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Kerry Way – 11 Day

3 - Ireland, Kerry Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 11 Days | £833

At 215km The Kerry Way is the longest way marked trail in Ireland.  Also one the most popular Way Marked Trails, The Kerry Way loops the Ring of Kerry on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Travelling the lower reaches of the MacGillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s Highest Mountain Range), The Kerry Way passes some of the most dramatic and isolated regions of Ireland.

Tour Pricing & Dates

11 Day Tour – £833 per person sharing

Single Supplement – +£300

Tour Dates – Available March to October

Tour Grade – Difficult

Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Killarney

Travel by public transport to Killarney and the start of your Kerry Way Self-Guided Tour. Killarney town is at the very heart of the Ring of Kerry and is a vibrant tourist town surrounded by very beautiful lakes and mountains.

Day 2 Killarney to the Black Valley

The route 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 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. Your day finishes in the tranquil Black Valley. Distance: 22 km/, Ascent 310m Approximate walking time: 6 hrs

Day 3 Black Valley to Glencar

The route takes you through a spectacular mountain landscape that frames the crossing of two passes, separating a beautiful cultivated valley and peaceful lakes. The surroundings are just beautiful with imposing mountains to your right and left. The trail passes Cummeenduff Lake, which is situated at the southern flanks of MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range. Down by Lough Acoose to finish your day in the townland of Glencar. Distance 20 km, Ascent 510m Approximate walking time: 5.5hrs

Day 4 Glencar to Glenbeigh

An easy day ahead that takes you on a landscape that comprise of lovely woodland paths, open mountains that offer you some superb views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Lough Caragh and meandering rivers. You will also have stunning views of Dingle Bay and part of the Dingle peninsula. Distance: 18km, Ascent 200m Approximate walking time: 5 hrs

Day 5 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 23km, Ascent 300m Approximate walking time: 6,5 hrs

Day 6 Cahirciveen to Waterville

The route passes through turf bogs and pine forest. Some short climbs give 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 finish in the colourful and lively village of Waterville, on the edge of Ballinskelligs Bay. Distance: 25km, Ascent 350m Approximate walking time: 7 hrs

Day 7 Waterville to Caherdaniel

Today you are doing a wonderfully scenic route along the coast. It is a short walk and time allows you to take a detour at Derrynane to visit Derrynane House and gardens. It is the home of Daniel O’Connell, called”The Liberator” and father of Catholic Emancipation during the 19th century. Distance: 15km, Ascent 200m Approximate walking time: 4 hrs

Day 8 Caherdaniel to Sneem

The Way climbs again on the foothills of Eagle Hill and a short detour take 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: 19km, Ascent 350m Approximate walking time: 5.5 hrs

Day 9 Sneem to Kenmare

You have the option today to do a 16km, or the full route which is 28km. This walk takes you along the rocky shoreline of Kenmare Bay, easy walking through 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 colorful market town, on the banks of the Roughty River where it opens up into Kenmare Bay. Distance: 21Km or 30 km, Ascent 650m Approximate walking time: 4.5 to 9 hrs

Day 10 Walk to Killarney on the “Old Kenmare Road”

Your final day’s walk is on a delightful pass between Peakeen & Knockanaguish Mountains. Descend through Killarney National Park, old oak forests, lichens, red deer, views over the Lakes of Killarney. The end of the Way passes 18th century Muckross House and Gardens and into the tourist town of Killarney. Ditsance: 25km, Ascent 550m Approximate walking time: 7 hrs

Day 11 Depart

Your tour ends in Killarney where you can stay for an extra few days or depart by public transport.

Included

✓ 10 nights B&B

✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite

✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack

✓ Maps and All Route Notes

✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way

✓ 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

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