Cork & Kerry – Guided Walking Tour – 8 Days
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|
|Tour Dates 2020||Saturday, 23rd May to Saturday 30th of May 2020
Saturday, 27th June to Saturday 4th of July 2020
Saturday, 15th of August to Saturday 22nd August 2020
Saturday, 12th September to Saturday 19th September 2020
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Accommodation||Hotel & Family Operated Guesthouses|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- 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
- Evening Meals
- Entry Fees to Muckross House and Farm
- Packed lunch on day 1, 4 and 7