Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
1 & 2 Boot Walks: 2 grading levels available (beginners & experienced)
“Wonderful experience. Knowledgeable guides and pleasant group members made such a difference.”
– Terry, USA, 2016
This holiday combines the best of the Ring of Kerry and the West Cork – two spectacular regions we offer and now in one amazing holiday.
Each day you will be offered 2 levels of walks with 2 guides accompanying your holiday.
So many know & have heard of the Ring of Kerry with it’s wonderful scenery & magnificent beauty. This holiday introduces you to that stunning landscape & also brings you to some parts of that south west corner of Ireland that we believe are just as impressive, if not more so, than the Ring of Kerry. If you enjoy coastal scenery – then this is the holiday for you.
The Wild Atlantic Ocean has formed Ireland into the land as we know it today, ravaged by its storms & pounding waves, or on calm days enjoying the therapeutic lapping of its warm waters along our coastal shores and glorious sandy beaches. One of the best places to see how this Ocean has transformed this land into a myriad of inlets, with amazing rock formations, hidden coves & ancient harbours is the beautiful South West region of Ireland. On this holiday, we take you to the more peaceful and unchanged corners of southwest Ireland offering a variety of terrain, all with beautiful views.
Please note: Departures and number of guides are subject to numbers; if groups have 6 persons or less – then only 1 Guide will escort them & our Guide will choose which walk is most suitable for each day depending on the level of ability in the group.
Not Included: Any boat trips, personal drinks, entrance fees to theatres, parks or museums etc., medical expenses or gratuities.
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Your holiday starts in the town of Killarney, where you meet at the old railway station hotel known today at the Malton. Here – your Guide will meet you at 16.30hours and drive you by minivan to the heritage town of Kenmare. On arrival, you will have time for introductions with your group as your Guide goes through some more details for your holiday with you. You then enjoy your first evening meal together & your first 2 nights are spent in this lovely town of Kenmare.
A short drive outside Kenmare, takes you to an impressive valley where you get the best of Ireland all in one…..a beautiful waterfall, coastal views with surrounding hills & mountains to explore, fields in the valley dotted with snow-white sheep and one of the most
peaceful stone circles to contemplate. Your choice of walks is as follows:-
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Max. Height: 250m. Paved roads & gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Some sections will require stepping stones over streams & climbing up & down steps.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 350m. Paved roads & gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Open hillside with no tracks, some sections will require climbing up & down steps & across stepping stones.
Travelling south today, your walk takes you to another old Irish farmstead. Here, you will have the opportunity to learn how to make Irish soda bread (and possibly the illicit “poteen”) before enjoying a super walk overlooking west Cork & south Kerry.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 7kms. Max. Height: 200m. Gravel tracks with rocky & uneven
sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Paved roads & some steps to climb up & down.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 390m. Gravel tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Open hillside with no tracks, wet & uneven ground. Some steep descents over rocky sections.
From your accommodation, a short walk takes you to the ferry for Bere Island. Once a military stronghold – this glorious island offers both history, magnificent scenery & fascinating stories from the past.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Max. Height: 250m. Paved roads, gravel trail, open hillside with rocky sections, narrow & overgrown trail which can be wet underfoot. Steps up & down.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 18kms. Max. Height: 250m. Mountain tracks with rocky & uneven sections, off trail walking in open hillside with high growth & bogland – uneven & wet at times underfoot. Some paved roads.
If weather permits – today will take us to the very western tip of the Beara Peninsula and the delightful Dursey Island. Crossing over by Ireland’s only Cable Car, you can then enjoy a beautiful walk around this glorious place.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Max. Height: 200m. Gravel tracks which can be wet &
boggy underfoot in places. Some grassy sections with no trails.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 15kms. Highest point: 250mts. Gravel tracks, open hillside with no
trails, rocky & uneven underfoot & can be wet & boggy in places.
Leaving Castletownbere after breakfast, you drive east to arrive at the market town of Bantry. A short drive outside the town brings you to the start of your walk. From here, you are spoilt for choice as you enjoy stunning walks along hills that form the central spine of the Sheeps Head Peninsula with the Wild Atlantic lapping at both the northern & southern shores of the peninsula.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 230mts. Paved roads, gravel tracks and open hillside with no tracks, uneven & rocky underfoot & can be wet & boggy in places.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 250mts. Gravel tracks and open hillside with no tracks, uneven & rocky underfoot & can be wet & boggy in places. Paved roads towards the end.
The ultimate walk, and a super finale, takes you from ancient Copper Mines to modern day Lighthouses as
you enjoy one of the most glorious walks this region of Ireland offers.
1 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 150mts. Gravel tracks & open hillside with uneven & rocky sections, some of which can be wet & boggy underfoot in places.
2 Boot Walk Details – Distance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 230mts. Open hillside with uneven & rocky sections without trails, some of which can be wet & boggy underfoot. Gravel tracks & paved roads for short sections. Steps up & down in places.
After breakfast, a courtesy transfer by minivan bring you back to Bantry town, arriving at approx. 10am. From here, a good bus service returns you to Cork City where you can then avail of an excellent service of trains, buses, ferry or airports for your onward journey.