Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 8 Days

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Kerry Way – 8 Day – Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest waymarked walking and hiking trail with a total distance of 215 km, some of which is along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have chosen (128 km’s) along one of the finest walking/hiking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. As you hike/walk the Kerry Way, you will encounter small towns and quaint villages, old country roads and trails, castles and traditional farms.

The  Kerry Way independent Walking/Hiking tour takes in “the Iveragh Peninsula”  is a mystical place and a fantastic opportunity to walk or hike in an unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years.

From this, we have chosen for you an 8-day tour walking vacation of the Kerry Way Ireland.

Tour Pricing & Dates

8 Day Tour €595 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€175
Tour Dates March to October
Tour Grade Moderate
Accommodation Guesthouse
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Itinerary

Day 1 / Arrival in the village of Glenbeigh
Arrive at Cork, Shannon or Kerry Airport and take a bus to your first accommodation in Glenbeigh, situated on the edge of the wild Atlantic Ocean. A village that welcomes you with traditional music and dance in its old world pubs.
Day 2 / Glenbeigh to Cahirciveen
The Kerry Way self-guided walking/hiking trail takes you out of Glenbeigh to cross the river Behy, over Rossbeigh Hill where you will have fantastic views looking out across the Dingle Bay and over to the Dingle Peninsula. The Kerry Way continues onto the slopes of Drung Hill to follow an old coach road, giving spectacular views over the Atlantic. Your day finishes in Cahersiveen. Distance: 19 km/12 miles, Ascent: 420 m/1260 ft, Approximate walking time: 5,4 hrs
Day 3 / Cahirciveen to Waterville
This section takes you inland along a gentle ridge that is covered in a blanket of heather and peat. You will cross over a series of small hills like Keelmagore, Kanckayahaun, Coomduff and Knag and across the Inny Valley. The day offers you a mixture of fantastic views of both land and sea. A network of minor road leads you into the town of Waterville (An CoireÁn) “The Little Whirlpool”. One of Waterville’s most famous sons was the great Charlie Chaplin. It was here that he and his family spend long holiday periods and a bronze statue stands on the promenade as a tribute to his love for the area. Distance: 21,5 km/13.4 miles, Ascent: 900 m/2700 ft Approximate walking time: 6 hrs
Day 4 / Waterville to Caherdaniel
Today’s walk is short but exceptionally beautiful, taking you along some minor roads, through a forest of hazel trees and fuchsia hedgerows. You will have a chance to take a short detour to visit Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell. Better known to the Irish people as the great liberator. Distance: 14 km/9 miles, Ascent 300 m/900 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 5 / Caherdaniel to Sneem
Leaving Caherdaniel the trail takes you somewhat inland to round the base of Ballycarnahan Hill before revealing some lovely views across the inlet of Kenmare. You will travel along “The Old Butter Road”, which was used to transport butter to Cork in the 19th century for export to foreign shores. Along the way, you can take a short detour to visit Staigue fort, one of the largest and finest ring forts to be found in Ireland. It is said that this fort dates back to the first century BC. Overnight in the colourful village of Sneem. Distance: 18 km/11 miles, Ascent 350 m/1050ft Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 6 / Sneem to Kenmare
The trail leaves Sneem to take you through Derryquin Forest and along by the headland of Kenmare Bay. This section of the Kerry Way is relatively easy with only minor rises and falls. Along the way, you will pass Dromore Castle, built in the early 19th century for Denis Mahony, a minister of the Church of Ireland. The final stage takes you on a short ascent to reach the summit of Gortamullin Hill before descending into Kenmare for your overnight stay. Distance: 21Km/12.5 miles or 30 km/18 miles, Ascent 650m/ 1950 ft Approximate walking time: 4,5 to 9 hrs
Day 7 / Walk from Kenmare to Killarney on the "Old Kenmare Road"
Your final days walk on the Kerry Way takes you along what is known as the old Kenmare Road. This disused road will guide you through remains of old farmsteads, small fields and potato furrows, clear evidence of a bygone era. On this very scenic walk, you may also encounter some native red deer that roam this land. Your tour finishes in the lively town of Killarney, a hub of activity offering you a choice of excellent restaurants to traditional pubs and nice shops, but also a fine Cathedral, Ross Castle and Muckross House; the perfect place to end your Kerry experience. Distance: 25 km/15.6 miles, Ascent 560 m/1680 ft Approximate walking distance: 7 hrs
Day 8 / Depart
End of Tour

Included

  • 7 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