush landscapes are possible because of the abundant rainfall! Killarney’s climate is classified as warm and temperate. Please check local conditions before your arrival and don’t forget your raingear. A good website to explore regional weather conditions including average high/ow temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related information is weatherbase.com.

    Recommended

    1. Walking Sticks / Hiking Poles which provide stability when making your way over uneven or rough ground, and give great comfort in wet conditions
    2. Rucksack or Daypack with padded shoulder straps (adjustable) and adjustable hip straps for even weight distribution and 2 or 3 separate pockets or compartments.Should be large enough to carry your daily requirements – but not so big you are tempted to carry too much!
    3. Ankle-high hiking boots already broken in are essential to avoid wet uncomfortable feet, and the ankle support also offers invaluable protection on uneven ground. Leather boots perform best in Ireland, as they can be waxed regularly if necessary to maintain waterproof qualities. Many clients find that fabric boots do not offer sufficient support or water-proofing in bad conditions.
    4. Rain gear that is breathable.  We recommend jackets with a good hood and good neck collar and a zip with cover over it to limit heat leakage.  Pockets should be large enough to hold bits and pieces without straining or bulging.  An inside pocket that is large enough to hold a map is also a great advantage. Waist-high trousers should have a zip on the side of the leg to make it easier to get them on quickly over walking boots.

    Remarks

    You are allotted a maximum of 2 bags/ suitcases per person – keeping the combined weight for one person to 15 kgs max. Please remember that bed & breakfast houses do not have elevators, therefore, you must be able to carry your own suitcase up narrow and steep staircases. Excessive luggage will incur supplementary charges for additional transfers.

    Self-guided

    On this type of tour, you will discover Ireland at your own pace and in your own way as you walk or hike the hills, enjoying fabulous views, great walking and super accommodations. Your luggage will be transferred each day and you will be provided detailed notes and maps to ensure you get safely from place to place each day. With the added security of 24-hour telephone support, your self guided walking or hiking holiday will be a wonderfully relaxing experience as you discover Ireland in the way it should be discovered – up close and personal. 

    Guided

    The Irish are storytellers, and when you choose the guided option, you are not looking for someone just to lead the way, but to also hear stories about cultures of old and the landscape you visit. Your guide will help you discover the most epic hikes each day but also the liveliest pubs for a pint with the locals, the sensational restaurant for the meal of your life, or the jaw-dropping viewing point to enjoy your lunch while hiking each day. Hiking with a guide is about the freedom to enjoy the places you visit safe in the knowledge that every detail is taken care of so you can unwind and relax.

    Guide assisted

    This tour type is perfect for those who want the security of a guide who knows the route, where to drop you off, where to collect you and to ensure to get safely and conveniently there, but you want to walk at your leisure and not with a group. You can manage the distances with ease but you have never hiked totally self-guided. Your guide will accompany you throughout your holiday but will not hike with you. You will be provided with information on the hikes each day, will inform regarding local history and culture, and transfer your luggage. If you need assistance during your tour, there will be a support vehicle nearby to help.

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

     


Tour Dates

2020

Self-guided:  March 1 through October 31, 2020
Guide assisted: May 16, June 13, July 4, July 25, August 15, September 12, and October 10, 2020
Guided: April 25, May 23, June 20, July 18, August 22, and September 5, 2020

Skill Level

This hiking tour in Ireland is rated easy to difficult, depending on which option you choose. You will need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience. On the Day to Day section, you will find each day’s distance and meters of climbing as well as the terrain to expect. Participants need to be able to walk up from 15 to 25 km (16 miles) a day across varied terrain, some open mountain tops without tracks, some bog, beach, prepared trails, and asphalt. The maximum height you will have to ascend is approx. 400 meters with some ascents and descents that can be demanding, again depending on which option you choose.

