The Kerry Way

A Grand Walk in the Ring of Kerry, by Lough, Mountain and Coast

The Kerry Way, is the oldest long distance walk in Ireland. When you get there, you will see why it was chosen as the first route to entice long distance walkers. It passes through an extraordinary variety of scenery, with different sections running along the coast, others in woodland by peaceful inland loughs, and with many wonderful miles through remote mountain areas.

As well as the fine scenery, you will have the chance to explore several picture postcard small towns and villages. Kerry understandably attracts tourists from all over the world, but on this walk you will spend most of your time well away from the busiest areas, with only occasional stops where you drop down into the popular resorts and market towns.

As usual, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. You can add on additional stops anywhere, or omit the additional overnight stop at Foilmore. Alternatively, you can do a shortened version of the walk over just 7 nights, starting at Glenbeigh and finishing at Killarney.

What's Included

  • Accommodation with breakfast for 11 nights in good quality guest houses
  • Door to Door luggage transfer
  • Car transfers on Day 6
  • Comprehensive Tour Pack with route notes, maps, and details on accommodation and transport

Optional Extras

  • Additional days in Killarney - plenty to do in the town or in the National Park nearby, including riverboat trips
  • Extra night at Derrynanane for a walk on Abbet Island
  • Shortened itinerary to suit your schedule

Price - £640.00 per person

For 2 people sharing a room - single occupancy supplement is £132.00

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Getting There

Cork and Shannon Airport are most convenient. We can arrange collection, and you can also travel from either airport by bus. Please contact us for details.


Itinerary (11 nights)

Total Distance - 128.5 miles, 207k
Longest Day - 16.5 miles, 26.5k
Average Day - 13 miles, 214k
Available from April to end of September

Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Killarney

By bus from Cork or Shannon Airports (or we can arrange a transfer). A beautiful setting for your first night

Day 2 - Killarney to Black Valley - 14 mls, 22k

Along the lake shore, though oakwood in the Killarney National Park, and soon you are really away from it all in the Black Valley. Overnight in Black Valley

Day 3 - Black Valley to Glencar - 15 mls, 23k

Fine walking mainly through hill pasture, overlooked all the way by the wonderfully named Magillicuddy Reeks (even more wonderful to be there), till you reach Glencar at Lough Acoose. Overnight in Glencar

Day 4 - Glencar to Glenbeigh - 8.5 miles, 13k

A short walk, but with plenty of variety. Initially through woodland, then rising onto the open ground and across Seefin Mountain, you then get views towards Dingle Bay, before descending to the coast at Glenbeigh. Overnight Glenbeigh

Day 5 - Glenbeigh to Foilmore - 12 mls, 19k

Along past the fine beaches of Dingle Bay, then rising to give fine views back towards the bay, and onward to teh prominent peak fo Knocknadobar (2,200 ft) on the right. Overnight Foilmore

Day 6 - Walk on Valentia Island - 7 mls, 11k

A short transfer by car to Cahirciveen and ferry to enjoy the fine walks on one of Europe's most westerly islands. Another alternative is a boat trip even further west to the wonderful seabird colonies at the Skellig Islands. Overnight Foilmore

Day 7 Foilmore to Waterville - 16 miles, 25k

A mixture of open bogland and pine forest for the most part, with fine views to Valentia Island, and then to the south-west. You then leave the rural tranquility for the bustling holiday town of Waterville. Overnight Waterville

Day 8 - Waterville to Caherdaniel - 9.5 miles, 15k

Along the delightful coastal track through Derrynane National Park, with the Atlantic on your right, and overlooked by Shanacknock on the left. You ought to have time to visit the house of Irish hero, Daniel O'Connell at Derrynane. Overnight Caherdaniel

Day 9 - Caherdaniel to Sneem - 14 mls, 19k

Along the path of the old "Butter Road," along which the local produce went to market in Cork. A gradual ascent, passing Eagle hill, and latterly you will be on good country paths through hill pasture. Overnight Sneem

Day 10 - Sneem to Kenmare - 16.5 mls, 26k

No big ascents on another varied walk. Rocky coastal paths and good forest tracks around Dromore Castle estate, past the delightful old Post Office at Blackwater Bridge and on to the busy market town of Kenmare. Overnight Foilmore

Day 11 Kenmare to Killarney - 16 miles, 25k

A longish but very attractive final day, with a bit of ascent between the Knockanguish and Peakeen mountains. You then continue down through tthe Killarney National Park to complete your circular walk around Kerry. Overnight Killarney

Day 12 Depart Killarney