Discovery Series
8-Day Guided Kerry & Dingle Walk

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GUIDED TOUR

Expert Guide on tour for the tour duration.

8 DAYS

DURATION

7 nights stay, 6 days hiking

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GRADING

Comfortable Tour – ideal for beginners.

From €1,180

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

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8-Day Guided Kerry Walk – Dingle & Killarney

Begin your Guided hiking holiday in the bustling town of Killarney which sits on the shores of the Three Lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park. Your holiday takes you to the western tip of the Ring of Kerry to Derrynane – home to one of Ireland most important historical figures Daniel O’Connell and one of the most beautiful parts of the Kerry Way.

From here, you reach the Skellig Ring to hike the hills near Cahersiveen and if weather permits you may be able to visit the Skellig Islands – home to a 6th Century Monastic Settlement and more recently to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars!

From there you then hike the Dingle Way on the magnificent Dingle Peninsula – also part of the Kerry Camino hiking trail.  Your final nights are spent in Dingle town – well known for Traditional Irish music and also a cultural centre for Gaelic traditions and the Irish language.  If this is your first Guided Walking Holiday in Ireland then this is everything you could wish for. For those that have visited these regions before, then Kerry will always be a favourite destination.

5-Day options available on request.

Tour Dates

  • Aug 12 – 19  [2 Guests Booked]

Highlights

  • Cruise through the Lakes of Killarney
  • Hike through Glenaloo Valley
  • 15th Century Ross Castle
  • Boat Trip to Skellig Michael
  • Derrynane Bay
  • Slea Head
  • Ancient Monastic Sites

Whats Included?

  • 7 nights stay in an en-suite room at our premium hand-picked accommodations.
  • Delicious Irish breakfast each morning.
  • 6 Picnic Lunches (on hike days only).
  • Four sumptuous evening meals in the region’s top restaurants.
  • 6 days hiking with our local, expert guide who will accompany the group for the duration of the h
  • Boat trip across Lakes of Killarney.
  • Courtesy transfers to and from each day’s walking locations and all transport as outlines in the itinerary.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €285.00.

Not Included: Personal drinks, medical expenses or gratuities.

Above pricing does not include single room supplement.

Day by Day

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You arrive to Killarney for your first 2 overnights & settle into your accommodation just outside the town.  Your Guide will meet you at 17.00 hours, introduce you to your group & brief you on the coming days of your holiday.  You will then walk to a nearby restaurant for your first dinner together ,Following dinner you can get to know you fellow hikers while enjoying a pint in one of the many  great pubs in Killarney. Not to many though as you have  some hiking to do tomorrow.

After a scrumptious breakfast and armed with your picnic lunch, you will depart from your accommodation to reach Ross Castle – an ancient Gaelic Chieftains home dating back to the 15th century.   From there, a glorious boat journey through the Three Lakes of Killarney brings you to an old “Hunting Lodge” known as Lord Brandon’s Cottage.

Following along the lake shore, you take a forestry trail along an ancient Mass Path to reach an old Church known as Derrycunnihy Church at Galway’s Bridge.  From Galway’s Bridge, you then continue by minivan to reach Muckross House where you will have time to explore the wonderful gardens & avail of an optional tour of the house. You will then take a short transfer by minivan to return to Killarney for your dinner & overnight

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 8kms. Highest point: 150mts. Forestry tracks with rocky & uneven sections, can be wet & boggy underfoot. Stepping stones over streams & paved footpaths.

Leaving the town of Killarney this morning, you travel west to reach one of the most glorious views of this region – overlooking the western tip of the Ring of Kerry Peninsula.  Passing through the lovely colourful village of Sneem your days walking begins.

Arriving to the beautiful Derrynane House, your walk 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 Historical figure known as the “Liberator” Daniel O’Connell.  Enjoying a lovely coastal walk with views across the western tip of the peninsula, you return to Derrynane House where light refreshments can be enjoyed for those who wish.

Today, those who wish to learn more about seaweed & the incredible health benefits it brings, can enjoy a talk by a local expert.  At the end of your hike, you will be transferred around the western tip of the Peninsula, to reach your accommodation in Caherciveen for your dinner & overnight.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 10kms. Highest point: 180mts. 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!

Today, those who wish to learn more about seaweed & the incredible health benefits it brings, can enjoy a talk by a local expert.  At the end of your hike, you will be transferred around the western tip of the Peninsula, to reach your accommodation in Caherciveen for your dinner & overnight.

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.  For those of you who prefer to stay on dry land the following walk is our preferred option for today.

Valentia Island is a fascinating place, rich in history & once home to the Knight of Kerry.  It was also the place where the first Transatlantic Cable was laid, linking communications between America & Western Europe.  Enjoy learning more about this historical place, while enjoying a short and very spectacular coastal walk at its western tip. Return to your accommodation in Caherciveen for your overnight & a free evening at your leisure.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 9kms. Highest point: 240mts. Paved roads, gravel trail, open hillside with rocky sections, narrow & overgrown trail which can be wet underfoot. Steps up & down.

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.

Your hike today begins with a gradual ascent taking you to the lower hills of the Slieve Mish Mountains to enjoy glorious views south over the Ring of Kerry & north across the Dingle Peninsula to North Kerry & the Shannon Estuary.  With a wealth of fascinating history, this region is a delight to walk.

Following your hike you will continue west in your bus, with a short stop at the beautiful Inch Beach, you reach the town of Dingle.  This is your overnight location for your next 3 nights & you can enjoy this bustling town at your own leisure this evening.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 12kms. Highest point: 540mts. Paved roads, open hillside with rocky sections & can be wet underfoot. Some elevation changes during the hike.

Today – a treat is in store as you walk around the western tip of the Dingle Peninsula on possible the most impressive walk of your holiday.

Beginning just outside Dingle town, you reach the beautiful Ventry Beach.  From here, you follow along the coast to reach the tip of Slea Head.  This is a very ancient route, once used by Pilgrims who came here in their hundreds, and the early beehive huts show the dominance of such people.  Reaching the very tip of the peninsula, you then continue to the Blasket Interpretative Centre by minivan & have time for some light refreshment. At the end of your walk, if time allows, the opportunity to enjoy visits to some of the ancient monastic sites that abound on this peninsula – with Gallarus and Reask as two of the most impressive.  Returning to Dingle for your overnight you have the opportunity to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants – or perhaps a traditional fish & chips “on the hoof”.

Walk DetailsDistance: Up to 11kms. Highest point: 250mts. Paved roads, beach walking, overgrown & rocky trails which 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.  Your choice of walks is as follows:

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 the end of the hike.

Walk DetailsDistance: 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.

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.

After another delicious 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.

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