Where You’ll Stay

You will be staying in guesthouses, B&B’s, or occasionally small hotels. Some of these family homes have been converted into guesthouses, some are purpose-built, while others are adapted. Below in the day to day details, you will find the preferred accommodations listed. Please note that all hotel bookings are based on availability. If the preferred accommodation is not possible, a suitable alternative of equal standard will be booked. Most of these local establishments do not have elevators, therefore it is important that you are able to carry your luggage up steep stairways. You will also not find services that the chain hotels offer such as laundry services. You will find a really warm and very personal welcome, great food and broad knowledge of the region, along with terrific suggestions, if required, for extra activities or advice on local walks etc.

What’s Included

  • 7 nights accommodation in handpicked bed and breakfast establishments
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning
  • 6 days walking
  • Luggage transfer (see additional notes under Travel Details tab in the Remarks section)
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Route notes with full walking details and maps of the area
  • Hiking pack containing a welcome letter with an overview of the route, detailed route notes, maps, luggage tags, and waterproof cover for your route notes and maps
  • Complimentary access to a GPS enabled app featuring easy to follow routes along with points of interest along each route.
  • 24 hrs emergency/information contact number if required
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required
  • 7 nights accommodation in handpicked bed and breakfast establishments
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning
  • 6 days walking
  • Luggage transfer (see additional notes under Travel Details tab in the Remarks section)
  • Support vehicle with guide (guide does not walk with group)
  • Transfers as per itinerary.
  • Route notes with full walking details and maps of the area
  • Hiking pack containing a welcome letter with an overview of the route, detailed route notes, maps, luggage tags, and waterproof cover for your route notes and maps
  • Complimentary access to a GPS enabled app featuring easy to follow routes along with points of interest along each route.
  • 24 hrs emergency/information contact number if required
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required
  • 7 nights accommodation in hand-picked accommodations.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning
  • 6 picnic lunches (on hike days only)
  • 3 evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with an expert Irish guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Luggage transfer (see additional notes under Travel Details tab in the Remarks section)
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transfers as outlined in the itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Meals not indicated as included
  • Walking guide in self-guided or guide assisted
  • Support vehicle in self-guided or guided
  • Individual arrival and departure from first and last hotel
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
TourHike + Walk
TypeBoth
SkillEasy
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Ring of Kerry Map

Day 1: Killarney
Day 2: Lord Brandons Cottage - Kenmare, 8 mi. (15 km) plus1.4 hrs. boat ride
Day 3: Kenmare - Bay Trail, 9 mi. (13 km)
Day 4: Castlecove - Caherdaniel,  5 mi. (8.5 km)
Day 5: Derrynane loop, 5 mi. (7.5 km)
Day 6: Beentee Loop,  6 mi. (9 km)
Day 7: Kells Post office - Glenbeigh, 10 mi. (16 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Killarney – surrounded by magnificent mountains and stunning Three Lakes, in the heart of Kerry. On arrival to your first guesthouse, your host or hostess will give you your full detailed Information packet and will be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music. 

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge Killarney

Day 2: Lord Brandons Cottage - Kenmare, 8 mi. (15 km) plus 1.4 hrs. boat ride
A short walk takes you from Killarney to the imposing Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane (Killarney’s largest lake).  From here, you embark on aa small boat and have a spectacular boat ride through all Three Lakes of Killarney and the Meeting of the Waters, ending at an old hunting Lodge known as Lord Brandon’s Cottage.  Enjoy some light refreshments here if you wish before you begin your hike.  Leaving the cottage, you follow an old Mass path along the shores of the Upper Lake of Killarney to reach the beautiful Derrycunnihy Church & Galway’s Bridge.  Continuing on from there, you follow the Old Kenmare Road, an ancient “butter road” through hillside and moorland as you cross from the center of the Ring of Kerry to the south side on the shores of Kenmare Bay.  Descending into the heritage town of Kenmare you will have glorious views across the town of Kenmare to the Kenmare River and the Beara Peninsula south of it. 

