Kerry Way: 6-Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

6 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour along the Kerry Way in Ireland

Uncover the Beauty and Magic of Ireland Along the Kerry Way

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest way-marked walking trails with a total distance of 215 km (134 miles) along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have selected 73 km (46 miles) 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 many visitors for hundreds of years.

Prices / Dates

Price:  €689 per person sharing

Single Supplement: +€345

Solo Traveller Supplement: +€60

Tour Dates: 1 April to 31 October

Tour Grade: Moderate

Accommodation: Guesthouse & B&Bs

Included / Excluded

Day 1 - Arrival in Glenbeigh

Travel by public transport to Glenbeigh and the start of your Kerry Way Self-Guided Walking Tour. We will supply you with all the travel details need to get to your first accommodation in Glenbeigh as soon as we have your flight details. Glenbeigh is nestled among of sandy beaches, rolling hills and beautiful countryside.

Day 2 - Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen

The trail takes you out of the village of Glenbeigh, 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: 30 km / 18 miles, Ascent: 640 m / 1940 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 8 hours

Day 3 - Walk to Waterville through the hinterland of Cahersiveen

Today's walking trail passes through turf bogs and pine forests. 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 your walk in the colourful and lively village of Waterville on the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay.

Distance: 25 km / 15.6 miles, Ascent: 850 m / 2550 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 9 hours

Day 4 - Waterville to Caherdaniel

Today you are walking along a wonderfully scenic route by 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: 19 km / 11.8 miles, Ascent: 460 m / 1320 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 5 - Caherdaniel to Sneem

Your self-guided walk along the Kerry Way today 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: 460 m / 1320 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 7 hours

Day 6 - Depart

Your tour ends in Sneem where you can stay for an extra few days or depart by public transport.

All travel details will be supplied in your tour pack for your onward journey.

A few words from our customers...

An incredible 8 day walking tour of a most beautiful area of Ireland the Kerry Way. I had no idea Ireland was so beautiful. Thank you, Christopher & Teresa! An experience of a lifetime! You don't want to miss this!
Joel & Ifa
A wonderful 10-day trip along the Kerry Way. We have been very pleased with Footfalls. Great response time to questions. Helpful maps and notes for directions, guesthouses, options. Adjustments to hikes to allow for rest day or extra time in a location was easily accommodated. Terrific support along the way if needed.
Bart & Edel