8-Day Guided Kerry Walk - Dingle & Killarney

Explore the glorious South West of Ireland shaped by the pounding waves of the wild Atlantic Ocean & ancient glaciers that have left us with the wonderful hills & valleys that make KERRY what it is. Green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see on this Guided tour & you will have plenty of opportunities to meet the local people, experience the culture & enjoy panoramic views like none other – a “must do” once in your life.

Truly a place apart.

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GUIDED TOUR

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8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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GRADING

You will walk Moderate Walks each day.

€1,495

It was a marvellous week of hiking in Kerry for our group, lead by the wonderful Niamh. Everything went like clockwork as far as the company’s organisation went – and it was such a treat to have all the details taken care of so intelligently. We had great accommodation and meals and, for me, it was really the very best way of seeing the beautiful countryside that is Kerry. Thanks to the efficient and proactive team behind the scenes, and to the lovely Linda who makes it all possible.

– Kathleen Howard, Australia, 2017

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8 Day Guided Kingdom of Kerry Walk – Dingle & Killarney

This holiday combines the best of the famous Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula – two spectacular regions in the South West of Ireland offered in one amazing holiday. Kerry Gold is a famous & delicious Irish butter & this hiking holiday will introduce you to this golden land that spreads out in front of you in all directions with it’s amazing beauty, panorama’s, culture & friendly people. County Kerry consists of a series of spectacular mountainous peninsula’s which are divided by deep-sea inlets. Weaving around the coast of these peninsulas are a network of ancient trading routes that are nearly as old as the land itself, many of which form part of the hikes that you will enjoy during your holiday.

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. Kerry is an ancient land with a wealth of historical, archaeological & early Christian sites, some of which date back over 7,000 years. Combine this visible history with impossibly green pastures stretching as far as the eye can see, 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, and you have a holiday of a lifetime.

Tour Dates

2020 Schedule

  • April 25th – 2nd May – 8 Places Remaining
  • May 23rd – 30th – 8 Places Remaining
  • June 20th – 27th  – 8 Places Remaining
  • July 18th – 25th – 8 Places Remaining
  • August 22nd – 29th – 8 Places Remaining
  • September 5th – 12th – 8 Places Remaining

Highlights

  • Walk along the Skellig Coast
  • Derrynane Bay
  • Slea Head
  • Ancient Monastic Sites
  • Breath-taking coastal scenery
  • Iron-age Forts

Whats Included?

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 6 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • Three sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with an expert Irish guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the holiday.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlines in the itinerary.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €295.00.

Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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Arrive to Killarney for the start of your holiday and your Guide will meet you at your accommodation at 17.00 hours.  Once you have settled into your bed and breakfast house, your Guide will meet for a “Briefing” with you to introduce you to your group & explain the details of your holiday. This is followed by your first dinner together in a nearby pub or restaurant. Later, you are free to enjoy the pubs & their lively music if you wish before returning to your accommodation for your overnight.

With one of the country’s finest national parks as its backyard, the lively tourism hub of Killarney is a super place to start your holiday in Kerry. Killarney’s exquisite beauty makes it one of Kerry’s most popular destinations. A perfect place to enjoy an extra day or two before your holiday begins.

Today is a glorious opportunity to see Killarney at its best – its hills and lakes. Starting your hike at Ross Castle, the 15th century seat of the O’Donoghue Clan, you have a spectacular boat ride through the Three Lakes of Killarney and the Meeting of the Waters to reach Lord Brandon’s Cottage. From there a glorious hike takes you along an old Mass Path on the shores of the Upper Lake to reach Galways’ Bridge. You then follow the Old Kenmare Road under Torc Mountain, and return to Killarney for your overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest Point: 200m. Rocky & sometimes wet & muddy tracks & road walking. Boat ride on small open boat across lakes takes approx. 1.5 hours.