Walk details:
Height gain: 440 m
Height loss: 46 0m
Rocky and sometimes wet and muddy tracks and road walking.

Preferred accommodation:
Rockcrest B & B

Day 3: Kenmare - Bay Trail, 9 mi. (13 km)
Today you begin your walk to the award-winning village of Sneem at the beautiful bridge spanning the Blackwater river.  This walk takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay with great views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains.  Overnight in Sneem.

Walk details:
Max height: 200 m
Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland and some road walking.

Preferred accommodation:
Coomassig View B & B

Day 4: Castlecove - Caherdaniel, 5 mi. (8.5 km)
Today you will transfer to the small town of Castlecove to continue walking along the Kenmare Bay inlet. You will follow an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel – once home of our famous liberator – Daniel O’Connell. The views across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Overnight in Caherdaniel.

Walk details: 
Max height: 400 m
Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains, and some road walking. 


Preferred accommodation:
Old Forge B & B
 

Day 5: Derrynane loop, 5 mi. (7.5 km), max height 180 m
Today’s walk takes you on a lovely circular walk around Derrynane House– once home to the famous Daniel O’Connell.  This walk follows an old Mass Path as well as a beautiful beach, before taking you inland through ancient oak forests.  Finishing back in Derrynane you have time to take a tour of this historic house. You will then be transferred to Cahersiveen for your 1st or 2 overnights.

Walk details: 
Max height: 180 m
Grass tracks with some rocky sections.  Gravel tracks and beach.  

Preferred accommodation:
San Antoine B & B

Day 6: Beentee Loop, 6 mi. (9 km)
Cahersiveen is often described as “the town that climbs the mountain and looks down on the sea”.  This is exactly what your hike will do today, as you enjoy a magnificent looped hike around Beentee Mountain.  Leaving the town center, you follow an old Mass Path onto the lower slopes of Beentee with glorious views down to Valentia Harbour.  Following beside some forestry, you climb more steeply as you ascend the ridge on the south of the mountain.  Following in a north-westerly direction, you reach the summit of Beentee (376m) to enjoy glorious views across Valentia Island, Cahersiveen & Dingle Bay.  Descending north, you will have spectacular views of the town, the harbor, and the marina.  Before you re-join your starting point, you join some small little back roads as you return to the center of town.

Walk details: 
Height gain: 410 m
Height loss: 410 m
Rocky and sometimes wet and muddy tracks with some road walking


Preferred accommodation:
San Antoine B & B

Day 7: Kells Post office - Glenbeigh, 16 km
Your final day takes you on a magnificent hike as you follow the Kerry Way along the northern shores of the Ring of Kerry peninsula following an old “Stage Coach” road.  Starting from “Kells” you have wonderful views across Dingle Bay and the southern shores of the Dingle Peninsula as you hike east to reach the village of Glenbeigh.  With glorious views across Rossbeigh Beach as you near the end of your hike, you may be lucky enough to find a “local” to tell you the story of Ireland’s Land of Eternal Youth..!!   Reaching the village of Glenbeigh, you have your final overnight here before your departure tomorrow.

Walk details: 
Height gain: 410 m
Height loss: 485 m
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with some exposed drops, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections.  


Preferred accommodation:
Tower Hotel

Day 8: Departure
Following another delicious breakfast, you will transfer to Killarney – by public bus or private transfer, which we can arrange at an added cost, where you can connect with all major rail and bus networks.

Day 1: Killarney
Day 2: Killarney to Kenmare, 14 mi. (22 km)
Day 3: Kenmare to Sneem, 21 mi. (34 km) (without morning transfer)/14 mi. (22 km) (with morning transfer)
Day 4: Sneem to Caherdaniel, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 5: Caherdaniel to Waterville, 7 mi. (11 km)
Day 6: Waterville to Caherciveen, 19 mi. (31 km) without morning transfer or 15 mi. (24 km) with morning transfer
Day 7: Caherciveen to Glenbeigh,  18 mi. (29 km) without morning transfer or 15 mi. (24 km) with morning transfer
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Killarney
Arrive in Killarney – surrounded by magnificent mountains and stunning Three Lakes, in the heart of Kerry. On arrival to your first guesthouse, your host or hostess will give you your full detailed Information packet and will be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music. 

