Dingle Way – 7 Days -Self-Guided Walking Tour (Easy)

7 Day Easy Walking Hiking Tour Dingle Way

We offer two Dingle Way 7-Day tours. This one is easier than our other 7-day Dingle Way Tour, with shorter walking distances each day.

The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s premier long-distance 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 amazing 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:  €584 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€300

Tour Dates: 1 April to 15 October

Tour Grade: Easy

Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B

Included / Excluded

You will supply you with all the travel details that you need to travel from Dublin or Shannon Airport to your first accommodation on the Dingle Way.

We will arrange a complimentary taxi transfer to Lispole to the start of your walk. From Lispole, 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, taking you northwest back towards the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. From here the views over Dingle Bay are simply awe-inspiring. You will stay overnight in Dingle

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 190 m /570 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

The trail from Dingle leads you west along by Dingle Harbour and across the Milltown River.
Here you have the opportunity to visit The Dingle Whiskey Distillery opened in 2012 and is rapidly becoming one of Ireland’s famous whiskey.

You will travel through open countryside, farmland and country laneway to the Village of Ventry.

You will stay overnight in Ventry

Distance: 10 km / 6 miles, Ascent: 493 m / 1479 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

From 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

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 I 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

Today's walk offers you superb views of both mountains and 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

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...

I hiked the Dingle Way by myself this summer. The maps, directions, and luggage pick-ups were flawless! The accommodations exceeded my expectations. Footfalls gave me the courage and the tools I needed to travel by myself. Being a mom of two little ones, this was the vacation/trip I needed! My friends all want to go now, and we will be using Footfalls again! Thank you!
Mary
UK
Footfalls Walking Holidays takes care of all of the details of your trip: they plan the route; they help you figure out buses and trains (if needed), they book the b&bs, they arrange to have your luggage sent on ahead, they send maps and guides and all kinds of supplemental information. All you have to do is show up and hike--and how glorious is that. We have used them twice--once in Wicklow (their home base), and then this year in Dingle Both trips were amazing--gorgeous hikes, wonderful cozy b&bs, great food. If you enjoy hiking and want to visit Ireland, this is the way to do it.
Laurie
USA