KERRY WAY RAMBLER FOURTEEN DAYS ALONG THE KERRY WAY: KILLARNEY TO KENMARE
Independent Hiking along the Kerry Way
Day One: Killarney (Circular 8-13km National Park, Ross Castle and Miners way Walk)
We’ll meet you at Kerry Airport or Killarney train station and take you to your first guesthouse in Killarney. After you've had the chance to settle in you can enjoy a 8-13km walk through the national park to Ross Castle where you join the Miners Way. If you have time you could also enjoy a cruise out on the lakes on one of the many boat moored at Ross Castle. Afterwards a short stroll brings you back to your guesthouse. Killarney is the gateway town for the Kerry Way so tonight there are many great pubs and restaurants within 5 minutes walk of your guesthouse.
Day Two: Killarney to Muckross (14km, 170m ascent)
The following day begins the Kerry Way proper. Today’s walk takes you on of Killarney across the River Flesk and into the national park to enjoy Muckross House and Gardens as well as the many lakes, Dinis Cottage and Torc Waterfall. It really is a beautiful setting and one of the highlights of any visit to Ireland. Tonight's guesthouse is in a beautiful rural setting just back from the national park and there is a great local pub and restaurant serving the good local fare.
Day Three: Muckross to the Black Valley (16km, 310m ascent)
The following day begins the Kerry Way proper. Today’s walk takes you back through the National Park above Torc Waterfall then ascending to the old Kenmare road. A wonderful sense of peaceful isolation as you make your way west towards Galway's Bridge and along the shores of the most southerly shores of the Killarney Lakes. After passing you begin to ascend towards the Black Valley and your guesthouse for the night. There are no restaurants or pubs in the Black Valley so dinner is in your guesthouse tonight.
Day Four: Black Valley to Bridia Valley (12km, 270m ascent)
Today's walk is shorter than yesterday but offers an unbeatable route through the heart of the Black Valley. After passing the local church and small shop the off road road passes by some stunning lakes, rivers and waterfalls before reaching the end of the valley. Here the trail climbs over the pass and on a clear day the views over the Bridia Valley could bring a tear to your eye. Descending slowly you reach the Valley floor and shortly afterwards you come to your guesthouse for the night, a magical place we think you'll agree. There are no pubs or restaurants locally so dinner tonight is with your delightful hosts.
Day Five: Bridia Valley to Glenbeigh (13km, 250m ascent or 24km, 550m ascent)
(The first section of today's hike is relatively challenging so for those who prefer we offer the choice of transport to the Climber's Inn, Glencar thus shortening the hike to 13km. )
Today 's hike begins with a steep climb out of the Bridia Valley up onto the col where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Western Reeks, Lough Acoose and the mountains of Dingle to the north . The way continues onto Glencar where you can stop for a drink in the famous Climbers Inn. Beyond Glencar you are spoiled with stunning views over Caragh Lake and over Glenbeigh and Dingle Bay. A beautiful day that takes you to the coastal village of Glenbeigh with its lively pubs and nearby beaches.
Day Six: Glenbeigh to Kells (14km, ascent 270m)
Today's hike starts with a gentle climb out of Glenbeigh where you can appreciate the splendour of Rossbeigh Beach and Inch Strand. A short descent sees you traverse past gentle farmland before climbing up the steep slopes of Drung Hill. The views from here are breathtaking and you can see the old Dingle Railway bridges and tunnels below. Once away from the cost you start to see the westernmost reeks slopes give way to forest and old famine buildings before arriving the small hamlet of Kells. Our driver will meet you here and bring you the short distance to your guesthouse. Dinner is provided tonight by your hosts.
Day Seven: Kells to Cahirciveen (20km, ascent 450m)
Our driver will bring you the short distance back to the Kerry Way. After only a few minutes hiking the far west of the Iveragh Peninsual opens up in front of you and then turning inland you cross the Feerta River in the shadow of Knocknadobar Mountain.A delightful day of farm tracks and trail, river crossings and meadows. Cahirciveen Harbour and the Valencia River herald your arrival in this lively market town. Celebrate your progress tonight with the best choice of pubs and restaurants since Killarney. Note: Cahriciveen is the gateway for visits to nearby Skellig Michael and Valencia Island. We would be delighted to arrange an additional night here to allow you visit the World Heritage Site.