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge Killarney

Options: 
Take the opportunity to stay on in Killarney and enjoy more time around this magnificent area of mountains and lakes.  Alternatively, you can enjoy a day at the famous Muckross House with its’ beautiful gardens and Traditional Farms

Day 2: Killarney to Kenmare, 14 mi. 22 km
You will be transferred by taxi to the start of your walk, about 5 km outside Killarney. From here you walk across Killarney National Park and through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare.

Walk details:
Height gain: 722 m
Height loss: 745
Max height: 321 m
Min height: 9 m
Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot.


Preferred accommodation:
Rockcrest B & B

Options: 
Remain in Kenmare, and do some of the glorious mountain walks in this area - over Mucksna Mountain, or Peakeen Mountain.

Day 3: Kenmare to Sneem, 21 mi. (34 km) (without morning transfer)/14 mi. (22 km) (with morning transfer)
From Kenmare, you walk to the award-winning village of Sneem via Templenoe. This walk takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay, with views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains. Overnight in Sneem.

Walk details:
Height gain: 760 m
Height loss: 756 m
Max height: 192 m
Min height: 7 m
Transfers: Moning transfer to Templenoe (approx. 15 minutes)

Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks, and country lanes.

Preferred accommodation:
Coomassig View B & B

Options: 
Remain in Sneem - this wonderful award-winning and very picturesque village. To enjoy some of the walks in the area that have been put together by the local community

Day 4: Sneem to Caherdaniel, 11 mi. (17 km)
Continue walking from the village of Sneem, following an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel, once home of Ireland's famous liberator - Daniel O’Connell. The views south, across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Overnight in Caherdaniel.

Walk details:
Height gain: 473 m
Height loss: 450 m
Max height: 195 m
Min height: 9 m
Transfers: Possible transfer at the end of the hike to the town of Waterville (approx. 20 minutes. this will be offered if there is no accommodation available in Caherdaniel).
Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains, and some road walking. 


Preferred accommodation:
Old Forge B & B

Options: 
Stay on in Caherdaniel for an extra day and visit Derrynane House and National Park - once home to the famous liberator - Daniel O’Connell.  There is a lovely walk around Derrynane Beach, to Abbey Island and returning via an old ‘mass path’ to Derrynane

Day 5: Caherdaniel to Waterville, 7 mi. (11 km)
Continuing from the village of Caherdaniel, you walk around the coast to reach the town of Waterville. Glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville.

Walk details:
Height gain: 337 m
Height loss: 363 m
Max height: 240 m
Min height: 6 m
Transfers: Possible transfer back to Caherdaniel to begin your hike (approx 20 mins. This will be offered if there is no accommodation available in Caherdaniel for the previous night.)
Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland. Some road walking. 


Preferred accommodation:
The Villa Guest House

Day 6: Waterville to Caherciveen, 19 mi. (31 km) without morning transfer or 15 mi. (24 km) with morning transfer
From Waterville, you will be driven a short distance to the starting point of today’s walk at Mastergeehy. From here you will be walking to the town of Caherciveen. This walk takes you across the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and south to Kenmare Bay. Overnight in Caherciveen.

Walk details:
Height gain: 943 m
Height loss: 933 m
Max height: 362 m
Min height: 10 . m
Transfers: Optional morning transfer (approx. 15 min.) to Mastergeehy Post Office
Grass mountain tracks with some rocky
 sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. 

Preferred accommodation:
San Antoine B & B

Options: 
Stay an extra night in Caherciveen with the possibility of getting a boat out to visit the famous Skellig Islands, or if the weather is not suitable, go across by ferry to Valentia Island and enjoy a lovely walk here.  It is also very easy to hire bicycles for a day and cycle around the island.

