Dingle Way – 5 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour


We offer two Dingle Way 5-Day tours. This is a lower level and easier option than our other 5-day Dingle Way tour

The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s premier walking trails and is along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Taking in a distance of 179 km, the Dingle Way trail reveals to you some of the most startling scenery that you will find anywhere in Ireland. While walking the Dingle Way 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.

Hiking around the Dingle peninsula, you will enjoy views of 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 The Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €589 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€295

Solo Traveller Supplement: +€45

Tour Dates: 1 April to 15 October

Tour Grade: Easy

Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Arrive Dingle

We will supply you with all the travel details to get from your point of entry into Ireland, Shannon or Dublin Airport, to Dingle Town. You will stay overnight in Dingle Town.

Day 2 - Ventry to Dunquin

We will arrange a complimentary taxi transfer from Dingle Town to the Village of Ventry to begin your walking tour of the Dingle Way.

Your walk along The Dingle Way today is mostly along minor roads and beaches, but beyond the village of Ventry is some of the most spectacular scenery on the trail. The Dingle Way weaves through fuchsia hedges and climbs an old track on the foothill of Mount Eagle past the early Christian beehive huts at Fahan.

Behind are views of Ventry Harbour and south are some amazing views of the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead, the Dingle Way opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. Beyond this is America! You will stay overnight in Dunquin. 

Distance: 16.3 km / 10.2 miles, Ascent: 390 m / 1070 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 3 - Dunquin to Ballyferriter

We recommend a visit to the Blasket Island Interpretative Centre to learn about the harshness of life on the islands. The last inhabitants resettled on the mainland in 1953. Other than fishing and sheep farming on the windblown hills, there is little else in this area to maintain the local communities. The route follows the Norse named Smerwick Harbour and a detour takes you to Dun an Oir, the Fort of Gold where Italian and Spaniard soldiers were besieged by troops of Elizabeth Ist in 1580. 

Ballyferriter is situated in a stunning green valley, sheltering under majestic Cruach Mhárthain to the south and the Three Sisters to the east. Ballyferriter is the last major village west of Dingle Town. You will stay overnight in Balllyferriter. 

Distance: 16.5 km / 10.3 miles, Ascents: 215 m / 645 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 4 - Ballyferriter village to Cuas

Today's walk offers you superb views of both mountains and the sea. You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Your walking trail takes you along the eastern side of Smerwick Harbour, through the townland of Ballydavid, through sheep farming countryside to your destination in Cuas, where you will stay overnight. 

Distance: 16.25 km / 10.14 miles, Ascent: 131 m / 394 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 5 - Depart

After a hearty breakfast, you will have a complimentary taxi transfer back to Dingle town for your onward journey.

A few words from our customers...

My son and I just returned from our Dingle Way hike. One of our best trips ever. Better than the pictures can show. No problems at all with our stays and bag transfers. Great accommodations and caring people. Not only at the B&B's, but all the local people we met were fun to talk with: John, a shepherd with a flock of about 200 sheep he grazes on the public land and lives by selling some of the lambs. He was searching for sheep that still needed shearing to protect them from fly infestation, aided by his dog Kelly (who really wasn't that smart he said). Another herder who gave us a demonstration of his 3 dogs, calling out to them in Irish. A potter who explained loading his kiln...... I strongly recommend this tour by Footfalls.
Charlie J.
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