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WALKING ALONG THE KERRY WAY WALKING ROUTE

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHT TOUR  OR 12 DAYS / 11 NIGHT WALKING HOLIDAY

 

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 Kerry Way is a route of 215km (135miles) and it is varied and interesting walking. 

 

 

 

 

 

Programme

 

Day 1

Arrival to Glenbeigh.
From Cork or Shannon 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 Harbour . Overnight accommodation in Glenbeigh village.

 

Day 2 

Glenbeigh to Derrymore.
Your route passes under Seefin mountain with stunning views over the magnificent Rosbeigh 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.

Glenbeigh-Derrymore: Ascents -Descent: +300m; distance 19 or 23 km; walking time about 7 hrs

 

Day 3 

 

Derrymore – Waterville

Walk 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 village

Derrymore- Waterville: Ascents 520m; distance 21 km; Approximate walking time 7 hrs

 

Day 4 

 

Waterville – Caherdaniel  

A 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

Waterville – Caherdaniel; Ascents 320m; distance 15 km; approximate walking time 4 hrs 

 

Day 5 

 

Caherdaniel - Sneem

Walk 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

Caherdaniel – Sneem; Ascents 370m, distance 17 km; Approximate walking time 6 hours.

 

Day 6 

 

Sneem – Kenmare

This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, easy walking through forest and the estate of Dromore Castle. 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 River 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. 

Sneem- 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)

 

Day 7  

Kenmare - Killarney

Walk on the “Old Kenmare Road”, a delightful pass at 500m between Peakeen & Knockanaguish mountains. Descend through Killarney National Park, old oak forests, lichens, red deer, views over the Lakes of Killarney. 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 Tidiest Town for 2011. Overnight accommodation in Killarney town centre.

Kenmare – Killarney;  Ascents 500m. Distance 25 km; Approximate walking time 7 hrs

 

Day 8

Departure from Killarney

Departure by bus or train from Killarney

 

 

 

There is also a 12 days version: Killarney to Killarney

Day 1 – Arrival to Killarney

Day 2 – Killarney to Black Valley   (Distance 22km. Ascent 480m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.)

Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar   (Distance 21km. Ascent 620m. Approximate walking time 7 hours).

Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh   (Distance 13km. Ascent 350m. Approximate walking time 4 hours).

Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Derrymore   (Distance 24 km. Ascents 520m. Approximate walking time 8 hours).

Day 6 – Free Day in the area with a number of different options:

  • Transfer to Cahirciveen to take a ferry from Reenard (10 Min) to Valentia Island and walk on the island (11km).

  • take a boat trip from 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. 

  • Follow one of the three loop walks around the Caherciveen area including a visit to the ancient stone forts of Leacnabuile and Cahergall.    

Day 7 – Derrymore to Waterville   (Distance 21km. Ascents 520m. Approximate walking time 7 hours).

Day 8 – Waterville to Caherdaniel   (Distance 15km. Ascents 320m. Approximate walking time 4 hours).

Day 9 – Caherdaniel to Sneem    (Distance 17km. Ascents 370m. Approximate walking time 5 hours).

Day 10 – Sneem to Kenmare   (Distance 16 or 29km. Ascents 340 m or 600m; Approximate walking time 6 or 9 hrs

             it is possible to shorten the route by 13 km by taking a transfer from Sneem to Blackwater Bridge 

             (excl. from tour price)

Day 11 – Kenmare to Killarney   (Distance 25km. Ascents 500m. Approximate walking time 7 hours).

Day 12 – Departure from Killarney   Departure by bus or train to Killarney

 

 

 

This walking vacation include:

  • 7 or 11 Overnight stays in guesthouses and farm houses

  • Luggage transportation  (1 bag maximum 15 kg)

  • trekking map

  • route description

  • tour information

  • assistance

 

Period

Daily 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.

Level 3

The tour is only suitable for fit and trained walkers. The Kerry Way is Ireland 's oldest long distance walk and provides 214km in total of remote valleys and expansive coastline. The section through Killarney National Park 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 distances between 14 and 26 km . Total kilometres 8 day tour : 117-133 km / Total kilometres 12 day tour: 175-191 km

Price p.p. 2018

8 day tour

Sharing a double room with breakfast € 568,00

In single room  € 695,00

solo traveller € 765,00 

12 day tour

sharing a double room € 785,00
In single room € 985,00
solo traveller € 1.085,00 

Participants

Minimum two persons (single traveller on request)