Dingle Way – 10 Days
Dingle Way – 10 Day – Self-Guided Walking Tour
The Dingle Way as a long distance walking trail is one of Ireland’s finest, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Taking in a distance of 179km/111.8 Miles; revelling to you some of the most startling scenery that you will find anywhere in the country.
Walk the Dingle Way self-guided/independent 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 a 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
|10 Day Tour||€765 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|Tour Grade||Easy to Moderate|
|Accommodation||Guesthouse or B&B|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Travel to Tralee
- To start your Dingle Way Walking Tour you have the option to arrive at Dublin or Shannon Airport and take a bus or train to Tralee. We will supply you with the necessary timetables and information to get you safely to your first accommodation. Tralee is Ireland’s newest visitor destination; better known as the capital of Kerry and the Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and the perfect destination to start a self-guided walking tour of Ireland.
- Day 2 / Tralee to Camp
- An excellent start to your walking holiday, the way offers some superb views of Tralee and coastline. Traverses along the flanks of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Takes you through an old deserted village and ruined church. Distance: 21.8 km/13.6 miles, Ascent: 620 m/1860 ft Approximate walking time: 6/7 hrs
- Day 3 / Camp to Anascaul
- Transfer to Camp for the start of your first walk. This walk takes you cross the hub of the Dingle Peninsula. Following a “Boirín” a Gaelic word meaning small road; that leads you to a col between Corrin and Knockbrack Hills to reach a height of 235 Mtrs. 705 Ft. From here you will have some remarkable views of Baurtregaum Mountain; which is the highest mountain in the Slieve Mish range and an impressive megalithic fort that sits on the edge of Caherconree Mountain. From here the trail descends gently downwards and eventually offers you some spectacular views across the wildlife sanctuary of lnch Beach. It was here that some of the famous “Ryan’s Daughter” movie were filmed. Distance: 18.5 km/12.6 miles, Ascent: 460 m/1380 ft Approximate walking time: 5/6 hrs
- Day 4 / Annascaul to Dingle
- From Annascaul 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. You will have a chance to visit the magnificent ruin of the 16th century Minard Castle and stop off for lunch in the beautiful village of Lispole From Lispole the trail takes you north-west back towards the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. From here the views over Dingle Bay are simply awe-inspiring. Distance: 22 km/13.7 miles, Ascent: 568 m/1704 ft Approximate walking time: 6/7 hrs
- Day 5 / Dingle (Rest Day)
- Officially this is your rest day, but we will give you some options of things to do like; take a boat trip and swim with the famous dolphin “Fungi” or take a half-day historical bus-tour around the area. The town is distinguished for its restaurants, most of which offer you an excellent choice of local seafood. There is a large variety of pubs; 52 licensed premises to be exact. Traditional Irish music is played every night in many of the pubs around the town.
- Day 6 / Dingle to Dunquin
- The trail from Dingle takes you further westwards through the village of Ventry and onto the golden sandy beach of Ventry Harbour. A country lane leads you on to the medieval roads of Slea Head. This area is dotted with a multitude of Clochans or more commonly known as beehive huts which date back to the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC. As your trail bends north around Slea Head you will also have some stunning views back over the Great Blasket Island and your final view of Dingle Bay. Distance: 25.3 km/15.8 miles, Ascent: 683 m/2050 ft Approximate walking time: 7/8 hrs
- Day 7 / Dunquin to Boherboy
- Once again another superb section of the trail; which takes you north along the western foot of the peninsula; by Ferriters Cove and the rugged sea-cliffs of the Three Sisters. From here the trail swings east to take you along by the sandy beaches of Smerwick Harbour. Distance: 22 km/15 miles, Ascent: 429 m/1287 ft Approximate walking time: 5/6 hrs
- Day 8 / Boyerboy to Cloghane
- This is one of the most remote sections of the Dingle Way; offering you a combination of history and breathtaking scenery. The trail follows a green road that crosses the shoulder of one of Ireland’s highest mountains “Mount Brandon” standing at 952Mtrs. Passes a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years; which still displays the symbols of Ogham Writing. Crosses over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in the traditional ways of our forefathers. Finishing in the quiet village of Cloghane; that lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon. Distance: 28 km/17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m/2250 ft Approximate walking time: 8/9 hrs
- Day 9 / Cloghane to Castlegregory
- A long but not a demanding day, dominated by Irelands longest beach, with fantastic views of both sea and mountains and the offshore Maharees Islands. Local birds include seabirds (several species of seagull, shags, cormorants, gannets to name but a few), larks, starlings, curlews, crows, ravens, garden birds such as sparrows, robins and finches, and wading birds such as the heron. The swallow is a frequent visitor in the summer months, all to be seen on this walk. Distance: 29 km/18 miles, Ascent: 40m/120 ft Approximate walking time: 8/9 hrs
- Day 10 / Castlegregory to Camp and Depart
- After a final beach walk the way winds inland back to Camp. It’s not a long day but interesting and a good section to wind down your holiday. The afternoon takes you back to Limerick via public transport from Camp. Distance: 11 km/7 miles, Ascent: 50 m/150 ft Approximate walking time: 3/4 hrs
- 9 nights bed and breakfast
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses 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 and back at the end of the tour
- Full back up service, should you require it, while on our tour
- Packed lunches
- Evening meals