Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.
3 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants require a good level of fitness and be capable of walking up to 20km/ 12 mi a day.
“The accommodations were very good. Nice breakfast and rooms, and the owners were very friendly. The food was great! We found it a plus that you have recommended restaurants, they were good. We did enjoy our trip!”
– Peter, The Netherlands
The name ‘Kerry’ comes from the Old Irish word Ciarraige meaning the people of Ciar, an early Celtic tribe that settled in the area around 300 BC. In fact, Kerry has an outstanding collection of historical and archaeological sites that date back over 7,000 years, with several ancient forts and numerous early Christian churches. Impossibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty except for small herds of sheep or goats, and at almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the eons, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Arriving to the County Town of Kerry – TRALEE is the largest town in Kerry & is probably most famous for the wonderful Rose of Tralee festival held annually in August. It is beautifully situated close to the shores of Tralee Bay on the north-eastern corner of the glorious Dingle Peninsula. With a rich & varied history – Tralee has been “on the map” since the time of the Egyptian Pharaoh’s and has been the structured town as we know it today since the Anglo Normans founded the town in the 13th century. It originally grew up as a trading town on a very ancient roadway that travelled south over the Slieve Mish Mountains – which today add to the beautiful scenic backdrop that Tralee enjoys.
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Arrive to Tralee by car / bus or train & make your way to your weekend accommodation in the centre of the town. Please let us know in advance, your time of arrival & we will be delighted to offer a Courtesy Transfer from the Bus / Rail Station or from Kerry Airport.
Your holiday starts with a Welcome Drink & a Briefing with your Guide at 19.00hrs. This is followed by your first evening meal together, with time for a general chat about the coming weekend’s hikes. You stay here for three nights.
Driving west, you reach the colourful Dingle town. From here, you continue west to reach the southern slopes of Slea Head. Starting your first hike from here, you climb the beautiful Mount Eagle with panoramic views across the Blasket Islands, the Wild Atlantic and 360 degree views over north and south Kerry. Finishing at Slea Head, you will have time for some refreshment in Dingle town before returning to Tralee for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 520mts. Rocky trails, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot. Some steep climbs up & down.
At the end of your walk, if time allows, you may have the opportunity to enjoy visits to some of the ancient monastic sites that abound on this peninsula – with Gallarus and Reask as two of the most impressive.
Your walk today takes you to the magnificent Killarney National Park. Here, you follow an old “Butter Road” to reach Torc Mountain, giving glorious views across the famous Three Lakes of Killarney, the McGillycuddy Reeks – Ireland’s highest mountain range and all of the “Kingdom of Kerry”. From here, you continue through the National Park and if time allows, at the end of your walk, you will have time to visit the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens. Enjoy some leisure time in Killarney before transferring back to Tralee for your overnight & dinner.
Walk Details: Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 540mts. Rocky & gravel trails, board walks, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot. Some steep climbs up & down.
Following across country, you ascend over open mountain to reach the impressive Caherconree – an ancient Promontory Fort dating back to the Iron Ages. From here, there are magnificent views across the whole of the Dingle Peninsula and it is easy to see why our early settlers came here. Looking south over the Ring of Kerry & west across the Dingle Peninsula, while North gives wonderful views to North Kerry & the Shannon Estuary. With a wealth of fascinating history, this region is a delight to walk.
Walk Details: Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 835mts. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & wet underfoot. Some steep climbs up & down.
With time for a “pint” or a Hot Whiskey at the end of your hike, you return to Tralee to collect your luggage & continue on your onward journey home after a most refreshing weekend of hiking & fresh air. A courtesy transfer back to Kerry Airport will be available, also calling to Tralee Bus/Rail Station on the way.