We offer two Dingle Way 6-Day tours, this one is more challenging than our other 6-day Dingle Way tour.
The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s finest walking trails and is along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. While walking along the Dingle Way, you will encounter an array of archaeological monuments which date back to 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 the wild and rugged Atlantic Coastline. The National Geographic Traveller has described the Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”.
Prices / Dates
Price: €554 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€250
Tour Dates: 1 April to 15 October
Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate
Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B
Included / Excluded
We will supply you with all the travel details to get you from Dublin or Shannon Airport to Annascaul village where you will stay overnight.
You will be walking on minor roads today as you skirt Acres Hill to the remains of 16th century Minard Castle before turning inland again to the railway village of Lispole. While walking today, you are within scent of the seas of Dingle Bay and encircled by the Kerry Mountains. From Lispole, the Dingle Way follows mostly sheep farming country before climbing An Cnoc Maol Mór and descending the old green road into Dingle town where you will stay overnight.
Distance: 22 km / 13.7 miles, Ascent: 568 m / 1704 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours
The Dingle Way is mostly on minor roads and beaches today, but beyond the village of Ventry is some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland. 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!
Distance: 25.3 km / 15.8 miles, Ascent: 683 m / 2050 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours
We recommend a visit to the Blasket Island Interpretive 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 the 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 I in 1580. Ballydavid is a thriving fishing harbour and a Gaelic-speaking community.
Distance: 22 km / 15 miles, Ascent: 429 m / 1287 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours
You are in the cradle of early Christian civilisation here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Today’s hike takes you up to the saddle of Mas a Tiompain, (the Pass of the Drum) below Brandon, Ireland’s second-highest mountain at 950m.
The scenery is simply superb, with Tralee Bay and the Magharees against the hues of the Slieve Mish mountains. The descent to Cloghane is nothing short of thrilling on a clear day and well-earned respite is available in the village!
Distance: 28 km / 17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m / 2250 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 / 9 hours
After a hearty breakfast, you will depart Cloghane for home.