Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 6 Days

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  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
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  • Kerry Way

Kerry Way – 6 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest way-marked walking trails with a total distance of 215 km along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have selected 73 km 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 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 many visitors for hundreds of years.

Tour Pricing & Dates

6 Day Tour €554 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€200
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse 
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrival in Glenbeigh

Travel by public transport to Glenbeigh and the start of your Kerry Way Self-Guided Walking Tour. Glenbeigh is tucked in between 6 miles of sandy beaches, rolling hills and beautiful countryside.

Day 2 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen

The trail takes you out of the village of Glenbeigh, 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 continuing through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar.

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

Day 3 / Cahirciveen to Waterville

Today's walking trail 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 your walk in the colourful and lively village of Waterville on the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay.

Distance: 25 km, Ascent: 350 m, Approximate walking time: 7 to 8 hours

Day 4 / Waterville to Caherdaniel

Today you are walking along a wonderfully scenic route 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 to 5 hours

Day 5 / Caherdaniel to Sneem

Your self-guided walk along the Kerry Way today 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: 19 km, Ascent: 350m, Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours

Day 6 / Depart

Your tour ends in Sneem where you can stay for an extra few days or depart by public transport.

Included

  • 5 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,
    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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