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
2021
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
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Guided Walking Tour West of Ireland



 

Itinerary

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. 

Included

  • 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

Testimonials

  • Thank you both Teresa & Christopher for a fun, adventurous, spectacular week,
    You have a fantastic business, long may it last and I am already looking forward to our next adventure
    Anne D x

    Western Way Connemara
  • Christopher and Teresa…Thank you soooo much for a superb week and your hospitality.
    Jyoti Thapa

    Western Way Connemara
  • Hi Christopher,

    On behalf of Mary & Myself, I want to thank you for our wonderful trip. We loved every minute of it, even the wet bits.

    The B&B’s that you work with are second to none and in every place we stayed we were made to feel welcome and at home at all times. In each place, they even refrigerated our wine and provided us with wine glasses in order to enjoy our pre-dinner drinks. I would like to give a particular shout out to Donnach in The Castle B&B in Ballintoy. He told us that we were his first “Footfall” visitors so our feedback on his B&B is that it is excellent.

    Your notes and attention to detail on your trail instructions are excellent but just to note for yourself, the red trail down the side of the cliffs to the Giants Causeway is locked and not currently in use. Not sure whether the explanation is Covid related or a safety issue.

    Many thanks

    Marion

    Antrim Causeway Coastal & Rathlin Island Route – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
  • Hi Christopher,

    Thank you again for a wonderful day yesterday.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and very much appreciated the lovely relaxed pace and all the stories and information and the fun. Thanks to Teresa also for taking us to Avondale and to the grandchildren for their patience. Truly a memorable experience.
    Terence and Eleanor
    A Day Walk on Trooperstown & the Vale of Clara
  • 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,
    Carmel
    Wild Atlantic Way South West

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