Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 7 Days

  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way
  • Kerry Way

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
Single Supplement +€240
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse
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Itinerary

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.

Included

  • 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

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

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