Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 11 Days

Kerry Way – 11 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest way-marked walking and hiking trail with a total distance of 215 km along the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have selected 197 km along one of the finest hiking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. As you walk the Kerry Way you will encounter small market towns and quaint villages, old country roads and trails, castles and traditional farms in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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

Tour Pricing & Dates

11 Day Tour €891 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€500
Tour Dates 1st April to 31st October
Tour Grade Difficult
Accommodation Guesthouse & B&Bs
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrival in Ireland and travel to Killarney, we will supply you with all the travel details as soon as we have your flight details.

Arrive at Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Kerry Airport and take a bus to your first accommodation in Killarney. We will supply you with all the travel details as soon as we have your flight details.

Killarney Town ("Cill Airne" in Gaelic) means the Church of the Sloes. Sloes are the fruit of the Blackthorn tree and used in the making of sloe gin, jelly and many other dishes.

"We are all very proud of our vibrant 'little' town and the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside which makes Killarney a very special place indeed. Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world-class hospitality" (killarney.ie)

Day 2 / Walk from Killarney to the Black Valley

The route takes you out of Killarney and through Killarney National Park where you will have a chance to visit the impressive 19th century Victorian Muckross House and its carefully tended gardens. From here, you climb steadily up by Torc Waterfall to join the Old Kenmare Road where you will have some great views of the Killarney Lakes and surrounding countryside.

As you walk, you will pass many ruins of old homesteads and fields that were once tilled and harvested by a generation that has long since passed. Your day finishes in the tranquil Black Valley where you will stay overnight.

Distance: 22 km / 13.8 miles, Ascent: 310 m /930 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

Day 3 / Black Valley to Glencar

The route takes you through a spectacular mountain landscape that frames the crossing of two passes, separating a beautifully cultivated valley and peaceful lakes. The surroundings are simply beautiful with imposing mountains to your right and left. The trail passes Cummeenduff Lake which is situated at the southern flanks of MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range. You will continue down by Lough Acoose to finish your day in the townland of Glencar.

Distance: 20 km / 12 miles, Ascent: 510 m / 1530 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 4 / Glencar to Glenbeigh

You have an easy day ahead that takes you on a landscape that comprises of lovely woodland paths and open mountains that offer you some superb views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Lough Caragh and meandering rivers. You will also have stunning views of Dingle Bay and part of the Dingle peninsula.

Distance: 19.5 km / 12.15 miles, Ascent: 450 m / 1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 5 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen

Today's trail takes you out of the village, across the river Behy and up through Behy Forest to join an old rail track. Your route passes the magnificent Rosbeigh Beach with stunning views over Dingle Bay before taking you through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar.

Distance: 23 km / 14.37 miles, Ascent: 300 m / 900 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 / 7 hours

Day 6 / Cahirciveen to Waterville

Today's route passes through turf bogs and pine forests. Some short climbs give views over Valentia Island and the western end of the peninsula. This may be a long day but the views along the way are invigorating and you finish in the colourful and lively village of Waterville on the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay.

Distance: 25 km / 15.6 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours

Day 7 / Waterville to Caherdaniel via the coast

Today you are walking along a wonderfully scenic trail by 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: 15 km / 9 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1350 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

Day 8 / Caherdaniel to Sneem

The trail today takes you on one of Ireland’s “Old Butter Roads” where butter was transported to Cork in the 19th century. The walking trail climbs again on the foothills of Eagle Hill and a short detour takes you to the 3rd century stone-built Staigue Fort, one of the largest and finest ring forts you are likely to see in Ireland. Your walking route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to the village of Sneem.

Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 / 6 hours

Day 9 / Sneem to Kenmare via Tahilla and Blackwater Bridge

You have the option today to walk 21 km/13 miles or the full route which is 30 km/18.6 miles. This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, followed by some easy walking through the 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 by a handful of Englishmen who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks in the town.

Option 1Distance: 21 Km / 13 miles, Ascent: 650 m / 1950 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 / 5 hours

 

Option 2: Distance: 30 km/18.6 miles, Ascent: 650 m/1950 ft, Approximate walking time: 9/10 hours

Day 10 / Walk to Killarney on the "Old Kenmare Road"

Your final day of walking on the Kerry Way is on a delightful trail between Peakeen and Knockanaguish Mountains. You will descend through Killarney National Park, enjoying old oak forests, lichens, red deer and some amazing views over the Lakes of Killarney. As you near the end of your walking trail, you will pass the 18th century Muckross House and Gardens and continue into the tourist town of Killarney where you will stay overnight.

Distance: 25 km / 15.6 miles, Ascent: 550 m / 1650 ft, Approximate walking time: 7 / 8 hours

Day 11 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart for home.

All travel details will be supplied in your tour pack for your onward journey.

Included

  • 10 nights B&B
  • All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses or B&Bs 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 with just a small day pack.
  • All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation in Killarney and back at the end of the tour from Killarney.
  • Full back up service should you require it while on our tour

Not Included

  • Packed Lunches
  • Evening Meals

Testimonials

  • 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
  • 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

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