Day 1: Killarney
Arrive in Killarney for your overnight. Briefing session at 6pm with one of our local guides.
Day 2: Old Mass Path and Butter Road
Your first day takes you to the impressive 15th Century Ross Castle once home to the powerful O’Donoghue family here in Killarney. From here, you will be travelling by small boat through the Three Lakes of Killarney to finish at a lovely “Hunting Lodge” on the shores of the Upper Lake of Killarney. With time for some light refreshment, you then set off on your hike following an old Mass Path and then an old “Butter Road” to finish your walk at the beautiful Muckross House and Gardens. With time to browse around this beautiful place, your taxi will collect you and bring you back to your accommodation in Killarney.
Hike Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4.5 hours + 1.5 hours for boat ride. Max. Height: 200m. Country lanes, grass tracks, some stony and boggy sections underfoot & some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 3: Blackwater Bridge to Sneem Village
Your taxi this morning will bring you from Killarney to a place known as Blackwater Bridge. This is where you will start your walk on the shores of Kenmare Bay. Following west along the Kerry Way from here you will finish in the picturesque village of Sneem. This is where you will be spending your overnight.
Hike Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 4.5 hours. Max. Height: 200m. Country lanes, some rough underfoot conditions for short distances, grass tracks and road walking. Boots essential.
Day 4: Sneem to Caherdaniel
Your hike today continues along the southern shores of the Ring of Kerry as you follow west to reach the tiny hamlet of Caherdaniel. You’ll follow a lovely track through the foothills with wonderful views across Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula. After some well-earned refreshments in Caherdaniel your accommodation will collect you if necessary and transfer you to your accommodation just on the outskirts of this village.
Hike Details: Distance: 18kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Some open hillside with no track, some country lanes, grass tracks and road walking. Boots essential.
Day 5: Shore Route to Waterville
Your accommodation will bring you to the start of your walk today – at the historical Derrynane House – once home to Daniel O’Connell. From here you follow a wonderful route that hugs the shoreline, before climbing over a beautiful mountain pass and descending to the seaside town of Waterville. With views across the Atlantic to the UNESCO Skellig Islands this is a magnificent hike to your next overnight location in Waterville.
Hike Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grassy tracks with some open hillside, bogland and road walking. Boots essential.
Day 6: Northern Shores of the Ring of Kerry to Caherciveen
From Waterville you will once again be driven a short distance to the starting point of your hike at Mastergeehy. From here you will be walking to the “county” town of Caherciveen. Today’s hike takes you to the northern shores of the Ring of Kerry with views over the Dingle Peninsula – yet still enjoy views south over Kenmare Bay.
Hike Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Varied terrain with some grass tracks, some country lanes, some open hillside with bogland and road walking. Boots essential.
Day 7: Free Day in Caherciveen
Today you have the opportunity to enjoy a free day in Caherciveen. If weather permits you may like to enjoy a trip to the Skellig Islands – one of the World UNESCO sites in Ireland and a truly memorable trip. Alternatively – you may prefer to visit the historical Valentia Island before returning to Caherciveen for your overnight. (Bike hire is an option for today).
Day 8: Old State Coach Route to Glenbeigh Village
Back to the hills today and after a short transfer to start your hike at a little place called Foilmore, you then follow along the northern shores of the peninsula as you walk in an easterly direction. This route follows an old “Stage Coach” route and is rewarded by wonderful views over Dingle Bay. Finishing in the lovely village of Glenbeigh – you can enjoy your last night here.
Hike Details: Distance: 14kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Varied terrain with mainly grass and stony tracks, some country lanes and some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 9: Depart from Glenbeigh
Depart by Public Bus from Glenbeigh – linking to bus or train routes from Killarney or Tralee for your onward journey.
There is an option to complete the FULL circuit of the Kerry Way – continuing inland from Glenbeigh to reach the wonderful Bridia & Black Valley’s. This involves three more hiking days – one of 14kms, one of 21kms & one of 22kms. The region you are walking into here is one of the most deserted sections of a truly magnificent hike and you will be staying in small family-run bed and breakfast houses until you reach Killarney for your final night. However, please note that we cannot transfer your luggage for ONE night (your last before reaching Killarney) so you need to carry any essential toiletries and a light change of clothes for that one night. Please contact us for details of this additional extension.