Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 10 Days

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  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
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  • Kerry Way

Kerry Way – 10 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

‘Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Ring of Kerry trail’

The Kerry Way walking trail is Ireland’s longest way marked walking trail with a total distance of 215 km, along part of  the Wild Atlantic Way. From this we have chosen (172 km’s) along one of the finest hiking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. As you hike the Kerry Way you will encounter small market towns and quaint villages, old country roads and trails, castles and traditional farms.

The Ring of Kerry, or to give it its proper title “the Iveragh Peninsula”  is a mystical place & a wonderful opportunity to walk in an unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.

Tour Pricing & Dates

10 Day Tour €767 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€225
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Difficult
Accommodation Guesthouse 
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrival
Arrival in Ireland and travel to Killarney
Day 2 / Killarney to the Black Valley
Your first day on the Kerry Way wanders through Killarney National Park and up by Torc Waterfall. Travel along the Old Kenmare Road with some great views of the lakes of Killarney and surrounding countryside. Distance: 22/Km, Ascent 310m Approximate walking time: 7 hrs
Day 3 / Black Valley to Glencar
The route takes you through a spectacular mountain landscape that frames the crossing of two passes, separating a beautiful cultivated valley and peaceful lakes. Distance: 20K, Ascent 510m Approximate walking time: 6 hrs
Day 4 / Glencar to Glenbeigh
An easy day ahead that takes you a landscape comprising of lovely woodland paths, with some superb views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Lough Caragh and meandering rivers. Distance: 18Km, Ascent 200m Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 5 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen
With views over Dingle You’re your route passes the magnificent Rosbeigh Beach with stunning views over Dingle Bay, before walking through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar. Distance: 19/23km, Ascent 300m Approximate walking time: 7/8 hrs
Day 6 / Walk to Waterville through the hinterland of Cahirciveen.
The route passes through turf bogs and pine forest. Some short climbs give views over Valentia Island and the western end of the peninsula. Overnight in Waterville, a colourful coastal village. Distance: 25km, Ascent 350m Approximate walking time: 7 hrs
Day 7 / Waterville to Caherdaniel via the coast
Today you are doing a wonderfully scenic route along the coast. It is a short walk and time allows you to take a detour at Derrynane to visit Derrynane House and gardens. It is the home of Daniel O’Connell, called”The Liberator” and father of Catholic Emancipation during the 19th century. Distance: 15km. Ascent 200m Approximate walking time:5 hrs
Day 8 / Walk Caherdaniel to Sneem
This walks goes on the “old Butter road” where butter was transported to Cork in the 19th century. The Way climbs again on the foothills of Eagle Hill and a short detour take you to the 3rd century stone built Staigue Fort. Your route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to Sneem. Distance: 19km. Ascent 280m Approximat walking time: 6 hrs
Day 9 / Sneem to Kenmare via Tahilla and Blackwater Bridge
This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, easy walking through forest and the estate of Dromore Castle. The delightful Blackwater Bridge spans the Blackwater River coming from high in the McGillycuddy Reeks. Kenmare is an interesting and colourful market town, on the banks of the Roughty River where it opens up into Kenmare Bay. It was founded in 1670 and settled by a handful of Englishmen, who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks. Distance: 21 or 30km. Ascent 650m Approximate walking time: 6 / 9 hrs
Day 10 / Depart
Depart from Kenmare.

Included

  • 9 nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
  • Kerry Way Maps and waterproof route notes, the full trail has been walked and checked by Christopher Stacey of Footfalls
  • 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

  • Evening Meals
  • Packed Lunches

Testimonials

  • 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
  • Christopher, that was the best! We enjoyed every minute of our adventure in Ireland. You are an awesome tour guide. Thanks so much for a great trip. We really enjoyed ourselves and hope to return soon. We will return!

    Barbara and Michael