Ring of Kerry 5-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 unequaled 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 surrounded by three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival to 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

From your B&B you will walk out of the town of Killarney, along the Muckross road, over the Flesk River and into the National Park. Passing Torc Waterfall, we continue along what used to be a “Mass Path” to Derrycunnihy Church. You descend via Lord Brandon’s cottage into the heart of the Black Valley. … known locally as An Com Dubh. Your second overnight is here.

Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 200m. . Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Day 3

From the Black Valley you follow a route along the lake, over the “saddle” into the Brida Valley, follow along by the shores of Lough Acosse to enjoy a spectacular walk among the foothills of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. From Lough Acosse you make your way in the hamlet of Glencar. Third overnight is here in Glencar

Walk Details: Distance:18kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Ascent: 400m. Road walking, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain and bogland, can be wet underfoot. Boots essential.

Day 4

A “shortish” walk to day which can be extended if you wish, taking you from beautiful Blackstone’s Bridge … along the Caragh River and Valley, following around Seefin Mountain and descending down into the picturesque Glenbeigh. The views across Casltemaine Harbour and out west to Dingle Bay have to be seen to be appreciated. Glenbeigh, once a thriving Stage Coach stop is a village with immense character. Rossbeigh Beach, 2km further west is worth a visit.

Walk Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4 hours. Max. Ascent: 350m. Road walking, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks and forest paths. Boots essential.

Day 5

After a good “hearty” Irish breakfast you depart your Kerry Way Mini-Break walking holiday, either by Public Bus to Killarney or local taxi. From Killarney there is an excellent Bus and rail service to all parts of the country.
What's Included
  • 5 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • Movement of luggage but you will need to carry overnight gear for two walks.
  • 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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