PRICE : €549
DURATION : 7 Days
DATES : Open
DEPARTURE TIME : N/A
START LOCATION : Glenbeigh
GROUP SIZE : Individuals
Killarney National Park
The Black Valley
The wild Atlantic Ocean
Traditional Irish music night and good food
Spectacular coastal and inland walks
7 hearty Irish breakfasts
8 days of pure adventure
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Transfers to and from the airport
Single Supplement - €40 per night
At 215km (134 miles), the Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest and most popular marked walking trail. Our 7-day tour will take you through 124km (77 miles) of some of the most stunning landscapes found in the country.
Our journey begins in the quiet village of Glenbeigh and finishes in the lively town of Killarney. Along our scenic route, you will come across charming market towns and villages, old roads, historic castles, traditional Irish farms and beautiful lakes, rivers and streams. Circling around the Iveragh Peninsula, you will travel counter-clockwise along the route, passing through many of the hidden and stunning landscapes in Ireland. While Kerry is famous for having Ireland’s highest mountains, the Kerry Way travels along the lower paths of the mountain ridges. This trail is designed to show the diverse landscapes Ireland has to offer while giving the walker a greater appreciation for the land.
The Kerry Way can be completed in nine days but this can be very demanding to accomplish. For those that want to experience the Kerry Way in a more casual manner, we suggest allowing extra time throughout your journey. This time can be used for rest days or to decrease the distance walked each day. Any long distance walking trail will test your physical endurance and our Walking Advice page contains many useful tips and pointers that we recommend everyone read before embarking on this journey.
Day 1: Arrive in Glenbeigh
From the Kerry, Cork or Shannon airports, take a bus to your first accommodation in Glenbeigh. This quaint town sits on the edge of the Atlantic and welcomes you into its pubs that are filled with good food, drink, traditional Irish music and dance!
Day 2: Glenbeigh to Foilmore
Distance: 19km/12 miles
Walking time: 5.4 hours
Leaving Glenbeigh, you begin your journey by crossing over the Behy River. Next, go over Rossbeigh Hill where you will have incredible views looking out over the Dingle Bay and the Dingle Peninsula. The views are simply breathtaking and certainly make the walk worthwhile. You then follow an old coach road along the slopes of Drung Hill, taking you through lovely countryside and giving you stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean along the way. You finish your day in tranquil Foilmore village where you will stay tonight.
Day 3: Foilmore to Waterville
Distance: 21.5km/13.4 miles
Walking time: 6 hours
This segment of your journey takes you inland along a gentle heather and peat covered ridge. You will cross a number of small hills called Keelmagore, Kanckayahaun, Coomduff and Knag, and travel through the Inny Valley. You have spectacular views of both the ocean and land along your route! The scenery will charm you and inspire you to keep going and discover more. To get to the town of Waterville, you will travel on a series of minor roads through lovely countryside. One of Waterville’s most well-known residents was the great Charlie Chaplin! Charlie and his family spent long holidays here and a bronze statue stands in the promenade in tribute to his great love for the area. Walk in the footsteps of the great Charlie Chaplin and enjoy the charming village of Waterville tonight.
Day 4: Waterville to Caherdaniel
Distance: 14k/12.4 miles
Walking time: 5 hrs
Today’s route is shorter than the rest but the beautiful sites you encounter will not disappoint! You will walk through smaller country roads and forests of hazel trees and fuchsia hedges. Colours and scents of the countryside await you. You will have the opportunity to take a slight detour to visit Derryane House if it interests you. This is the home of Daniel O’Connell, you might have heard his name during your time in Ireland. He has streets and more named after him! He is known to the Irish people as the great liberator. Arrive in the village of Caherdaniel (also named after O'Connell) which is half-way around the Ring of Kerry. Nearby there are lovely beaches, particularly Derrynane Beach, which is known as one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Ireland.
Day 5: Caherdaniel to Sneem
Distance: 18km/11 miles
Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
The start of today’s walk brings you inland to go around the base of Ballycarnahan Hill. You will be rewarded with wonderful views across the inlet of Kenmare. Walk along “The Old Butter Road” which was used in the 19th century to bring butter to Cork for foreign export. You can take a short detour from your route to visit the Staigue fort. This fort is one of the largest and finest ring forts in Ireland and can be dated back to the 1st century BC. Reach the lovely village of Sneem, a place with a relaxed way of life that may well rub off on you. Enjoy your evening in the village and allow your worries to melt away.
Day 6: Sneem to Kenmare
Distance: 28km/17.5 miles
Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
The walk from Sneem takes you through Derryquin Forest, a green and mysterious haven. You will reach the cliffs of Kenmare Bay. This part of your Kerry Way walk is less challenging and only has minor rises and falls. Along your walk, you will pass the 19th century Dromore Castle which was built for Denis Mahony, a minister of the Church of Ireland. The castle looks out over the Kenmare River. The last stage of the day’s route is a short climb to reach the summit of Gortamullin Hill before heading back down into the colourful town of Kenmare for the night.
Day 7: Kenmare to Killarney
Distance: 25km/15.6 miles
Walking distance: 7 hrs
The final day of your journey takes you along the Kenmare Road. This dated road will bring you through the remains of old farms, small fields and potato furrows. Step back in time as you discover how farmers toiled the land in times gone by. You may also come across some red deer roaming the land! Your day finishes in the town of Killarney, which is a perfect way to end your 7-day journey. This lively town has an abundance of attractions, including Ross Castle, Muckross House and many traditional Irish pubs and shops! It's a town to enjoy and explore if you get a chance. Meander through the Killarney National Park and dicover Ross Castle in amongst the parkland and rolling hills. Look out over the lake rimmed by mountains. The views are breathtaking!
End of services:
Tomrrow, after a hearty breakfast, you are free to explore the town or take one of the regular bus services from Killarney to your next destination.