8-Day Guided Ring of Kerry Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Our expert Guides will ensure you and your group see all the best hiking places in Ireland.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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DIFFICULTY

Participants require a good level of fitness and be capable of walking up to 20km/ 12 mi a day.

From €1,295 PPS

“I was in Kerry last summer and enjoyed the landscape and the lovely walks. Our tour leader John was really knowledgeable and showed us the best places. The whole trip was well organized and made suitable according to the circumstances.”

– Ingrid, The Netherlands, 2012

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Kerrys unique character is drawn from its unequalled diversity of land and seascapes. Its offshore islands add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline frequently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers. Warm summers and mild winters produce many sub-tropical and alpine species of flora. The temperate ocean waters, heated by the Gulf Stream, produce magnificent underwater vistas. You may also catch a glimpse of whales, dolphins, seals and even turtles as they frequent visitors. Our Guided Ring of Kerry Walk is the perfect way to explore all the region has to offer.

The Guided Ring of Kerry Walk traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula beginning in the Oakwoods of Killarney National Park, you will enjoy a visit to the picture – postcard towns of Kenmare, Sneem and Glenbeigh and take a step back in time at historic Derrynane House and Staigue Fort.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

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  • Aug 19th – 26th*
  • Sept 2nd – 9th
  • Oct 14th – 21st

Highlights

  • Killarney Lakes
  • Derrynane National Park
  • Old Kenmare Road

Whats Included?

  • Expert, Experienced, Local Guide for the duration of the tour
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast.
  • Full Irish Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch (on hike days only).
  • 7 Evening Dinners.
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €250.00.
  • Not Included: Any boat trips (eg. ferry to Skellig Islands) | personal drinks | entrance fees to theatres | parks or museums etc. | medical expenses or gratuities.

Day by Day

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Arrive at your first guesthouse in Killarney where you stay for the next 2 nights of your holiday. You will be met by your guide & the group will enjoy an evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s walks.

Today is a glorious opportunity to see Killarney at its best – its hills and lakes. Starting your walk at Muckross House you will enjoy learning some of the fascinating history associated with this magnificent place. Walking around this “Middle” lake of Killarney – you reach Dinis cottage for a welcome break before continuing around the circuit of this lake, you follow back to Muckross House & Gardens to complete your circuit. Return to Killarney for dinner and overnight.

Walk DetailsDistance: 12kms. Duration: 4 hours walk. Max. Height: 200m. Mainly surfaced tracks with some rocky, wet & muddy sections. Boots recommended.

From Killarney, you will be walking through the National Park, enjoying some of the magnificent oak woods that Killarney is so famous for.  From here, you will follow the Old Kenmare Road through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Transfer from the end of the walk to the pretty village of Sneem where you stay for the next 2 nights. Evening dinner and overnight.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Mountain tracks and open green roads. Can be wet – boots essential.

Hike from Sneem along the southern shores of the Ring of Kerry to enjoy breath-taking views over Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula and West towards Derrynane. Your hike takes you into a wonderful & remote region of these mountains where history abounds. Stop to visit Staigue Fort – a magnificent stone fort built 2,500 years ago. Return to Sneem for evening meal and overnight.

Walk DetailsDistance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Grass tracks, open bog land and rough mountains. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential. Some road walking.

This morning, we transfer you to the historic Derrynane National Park and Abbey Island with great coastal vistas, where you will enjoy a wonderful hike. This was once the home of Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator. From here you continue along this majestic coastline with views out to the Skellig Rock, to finish a glorious looped walk back at Derrynane.  A stop at the  lovely village of Waterville may be enjoyed before a short transfer this afternoon to Caherciveen for evening meal and overnight.

Walk DetailsDistance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Some road walking, grass tracks and rough heather. Boots essential.

This is your ‘easy day’ to allow you the opportunity to visit the famous and spectacular monastic island of Skellig Michael, 12 kms. off the coast, if weather, sea and boats permit! A visit to the ‘Skellig Experience’ museum is also a must to introduce you to the amazing history of this place. A visit to Valentia Island is another excellent possibility if weather does not permit a trip to the Skelligs & your Guide will ensure a lovely short walk in the locality. Dinner and overnight in Caherciveen.

Today, you follow an ancient and fascinating stagecoach trail from Kells, just outside Cahersiveen, and enjoy the most wonderful scenery of the week as you hike along the shores of Dingle Bay east towards Glenbeigh. A truly memorable hike for your last day on the Ivreagh Peninsula. Transfer back to Caherciveen for overnight and farewell dinner.

Walk DetailsDistance: 18kms. Duration: 5hours. Max. Height: 450m. Grass and rocky tracks, open bog land and some road walking. Boots essential.

Departures after breakfast.

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