The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s finest walking trails and is along part of 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 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.
While 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: €668 per person sharing
Single Supplement: +€350
Tour Dates: 1 April to 15 October
Tour Grade: Easy to Moderate
Accommodation: Guesthouse or B&B
Included / Excluded
You have the option to arrive at Dublin or Shannon Airport and take a bus or train to Tralee, where you will take a 25-minute journey by public transport to the village of Camp. We will supply you with the necessary timetables and information to get you safely to your first accommodation.
Your first walk will start in Camp and will take you across the hub of the Dingle Peninsula. Following a “Boirín” (a Gaelic word meaning small road) the walking trail 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.
The trail then descends gently and eventually offers you some spectacular views across the wildlife sanctuary of lnch Beach. It was here that some of the scenes from the famous “Ryan’s Daughter” movie were filmed.
Distance: 18.5 km / 11.6 miles, Ascent: 568 m / 1380 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 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 northwest 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 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
Once again, another superb section of the trail awaits you which takes you north along the western foot of the peninsula by Ferriter's 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. Your day finishes in the village of Feohanagh.
Distance: 22 km / 15 miles, Ascent: 429 m / 1287 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours
This is one of the most remote sections of the Dingle Way, offering you a combination of history and breathtaking scenery.
The walking trail follows a green road that crosses the shoulder of one of Ireland’s highest mountains “Mount Brandon” standing at 952 m. You will continue past a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years which still displays the symbols of Ogham Writing and continue over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in the traditional ways of our forefathers. Your walk today will finish in the quiet village of Cloghane that lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon.
Distance: 28 km / 17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m / 2250 ft, Approximate walking time: 8 / 9 hours
After a hearty Irish breakfast, we will arrange transport for you back to Camp to get public transport to Tralee.