Kerry Way – 8 Days
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 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||€637 per person sharing|
|Tour Dates||March to October|
|BOOKING||BOOK THIS TOUR|
- 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 trail 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 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: 15 km/9. 3 miles, Ascent 1050 m/900 ft Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
- Day 5 / Caherdaniel to Sneem
- The trail takes you on one of Ireland’s “old Butter road” where butter was transported to Cork in the 19th century. The Way 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/11.8 miles, Ascent 350 m/1050 ft Approximate walking time: 5 to 6 hrs
- Day 6 / Sneem to Kenmare
- You have the option today to do a 16km/10 miles, or the full route which is 28km/17.5 miles. This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, 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 and settled by a handful of Englishmen, who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks. Distance: 21 Km/12.5 miles or 30 km/18 miles, Ascent 650 m/ 1950 ft Approximate walking time: 4 to 5 or 9 to 10 for the 30 km 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
- 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
- Packed Lunches
- Evening Meals