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The Dingle Way 8 Days / Self-Guided with Baggage transfers

Discover Ireland's Hidden Gem: The 8-Day Dingle Way Walking Tour

A hiker admiring Dingle Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland
A hiker admiring Dingle Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland

Embark on an 8-Day Dingle Way Walking Tour that promises a holiday and a journey through Ireland's soul. Revel in the majesty of the Wild Atlantic coastline, saunter through idyllic Irish villages, and delve deep into ancient history. With Walking Holiday Ireland, every step is steeped in unparalleled beauty and cultural richness.

From our handpicked family-run B&Bs to detailed route maps and 24/7 local support, we ensure your trek is smooth, enjoyable, and absolutely unforgettable. Book your spot today and answer the call of Ireland's wild, wonderful west! 🍀

The Dingle Way Along the Rugged Wild Atlantic Way

The Dingle Peninsula is a haven of rich history and jaw-dropping scenery. With an array of archaeological sites, your hike will feel like a journey through time, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and awe-inspiring coastal landscapes.

With the Dingle Way, you can explore this captivating corner of Ireland. Commence your adventure in Tralee town, where you can follow the historic Kerry Camino route to Dingle, or start your journey in Dingle and explore Europe's most westerly tip.

We invite you to get lost in the splendour of this exceptional place and uncover the enchantment that is the Dingle Peninsula.

Highlights of the 8-Day Dingle Way Hiking 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.

  4. Historical Exploration: Unearth the rich ancient history embedded in Slea Head, with its iconic Beehive Huts and mystical Ogham Stones.

Choose Walking Holiday Ireland for an enriching and unforgettable experience on the 8-Day Dingle Way Hiking Tour.

Eight-Day Dingle 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?

With a wealth of experience in crafting unforgettable walking holidays, Walking Holiday Ireland stands out as your go-to choice for exploring the Dingle Way. Here's why:

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

  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 are a small, family-run business that offers personalised customer service. 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 Dingle Way hiking experience that will forever leave you with cherished memories.

Discover the Magic of Ireland: 8-Day Dingle Way Walking Tour.

Step into a world where breathtaking landscapes meet ancient history on our 8-Day Dingle Way Walking Tour. Every moment promises to be unforgettable from invigorating sea breezes at Inch Beach to awe-inspiring views of the Blasket Islands.

Why Choose This Tour?

  • Feel the call of the Wild Atlantic as you hike along Ireland's rugged coastline.
  • Explore charming Irish villages like Annascaul and Cloghane, steeped in tradition and warmth.
  • Dive deep into the peninsula's ancient history, marvelling at Beehive Huts and Ogham Stones at Slea Head.

Book your spot today with Walking Holiday Ireland and experience the very essence of Ireland on this once-in-a-lifetime trek! 🍀

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Tralee

Kickstart your adventure with your first night's stay in Tralee, setting the stage for your memorable hiking journey.

Day 2

Tralee to Camp

Embark on a trek from Tralee to the quaint village of Camp, traversing along the base of the stunning Slieve Mish Mountains. The path offers panoramic views over Tralee Bay and Fenit Island.

Total Distance: 16.8km
Total Ascent: 403m
Total Descent: 343m
Max Elevation: 124m

Day 3

Camp to Annascaul

Continue your hike westward through age-old peat bogs, eventually arriving at the magnificent Inch Beach with vistas stretching towards the Ring of Kerry. Conclude your day in Annascaul, the former home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

Total Distance: 16.7km
Total Ascent: 357m
Total Descent: 392m
Max Elevation: 236m

Day 4

Annascaul to Dingle

Today's journey navigates you past the intriguing Minard Castle and through pastoral landscapes and narrow country lanes, leading to an ancient road that descends into Dingle town.

Total Distance: 22km
Total Ascent: 492m
Total Descent: 506m
Max Elevation: 151m

Day 5

Dingle to Dunquin

Experience one of Ireland's most breathtaking hikes around Slea Head, situated at the Dingle Peninsula's westernmost tip. Arrive in the charming village of Dunquin, with spectacular views of the Blasket Islands and historic beehive huts.

Total Distance: 18.1km
Total Ascent: 501m
Total Descent: 525m
Max Elevation: 178m

Day 6

Cuas to Cloghane

Trek along an ancient track over the hills towards the village of Cloghane. As you ascend, you'll traverse the lower flanks of Brandon, one of Ireland's sacred Pilgrim mountains.

Total Distance: 17.3km
Total Ascent: 774m
Total Descent: 796m
Max Elevation: 655m

Day 7

Cloghane to Annascaul

Navigate over the central hills of the Dingle Peninsula as you head south, following a traditional farmer's path known as "the way of the cow." Conclude your day in the vibrant village of Annascaul.

Total Distance: 13.1km
Total Ascent: 480m
Total Descent: 499m
Max Elevation: 363m

Day 8

Departure from Annascaul

After savouring your final hearty Irish breakfast, catch the public bus from Annascaul back to Tralee town, as you embark on your onward journey.

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.

Accommodation

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.

  1. Margaret H. Netherlands:

    Lovely experiences (we’ve walked with them twice before!) I’d particularly recommend the Dingle walk, but all of our trips have had very nice accommodations and amazing scenery.
    The booking process is very easy, and the luggage transfer is smooth and simple. The hosts have been kind and helpful. Hiking instructions are very easy to follow and the paths are well marked- lots of options for different fitness levels. Great company!

  2. Dave Higgins, USA:

    Embarking on a walking tour in Ireland’s west with Walking Holiday Ireland was an exceptional experience. The moderate hikes were perfectly complemented by the hospitality of the B&B hosts, who were consistently warm and welcoming. The daily journeys unveiled breathtaking landscapes, deepening my admiration for Ireland’s beauty. It’s an adventure I wholeheartedly endorse!

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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
Gaiters
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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