SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
4 nights stay, 3 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Excellent, we were treated so well by everyone and made to feel very welcome”
– Barrie, UK, 2014
The Dingle Peninsula Hike is often referred to as a hiking in a “wild paradise”. It is a treasure chest of mountains with a bounty of walks and hikes waiting for you to discover. It offers you a chance to escape an increasingly hectic world which often distracts you from reality. We invite you to come and immerse yourself in Irish History visible at every turn in your walk. Absorb yourself in nature as you feel the fresh air on your face & the wind in your hair. Dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine, running from the Slieve Mish range to Mount Brandon. The Dingle Peninsula Hike will fill you with a calm energy that begs you to continue to discover the beauty that is everywhere around you.
Your holiday begins in the bustling cosmopolitan town of Dingle. Gaily painted houses lead to a busy harbour where artisan cafes and craft shops vie with traditional pubs. In sharp contrast, the weather-sculpted lands beyond Dingle on the famous Slea Head seem to have regressed in time, isolated by mountain and ocean.
This is particularly true of the ancient pilgrim route that winds through stone-clad fields and fuchsia-rich lanes from Ventry Beach to the majestic summit of the holy mountain – Mount Brandon.
If you would like a longer hiking holiday you should check out our 8-Day Self-Guided Dingle Peninsula Hike
If you would like an easier hiking holiday you should checkout our 8-Day Self Guided Dingle Comfort Hike
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Arrive in the lovely fishing village of Dingle on the western tip of the Dingle peninsula for the first night. This is a “lively” village, with plenty of excellent restaurants and good pubs. Irish music sessions are available most nights of the week throughout the year.
Access to Dingle is via a bus service from either Tralee or Killarney, with all details available on www.buseireann.ie Overnight in Dingle.
This morning you will be taken by local taxi, we arrange, just outside Dingle for the start of the walk. Following past the historical Kilcolman, continues on to the glorious Ventry beach and from here takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head to finish at Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see “beehive” huts very clearly, and also to get a full view of the Blasket Islands. Return by taxi, we arrange, to overnight in Dingle.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Max. Ascent: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.
Again we have a local taxi transfer from Dingle, we arrange, to the tiny village of Tiduff, and walk from there across an old military road to the northern side of the peninsula – finishing in the village of Cloghane. This is a remote but spectacular walk – full of history and inaccessible except by foot. Overnight in Cloghane.
Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Max. Ascent: 450m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
A wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South, following a spectacular old farmer’s track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake on the way. You descend into the village of Annascaul. Overnight in Annascaul.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Max. Height: 375m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections; can be damp. Boots recommended.
Departure from Annascaul to Tralee town by public or private transport. From Tralee, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.