Day 7: Caherciveen to Glenbeigh,  18 mi. (29 km) without morning transfer or 15 mi. (24 km) with morning transfer
Your final walk takes you from the town of Caherciveen along the northern shores of the peninsula to the little town of Glenbeigh. This walk follows an old 17th Century “Stage Coach” route and gives spectacular views across to the Dingle Peninsula. You will pass through old deserted villages which were once busy centers of activity, trading with passengers on the old stagecoaches. Your holiday finishes in the village of Glenbeigh. Overnight in Glenbeigh.

Walk details:
Height gain: 3689 m
Height loss: 681 m
Max height: 330 m
Min height: 13 m
Transfers: Optional transfer to Foilmore Church (approx. 10 min.)
Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and road walking. 


Preferred accommodation: 
Tower Hotel

Day 8: Departure
Departure from Glenbeigh by bus or taxi to Killarney (at your own cost). Bus leaves at 08:45 and arrives at 09:50 (Does not operate on Sundays or Public Holidays). From Killarney, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.

Day 1: Killarney
Day 2: Lakes of Killarney, 4 - 11 mi. (7 to 17 km)
Day 3: Old Kenmare Road, 4 - 7 mi. (6 - 19 km)
Day 4: Sneem to Caherdaniel, 11 mi. (17 km)
Day 5: Caherdaniel - Waterville, 3  - 8 mi. (5 - 12 km)
Day 6: Old Stage Coach road, 4 - 16 mi. (7 - 26 km)
Day 7: Black Valley
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Killarney
Arrive by public transport to the beautiful town of Killarney  – famous for its magnificent scenery and the beautiful Three Lakes of Killarney.  Your guide will meet you at 5 pm in your accommodation and will go through logistics with you for your next day.  Overnight in Killarney for 2 nights.

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge

Day 2: Lakes of Killarney, 4 - 11 mi. (7 to 17 km)
Your first day begins with a wonderful boat journey through the Three Lakes of Killarney.  A short walk takes you to the historic Ross Castle where you meet your boat.  From there, an hour meandering through the Lakes brings you to an old Hunting Lodge known as Lord Brandon’s Cottage.  From here, you start walking the Kerry Way following it to Galway’s Bridge and then from there, follow an old Butter Road to reach Muckross House and Gardens. With a choice of distances to complete, at the end of your hike, every one can meet up at Muckross House & Gardens, enjoy a drink in one of the local pubs, or just retire to your accommodation in Killarney for your second overnight.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 120 m
Height loss: 40 m
Long distance:
Height gain: 440 m
Height loss: 430 m
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy, and uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections.

Preferred accommodation:
Kenmare House

Day 3: Old Kenmare Road, 4 - 7 mi. (6 - 19 km)
Today you leave Killarney and following an old road, reach the heritage town of Kenmare on the southern shores of the Ring of Kerry. This is a glorious walk with beautiful views over the Kenmare River & south to the Beara Peninsula. On reaching Kenmare – you will have time to enjoy this lovely town with it’s beautiful craft shops, cafés and pubs. Once everyone has safely arrived, those with energy to spare, may wish to enjoy a short walk on the eastern end of the Beara Peninsula – just a little further south of Kenmare. At the end of the transfer to Waterville for your next 2 overnight.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 260 m
Height loss: 160 m
Long distance:
Height gain: 700 m
Height loss: 790 m
Paved roads, gravel & stony tracks with uneven & wet sections. Some river crossings with stepping stones. 
 

Preferred accommodation:
Alaind Lodge

Day 4: Sneem to Caherdaniel, 11 mi. (17 km)
Leaving Waterville, you will be driven along the southern shores of the Ring of Kerry to reach the village of Sneem. From here, you start your hike & follow a beautiful route along the coast to reach the picturesque village of Caherdaniel where you will spend the night. This is a glorious walk with beautiful views over the Kenmare River & south across the Beara Peninsula with the Atlantic Ocean reaching off to the west. Overnight in Waterville.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 260 m
Height loss: 160 m
Long distance:
Height gain: 700 m
Height loss: 790 m
Some paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections.
 

