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7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
You will walk Moderate Walks each day.
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
This holiday combines the best of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula – the two most popular regions we offer and now in one amazing holiday.
So many of you know or have heard of “Kerry Gold” & this holiday will introduce you to this land that is truly golden – spreading out in front of you in all directions with it’s amazing beauty, panorama’s, culture & friendly people – it is truly a place apart. 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 walks that you will be doing 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. 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.
Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.
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You arrive to Killarney for the start of your holiday and your Guide will meet you at 16.00 hours at the Great Southern Hotel – right beside the train station and only a short walk from the bus station. You will then be transferred to your first accommodation in the lovely village of Sneem – approx. a 45 minute drive south west out of Killarney. Once you have settled into your bed and breakfast house, your Guide will then do a “Briefing” with you to introduce you to your group & explain the details of your holiday. You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together & return later to your accommodation for your overnight.
After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation to reach the beautiful Derrynane House.
Your hike takes you around the coast to enjoy a pristine beach walk before reaching Abbey Island. Along the way, you will hear stories about our 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 returning to Sneem for your free evening 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!
Leaving the village of Sneem, you travel west by minivan to reach the western tip of the Ring of Kerry Peninsula.
From here your Guide will take you on a magnificent hike overlooking this western tip of the Ring of Kerry with views across to Lough Currane in Waterville, the Skellig Islands and south to the islands off the Beara Peninsula. 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 can be enjoyed before driving north to reach the town of Caherciveen where you spend your next 2 nights. Dinner in Caherciveen.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 14kms. Highest point: 550mts. Boreens, paved roads, tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Open hillside with NO tracks. Opportunity to swim again today!
Your base in Caherciveen offers you several choices for today – the most impressive for those who wish to avail of the opportunity – being a trip to the amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Skellig Islands. This is an impressive 6th Century Monastic Settlement in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean which still looks almost the same as when the monks left it approx 1,200 years ago. This trip is very weather dependent and must be booked in advance by yourself. Please note that it is only suitable for those who can stomach rough seas & exposed heights. For those of you who prefer to stay on dry land and enjoy a hike – your Guide will take you on the following:-
North of Caherciveen lies the beautiful Dingle Bay & some of the coastal walking overlooking this Bay and the Dingle Peninsula is most impressive. Taking to the hills around Caherciveen, you will be enthralled by the beauty, history & amazing solitude that can be reached so easily on foot leaving the more popular places behind. Weather permitting, your walk will take you to the top of one of our well known Pilgrim Mountains – Knocknadobar. If cloud cover is low on the day, a spectacular coastal walk on the lower surrounding hills is a stunning alternative option.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 690mts. Mountain tracks with rocky & uneven sections, off trail walking in open hillside with high growth & bogland – uneven & wet at times underfoot. Some paved roads.
Return to your accommodation in Caherciveen for your overnight & a free evening at your leisure.
Leaving the Ring of Kerry today, you travel by minivan to the Dingle Peninsula – north of the “Ring”. Following inland to the centre of the peninsula, you 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 Dingle Town.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 590mts. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot. Some steep climbs up & down.
Today – a treat is in store as you hike around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula on possibly the most impressive walk of your holiday.
From the southern slopes of Slea Head, you start to climb the beautiful 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 me and many of our Guides.
Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 520mts. Rocky trails, open hillside with rocky sections which are overgrown & can be wet underfoot. Some steep climbs up & down.
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.
At the northwestern tip of the peninsula, a wonderful walk 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 coastal 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. Your final 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 public bus service is also available back to Tralee. From here, you can then avail of the excellent bus/train service to all major airports, cities & ferry ports in Ireland. Your estimated arrival time to Tralee is approx. 10am.