Dingle Way – 10 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

Dingle Way 10 Day Independent Walking Tour

The Dingle Way walking trail is one of Ireland’s finest on the Wild Atlantic Way. Taking in a distance of 179 km/111.8 miles, The Dingle Way reveals to you some of the most startling scenery that you will find anywhere in Ireland.

While walking along the Dingle Way self-guided walking tour, you will encounter an array of archaeological monuments dating back from the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC including Standing Stones, Ogham Stones and a multitude of beehive huts, evidence of the rich culture of a bygone age.

On the Dingle peninsula,  you will enjoy lush green pastures sweeping down from the heather-clad mountains above to reach a wild and rugged Atlantic coastline.

The National Geographic Traveller has described Dingle as “the most beautiful place on earth”.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €765 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€450

Tour Dates: 1 April to 15 October

Tour Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B

Included / Excluded

To start your Dingle Way Self-Guided Walking Tour, you have the option to arrive at Dublin or Shannon Airport and take a bus or train to Tralee. We will supply you with the necessary timetables and travel information to get you safely to your first accommodation. Tralee is a very popular visitor destination, better known as the capital of Kerry and the Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and the perfect place to start a self-guided walking tour of Ireland.

An excellent start to your walking holiday, the Dingle Way offers some superb views of Tralee and the coastline traversing along the flanks of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Your walk today takes you through an old deserted village and ruined church.

Distance: 21.8 km / 13.6 miles, Ascent: 620 m / 1860 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

You will be transferred to Camp for the start of your first walk. This walk takes you across the hub of the Dingle Peninsula. Following a “Boirín”, a Gaelic word meaning small road, that leads you to a col between Corrin and Knockbrack Hills to reach a height of 235 m/705 ft. From here you will have some remarkable views of Baurtregaum Mountain, which is the highest mountain in the Slieve Mish range and an impressive megalithic fort that sits on the edge of Caherconree Mountain.

From here the trail descends gently downwards and eventually offers you some spectacular views across the wildlife sanctuary of lnch Beach. It was here that some of the famous “Ryan’s Daughter” movie were filmed.

Distance: 18.5 km / 12.6 miles, Ascent: 460 m / 1380 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

From Annascaul the trail takes you west to the town of Dingle, along a series of minor roads that meander around the surrounding countryside and open mountains. You will have a chance to visit the magnificent ruin of the 16th century Minard Castle and stop off for lunch in the beautiful village of Lispole.

From Lispole the trail takes you north-west back towards the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. From here the views over Dingle Bay are simply awe-inspiring.

Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles, Ascent: 568 m  /1704 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

Officially this is your rest day, but we will give you some options of things to do. You can take a boat trip and swim with the famous dolphin “Fungi” or take a half-day historical bus-tour around the area. The town of Dingle is distinguished for its restaurants, most of which offer you an excellent choice of local seafood. There is a large variety of pubs, 52 licensed premises to be exact! Traditional Irish music is played every night in many of the pubs around the town.

The trail from Dingle takes you further westwards through the village of Ventry and onto the golden sandy beach of Ventry Harbour. A country lane leads you on to the medieval roads of Slea Head. This area is dotted with a multitude of Clochans or more commonly known as beehive huts which date back to the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC. As your trail bends north around Slea Head you will also have some stunning views back over the Great Blasket Island and your final view of Dingle Bay.

Distance: 25.3 km / 15.8 miles, Ascent: 683 m / 2050 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours

Another superb section of the Dingle trail awaits you today, which takes you north along the western foot of the peninsula by Ferriters Cove and the rugged sea-cliffs of the Three Sisters. From here the trail swings east to take you along by the sandy beaches of Smerwick Harbour.

Distance: 22 km / 15 miles, Ascent: 429 m / 1287 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

This is one of the most remote sections of the Dingle Way offering you a combination of history and breathtaking scenery.

The trail follows a green road that crosses the shoulder of one of Ireland’s highest mountains “Mount Brandon” standing at 952 m and continues past a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years which still displays the symbols of Ogham writing. You will continue over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in the traditional ways of our forefathers and arrive into the quiet village of Cloghane which lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon.

Distance: 28 km / 17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m / 2250 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 / 9 hours

Today's walk is long but not difficult and is dominated by Ireland's longest beach. You will enjoy fantastic views of both sea and mountains and the offshore Maharees Islands.

An abundance of local birds also awaits you, including seabirds (several species of seagull, shags, cormorants, gannets), larks, starlings, curlews, crows, ravens, garden birds such as sparrows, robins and finches, and wading birds such as the heron. Look out for the swallow, which is a frequent visitor during the summer months.

Distance: 29 km / 18 miles, Ascent: 40 m / 120 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 / 9 hours

After a final beach walk, the Dingle Way winds inland back to Camp. It’s not a long day but is interesting and a nice wind down at the end of your walking holiday. The afternoon takes you back to Tralee via public transport from Camp.

Distance: 11 km / 7 miles, Ascent: 50 m / 150 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

After a final beach walk, the Dingle Way winds inland back to Camp. It’s not a long day but is interesting and a nice wind down at the end of your walking holiday. The afternoon takes you back to Tralee via public transport from Camp.

Distance: 11 km / 7 miles, Ascent: 50 m / 150 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

A few words from our customers...

My husband and I had wanted to do a walking tour for a long time. We finally decided on Ireland and the Dingle Peninsula. We contacted several tour companies including Footfalls. We chose them because they offered the support and length of hiking per day that we were looking for. Overall we had a great time, met some fine people and heard some good music. We would love to visit again.
Alyson & Richard
USA
Everything worked out just fine including only one day of serious rain on the Dingle Way and no rain in the Wicklow area. The lodgings were nice and comfortable, and our hosts were very helpful. At each place we stayed, we said we said we could see spending more time there. The scenery in both areas could not have been better. The maps and directions were great, and we did not get lost or misplaced, only momentarily uncertain! We took our time and enjoyed the sounds and sights of birds and watched lambs cavorting in the pastures. We have highly recommended your tours to family and friends and we hope someday to return to the beautiful Emerald Isle. ☘️
Fred & Lisa
USA