Preferred accommodation:
The Villa Guest House

Day 5: Caherdaniel - Waterville, 3  - 8 mi. (5 - 12 km)
Continuing to follow this magnificent coastline, you hike further west around the western tip of the peninsula from Caherdaniel to Waterville.  With stunning views across to the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs bay – this is a really beautiful walk to savor and enjoy.  Gathering together in Waterville, you will then continue by minivan to your overnight location in Caherciveen.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 240 m
Height loss: 90 m
Long distance:
Height gain: 340 m
Height loss: 360 m
Paved roads, grassy tracks which can be wet and muddy with some sections that are uneven underfoot. 
 

Preferred accommodation:
The Villa Guest House

Day 6 Old Stage Coach road, 4 - 16 mi. (7 - 26 km)
A magnificent hike awaits you today as you follow the Kerry Way marked route along the northern shores of the peninsula following an old “stage coach road”. With wonderful views across Dingle Bay to the Dingle Peninsula, you will be spoilt by vista’s as you hike towards today's destination in the village of Glenbeigh. Overnight in Glenbeigh.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 210 m
Height loss: 295 m
Long distance:
Height gain: 600 m
Height loss: 595 m
Paved roads, gravel tracks and open hillside with some exposed drops, boggy and uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. 

Preferred accommodation:
Tower Hotel

Day 7: Black Valley, 4 - 10, (6 - 16km)
Your final day of hiking is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets taking you into a really different landscape & offering stunning views all around. You will certainly go home feeling Ireland in your soul after this hike. Following over a mountain pass under the foothills of the McGillycuddy Reeks, you reach a place known as the Bridia Valley. From here, you can continue over another mountain pass to reach the Black Valley – a stunning glaciated valley. At the end of your hike, once everyone is gathered together, you continue by minivan to reach Killarney where you spend your final overnight.

Walk details:
Short distance:
Height gain: 120 m
Height loss: 305 m
Long-distance:
Height gain: 750 m
Height loss: 675 m

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge

Day 8: Departure
Departing from Killarney after breakfast you can avail of the excellent bus and train connections for your onward journey by public transportation.

Day 1: Killarney
Day 2: Killarney National Park, 10 km
Day 3: Derrynane Bay Hike
Day 4: Skellig Coastal Hike
Day 5: Inch Beach and Dingle Peninsula
Day 6: Slea Head Coastal Walk
Day 7: Foothills of Mount Brandon
Day 8 Departure

Day 1: Killarney
Individual arrival to Killarney where your guide will meet you at your accommodation at 17.00 hours.  Once you have settled into your bed and breakfast, your guide will meet the group for a  tour briefing at 17.00 hrs to introduce you to your group and explain the details of your holiday. This is followed by your first dinner together in a nearby pub or restaurant. Later, you are free to enjoy the pubs and their lively music if you wish before returning to your accommodation for your overnight.

With one of the country’s finest national parks as its backyard, the lively tourist hub of Killarney is a super place to start your holiday in Kerry. Killarney’s exquisite beauty makes it one of Kerry’s most popular destinations. A perfect place to enjoy an extra day or two before your holiday begins.

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge

Day 2: Killarney National Park
Today is a glorious opportunity to see Killarney at its best – its hills and lakes. Starting your hike at Ross Castle, the 15th-century seat of the O’Donoghue Clan, you have a spectacular boat ride through the Three Lakes of Killarney and the Meeting of the Waters to reach Lord Brandon’s Cottage. From there a glorious hike takes you along an old Mass Path on the shores of the Upper Lake to reach Galways’ Bridge. You then follow the Old Kenmare Road under Torc Mountain and return to Killarney for your overnight.

