SELF GUIDED TOUR
The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.
8 nights stay, 7 days hiking
Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.
“Great company to work with, helpful information, well organised, regular contact. Appreciated the flexibility of being able to add extra days where we wanted to stay longer.”
– Anna, Netherlands, 2016
The Dingle Peninsula Hike reveals a treasure chest of mountains and coastline with some of the best walking & hiking options waiting for you to discover. At almost every turn, there are breathtaking views enhanced by the sounds of the Wild Atlantic lapping or crashing against this ancient shoreline. You will be enchanted by the awesome scenery and historic preservation that this region has to offer. Names role off the tongue in this part of Ireland with an incredible historical significance that many overlook. The Slieve Mish mountains named after Mis the beloved daughter of Mureda, leader of the tribal people who settled here hundreds of years before Christ, or more recently Mount Brandon named after Brendan, our treasured Saint who sailed to America in the 6th Century. This is a land that will fill you with energy, wonder & beauty as you hike right to the western tip of this peninsula looking across the Atlantic Ocean to the “next Parish” – America.
If you would like a shorter hiking holiday you should check out our 5-Day Self-Guided Dingle Peninsula Hike
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Arrive in Tralee – the county town of County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland. The town is on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula, and is the largest town in 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.
Leave your guesthouse, and walk from there along back country roads to join the Dingle Way. You follow this route under the Slieve Mish Mountains before joining what was once an old road to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 12th century oratory, you then continue to the village of Camp.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 250m. Rocky and muddy mountain and grass tracks. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Walk from Camp to the lively little village of Annascaul. This beautiful walkers paradise has something for everyone, from hill and dale, rivers and lakes, with an ever-changing pattern of Kerry flowers blooming everywhere. 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: 17kms. Duration: 5 hours. 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. The route passes through Minard, with its 16th Century Castle, and the village of Lispole. It takes the old, narrow country lanes through Lisdargan and Ballingarruan before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass, and on in to Dingle, the only town on the Dingle Penninsula. This charming fishing town is well known for its famous authors as well as its artists, with a variety of delightful cafes and award winning restaurants to suit every palette.
Walk Details: Distance: 21kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
Your route today starts just outside Dingle, passing the Early Christian site of Kilcolman and continuing to the glorious sweep of Ventry beach, one of the most attractive and safest beaches on the West coast of Ireland. From here it takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head, finishing Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. Overnight in Dunquin.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.
Walk from Dunquin, following the coast to Clogher and on to the fort of Dún an Óir, scene of a notorious massacre, situated on Smerwick Harbour. This sheltered bay is dominated by the jagged peaks of Sybil Head, the Three Sisters and Ballydavid Head. Continue along a beautiful beach, passing the village of Ballyferriter to finish your walk in the Irish-speaking village of Ballydavid – right on the coast.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 150m. Quiet back roads, grass and muddy tracks – boots recommended.
Walk from Ballydavid along the coast with glorious coastal scenery all the way to reach the tiny hamlet of Tiduff. From here you start your ascent as you follow a very impressive old military road to the eastern side of the Brandon massif, finishing your walk 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: 30kms (Option is 22kms). Duration: 5 – 6 hours (Option is 7-8 hours). Max. Height: 650m. Quiet country roads, grass tracks, rocky & boggy mountain tracks with 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 continue around the tip of the peninsula & walk the “Tralee Bay” side of this isthmus to arrive at your final accommodation in Castlegregory.
Walk Details: Distance: 18kms (Option 9kms). Duration: 5 hours (Option 2.5 hours). Max. Height: 100m. Beach walking with some road walking. Boots recommended but not essential.
Departure from Castlegregory to Tralee town by public or private transport. From Tralee, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.