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Kerry Way – 7 Day
3 - Ireland, Kerry Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 7 Days | £546
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.
This 7 Day Self-Guided Tour takes you from the tourist town of Killarney to the heart of the Ring of Kerry to the picturesque village of Waterville overlooking the stunning Ballinskelligs Bay.
Tour Pricing & Dates
7 Day Tour – £546 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£180
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Difficult
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
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 Depart
Your tour ends in Waterville where you can stay and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Micheal (Weather dependant & boat leaves from Portmagee) or depart by public transport.
✓ 6 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