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The Kerry Way Hiking Tour

Eight-Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Welcome to the self-guided Kerry Way Hiking Tour—a journey that promises to be nothing short of enchanting. Take an 8-day sojourn through Ireland's longest hiking trail, winding through the splendid Iveragh Peninsula and tracing the famous Ring of Kerry.

As you explore the awe-inspiring landscapes, from the majestic MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the magical Lakes of Killarney, you'll see why they call this part of Ireland 'The Kingdom.'

Why You Should Hike the Kerry Way

What makes the Kerry Way the best choice for your next hiking adventure? Imagine hiking through a blend of soaring mountain ranges, shimmering lakes, and rugged coastlines. The scenic splendours are beyond imagination, and the opportunity to discover the ancient Celtic history, Iron Age ringforts, and early Christian monasteries is priceless.

The Kerry Way offers all this and more—a visual and cultural feast that is second to none.

About The Kerry Way

Stretching over 214km (133 miles), the Kerry Way is Ireland's longest signposted walking trail. Starting and ending in the bustling tourist hub of Killarney, the trail follows an anti-clockwise loop around the Iveragh Peninsula, inviting you to delve deeper into Ireland's most isolated and dramatic landscapes. Along the way, you'll encounter varying terrains, from forest paths to mountain moorland, offering a genuinely holistic Irish hiking experience.

Highlights of the 8-Day Kerry Way Walking Tour

  1. Refreshing Sea Breezes: Relish the invigorating sea air and feel the wind whip through your hair as you approach the stunning Inch Beach.

  2. Captivating Coastal Views: Look out over the untamed Wild Atlantic and marvel at the enchanting Blasket Islands situated just off the coast.

  3. Charming Irish Locales: Immerse yourself in the authentic atmosphere of traditional Irish towns and villages, including the likes of Annascaul and Cloghane.

Kerry Way Walking Tour

This 8-day walking holiday kicks off in the vibrant town of Tralee and heads west towards the charming Dingle town. The trail will lead you to the quaint village of Annascaul, famed for its connection to South Pole expeditions. As you traverse the Kerry Camino, you'll have ample time to soak in the local culture in Dingle Town.

This Hiking Tour allows you to venture further westward, traversing the lower reaches of the Brandon mountain range. You'll then cross the central hills of the peninsula, walking through secluded peatlands while enjoying panoramic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean to the north and Dingle Bay to the south before concluding your unforgettable holiday.

Why Choose Walking Holiday Ireland for Your Dingle Way Hiking Adventure?

Our expertise lies in creating remarkable self-guided walking tours that bring you closer to the heart of Ireland. We focus on personalizing your journey while ensuring you experience the most dramatic and serene landscapes Ireland offers. Trust us; you're in great hands. 

  1. Local Expertise: Based in Ireland, we possess in-depth local knowledge that ensures you experience the best of what the Dingle Peninsula offers.

  2. Tailored Experience: Whether you prefer self-guided or guided tours, we offer a range of options to suit your individual preferences.

  3. Family-Run & Customer-Centric: We offer personalised customer service as a small, family-run business. Your happiness is our top priority.

  4. Quality Routes: Our self-guided tours on the Dingle Way have been meticulously planned to ensure you experience the most scenic vistas, historical landmarks, and hidden gems along your hike.

  5. Flexible Itineraries: Our tours can start in either Tralee or Dingle Town, allowing you to customise your journey according to your interests and time constraints.

  6. Inclusive Packages: From detailed route maps to comfortable accommodation, our packages are designed to care for all your needs, allowing you to focus solely on the experience.

  7. Safety First: Comprehensive on-ground support is available throughout your hike, offering you peace of mind during your adventure.

  8. Cultural Enrichment: Our tours offer stunning landscapes and opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture and history.

  9. Eco-Friendly Approach: We're committed to sustainable tourism and take steps to minimise our ecological footprint, encouraging travellers to do the same.

  10. Testimonials & Reviews: With years of experience and countless satisfied customers, our reviews speak for themselves. Trust in us to deliver a memorable, quality holiday.

So why wait? Choose Walking Holiday Ireland for an exceptional Kerry Way hiking experience that will forever leave you with cherished memories.

The Kerry Way Hiking Tour - 8 Days

Self-guided with Luggage Transfers and Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Embark on an unforgettable journey with Walking Holiday Ireland, exploring the majestic landscapes of Killarney and its surroundings.

Every step of this journey promises not just a hike but an immersion into the heart of Ireland's natural beauty and the soul of its landscapes. Secure your spot on this extraordinary adventure with Walking Holiday Ireland and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Day 1

Arrival in Killarney

Your adventure begins in the charming town of Killarney, where you'll settle into your first accommodation. Here, the excitement and anticipation for the days ahead will start to build.

Day 2

Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen

Starting from Glenbeigh, trace the historic Stage Coach route, descending into a landscape dotted with rich boglands. Revel in the stunning views of Dingle Bay and the rugged coastline before transitioning to captivating inland vistas. A serene woodland walk will lead you into Cahersiveen.
Walk Details: 24km, ascent of 555m, descent of 643m, highest point at 367m.

