along the Kerry Way walking trail
8 days or 12 days walking tour
Welcome to green Ireland:
this is a spectacular tour of the Iveragh
Peninsula or Ring of Kerry, in the middle of the three South Western peninsulas,
which is the most popular by tourism standards. Although it is a popular tourist route, you will only
occasionally meet tourists: in fact this is meant to be a quiet charming
itinerary. Looping around the Iveragh Peninsula, the Kerry Way goes
anti-clockwise, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic
countryside in the country. Whilst Kerry is renowned for having the
highest mountains in Ireland,
the Kerry Way avoids the higher peaks and opts for the lower reaches of mountain
ridges. The trail is intended to quickly progress through a variety of
different landscapes and experiences, giving the walker a wider
appreciation for the county. The north side of the peninsula mirrors the
old red sandstone of the Dingle peninsula, gradually changing as you
venture south to the limestone crags of the Beara peninsula. Long sandy
beaches give way to rocky inlets and coves. The climate is warm and
temperate, allowing sub-tropical plants to flourish. The glaciated Lakes
of Killarney have been long famous as a tourist destination and are the
centre of the Killarney National Park, home to native oak woods, birch,
beech and one of the last remaining herd of red deer. You will also have
a chance to meet local people in the villages where you are staying. The
is a route of 215km (135miles) and it is varied and interesting walking
airports, travel by bus to Killarney and take a local bus to
Glenbeigh, a traditional seaside village on the north side of
the peninsula. Glenbeigh is a truly magical place often referred
to as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry”.
Glenbeigh is cosily tucked in to the surrounding
horseshoe of hills and Seefin
Mountains. The Caragh
and the Behy
flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine
Overnight accommodation in Glenbeigh village.
Ascents -Descent: +300m; distance 19 or 23 km; walking time about 7
route passes under Seefin mountain with stunning views over the
and Dingle Bay.
The route turns inland at Drung Hill before walking through the
Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar. Overnight
accommodation in Derrymore valley or Caherciveen town.
through the Caherciveen hinterland. The route passes through turf
bogs and pine forest. Some short climbs give views over Valentia
Island and the stunning scenery of the western end of the peninsula. Waterville is a colourful coastal village overlooking stunning
Bay and uniquely, also nestled on the beautiful Lake
Curranewhich is renowned for the some of the best Salmon & Sea Trout
Angling in Europe.
Overnight accommodation in: Waterville
Waterville: Ascents 520m; distance 21 km; Approximate walking time 7
wonderfully scenic route rounding to the south side of the
peninsula. The distance is short and there is time to take a detour
at Derrynane and visit Derrynane House and Gardens, home of Daniel
O’Connell known as ‘The Liberator’; he was a lawyer,
politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on
the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell
s life and career. He is known as the father of Catholic
Emancipation during the 19th century. Overnight in Caherdaniel
– Caherdaniel; Ascents 320m; distance 15 km; approximate walking
time 4 hrs
on the old “Butter road” – from where butter was transported
by cart to Cork
in the 19th century. The Way climbs again on the foothills of Eagle
Hill and a short detour takes you to the 3rd century, stone built
Staigue Fort. Your route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road,
following rocky paths through sheep country to Sneem. Overnight
accommodation in Sneem village
– Sneem; Ascents 370m, distance 17 km; Approximate walking time 6
walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare
easy walking through forest and the estate of Dromore
The beautiful castle
was built in the 1830s for the Mahony family to a neo-gothic design
by Sir Thomas Deane. The delightful Blackwater
spans the Blackwater
River coming from high in the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Kenmare is an
interesting and colourful market town, on the banks of the Roughty
where it opens up into Kenmare Bay.
It was founded in 1670 and settled by Englishmen, who built a
prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks. Overnight
accommodation in Kenmare town.
Kenmare; Ascents 340 m or 600m; Distance 16 or 29 km. Approximate walking time
6 or 9hrs
it is possible to shorten the route by 13 km by taking a transfer
from Sneem to Blackwater Bridge (excl. from tour price)
on the “Old
a delightful pass at 500m between Peakeen & Knockanaguish
mountains. Descend through Killarney
old oak forests, lichens, red
views over the Lakes
The end of the Way passes 18th century Muckross House and Gardens
and into the tourist town of Killarney
Killarney is a vibrant "little" town; it is full of history, heritage, activities, and world class
hospitality. Killarney is populated with enthusiastic and
welcoming people, and this enthusiasm is reflected in many
national and international awards, the most recent being when
Killarney was selected as Ireland's
for 2011. Overnight
accommodation in Killarney town centre.
– Killarney; Ascents
500m. Distance 25 km; Approximate walking time 7 hrs
by bus or train from Killarney
is also a 12 days version:
Killarney to Killarney
1 – Arrival
2 – Killarney
Valley (Distance 22km. Ascent 480m. Approximate walking time
3 – Black
Valley to Glencar (Distance
21km. Ascent 620m. Approximate walking time 7 hours).
4 – Glencar
to Glenbeigh (Distance
13km. Ascent 350m. Approximate walking time 4 hours).
5 – Glenbeigh
to Derrymore (Distance 24 km. Ascents 520m.
Approximate walking time 8 hours).
6 – Free
in the area with a number of different options:
to Cahirciveen to take a ferry from Reenard (10 Min) to Valentia
Island and walk on the island (11km).
take a boat
Portmagee to the UNESCO-heritage site at Skellig Islands (45 min.,
fare not included): spectacular scenery with 5th century monastic
remains perched on the Atlantic edge. It is advisable to book this
trip, when booking your tour.
one of the three loop walks around the Caherciveen area including a
visit to the ancient stone forts of Leacnabuile and Cahergall.
7 – Derrymore
Waterville (Distance 21km. Ascents 520m. Approximate walking
time 7 hours).
to Caherdaniel (Distance
15km. Ascents 320m. Approximate walking time 4 hours).
9 – Caherdaniel
to Sneem (Distance
17km. Ascents 370m. Approximate walking time 5 hours).
10 – Sneem
to Kenmare (Distance 16 or 29km.
340 m or 600m; Approximate walking time
6 or 9 hrs
is possible to
shorten the route by 13 km by taking a transfer from Sneem to Blackwater
from tour price)
11 – Kenmare
(Distance 25km. Ascents 500m. Approximate walking time 7 hours).
12 – Departure
by bus or train to Killarney
walking vacation include:
from April to October. In April/May and October the weather can be
unpredictable so knowledge of map reading and compass are
important. In the early or late season some restaurants may not be
open. Your hosts will assist with evening meal arrangements.
tour is only suitable for fit and trained walkers. The
oldest long distance walk and provides 214km in total of remote
valleys and expansive coastline. The section through
is composed of well-formed trails, footbridges, graded paths and
plenty of Way marker signs. There are no great ascents but there are
some long and challenging days. Daily
between 14 and 26 km . Total kilometres 8 day tour : 117-133 km
/ Total kilometres 12 day tour: 175-191 km
double room with breakfast € 568,00
single room € 695,00
solo traveller € 820,00
double room € 785,00
room € 985,00
solo traveller € 1.085,00
persons (single traveller on request)