Kerry Way – 7 Days
Kerry Way – 7 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday
‘Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Ring of Kerry trail’
The Ring of Kerry, or to give it its proper title “the Iveragh Peninsula”, is a mystical & unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.
The Kerry Way 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 selected 108 km along one of the finest walking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. While hiking the Kerry Way, you will encounter small market towns and quaint villages, old country roads and trails, castles, traditional farms, lakes, rivers and meandering streams in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Tour Pricing & Dates
|7 Day Tour||€584 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- Day 1 / Arrival in Ireland and travel to travel to Killarney
Arrive at Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Kerry Airport and take a bus to your first accommodation in Killarney.
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
Today's walk 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 will 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 where you will stay overnight.
Distance: 22 km / 13.8 miles, Ascent: 310 m / 930 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours
- Day 3 / Black Valley to Glencar
The hiking route today 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 walking 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 to 6 hours
- Day 4 / Glencar to Glenbeigh
An easy day of walking lies ahead today, 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 enjoy 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 to 6 hours
- Day 5 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen
The walking trail today 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.
Distance: 23 km / 14.37 miles, Ascent: 300 m / 900 ft, Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours
- Day 6 / Walk to Waterville through the hinterland of Cahirciveen
The walking route today passes through turf bogs and pine forests. Some short climbs give amazing 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 will 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 to 8 hours
- Day 7 / Depart
After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart from Waterville for home.
- 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation.
- 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 about 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
- Packed Lunches
- Evening Meals