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Kerry Way

€735 per person
Below only a sample 8-day program is published. Please check with us for other durations and parts of this 214km long trail.

If you are keen on exploring the mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland, this self-guided hiking tour is the perfect opportunity to do so!
Kerry Way is a circular chain of walking trails that rings inland the the largest peninsula in southwestern Ireland – Iveragh, and stretches over 214 km! It is a paradise for photographers – roaring rivers, crystal clear lakes, turquoise coastline, and green forest pathways, the changing landscape will amaze everyone and leave you breathless! Not only nature will keep your attention focused but also the numerous historical and cultural remains among which Iron Age Forts, Ogham stones and old monasteries. Although the peninsula is dominated by the Macgillicuddy Reek which contains the two highest summits in Ireland, the route passes over lower-level trails. The itinerary consists mainly of calm tarmac roads, moorland, woodland and farmland trails, and the typical Irish boreens. This self-guided hiking tour is a real delight for any outdoor enthusiast, willing to explore nature! Once in a life-time experience – this is the brief summary of Kerry Way!

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 (5-12) Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    Accommodation in family run guesthouses and B&Bs (Irish Tourism Board Approved); Detailed route notes and maps; Water Proof Map Cover; The Kerry Way Book with interesting facts of areas visited and route descriptions; Luggage transfer each day; Emergency support
  • What is not included
    Drinks and other meals, public/private transportation to/from the start and end of the hike
  • Best period
    April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Day 1: Arrive in Killarney
Plan your arrival in Killarney, from where you will collect your set of documents, needed for the program. If your flight time permits, you may have the chance to explore this vibrant little town and visit the famous Ross Castle.
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Day 2: Killarney - Black Valley (22km, 6,30hrs, +400m/-400m)
The lively ‘small’ town of Killarney is the official start of the Kerry Way. Even from the first walking day of the program, you will be amazed by the impressive change of landscapes. Starting in the south direction you will pass by the famous Muckross House with its unique gardens that attract many visitors all year long. Soon you will reach the fairy-tale look-alike Torc waterfall from where you will abandon the noise of the civilization and completely dive into the serenity of nature. From the waterfall, you will climb uphill until you reach the medieval Kenmare road. The river Owengarriff will be your companion at the very beginning of the trail. Soon after you pass Esknamucky Glen the dense oak forest will be replaced by low green grass and moss carpeting the stones around. The walking trail gently descends to the Upper Killarney Lake leaving the Tomies mountain and Purple Mountain behind your back. You will soon reach Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can reward yourself with refreshing beverages before continue along to your final destination - Black Valley.
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Day 3: Black Valley - Glencar (20km; 6hrs; +500m/-500m)
You leave Black Valley in the morning, heading off to the next point of your independent journey - Glencar. The hiking trail will first gain some elevation from where you will have an excellent view of Bridia Valley ahead. Be careful while crossing the two passages of this section of the route as the track is steep and bouldery. While walking in this remote area you will be followed by the triangular shape of Mullaghanattin peak. You will be surprised to see Cooky Monster's Café which will suddenly appear behind one of the turns on the boreen. Form the head pass you will admire a superb view towards the lake Lough Acoose and even you can observe the shores of the Dingle Peninsula in the distance. Behind your back majestically is towering the highest mountain in Ireland Carrauntoohil (1039m). The walking trail will gently merge with the main road to Glencar and you are at the end of today’s independent trek in this greenish region.
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Day 4: Glencar - Glenbeigh (18km; 5,30hrs; +450m/-450m)
Today you will get closer to the seaside of the Peninsula by reaching the small town of Glenbeigh. Leave Glencar and follow quiet boreens and shady paths through Glencar Valley. Bit by bit stunning panoramas will reveal themselves, dotted with the figures of McGillycuddy Reeks, Seefin Mountain, and Lough Carragh. Walking along the verdant boreens you will feel the tranquility of nature in each small pebble and swinging branch of grass. Soon you will reach your destination after climbing the saddle of The Windy Gap from where you will be rewarded with splendid views towards the Dingle Peninsula and the famous Inch Beach. Enjoy your well-deserved rest in Glenbeigh, a magical place surrounded by horseshoe foothills.
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Day 5: Glenbeigh - Caherciveen (28km; 7,30hrs; +450m/-450m)
The longest hike is planned for today but it is worthwhile to take it as the landscape will be marvelous throughout the whole day! This stage of your walking trip will be rather demanding mainly because of its length. Some moderate ascend will take you to hilltops with amazing vistas overlooking the Dingle Bay and Drung Hill (640m). The route consists mainly of back roads through farmlands and woodlands. An interesting fact is that here people established organic farming before it was cool. They have used seaweed as a natural source of potash to make the raw land arable. From the hilltops, you can enjoy the puzzle of different shades of green patches. The trail finishes in the small charming town of Caherciveen.
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Day 6: Caherciveen - Waterville (22km; 6hrs; +300m/-300m)
Today you are moving to the gorgeous seaside village of Waterville. It is also known as the seafood capital of Ireland where after the hike you may give a try to freshly cooked lobster, mussels, salmon or prawns. After you leave Caherciveen the trail will lead you to a ridge of small hills, some of them elevated at more than 300 m. Along the way, you may enjoy some wildflowers, typical for this region. The best gift for your efforts today will be the breathtaking view of the crashing waves into the rocks, colored by the last rays of the sun.
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Day 7: Waterville to Caherdaniel (13km; 4hrs, +300m/-300m)
Time to bid farewell of your self-guided tour in Ireland with the last one trail from Waterville to Caherdaniel. When leaving the charming village you will be saluted by the cheery presence of Charlie Chaplin’s Statue. He wishes you Bon Voyage and so it would be! The hiking trail crosses Curran River - a great spot for taking a picture of the idyllic rural countryside. Soon the path will flow into the Kerry cycle ring, so pay attention for cyclists passing around. One impressive turn on the corner will reveal splendid panoramic views over Derrynane Bay, Lamb's Head, and a number of islands as well as the distant Deenish and Scariff. The last stage of the independent hiking trek passes through old dense forest in Derrynane National Park where is also the Derrynane House, the residence of Irish patriot Daniel "The Liberator" O'Connell. Soon you will end up at Caherdaniel - pleasant village surrounded by the rugged shores of the Derrynane Bay and the curved crest of the hills chain.
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Day 8: Departure day.

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Price
735 Euro per person in twin/dbl room
Single room & Solo traveler supplement
Single room supplement: 255 Euro;
Solo traveler supplement: N/A (min. group size; 2 pax)
Tips
Daily departures between April and the end of October. We use a mix of guesthouses as we believe they give you a more personal service and many of them will provide you with a packed lunch and a hearty breakfast before you start your day. They are also locals to the area and know the best places for music, food and drink. In many of the settlements along the way, there is a choice of restaurant or Pub (Pub cuisine in Ireland is fantastic now with a wide variety of food at a high quality in most; the Irish lamb is famous throughout the world for its quality). Terrain consists mainly of quiet tarmac roads, open moorland, woodland and field paths and boreens (small roads). Some sections of the open moorland can be very isolated, and off-road sections can often be very wet and muddy.

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