Walking Hiking

Cork & Kerry – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days

  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry
  • Walking Hiking Ireland Cork & Kerry

Guided Walking Tour – Cork & Kerry – Beara Peninsula, The Ring of Kerry & Dingle

On arrival at Dublin Airport, Footfalls Walking Holidays takes you on an eight-day guided walking and hiking adventure in Counties Cork and Kerry on part of the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

This walking tour begins on the beautiful, remote and rather undiscovered Beara Peninsula. The next section of the tour takes you over Healy Pass, a winding mountain road between Adrigole in County Cork and Lauragh in County Kerry, down to the famous town of Killarney. The final part of the tour will take you to the Dingle Peninsula, well known for its stunning beauty, ancient heritage, incredible cuisine, and dedication to tradition.

The Cork and Kerry Guided Tour showcases the best of Ireland’s deep emerald green landscape and mountain ranges, rugged cliffs, extensive sandy coastlines, remote cottages, woolly lowland sheep and ancient archaeology scattered amongst the hills. You will experience the ambience of picturesque villages, fall into conversation with the regions’ sing-song accents and tap your toes to the well-loved traditional music while soaking up the culture of the South West of Ireland.


Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €1,122 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€350
Tour Dates
Saturday, 27th June to Saturday 4th of July 2020 (This Tour Is Now Fully Booked)
Saturday, 15th of August to Saturday 22nd August 2020 (Sorry, We Have No More Single Rooms Available On This Tour, But We Do Have Doubles & Twins Available)
Saturday, 12th September to Saturday 19th September 2020
Saturday, 3rd October to Saturday 10th September 2020   

Saturday, 22nd May to Saturday 29th of May 2021
Saturday, 26th June to Saturday 3rd of July 2021
Saturday, 14th August to Saturday 21st of August 2021
Saturday, 11th September to Saturday 18th of September 2021

Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Hotel & Family Operated Guesthouses



Day 1 / Dublin to the Beara Peninsula

You will be collected at Dublin Airport at 10 am by the Footfalls Tour Guide.
On route to the Beara Peninsula in Cork, we will stop to visit the famous Rock of Cashel and will explore the ruins and the quaint town of Cashel for about an hour. We will stay overnight in Castetownbere.

Day 2 / Dursey Island

Your first days walk starts on Dursey Island, a small remote island that is serviced by Ireland’s only working cable car. The cable car carries six passengers or one cow at a time. Cows have priority over people here so don’t be upset if you have to wait your turn! Dursey Island is a wild-bird and whale sanctuary and is a beautiful haven of tranquillity and therefore a perfect start to your vacation.
We will stay overnight in Castletownbere. 

Distance: 10.5 km/6 miles, Ascent: 260 m/750 ft 

Day 3 / Beara Island & the Beara Way

We will take a short ferry ride to Beara Island. This is an enchanted place, enriched with ancient myth with its many stone circles and standing stones. This island is also a haven for wildlife. Our walk follows the Beara Way along quiet country tracks offering stunning views in all directions that must be seen to be believed.
We will again stay overnight in Castetownbere.

Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 240 m/720 ft 

Day 4 / Muckross House & Gardens

Today, we depart the Beara Peninsula and County Cork, travelling over Healy’s Pass to the famous greenery and sing-song voices of County Kerry. In the early afternoon, we will visit Muckross House, Gardens and working farm situated amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park. The rest of the afternoon is left free for you to explore the town of Killarney, our base for the next two days.
We will stay overnight in Killarney.

Day 5 / Gap of Dunloe

Today's walk starts at the famous Kate Carney’s Cottage and takes us into the Black Valley. The valley is a glaciated relic whose retreating glaciers left behind incredible rock formations, a wild and rugged glen, quarry lakes, small waterfalls and beauty that is indescribable. We will join the famous Kerry Way walking trail that takes us through Derrynahierka Oak Forest, finishing at Galway’s Bridge on the Ring of Kerry.
We will stay overnight in Killarney.

Distance: 15 km/9.4 miles, Ascent: 280 m/800 ft 

Day 6 / Dingle Peninsula

From Killarney, we move to the most westerly point in Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula. The peninsula is rich in archaeological remains, sweeping green and blue coastal landscapes, music, and ‘craic’. We will walk through traditional methods of turf cutting using the sleán (spade) in the low bog as we work our way down to walk along Inch Beach. A majestic beach used in the making of the 1970 film “Ryan’s Daughter”.
We will stay overnight in Dingle. 

Distance: 8 km/5 miles 

Day 7 / The Dingle Way & Brandon Point

Our walk starts just outside the village of Cloghane on the Dingle Way and leads us through an area where turf is still harvested in the old traditional way. We will follow an old bog road to an area known as Sás Creek (Sauce Creek), a spectacular horseshoe-shaped bay which is surrounded by 300-meter sea cliffs. Our walking trail continues to Brandon Point, passing some pre-historic beehive huts and settlements to finish our day in Brandon Village.
We will again stay overnight in Dingle.

Distance: 10.5 km/6.5 miles, Ascent: 516 m/1500 ft 

Day 8 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we depart for Dublin Airport early to arrive at 3.00 pm - 4.00 pm. 


  • All accommodation is approved and all rooms are en-suite
  • Meals to include: 7 breakfasts and 5 packed lunches
  • Pickup at Dublin Airport and return to Dublin Airport at the end of your tour
  • All transport to and from walks and evenings out
  • Cable Car to Dursey Island and Ferry to and from Beara Island

Not Included

  • Evening Meals
  • Entry Fees to Muckross House and Farm
  • Packed lunch on day 1, 4 and 7


  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.


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