Walking Hiking

Dingle Way – 10 Days

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Dingle Way – 10 Day Self-Guided Walking Tour

The Dingle Way walking trail is one of Ireland’s finest on the Wild Atlantic Way. Taking in a distance of 179 km / 111.8 miles, The Dingle Way reveals to you some of the most startling scenery that you will find anywhere in Ireland.

While walking along the Dingle Way self-guided walking tour, 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.

On the Dingle peninsula,  you will enjoy 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 Dingle as “the most beautiful place on earth”.

Tour Pricing & Dates

10 Day Tour €765 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€360
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Easy to Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse or B&B
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Day 1 / Travel to Tralee

To start your Dingle Way Self-Guided 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 travel information to get you safely to your first accommodation. Tralee is a very popular visitor destination, better known as the capital of Kerry and the Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula and the perfect place to start a self-guided walking tour of Ireland.

Day 2 / Tralee to Camp

An excellent start to your walking holiday, the Dingle Way offers some superb views of Tralee and the coastline traversing along the flanks of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Your walk today 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 to 7 hours.

Day 3 / Camp to Anascaul

You will be transferred to Camp for the start of your first walk. This walk takes you across 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 m / 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 hours

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 hours

Day 5 / Dingle (Rest Day)

Officially this is your rest day, but we will give you some options of things to do. You can take a boat trip and swim with the famous dolphin “Fungi” or take a half-day historical bus-tour around the area. The town of Dingle 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 hours

Day 7 / Dunquin to Boherboy

Another superb section of the Dingle trail awaits you today, 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 hours

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 952 m and continues past a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years which still displays the symbols of Ogham writing. You will continue over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in the traditional ways of our forefathers and arrive into the quiet village of Cloghane which lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon.

Distance: 28 km / 17.5 miles, Ascent: 750 m / 2250 ft, Approximate walking time: 8/9 hours

Day 9 / Cloghane to Castlegregory

Today's walk is long but not difficult and is dominated by Irelands longest beach. You will enjoy fantastic views of both sea and mountains and the offshore Maharees Islands.

An abundance of local birds also awaits you, including seabirds (several species of seagull, shags, cormorants, gannets), larks, starlings, curlews, crows, ravens, garden birds such as sparrows, robins and finches, and wading birds such as the heron. Look out for the swallow, which is a frequent visitor during the summer months.

Distance: 29 km / 18 miles, Ascent: 40m / 120 ft, Approximate walking time: 8/9 hours

Day 10 / Castlegregory to Camp and Depart

After a final beach walk, the Dingle Way winds inland back to Camp. It’s not a long day but is interesting and a nice wind down at the end of your walking 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 hours

Included

  • 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

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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