Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 11 Days

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Kerry Way – 11 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest waymarked walking and hiking trail with a total distance of 215 km, along the Wild Atlantic Way. From this we have chosen (197 km’s) 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.

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

11 Day Tour €833 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€250
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Difficult
Accommodation Guesthouse
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrival in Ireland and travel to Killarney
Arrive at Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Kerry Airport and take a bus to your first accommodation in Killarney. Killarney Town and Valley (Cill Airne in Gaelic means the Church of the Sloes) Sloes are the fruit of the Blackthorn tree and use 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. An abstract from the Killarney web site
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 travel along 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. Distance: 22 km/13.8 miles, Ascent 310m/930 ft Approximate walking time: 6 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. The surroundings are just 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. Down by Lough Acoose to finish your day in the townland of Glencar. 20 km/12 miles, Ascent 510m/1530 ft Approximate walking time: 3,5
Day 4 / Glencar to Glenbeigh
An easy day ahead that takes you on a landscape that comprises of lovely woodland paths, open mountains that offer your 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: 18km/11.25 miles, Ascent 200m/600 ft Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 5 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen
The 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 walking through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar. 23km/14.37 miles, Ascent 300m/900 ft Approximate walking time: 6,5 hrs
Day 6 / Cahirciveen to Waterville
The route passes through turf bogs and pine forest. 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: 25km/15.6 miles, Ascent 350m/1050 ft 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/9 miles, Ascent 200m/ 600 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 8 / Caherdaniel to Sneem
The trail takes you on one of Ireland’s “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 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 route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to the village of Sneem. Distance: 19km/11.8 miles, Ascent 350m/1050 ft Approximate walking time: 5,5 hrs
Day 9 / Sneem to Kenmare via Tahilla and Blackwater Bridge
You have the option today to do a 16km/10 miles, or the full route which is 28km/17.5 miles. 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: 21Km/12.5 miles or 30 km/18 miles, Ascent 650m/ 1950 ft Approximate walking time: 4,5 to 9 hrs
Day 10 / Walk to Killarney on the "Old Kenmare Road"
Your final days walk is on a delightful pass between Peakeen & Knockanaguish Mountains. Descend through Killarney National Park, old oak forests, lichens, red deer, views over the Lakes of Killarney. The end of the Way passes 18th century Muckross House and Gardens and into the tourist town of Killarney. Distance: 25km/15.6 miles, Ascent 550m/1650 ft Approximate walking time: 7 hrs
Day 11 / Depart
Departure by bus or train from Killarney.

Included

  • 10 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

  • Packed Lunches
  • Evening Meals

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