Walking Hiking

Dingle Way – 7 Day (Easier Option)

Dingle Way – 7 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday (Easier Option)

We offer two Dingle Way 7-Day tours. This one is easier than our other 7-day Dingle Way Tour, with shorter walking distances each day.

The Dingle Way is one of Ireland’s premier long-distance 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 amazing 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

7 Day Tour €584  per person sharing
Single Supplement +€300
Tour Dates 1st April to 15th October
Tour Grade Easy
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Itinerary

DAY 1 / ARRIVE ANNASCAUL

You will supply you with all the travel details that you need to travel from Dublin or Shannon Airport to your first accommodation on the Dingle Way.

DAY 2 / LISPOLE TO DINGLE TOWN

We will arrange a complimentary taxi transfer to Lispole to the start of your walk. From Lispole, the trail takes you west to the town of Dingle along a series of minor roads that meander around the surrounding countryside and open mountains, taking you northwest back towards the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. From here the views over Dingle Bay are simply awe-inspiring. You will stay overnight in Dingle

Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles, Ascent: 190 m /570 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

DAY 3 / DINGLE TO VENTRY VILLAGE

The trail from Dingle leads you west along by Dingle Harbour and across the Milltown River.
Here you have the opportunity to visit The Dingle Whiskey Distillery opened in 2012 and is rapidly becoming one of Ireland’s famous whiskey.

You will travel through open countryside, farmland and country laneway to the Village of Ventry.

You will stay overnight in Ventry

Distance: 10 km / 6 miles, Ascent: 493 m / 1479 ft, Approximate walking time: 3 / 4 hours

DAY 4 / VENTRY TO DUNQUIN

From 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 5 / 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 I 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 6 / 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 7 / DEPART

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

Included

  • 6 nights bed and breakfast
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses or B&Bs with all rooms en-suite
  • Maps and all route notes
  • Details on restaurants and places of interest to visit along the way
  • Luggage transfers daily while you walk
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Annascaul and back at the end of the tour from Dingle Town
  • Full backup service, should you require it, while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals

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