Walking Hiking

Dingle Way – 5 Days (Easy)

  • Dingle Way

Dingle Way – 5 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday (Easier Option)

We offer two Dingle Way 5-Day tours. This is a lower level and easier option than our other 5-day Dingle Way tour

The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s premier walking trails and is along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Taking in a distance of 179 km, the Dingle Way trail reveals to you some of the most startling scenery that you will find anywhere in Ireland. While walking the Dingle Way you will encounter an array of archaeological monuments dating back from the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC, including Standing Stones, Ogham Stones and a multitude of beehive huts, evidence of the rich culture of a bygone age.

Hiking around the Dingle peninsula, you will enjoy views of lush green pastures sweeping down from the heather-clad mountains above to reach a wild and rugged Atlantic Coastline. The National Geographic Traveller has described The Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”.

Tour Pricing & Dates

5 Day Tour €463 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€160
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Itinerary

DAY 1 / ARRIVE DINGLE

We will supply you with all the travel details to get from your point of entry into Ireland, Shannon or Dublin Airport, to Dingle Town. You will stay overnight in Dingle Town.

DAY 2 / VENTRY TO DUNQUIN

We will arrange a complimentary taxi transfer from Dingle Town to the Village of Ventry to begin your walking tour of the Dingle Way.

Your walk along The Dingle Way today is mostly along minor roads and beaches, but beyond the village of Ventry is some of the most spectacular scenery on the trail. The Dingle Way weaves through fuchsia hedges and climbs an old track on the foothill of Mount Eagle past the early Christian beehive huts at Fahan.

Behind are views of Ventry Harbour and south are some amazing views of the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead, the Dingle Way opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. Beyond this is America! You will stay overnight in Dunquin. 

Distance: 16.3 km / 10.2 miles, Ascent: 390 m / 1070 ft, Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

DAY 3 / DUNQUIN TO BALLYFERRITER

We recommend a visit to the Blasket Island Interpretative Centre to learn about the harshness of life on the islands. The last inhabitants resettled on the mainland in 1953. Other than fishing and sheep farming on the windblown hills, there is little else in this area to maintain the local communities. The route follows the Norse named Smerwick Harbour and a detour takes you to Dun an Oir, the Fort of Gold where Italian and Spaniard soldiers were besieged by troops of Elizabeth Ist in 1580. 

Ballyferriter is situated in a stunning green valley, sheltering under majestic Cruach Mhárthain to the south and the Three Sisters to the east. Ballyferriter is the last major village west of Dingle Town. You will stay overnight in Balllyferriter. 

Distance: 16.5 km / 10.3 miles, Ascents: 215 m / 645 ft, Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

DAY 4 / BALLYFERRITER VILLAGE TO CUAS

Today's walk offers you superb views of both mountains and sea. You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Your walking trail takes you along the eastern side of Smerwick Harbour, through the townland of Ballydavid, through sheep farming countryside to your destination in Cuas, where you will stay overnight. 

Distance: 16.25 km /10.14 miles, Ascent: 131 m / 394 ft, Approximate walking time: 4/5 hours

DAY 5 / DEPART

After a hearty breakfast, you will have a complimentary taxi transfer back to Dingle town for your onward journey.

Included

  • 4 Nights Bed and Breakfast
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Dingle Way Maps and waterproof route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily from inn to inn while you walk with just a small day pack
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
  • Full backup service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

Testimonials

  • 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
  • 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!

    Nicole
  • 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!

    Adam
  • 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!

    Erin
  • 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.

    Radha

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