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Duration
6 days
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
Meals
  • 5 Breakfasts

Price

$950USD

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Overview

Trip Code: KCW

Trip highlights


  • Experiencing the wild Atlantic coast on foot with breathtaking scenery
  • Exploring the history of the pilgrim trail and the many Irish traditions and customs
  • Enjoying traditional Irish hospitality in family run B&Bs
  • Discovering the music and culture of Dingle

The Kerry Camino is an inspiring pilgrim route along the Dingle Peninsula in south western Ireland. St James Church in Dingle was originally a farewell point for pilgrims as they set sail to Finisterre in NW Spain to continue their walk to Santiago de Compostela. At almost every turn on the Kerry Camino, there are breathtaking views enhanced by the sounds of the Wild Atlantic lapping or crashing against this ancient shoreline. You will be enchanted by the awesome scenery and historic preservation that this region has to offer. During the four days, walk from the town made famous by the Rose of Tralee, along the southern shores of the Peninsula to Annascaul, the home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, and then to Dingle town itself. Here the rich tradition of music and culture will leave your feet tapping as you continue your journey to the western reaches of Slea Head, overlooking the magnificent Blasket Islands. Returning to Dingle you spend your last overnight before your return journey home. On the way, be sure to have your pilgrim passport available to be stamped as you walk along one of the most beautiful Caminos in the world.

Trip Grading

moderate

More info about grading system

Arrive in Tralee - the administrative capital of County Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your host will give you your full detailed information pack, and will be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.

Meals:  Nil

Leave your guesthouse, and begin your pilgrimage at St John’s Church in Tralee. From here you head out along an old ship canal and back country roads to join the Dingle Way. You follow this route under the Slieve Mish Mountains before joining what was once an old road to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 12th century oratory, still used by locals today for prayer, contemplation and worship, you then continue to the village of Camp for your overnight. Walk details: Distance: 18km/11mi. Max. height: 250m/820ft. Rocky and muddy mountain and grass tracks. Can be wet underfoot - boots essential.

Meals:  B

Continuing west, you walk from the lovely hamlet of Camp to the lively little village of Annascaul. This walk takes you through a fascinating area of bogland where many people still come to cut their winter fuel. Crossing to the south side of the peninsula, you arrive at the magnificent Inch Beach, before continuing inland to Annascaul village for your overnight. Walk details: Distance: 17km/10.5mi. Max. height: 200m/656ft. Road walking on quiet back country roads, then onto grassy tracks and finishing on road. Boots recommended.

Meals:  B

Leaving the village of Annascaul, your Camino takes you to the town of Dingle and St James’ Church. The route passes through Minard, with its 16th Century Castle, and the village of Lispole along the way. It then takes you along old, narrow country lanes through the hamlets of Lisdargan and Ballingarruan before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass, and on into Dingle for your overnight. Walk details: Distance: 20km/12.5mi. Max. height: 300m/984ft. Grass Country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

Today, immersing yourself into the true region of early pilgrimage on this Peninsula, your route starts just outside Dingle, passing the Early Christian site of Kilcolman and continuing to the glorious sweep of Ventry beach. From here it takes you on a beautiful and historic walk around Slea Head, finishing in Dunquin. The walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. Return to Dingle for your final overnight. Walk details: Distance: 19km/12mi. Max. height: 350m/1148ft. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.

Meals:  B

The trip concludes after breakfast. Departure from Dingle to Tralee by public or private transport (at your own cost), where onward bus and train connections are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 5 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.
  • 5 nights in B&Bs on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer for 4 days of walking
  • 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
  • pilgrim passport

  • Travel to Tralee and from Dingle
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks (except at breakfast)
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and souvenir purchases, entrance fees, public transport etc.
  • Travel insurance - mandatory
  • Guide - this is a self guided tour

Grading

moderate  

MODERATE - GRADE 3 The trip is graded moderate with daily walks of between 5 and 6 hours with maximum daily altitudes of 200m to 350m. The walking terrain is on a mixture of small roads, forest trails and mountain paths. Being Ireland, it is often wet underfoot and overhead and proper preparation is advised. A reasonable level of fitness is required to complete all stages comfortably.


Departure dates

daily from 15 Mar to 20 Oct

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Total Priceper person from

$950USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Optional premium services - includes printed documents & support calls during the trek ppUSD$47
  • Single SupplementUSD$300
  • Single Traveller SurchargeUSD$540
*Prices listed are per person

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