Day Eight: Cahirciveeen to Mastergeehy (15km, ascent 440m)
Today's is all about ridges and and as the mountains you are crossing stand alone you are rewarded with views over half the western Iveragh peninsula and beyond. As it is a walk along a wide ridge you enjoy 360 views of the surrounding countryside. On arrival in Mastergeehy our driver will meet you and bring you the short distance to tonight's accomadation.
Day Nine: Mastergeehy to Waterville (10km, ascent 300m)
As beautiful as yesterday was, it is this second section between Cahirciveen and Waterville with its breathtaking views over Lough Currane that may cause the heart to skip a beat. Just when you were thinking the Kerry Way couldn't get any better, today's proves us wrong. A marvellous day that sees you arriving at famous Waterville, well known to golfers and Irish holiday home of Charlie Chaplin. Situated on the huge Ballinskelligs Bay, you can see the Skellig Islands in the distance. You have now covered the entire north and west of the peninsula so relax tonight and enjoy the fine food and cosy pubs this coastal village has to offer.
Day Ten: Waterville to Catherdaniel (13km, 330m ascent)
Being Today is all about the coast and being the shortest day there is no rush to leave and take your time before heading south and ascending to the Coomkishta Pass. Take your time to savour just how stunning the views are in all directions. Ballinskelligs Bay and Skellig Michael give way to views over Derrynane and perhaps the finest cove beaches in Ireland at Derrynane Bay. On your descent stop to enjoy a drink at the Scarrif Inn which offers the "Best Pub View in Ireland" before visiting Derrynane House and gardens, ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell. Catherdaniel is a small village with two great pubs and one of the few beach bars in Ireland.
Day Eleven: Catherdaniel to Sneem (18km, 400m ascent)
Daniel O'Connell (the great Liberator) is one of the most famous historical figures in Ireland and today's hike follows the old coach road from his ancestral home at Derrrynane to the village of Sneem. Although called a "road" it is a traffic free wide grassy trail and a fine example of an 18th century coach road. You'll appreciate the sections where his servants used to carry his coach on the steepest parts. With the waters of Kenmare Bay always to your right, today marks the transition to South Kerry and you are rewarded with views towards the Beara Peninsula. Tonight's destination Sneem is a picture postcard village and a lovely overnight spot with plenty of great pubs and restaurants.
Day Twelve: Sneem to Blackwater Bridge (14km, 160m ascent)
Today's walk follows wide trails through small forests with beautiful views of Kenmare Bay on your right hand side. It all gets particularly scenic around Tahilla and the sections close to the coast are particularly picturesque. The Blackwater River is a major river in this part of Kerry and our driver will you here at the end of your hike and bring you to your nearby guesthouse.
Day Thirteen: Blackwater Bridge to Kenmare (16km, 540m ascent)
Kenmare is the most beautiful town on the Kerry Way boasting the best traditional music scene and some of the fine seafood restaurants in the west of Ireland. It is a undeniably picturesque and perhaps even worthy of second night to take it all in (Just let us know and we can arrange it for you). Today's walk from Blackwater Bridge follows close to the coast and where it meets the coast you'll feel like your in a forest paradise. After templenoe the way climbs to offer panoramic views over Kenmare Bay and the Beara Peninsuala. A great day's hike finishing in lively Kenmare, what more could you ask for.
Day Fourteen: Kenmare circular walk (7km)and departure
Depending on your departure time, you can enjoy a morning taking in the sights and sounds of Kenmare Village. There is a wide choice of craft shops, tea rooms and cafes to visit. If you want a final stretch of the legs you can enjoy a circular walk down to the bay. Whatever time your connection is our driver will come and collect you from your guesthouse and bring you to either Kerry Airport or Killarney Train or Bus Station.
Booking and Rates
The price for the holiday is 1355€ per person based on two people sharing. There is a single supplement of 25% (339€) for those requiring a single room or a supplement of 35% (474€) for those travelling individually. Bookings can be made for any dates (subject to availability) and individuals, couples or groups can be accommodated. Transport on arrival and return to Killarney Train or Bus Station and Kerry Airport is included.
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