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Kerry Way – 8 Day
3 - Ireland, Kerry Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 8 Days | £585
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
8 Day Tour – £585 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£210
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Arrival in Glenbeigh
Travel by public transport to Glenbeigh and the start of your Kerry Way Self-Guided Tour. Glenbeigh is tucked in between 6 miles of sandy beaches and a horse-shoe of hills and surrounding countryside.
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 23km, Ascent 300m Approximate walking time: 6.5 hrs
Day 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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. Distance: 25km, Ascent 550m Approximate walking time: 7 hrs
Day 8 Depart
Your tour ends in Killarney where you can stay for an extra few days or depart by public transport.
✓ 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