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 Ring of Kerry 8-Day assisted hike lets you explore the south west corner of Ireland. Considered one of the finest drives in the world, it is magical on foot, from rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages, green pastures, peat bogs and always picturesque mountain ranges. You will see the “real” Ireland, away from crowds and only the sounds of nature to accompany you. This area was first settled around 300 BC by the people of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe, and your holiday will immerse you in almost 10,000 years of dramatic history.
Starting in Killarney near the magnificent Three Lakes you walk south to the heritage town of Kenmare, then through the old villages of Sneem and Caherdaniel before swinging westward with inspiring views of the monastic Skellig Islands. Your route continues to Waterville – a favoured fishing location for Charlie Chaplin – through Caherciveen before finishing in Glenbeigh. From here buses will take you to Killorglin or Killarney for onward travel. This delightful walk gives you some of Ireland’s best hiking.
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Arrive by public transport to the beautiful town of Killarney – famous for its magnificent scenery & the beautiful Three Lakes of Killarney. Your Guide will meet you at 5pm in your accommodation and will go through logistics with you for your next day. Overnight in Killarney for 2 nights.
Access for this holiday is made by a bus or train connection from Cork, Shannon or Dublin Airports. This service is available all year round
Your first day begins with a wonderful boat journey through the Three Lakes of Killarney. A short walk takes you to the historical 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, everyone can meet up at Muckross House & Gardens, or enjoy a drink in one of the local pubs, or just retire to your accommodation in Killarney for your 2nd overnight.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 440mts. Total Descent: 430mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 7kms. Total Ascent: 120mts. Total Descent: 40mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with no tracks, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some very rocky sections. Boots essential.
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.
Longest Distance: Up to 19kms. Total Ascent: 700mts. Total Descent: 790mts. (over 2 walks)
Shortest Distance: Up to 6kms. Total Ascent: 260mts. Total Descent: 160mts.
Paved roads, gravel & stony tracks with uneven & wet sections. Some river crossings with stepping stones. Boots essential.
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.
Longest Distance: Up to 17kms. Total Ascent: 475mts. Total Descent: 450mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 180mts. Total Descent: 260mts.
Some 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 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 savour and enjoy. Gathering together in Waterville, you will then continue by minivan to your overnight location in Caherciveen.
Longest Distance: Up to 12kms. Total Ascent: 340mts. Total Descent: 360mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 5kms. Total Ascent: 240mts. Total Descent: 90mts.
Paved roads, grassy tracks which can be wet & muddy with some sections that are uneven underfoot. Boots essential.
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 todays destination in the village of Glenbeigh. Overnight in Glenbeigh.
Longest Distance: Up to 26kms. Total Ascent: 600mts. Total Descent: 595mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 7kms. Total Ascent: 210mts. Total Descent: 295mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & open hillside with some exposed drops, boggy & uneven underfoot conditions with some rocky sections. Boots essential.
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.
Longest Distance: Up to 16kms. Total Ascent: 675mts. Total Descent: 750mts.
Shortest Distance: Up to 6kms. Total Ascent: 120mts. Total Descent: 305mts.
Paved roads, gravel tracks & some open hillside where the track is hard to see. Uneven, wet & rocky conditions underfoot. Boots essential.
Departing from Killarney after breakfast you can avail of the excellent bus & train connections for your onward journey by Public Transport.