SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
7 nights stay, 6 days hiking
The ideal way to enjoy a self-guided hike for those unable to walk more than 15km per 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
The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland’s West Coast. This mountainous finger of land, stretches 48 kms (30 miles) into the Wild Atlantic Ocean, and discovering its true beauty and history, feeling its heart and soul, can take weeks or even years. It has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. Moreover it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments as the Dingle Peninsula boasts.
There is so much to discover and conquer within ‘Dingle’ that it really has to be seen in all of its glory to be believed. Because of its remote location – and lack of specialised agriculture – it is steeped in ancient Irish history and spectacularly shaped by the ravages of the Atlantic Ocean. As you hike the Dingle Way (also known as the Kerry Camino) you will leave the county town of Tralee & follow to the southern shores to reach Dingle Bay, the magnificent Inch Beach and on to Dingle town. Your return journey back to Tralee, takes you to the northern shores with the impressive Brandon range of mountains beckoning you as you discover more of the remarkable history that this land is so famous for. We invite you to lose yourself in this magnificent landscape and make memories that will last a lifetime.
If you would prefer a more challenging hike in the Dingle region you should check out our Dingle 8 Day Hike
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Arrive in Tralee – the administrative capital of County Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.
Access for this holiday can be from Kerry, Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Tralee all year round.
Leaving your guesthouse by taxi, you will be dropped to the start of your walk as you follow the Dingle Way Walking Route at the foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Continue along this route which goes through a lovely old village before joining what was once an old road to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 12th century oratory, you then continue to “Lower Camp” where you can take a lift to your accommodation in the village of Camp.
Walk Details: Distance: 11kms. Max. Height: 250m. Rocky and muddy mountain and grass tracks. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
You will be driven just outside the village of Camp where you will start your walk to the lively little village of Annascaul. This walk takes you through a fascinating area of bog where many people still come to cut their winter fuel. Crossing to the south side of the peninsula, you arrive at the magnificent Inch Beach, before continuing inland to Annascaul village for your overnight stop.
Walk Details: Distance: 12.5kms.
Walk Details: Distance: 12.5kms. Max. Height: 200m. Road walking on quiet back country roads, then onto grassy tracks and finishing on road. Boots recommended.
Leaving the village of Annascaul, you head for the town of Dingle. Your route today starts at the village of Lispole. It then takes old, narrow country lanes through Lisdargan and Ballingarraun before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass, and on into Dingle. Overnight in Dingle.
Walk Details: Distance: 10kms. Max. Height: 300m. Country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
Your route today starts outside Dingle town, just beyond the glorious beach at Ventry Harbour. From here your walk takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head, finishing in Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. At the end of your walk you have the opportunity to visit the Blasket Interpretative Museum – or if the weather is good – perhaps take a boat over to the Blasket Islands. You will need to arrange a suitable time for your taxi to collect you at the end of your walk & return you to Dingle for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 8kms. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.
Transfer to the tiny hamlet of Tiduff. Walk from here along an old military road to the eastern side of the Brandon massif, finishing in the village of Cloghane. This is a remote but spectacular walk – full of history and through country only accessible on foot. Overnight in Cloghane.
Walk Details: Distance: 11kms. Max. Height: 650m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky & boggy sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
A wonderful walk along the beautiful Fermoyle Beach takes you out to the Maharees Peninsula. At the tip of this peninsula you arrive at a small cluster of houses with one pub. From here you can telephone for your transport – who will collect you and bring you to your final accommodation in Castlegregory.
Walk Details: Distance: 9kms. Max. Height: 100m. Beach walking with some road walking. Boots recommended but not essential.
Departure from Castlegregory to Tralee town by private transport. From Tralee, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.