SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
10 nights stay, 9 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Hosts were caring and helpful. Information provided was very good. Enjoyed the variety and quality of food.”
– Armin & Sabine, Switzerland, 2015
Kerry is a magical land which gives walkers, hikers and bikers the ultimate diversity of the Wild Atlantic Way coastline, with a variety of ancient trading routes and magnificent mountain scenery. Leaving Killarney National Park, a wonderful old ” Butter Road” takes you to Kenmare on the southern coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry). Continuing westwards through the beautiful villages of Sneem, Caherdaniel and Waterville (made famous by Charlie Chaplin ) your hike takes you to the northern shores of the Peninsula at Caherciveen and Glenbeigh. You then continue, surrounded by the McGillycuddy Reeks, Irelands highest mountain range, through Glencar and the Black Valley in the heart of the “Ring” before returning to Killarney for your final night.
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Arrive in Killarney – the popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.
Access for this holiday can be from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Killarney all year round.
You will be transferred/driven to the start of your walk – about 5kms 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: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
From Kenmare you will 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: Distance: 23kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks and country lanes. Boots essential.
Continue walking from the village of Sneem, following 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: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains and some road walking. Boots essential.
Continuing from the village of Caherdaniel, you walk around and above the coast to reach the village of Waterville.
Glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland and some road walking. Boots essential.
From Waterville, you will once again 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: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
Today’s 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 centres of activity, trading with passengers on the old stage coaches. Overnight in Glenbeigh.
Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and road walking. Boots essential.
From Glenbeigh skirt the slopes of Seefin Mountain and down into the picturesque Caragh valley, following the Caragh River to Blackstones Bridge.Continue through the forestry to the little village of Glencar. Overnight in Glencar.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Road walking, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks and forest paths. Boots essential.
From Glencar, follow along by the shores of Lough Acoose to enjoy a spectacular walk into the foothills of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks – following an old ‘droving’ path into the Bridia Valley. From here, continue over a second mountain saddle to the Black Valley for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 21kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Road walking, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain and bogland, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.
From the Black Valley you follow the shores of the Upper Lake of Killarney – along what used to be a ‘mass path’ to Derrycunnihy Church. At this point – you are now back onto your first day’s walking, as you follow your route in reverse to finish back in Killarney. Overnight here.
Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. . Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
From Killarney, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.