Kerry Way – 10 Days – Self-Guided Walking Tour

Kerry Way 10 day Self-Guided Walking Tour Ireland

‘Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Ring of Kerry trail’

The Kerry Way walking trail is Ireland’s longest way-marked walking trail with a total distance of 215 km along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have chosen 172 km along one of the finest hiking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. As you hike the Kerry Way, you will encounter small market towns and quaint villages, old country roads and trails, castles and traditional farms in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The Ring of Kerry, or to give it its proper title “the Iveragh Peninsula”, is a mystical place and a wonderful opportunity to walk in an unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €821 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€450

Tour Dates: 1 April to 31 October

Tour Grade: Difficult

Accommodation: Guesthouse & B&Bs

Included / Excluded

Arrive at Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Kerry Airport and take a bus to your first accommodation in Killarney.
We will supply you with all your travel details from the point of entry into Ireland to your fist accommodation in Killarney.

Killarney Town ("Cill Airne" in Gaelic) means the Church of the Sloes. Sloes are the fruit of the Blackthorn tree and used in the making of sloe gin, jelly and many other dishes.

"We are all very proud of our vibrant 'little' town and the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside which makes Killarney a very special place indeed. Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world-class hospitality" (killarney.ie)

The route takes you out of Killarney and through Killarney National Park where you will have a chance to visit the impressive 19th century Victorian Muckross House and its carefully tended gardens. From here you climb steadily up by Torc Waterfall to join the Old Kenmare Road where you will have some great views of the Killarney Lakes and surrounding countryside. As you travel along, you will pass many ruins of old homesteads and fields that were once tilled and harvested by a generation that has long since passed. Your day finishes in the tranquil Black Valley where you will stay overnight.

Distance: 22 km / 13.8 miles, Ascent: 310 m / 930 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

The route takes you through a spectacular mountain landscape that frames the crossing of two passes, separating a beautifully cultivated valley and peaceful lakes. The surroundings are simply beautiful with imposing mountains to your right and left. The trail passes Cummeenduff Lake which is situated at the southern flanks of MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. You will continue down by Lough Acoose to finish your day in the townland of Glencar where you will stay overnight.

Distance: 20 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 510 m / 1530 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

You have an easy day today that takes you on a landscape that comprises of lovely woodland paths and open mountains that offer you some superb views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Lough Caragh and meandering rivers. You will also have stunning views of Dingle Bay and part of the Dingle peninsula.

Distance: 19.5 km / 12.15 miles, Ascent: 450 m / 1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Today's trail takes you out of the village, across the river Behy and up through Behy Forest to join an old rail track. Your route passes the magnificent Rosbeigh Beach with stunning views over Dingle Bay before continuing through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar.

Distance: 23 km / 14.37 miles, Ascent: 300 m / 900 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

The route today passes through turf bogs and pine forest. Some short climbs give views over Valentia Island and the western end of the peninsula. This may be a long day but the views along the way are invigorating and you finish in the colourful and lively village of Waterville on the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay.

Distance: 25 km / 15.6 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours

Today you are walking along a wonderfully scenic route along the coast. It is a short walk and time allows you to take a detour at Derrynane to visit Derrynane House and gardens. It is the home of Daniel O’Connell, called ”The Liberator” and father of Catholic Emancipation during the 19th century.

Distance: 15 km / 9 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

The trail today takes you on one of Ireland’s “Old Butter Roads” where butter was transported to Cork in the 19th century.  If you take the shorter route from Blackwater Bridge this requires a taxi transfer which is not included in the tour cost, the extra cost will be approximately €30 for the trip.
The Kerry Way walking trail climbs again on the foothills of Eagle Hill and a short detour takes you to the 3rd century stone-built Staigue Fort, one of the largest and finest ring forts you are likely to see in Ireland. Your route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to the village of Sneem.

Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

You have the option today to walk 21 km / 13 miles or the full route which is 30 km / 18.6 miles. If you take the shorter route from Blackwater Bridge this requires a taxi transfer which is not included in the tour cost, the extra cost will be approximately €30 for the trip.
This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, followed by some easy walking through the forest and the estate of Dromore Castle. The delightful Blackwater Bridge spans the Blackwater River coming from high in the McGillycuddy Reeks.

Kenmare is an interesting and colourful market town on the banks of the Roughty River where it opens up into Kenmare Bay. It was founded in 1670 by a handful of Englishmen who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks in the town.

Option 1Distance: 21 Km / 13 miles, Ascent: 650 m / 1950 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Option 2: Distance: 30 km / 18.6 miles, Ascent: 650 m / 1950 ft, Approximate walking time: 9 / 10 hours

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart from Kenmare for home.

A few words from our customers...

Footfalls is the way to see Ireland if you like to hike. My husband and I had never been to Ireland and loved our trip. The B & B's were good, the food delicious and the scenery beautiful. Chris did a wonderful job of adjusting the hikes to fit our skill level while still giving us a good challenge. Footfalls planned all the details of the trip. We would definitely recommend Footfalls and would book another trip.
E & J
Rhode Island
I have now done 3 self guided trails - Wicklow, last year Kerry way and this year Beara way and every one a brilliant time. Everything is so well organised; great accommodation, transport of luggage to the next stopping point, and excellent clear directions and marked maps for the walking. And this year, the support they provide while walking was superb, as I got stuck on the mountain in the clouds, unable to see paths and markers - Christopher knew exactly where I was, and clearly directed me on... amazing! Just knowing I have that backup allows me to go out and do these walks alone. Having found someone who can give me the opportunity to do a mountain walk, with spectacular scenery, there is no doubt - I am off to do another one next year!
Mary
UK