Welcome to the Kerry Way.
- Walking above and beyond the very famous Ring of Kerry. All the best sites and sights in peace, on foot.
- Muckross House and Killarney National Park, by track and trail.
- Looking west to the Skellig Islands and the Atlantic from Foilclogh Hill. Get there if you can. And don’t miss the Skellig Chocolate makers!
- Derrynane House and Park, blissful gardens, dunes and coffee shop
Day 1 – Arrival to Glenbeigh
From Cork or Shannon airports, travel by bus to Killarney and take a local bus to Glenbeigh, a traditional seaside village on the north side of the peninsula.
Overnight accommodation in Glenbeigh village.
Day 2 – Glenbeigh to Derrymore
Your route passes under Seefin mountain with stunning views over the magnificent Rosbeigh Beach and Dingle Bay. The route turns inland at Drung Hill before walking through the Foilmore valley overlooked by the majestic Knocknadobar.
Distance 19km or 23 km. Ascents 300m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Derrymore valley or Caherciveen town.
Day 3 – Derrymore to Waterville
Walk through the Caherciveen hinterland. The route passes through turf bogs and pine forest. Some short climbs give views over Valentia Island and the stunning scenery of the western end of the peninsula. Waterville is a colourful coastal village, bounded by a long white beach and the lovely Lough Currane.
Distance 25km. Ascents 350m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Waterville village.
Day 4 – Waterville to Caherdaniel
A wonderfully scenic route rounding to the south side of the peninsula. The distance is short and there is time to take a detour at Derrynane and visit Derrynane House and Gardens, home of Daniel O’Connell known as ‘The Liberator’ who was the father of Catholic Emancipation during the 19th century.
Distance 15km. Ascents 200m. Approximate walking time 5 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Caherdaniel village.
Day 5 – Caherdaniel to Sneem
Walk on the old “Butter road” – from where butter was transported by cart 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. Your route stays above the main Ring of Kerry road, following rocky paths through sheep country to Sneem.
Distance 19km. Ascents 280m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Sneem village.
Day 6 – Sneem to Kenmare
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 Macgillycuddy 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 Englishmen, who built a prosperous fishing industry and an ironworks.
Distance 14 or 26km. Ascents 320m. Approximate walking time 6 or 8 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Kenmare town.
Day 7 – Kenmare to Killarney
Walk on the “Old Kenmare Road” a delightful pass at 500m 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. Ascents 550m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.
Overnight accommodation in Killarney town centre.
Day 8 – Departure from Killarney
Departure by bus or train from Killarney.
Prices & Booking
€77 single supplement.
* Seven nights Bed & Breakfast guesthouse accommodation.
* Luggage transfers each day.
* Detailed route descriptions.
* Relevant 1:50000 maps.
What’s not included:
* Other meals.
* Entries or excursions.
* Transfers to Glenbeigh or from Killarney.
June 2013 – Miriam, Karlsfeld, Germany
THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for all the organizations und preparations that made my holidays work out so well. Starting off with a whole week of pure sunshine, was so special and I kept thinking to myself: “what are people telling about the weather in Ireland”!? I had a wonderful time and I´m sure I will come back
August 2012 – Colin & Mike, Toronto, Canada
I have been meaning to write to tell you that my friend Mike and I really enjoyed the walk on The Kerry Way. After some rain the first few days, it started to clear up, and there was sunshine and blue skies for the last couple of days. The scenery along the trail was fabulous, and the trip to the Skellig Islands was quite an adventure. All of the B&Bs were very good, but special note goes to Mrs. Morris at Failte Farmhouse. She was very welcoming and even offered to do our laundry! All in all, it was a great trip. Thanks very much!
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