Walking Hiking

Kerry Way – 8 Days

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

Kerry Way – 8 Day Self-Guided Walking Holiday

The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest way-marked walking and hiking trail with a total distance of 215 km, some of which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. From this, we have selected 128 km along one of the finest walking trails to be found anywhere in Ireland. As you hike the Kerry Way, you will encounter small 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

8 Day Tour €637 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€280
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. Glenbeigh is a village that welcomes you with traditional music and dance in its old-world pubs.

Day 2 / 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 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 / Caherciveen to Waterville

Today's walk 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 including Keelmagore, Kanckayahaun, Coomduff and Knag and cross 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.

The Gaelic translation for Waterville is "An Coirean" which means "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 hours

Day 4 / Waterville to Caherdaniel

Today’s walk is short but exceptionally beautiful, taking you along some minor roads and 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" and father of Catholic Emancipation during the 19th century.

Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles, Ascent: 1050 m / 900 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 hours

Day 5 / Caherdaniel to Sneem

The walking trail today takes you on one of Ireland’s “Old Butter Roads” where butter was transported to Cork in the 19th century. The Kerry Way walking trail 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 walking route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to the village of Sneem.

Distance: 19 km / 11.8 miles, Ascent: 350 m / 1050 ft, Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hours

Day 6 / Sneem to Kenmare via Tahilla and Blackwater Bridge

You have the option today to walk 21 km / 13 miles or the full route which is 30 km / 18.6 miles. This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, followed by some easy walking through the 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 by a handful of Englishmen who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks in the town.

Distance: 21 Km / 13 miles or 30 km / 18.6 miles, Ascent: 650 m / 1950 ft, Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 hours (21 km) / 9 to 10 hours (30 km)

Day 7 / Walk from Kenmare to Killarney on the "Old Kenmare Road"

Your final day of walking 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, traditional pubs and interesting shops. You might also be interested in visiting the beautiful 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 time: 7 hours

Day 8 / Depart

After a hearty Irish breakfast, you will depart for home.

Included

  • 7 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 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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