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Duration
8 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 7 nights in B&Bs
Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts

Price

$1250USD

 
 

Overview

Trip Code: ROK

Trip highlights


  • Trekking through stunning coastal scenery
  • Experiencing history, mythology and traditional Irish culture
  • Enjoying the flexibility of walking with a daypack from village to village
  • Soaking up the atmosphere in the warm family run B&Bs

The Iveragh Peninsula is one of Ireland's great natural tourist attractions. It encompasses a 179 kilometre circuit from Killarney, via Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Kenmare and back to Killarney across Moll's Gap and past Ladies View - one of Ireland's most famous viewpoints. You will leave the tour bus route and journey along a network of ancient paths which weave between the main points, on the long-distance track known as the Kerry Way. During this superb week long self-guided walk you will experience stunning coastal scenery and pretty fishing villages, such as Caherdaniel and Portmagee, whose beautifully preserved stone dwellings have weathered the coastal elements for centuries, nestled amid a picturesque scene of verdant hills. At night you will get a taste of traditional Irish hospitality in comfortable B&Bs chosen for their good character, location and fine Irish breakfasts.

Trip Grading

moderate to challenging

More info about grading system

Traveller Rating

 

Arrive in Killarney, the popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your host will give you your full detailed information pack, and can assist with suggestions for dinner and possibly music. Killarney can be reached from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available year round. Note: There are options to extend your trip, see 'Special Notes' below for details. These must be requested at time of booking.

Meals:  Nil

You will start your walk from your accommodation, making your way to the magnificent Muckross House & Gardens – about 5km outside Killarney. From here you will follow the Kerry Way past Torc Waterfall, across Killarney National Park & through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious hike, giving you an opportunity to see or hear some of Ireland’s native red deer as you hike through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare. Walk details: 20.0km/12.5mi. Total ascent 689m, Total descent -710m. Max height 321m Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Meals:  B

A taxi will transfer you from Kenmare over the hills to the start of your hike at the little village of Templenoe. From here, you follow the Kerry Way west to the award winning village of Sneem. This hike takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay, with views south to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains. Overnight in Sneem. Walk details: 19.90km. Max height: 300m. Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks and country lanes. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

From the village of Sneem you will follow an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel, once the home of Ireland's famous liberator, Daniel O’Connell. The views across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Transfer to Waterville for your overnight. Walk details: 17.3km/10.8mi. Total ascent 480m, total descent -460m. Max height 195m Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains and some road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

Transferring back to the village of Caherdaniel to continue your walk, you hike around and above the coast back to the village of Waterville. Enjoy glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville. Walk details: 16km/9.9mi, Total ascent 379m total descent 405m. Max height 240m Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks, bog land and some road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

From Waterville you will again be driven a short distance to the starting point of today’s walk at Mastergeehy. From here you will be hiking along the Kerry Way in a easterly direction 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: 24km/14.9mi. Total ascent 943m, total descent 933m. Max height 362m Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

Your final day's walk takes you from Caherciveen along the northern shores of the Iveragh peninsula to the village of Glenbeigh. This section 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: 24km/14.9mi. Total ascent 689m, total descent 681m. Max height 330m Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

Trip arrangements conclude in Glenbeigh after breakfast, with own arrangement for your onward journey. There is a public bus service from Glenbeigh that will take you back to Killarney where there are excellent train & bus services. If required, we can arrange a private transfer for you - supplement applies. (Please note the bus from Glenbeigh departs at 08:05 or 12.20 and takes 50 mins to Killarney. It does NOT operate on Sundays or Public Holidays).

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 7 full Irish breakfasts - Irish breakfasts usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon/ sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices. This is a great start to the walking day.
  • 7 nights in B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer for 6 days of walking - max 2 pieces per person
  • Digital information by email (with route notes and maps) & app access per room booked (optional upgrade to premium services: includes printed documents & follow up calls during the tour - supplement applies)
  • Welcome briefing
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to Killarney and from Glenbeigh
  • Dinner, lunch and drinks.
  • *Note - During some walking days there will not be an opportunity to purchase lunch and we recommend that you pack a picnic lunch.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Storage of luggage
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

Grading

moderate to challenging  

MODERATE TO CHALLENGING – GRADE 4 This self guided walk has daily stages of 5 to 6.5 hours. The distances in km are listed for each stage. The paths are well defined and clearly marked. There are some steep sections on sometimes loose and rocky ground and through muddy areas, and there are lots of ups and downs. A good level of fitness is required and you should be able to read a map. As with all of our trips it is important that you are well prepared. We suggest that you undertake regular exercise – swimming, cycling, jogging, two to three times a week for three months prior to your departure.


Departure dates

daily from 15 Mar to 22 Oct

Notes

DN1
A Comfort version of this trip is also available, with shorter hiking distances and more back up support - see trip code KER.

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Total Priceper person from

$1250USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Optional premium services - includes printed documents & support calls during the trek ppUSD$80
  • Single SupplementUSD$430
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$660
*Prices listed are per person

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