Walk details:
Distance: up to 10 km
Height gain: 200 m
Rocky and sometimes wet and muddy tracks and road walking.
Boat ride on small open boat across lakes takes approx. 1.5 hours.

Preferred accommodation:
Abbey Lodge

Day 3: Derrynane Bay Hike, 10 km
After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation with your luggage and drive for approx. 1.5 hours to reach the beautiful Derrynane House.
Your hike here takes you around the coast to enjoy a pristine beach walk before reaching Abbey Island. Along the way, you will hear stories about Ireland’s renowned “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell. Enjoying a lovely coastal walk you move inland to hike over the foothills of this western tip of the Ring of Kerry with glorious views across the Atlantic Ocean and the two peninsula’s north and south of you. You may even have the opportunity to swim today. Returning to Derrynane House you can enjoy some light refreshments before traveling to your accommodation in Waterville for your evening meal and overnight.

Walk details:
Distance: up to 10 km
Height gain: 250 m
Beach, sand-dunes, paved roads, narrow forest tracks with rocky and uneven sections. Can be wet and boggy underfoot.  Steps up and down open hillside with NO tracks.

Preferred accommodation: 
The Villa Guest House

Day 4: Skellig Coastal Hike, 14 km
Today your guide will take you on a magnificent hike overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way and Dingle Bay.  This is a real immersion into nature and a great way to enjoy the peace and quiet for which Ireland is known.  You may even have opportunity to swim today. At the end of your hike, a refreshing drink and some locally made chocolate can be enjoyed for those who would like to indulge before returning to Waterville for a free evening at your leisure.

Walk details:
Distance: up to 14 km
Height gain: 250 m
Boreens, paved roads, tracks with rocky and uneven sections, can be wet and boggy underfoot.  Open hillside with NO tracks. 

Preferred accommodation: 
The Villa Guest House

Day 5: Inch Beach and Dingle Peninsula, 12 km
Leaving the Ring of Kerry today, you travel by minivan to the Dingle Peninsula – on the northern shores of Dingle Bay, north of the Ring of Kerry.  Stopping along the way at the glorious Inch Beach, you will have time to relax, have a “cuppa” and a short walk before moving to the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula to enjoy a hike overlooking the Blasket Islands. Your last opportunity for swimming will be today! Overnight in Dingle

Walk details:
Distance: up to 12 km
Height gain: 320 m
Rocky trails, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown and can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.

Preferred accommodation:
Ashes Guesthouse

Day 6: Slea Head Coastal Walk, 10 km
Your route today starts outside Dingle town, at the glorious Ventry Beach. From here your hike takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head, finishing in Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. At the end of your walk, you have the opportunity to visit the Blasket Interpretative Centre.

Walk details: 
Distance: 10 km
Height gain: 350 m
Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking.

Preferred accommodation:
Ashes Guesthouse

Day 7: Foothills of Mount Brandon, 12 km
Driving to the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula, today's routes take you to those parts that only walkers discover and you are well rewarded with beautiful and peaceful views all around you.

A wonderful hike takes you across open hillside & bogland to enjoy a trail that typifies this region – where it seems that the hills just fall into the sea.  With breath-taking scenery & wonderful inland hiking, you will be spoilt by the variety of this walk as you follow an old bog track to complete your hike.

At the end of your walk, you return to the delightful village of Cloghane to enjoy some light refreshment before returning to Dingle for your final overnight.

Walk details:
Distance: up to 12 km
Height gain: 400 m
Grassy trails with rocky and uneven sections, open hillside, sometimes boggy and wet underfoot.  Uneven ground, gravel trails, and some paved roads.  Some steep climbs up & down.

Preferred accommodation:
Ashes Guesthouse

Day 8: Departure
After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus and train station in Tralee.  For those that need earlier transfers – a short walk or a taxi ride will take you to the bus/train station a short distance from your accommodation.  From here, you can avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities, and ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated departure time from Tralee is approx. 9.30 am.

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