ASSISTED SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect “inbetween” holiday – for those who like the comfort of a guide but the freedom of self-guided holidays.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
The choice is yours – you can opt for short, moderate or long hikes each day!!
“My husband and I will never forget our great experience, hiking the Dingle peninsula with all your great info….we did that in August 2009 and it remains one of the greatest adventure we had traveling.”
– Solange, 2009, Canada
Our Dingle Peninsula 8-Day assisted eco hike lets you explore one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. This mountainous finger of land, stretches 48 kms (30 miles) into the Wild Atlantic Ocean, and discovering its true beauty and history, feeling its heart and soul, can take weeks or even years. It has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. Moreover it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula boasts.
There is so much to discover and conquer within ‘Dingle’ that it really has to be seen in all of its glory to be believed. Because of its remote location – and lack of specialised agriculture – it is steeped in ancient Irish history and spectacularly shaped by the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. As you hike the Dingle Way (also known as the Kerry Camino) you will leave the county town of Tralee & follow to the southern shores to reach Dingle Bay, the magnificent Inch Beach and on to Dingle town. Your return journey back to Tralee, takes you to the northern shores with the impressive Brandon range of mountains beckoning you as you discover more of the remarkable history that this land is so famous for. We invite you to lose yourself in this magnificent landscape and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Arrive by public transport to the capital town of Kerry – Tralee – world famous for the Rose of Tralee. At 5pm your Guide will collect you from the Meeting Point & drive you to you B&B in Tralee for your first night.
Access for this holiday is made by a bus or train connection from Shannon Airport, Dublin Airport or Cork Airport. This service is available all year round.
Your first days hiking takes you along the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula with views across North Kerry as you hike in the foothills of the ancient Slieve Mish mountains. With a wonderful history of folklore & mythology, you can enjoy the wonderful landscapes around you as you hike east towards Tralee. At the end of your hike, everyone will gather together in the village of Blennerville, before returning by minibus to Camp for your 2nd overnight.
Longest Distance: Up to 20kms. Total Ascent: 400mts. Total Descent: 340mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 120mts. Total Descent: 95mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.
From the village of Camp, you start walking west today as you follow a glorious route to the magnificent Inch Beach. This wonderful expanse of white sandy beach has been used in film making in the past & is now a popular swimming & surfing location. From Inch, you continue to the village of Annascaul & await the rest of your group members at the fascinating “South Pole Inn” once home to Tom Crean of Antarctic fame. Overnight in Annascaul.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 360mts. Total Descent: 395mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 6kms. Total Ascent: 180mts. Total Descent: 165mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & beach walking. Boots highly recommended.
Following in the steps of many pilgrims from over a thousand years ago, your hike today takes you on one of the most scenically stunning hikes you could wish for. With views across the Blasket Islands and the Wild Atlantic Way, you hike around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula to Slea Head and on to Dunquinn – the last “Parish” before America….!!!! Gathering together in the wonderful Blasket Island Centre, you will have time to learn more about these amazing people who managed to survive on these tiny islands until the 1950’s. Your minibus will then transport you to the vibrant town of Dingle where you spend your next 2 nights.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 445mts. Total Descent: 470mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 205mts. Total Descent: 205mts.
Sandy beaches, paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. Boots essential.
Continuing to follow this magnificent coastline, you hike further west around the western shores of the Dingle Peninsula – into what we know as the “Gaelteacht” region – where Irish is the main language of the local people. Gathering together at a lovely pub in Ballydavid, you can have time to enjoy a pint or a seaweed bath (!!) before returning to Dingle for your overnight.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 180mts. Total Descent: 235mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 70mts. Total Descent: 75mts.
Sandy beaches, paved roads, gravel tracks & some sections which are uneven underfoot & rocky. Boots highly recommended.
A magnificent hike awaits you today as you follow the Dingle Way marked route from the southern side of the peninsula to the northern side. This region of the peninsula is only accessible on foot, making it all the more beautiful as a wonderfully isolated and protected region of nature. Arriving to the lovely little village of Cloghane, you spend your night here.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 770mts. Total Descent: 790mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 370mts. Total Descent: 290mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections & steep descent. Boots essential.
Your final day of hiking takes you along one of the longest beaches in Europe. This is also a region well loved by gliders and surfers alike. Following along Fermoyle Beach, you reach the tip of the Maharees Peninsula with its own microscopic climate and follow around to the old ecclesiastical centre at Kilshannig. Your minibus will then transport you back to Tralee for your final overnight.
Longest Distance: Up to 22kms. Total Ascent: 140mts. Total Descent: 135mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 20mts. Total Descent: 20mts.
Sandy beaches, paved roads, gravel tracks & some rocky sections. Boots highly recommended.
Departing from Tralee after breakfast you can avail of the excellent bus & train connections for your onward journey by Public Transport.