Day 3

Cahersiveen to Waterville

Leaving Cahersiveen, ascend through the hills, dropping into lush valleys before climbing once more, this time towards the breathtaking Skellig Islands and along the famed Wild Atlantic Way, ending your day in Waterville.
Walk Details: 18km, ascent of 653m, descent of 789m, highest point at 396m.
Total Distance: 16.7km
Total Ascent: 357m
Total Descent: 392m
Max Elevation: 236m

Day 4

Waterville to Caherdaniel

Today's trail, taking you to the westernmost tip of the Ring of Kerry, offers a spectacular coastal trek around quaint headlands and serene sea inlets, arriving in Caherdaniel.
Walk Details: 14.5km, ascent of 336m, descent of 304m, highest point at 246m.

Day 5

Caherdaniel to Sneem

Journey southeast from Caherdaniel, with the ocean a constant companion. Traverse boreens, farm tracks, and hillside routes, soaking in the views across Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula, culminating in the picturesque village of Sneem.
Walk Details: 17.4km, ascent of 533m, descent of 547m, highest point at 226m.

Day 6

Sneem to Kenmare

From Sneem, head inland towards the stunning Blackwater Bridge. Follow the shores of Kenmare Bay and finish your hike with a scenic climb, offering magnificent views of the heritage town of Kenmare.
Walk Details: 27.3km, ascent of 733m, descent of 734m, highest point at 733m.
Total Distance: 17.3km
Total Ascent: 774m
Total Descent: 796m
Max Elevation: 655m

Day 7

Kenmare to Killarney

Ascend to the Windy Gap, taking the Old Kenmare Road into Killarney National Park. Wander through ancient oak woods, pass the enchanting Torc Waterfall and the historic Muckross House and Gardens, and finish your trek in vibrant Killarney.
Walk Details: 25km, ascent of 853m, descent of 823m, highest point at 351m.
Total Distance: 13.1km
Total Ascent: 480m
Total Descent: 499m
Max Elevation: 363m

Day 8

Departure from Killarney

Conclude your hiking holiday with a hearty breakfast, then depart at your leisure by public bus, train from Killarney, or a flight from Kerry International Airport.

What’s included in our Walking holidays?

  • Carefully selected family-run and welcoming  B&B accommodation.
  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.*
  • A full Irish breakfast to keep your engines running.
  • Complimentary luggage transfers.
  • Detailed maps and route notes so you never get lost.
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat.**
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday.
  • Waterproof map case to keep your documents dry.
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request.
  • Need information on local transport options? We’re happy to assist!
  • 24/7 local emergency contact.

What’s not included?

  • Your flights
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Lunches / Evening meals

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom.

** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.


During your self-guided walking holiday in Ireland, you will be accommodated in local family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodation is approved by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are also available on request.

Need anything else?

At Walking Holiday Ireland we pride ourselves in providing a unique experience where we look after all the details of your trip. This allows you to completely immerse yourself in the Irish landscape and culture. Please do not hesitate to contacts us should you have any additional requirements or needs and we will endeavour to provide these to our best ability.

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There are a lot of places where it would be worthwhile to stay an extra night to explore more in the area. We can also book extra nights for you at your tour's start or end. Some of these options can be booked directly on our booking form. Please email us, and we will happily inform you of some available options.

When you book your holiday with us we will send you a full document with all the necessities, and more! Good hiking boots and clothes that can withstand the odd shower are necessary. We hope to have a document for you to download directly available shortly.

We have listed a few essentials that you will have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full list of essentials.

Comfortable waterproof walking Boots
Waterproof jacket & over trousers
Waterproof map case
Backpack, lined with plastic bag
Walking poles (It may be possible to provide these locally if requested)
Thick socks / hat / gloves
Water bottle & lunch box
Small torch
First aid
Sunscreen / Insect repellent
Compass / GPS device
and for that special moment, your camera

You will be accommodated in family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodations are approved by Bord Failte and the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are available on request. If an en-suite room is unavailable, you will be advised beforehand.

You are strongly advised to obtain insurance coverage for personal accidents, cancellation charges, medical expenses, loss of money or baggage, travel and personal liability when participating in any of our tours. Walking Holiday Ireland or its servants or agents cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to your baggage, or any illness or injury while on our tours. We also cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from circumstances beyond our control. 

Pick the tour you want to join and fill out the online booking form. Within a few days, you will receive confirmation of your booking. When we receive a deposit of 15% to secure the booking we will start putting everything together for you. The final payment is due six weeks before the start of the tour, and you will receive all information on your tour no less than 2 weeks before arrival.

No, that’s not the case! The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitudes. The average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country, temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, the summer means the daily maximum is about 19 °C, and the winter means the daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas. Look at our Irish weather page for more detailed information about the weather in the region where you will be walking.

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