Superb self-guided walking tour along the Kerry Way. Hike one of the most spectacular walking routes on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.
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The Kerry Way Walking Tour
The mountainous peninsulas and deep-sea inlets of Kerry make for a spectacular Kerry Way Walking Tour on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The impressive MacGillycuddy Reeks form the centrepiece of the ring of Kerry circuit. Starting in Killarney, your walking tour takes you via Killorglin, Caherciveen, Waterville, Kenmare back to Killarney across Moll’s Gap and past Ladies View.
County Kerry has an impressive collection of historical and archaeological sites that date back over 7,000 years. There are ancient forts and numerous early Christian churches.
Skellig Michael is a world heritage site on account of its 6th-century monastery, with beehive huts, oratories and inscribed crosses. Small Skellig is home to over 40,000 gannets, the second largest colony in the world. The Kerry Way is a delightful one-week walk, and along the way, you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer.
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Arrive in Killarney
The popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.
Access for this holiday can be from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Killarney all year round.
Killarney to Kenmare
You will be transferred/driven to the start of your walk – about 5kms outside Killarney. From here you walk across Killarney National Park and through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare.
Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Kenmare to Sneem
From Kenmare, you walk to the award winning village of Sneem via Templenoe. This walk takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay, with views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains. Overnight in Sneem.
Walk Details: Distance: 23kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks and country lanes. Boots essential
Sneem to Caherdaniel
Continue walking from the village of Sneem, following an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel – once home of our famous liberator – Daniel O’Connell. The views across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Overnight in Caherdaniel.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains and some road walking. Boots essential.
Caherdaniel to Waterville
Continuing from the village of Caherdaniel, you walk around and above the coast to reach the town of Waterville. Glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland and some road walking. Boots essential.
Waterville to Caherciveen
From Waterville, you will once again be driven a short distance to the starting point of today’s walk at Mastergeehy. From here you will be walking to the town of Caherciveen. This walk takes you across the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and south to Kenmare Bay. Overnight in Caherciveen.
Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m
Caherciveen to Glenbeigh
Overlooking the Dingle Peninsula, you have a wonderful hike along an old Stage Coach route as you continue east to reach the village of Glenbeigh for your overnight.
Distance: 29km | Total Ascent: 712m | Total Decsent: 705m | Max Elevations: 330m
Departure from Glenbeigh
Departure from Glenbeigh by bus or taxi to Killarney. Bus leaves at 08:45 and arrives at 09:50 (Does not operate on Sundays or Public Holidays). From Killarney, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.
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.
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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