Ring of Kerry 11-Day Self-Guided Hike

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What You'll Do
  • Admire the many sub-tropical and alpine species of flora produced by warm summers and mild winters
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry which traces the coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula beginning in the Oak Woods of Killarney National Park
  • Travel through the picture-postcard towns of Kenmare, Sneem and Glenbeigh and take a step back in time at historic Derrynane House
Kerry’s unique character is drawn from its unequalled diversity of land and seascapes while its offshore islands add another dimension to the beauty of the coastline frequently dotted with castles, forts and watchtowers.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive in Killarney – the popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.

Day 2

You will be transferred/driven to the start of your walk – about 5kms outside Killarney. From here you walk across Killarney National Park and through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare.
Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Day 3

From Kenmare you walk to the award winning village of Sneem via Templenoe. This walk takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay, with views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains. Overnight in Sneem.
Walk Details: Distance: 23kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks and country lanes. Boots essential.

Day 4

Continue walking from the village of Sneem, following an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel – once home of our famous liberator – Daniel O’Connell. The views across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Overnight in Caherdaniel.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 5

Continuing from the village of Caherdaniel, you walk around and above the coast to reach the village of Waterville.
Glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville.
Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 6

From Waterville, you will once again be driven a short distance to the starting point of today’s walk at Mastergeehy. From here you will be walking to the town of Caherciveen. This walk takes you across the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and south to Kenmare Bay. Overnight in Caherciveen.
Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 7

Today’s walk takes you from the town of Caherciveen along the northern shores of the peninsula to the little town of Glenbeigh. This walk follows an old 17th Century “Stage Coach” route and gives spectacular views across to the Dingle Peninsula. You will pass through old deserted villages which were once busy centres of activity, trading with passengers on the old stage coaches. Overnight in Glenbeigh.
Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and road walking. Boots essential.

Day 8

From Glenbeigh skirt the slopes of Seefin Mountain and down into the picturesque Caragh valley, following the Caragh River to Blackstones Bridge. Continue through the forestry to the little village of Glencar. Overnight in Glencar.
Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Road walking, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks and forest paths. Boots essential.

Day 9

From Glencar, follow along by the shores of Lough Acoose to enjoy a spectacular walk into the foothills of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks – following an old ‘droving’ path into the Bridia Valley. From here, continue over a second mountain saddle to the Black Valley for your overnight.
Walk Details: Distance: 21kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Road walking, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain and bogland, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.

Day 10

From the Black Valley you follow the shores of the Upper Lake of Killarney – along what used to be a ‘mass path’ to Derrycunnihy Church. At this point – you are now back onto your first day’s walking, as you follow your route in reverse -to finish back in Killarney. Overnight here.
Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. . Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Day 11

From Killarney, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.
What's Included
  • 10 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • 10 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage.
  • Give you full walking details and maps of the area.
  • Full walking descriptions of each walking day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number. If required.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.
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