After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation with your luggage & drive for approx. 1.5 hours to reach the beautiful Derrynane House.
Your hike here takes you around the coast to enjoy a pristine beach walk before reaching Abbey Island. Along the way, you will hear stories about Ireland’s renowned “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell. Enjoying a lovely coastal walk you move inland to hike over the foothills of this western tip of the Ring of Kerry with glorious views across the Atlantic Ocean and the two peninsula’s north & south of you. Returning to Derrynane House you can enjoy some light refreshments before travelling to your accommodation in Caherciveen for your evening meal and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 250mts. Beach, sand-dunes, paved roads, narrow forestry tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.  Steps up & down & open hillside with NO tracks.  Opportunity to swim today!

Today your Guide will take you on a magnificent hike overlooking the Wild Atlantic Way & Dingle Bay.  This is a real immersion into nature and a great way to enjoy the peace and quiet that we treasure here in Ireland.  At the end of your hike, a refreshing drink & some locally made chocolate can be enjoyed for those who would like to indulge before returning to Caherciveen for a free evening at your leisure.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms over 2 different hikes. Highest point: 250mts. Boreens, paved roads, tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot.  Open hillside with NO tracks.  Opportunity to swim again today!

 

Leaving the Ring of Kerry today, you travel by minivan to the Dingle Peninsula – on the northern shores of Dingle Bay, north of the Ring of Kerry.  Stopping along the way at the glorious Inch Beach, you will have time to relax, have a “cuppa” and a short walk before moving to the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula on possibly the most impressive hike of your holiday.

From the southern slopes of Slea Head, you start to climb the foothills of Mount Eagle with panoramic views across the Blasket Islands, the Wild Atlantic and 360 degree views over north and south Kerry.  This is a stunning walk that is a personal favourite for many of our Guides. Overnight in Dingle.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 320mts. Rocky trails, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot.  Some steep climbs up & down.  Last opportunity for swimming is today!

Driving to the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula, todays routes take you to those parts that only walkers discover and you are well rewarded with beautiful and peaceful views all around you.

A wonderful hike takes you across open hillside & bogland to enjoy a walk that typifies this region – where it seems that the hills just fall into the sea.  With breath-taking scenery & wonderful inland walking, you will be spoilt by the variety of this walk as you follow an old bog track to return to your minivan.

At the end of your walk, you return to the delightful village of Cloghane to enjoy some light refreshment before continuing back to Dingle.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 400mts. Grassy trails, which have rocky & uneven sections, open hillside – sometimes boggy & wet underfoot.  Uneven ground, gravel trails & some paved roads.  Some steep climbs up & down.

Leaving the town of Dingle, you follow inland to the centre of the peninsula as you travel east to reach one of our historical inland promontory forts for your hike.

Ascending across open mountain, you reach the impressive Caherconree and 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.  Descending via the same route, you then rejoin your minivan to continue your journey to Tralee for your final night.  Your farewell dinner together is a great way to compare stories, reminisce and enjoy some great music before your onward journeys tomorrow.

Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 400mts. Grassy trails, which have rocky & uneven sections, open hillside – sometimes boggy & wet underfoot.  Uneven ground, gravel trails & some paved roads.  Some gradual climbs up & down.

After your final and substantial Irish Breakfast, you will be taken by minivan to reach the bus & train station in Tralee.  For those that need earlier transfers – a short walk, or a taxi ride will take you to the bus/train station a short distance you’re your accommodation.  From here, you can avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland.  Your estimated departure time from Tralee is approx. 9.30am.

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It was a marvellous week of hiking in Kerry for our group, lead by the wonderful Niamh. Everything went like clockwork as far as the company’s organisation went – and it was such a treat to have all the details taken care of so intelligently. We had great accommodation and meals and, for me, it was really the very best way of seeing the beautiful countryside that is Kerry. Thanks to the efficient and proactive team behind the scenes, and to the lovely Linda who makes it all possible.

– Kathleen Howard, Australia, 2017

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