Dingle Way – 6 Days
Dingle Way – 6 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday
The Dingle Way as a long distance self-guided walking/hiking trail, is one of Ireland’s finest, taking in part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Walk the Dingle Way and you will encounter an array of archaeological monuments. dating back from the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC. Standing stones; Ogham Stones and a multitude of beehive huts; evidence of its rich culture of a bygone age.
Hiking on the Dingle Way, around the Dingle peninsula, lush green pastures sweep down from the heather-clad mountains above to reach, wild and rugged Atlantic Coastline. All combined to make this land a world all to itself.
The National Geographic Traveller has described it as “the most beautiful place on earth”.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|6 Day Tour||€518 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Accommodation||Guesthouse or B&B|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Arrive Annascaul
- Day 2 / Annascaul to Dingle
- Walking on minor roads starts in earnest today, as you skirt Acres Hill to the remains of 16th century Minard Castle before turning inland again to the railway village of Lispole. All the way you are within scent of the seas of Dingle Bay and encircled by the Kerry Mountains. From Lispole, the Way follows mostly sheep farming country before climbing An Cnoc Maol Mór and descending the old green road into Dingle town. Distance: 22 km/13.7 miles, Ascent: 568 m/1704 ft Approximate walking time: 6/7 hrs
- Day 3 / Dingle to Dunquin
- The Dingle Way is mostly on minor roads and beaches today, but beyond the village of Ventry, is some of the most spectacular scenery you could hope to find. The 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 to the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead the Way opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. Beyond this is America! Distance: 25.3 km/15.8 miles, Ascent: 683 m/2050 ft Approximate walking time: 7/8 hrs
- Day 4 / Dunquin to Boherboy
- A visit to the Blasket Island Interpretive Centre is recommended, to grasp the harshness of life on the islands, until the last inhabitants resettled on the mainland in 1953. Other than fishing, and sheep farming on the windblown hills, there is little else 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. Feohanagh is a thriving fishing harbour and a Gaelic-speaking community. Distance: 22 km/15 miles, Ascent: 429 m/1287 ft Approximate walking time: 5/6 hrs
- Day 5 / Boherboy to Cloghane
- You are in the cradle of early Christian civilisation here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Today’s hike takes you up; up to the saddle of Mas a Tiompain, (the Pass of the Drum) below Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain at 950m. The scenery is superb, Tralee Bay, the Magharees against the hues of the Slieve Mish mountains. The descent to Cloghane is nothing short of thrilling on a clear day, and well-earned respite is available in the village! Distance: 28 km/17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m/2250 ft Approximate walking time: 8/9 hrs
- Day 6 / Depart
- Depart Cloghane.
- 5 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 while you walk with 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 back up service, should you require it, while on our tour
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals