Ring of Kerry – Ireland Self-Guided Tour

Ring of Kerry – Ireland Self-Guided Tour

Ring of Kerry – Ireland Self-Guided Tour

Trip Details:

Operator:   Ireland Walk Hike Bike
Price From: 749 EUR
Fitness Needs: Moderately Fit
Program duration: 8 days

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About this program

Explore the roads less travelled on this 8-day Ring of Kerry Ireland Self-Guided Tour. Follow the expertly designed itinerary as you make your way to some of Ireland’s hidden gems. This trip has been crafted for the active, independent traveler, with a love for the outdoors, heritage towns and small villages.

You’ll have the chance to visit the Three Lakes of Killarney, stay in charming bed & breakfasts, enjoy full Irish breakfasts each day and much more. The self-guided tour includes luggage transport, full route descriptions, maps, as well as a host of other inclusions to take the load of planning off your shoulders!


Day 1 - Arrive Killarney

Arrive in Killarney – the popular town renowned for its three magnificent lakes in the heart of Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music. Access for this holiday can be from Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Killarney all year round.

Day 2- Killarney to Kenmare

You will be transferred/driven to the start of your walk – about 5kms outside Killarney. From here you walk across Killarney National Park and through Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare. This is a glorious walk, giving you an opportunity to see some of Ireland’s native red deer as you walk through the National Park. Overnight in Kenmare. Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Mountain tracks and green roads. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.

Day 3 - Kenmare to Sneem

From Kenmare, you will walk to the award winning village of Sneem via Templenoe. This walk takes you along the shores of Kenmare Bay, with views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains. Overnight in Sneem. Walk Details: Distance: 23kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Forest tracks, some road walking, mountain tracks, and country lanes. Boots essential.

Day 4 - Sneem to Caherdaniel

Continue walking from the village of Sneem, following an old ‘butter road’ to the little village of Caherdaniel – once the home of our famous liberator – Daniel O’Connell. The views across the Beara Peninsula and out to the Atlantic Ocean are fantastic. Overnight in Caherdaniel. Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Country lanes, grass tracks, rocky mountains and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 5 - Caherdaniel to Waterville

Continuing from the village of Caherdaniel, you walk around and above the coast to reach the village of Waterville. Glorious coastal views out towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay. Overnight in Waterville. Walk Details: Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 6 - Waterville to Caherciveen

From Waterville, you will once again be driven a short distance to the starting point of today’s walk at Mastergeehy. From here you will be walking 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: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 400m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 7 - Caherciveen to Glenbeigh

Your final walk takes you from the town of Caherciveen along the northern shores of the peninsula to the little town of Glenbeigh. This walk 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. Your holiday finishes in the village of Glenbeigh. Overnight in Glenbeigh. Walk Details: Distance: 24kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and road walking. Boots essential.

Day 8 - Departure

Departure from Glenbeigh by bus or taxi to Killarney. Bus leaves at 08:45 and arrives at 09:50 (Does not operate on Sundays or Public Holidays). From Killarney, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.

Country Fast Facts


Official Language(s)English, Irish Gaelic
Capital:Republic of Ireland: DublinNorthern Ireland: Belfast
Population6,378,000 (2011)
Major Airport(s):Dublin Airport (DUB), Belfast International Airport (BFS), Cork Airport (ORK), Shannon Airport (SNN)
Economic Driver(s):Alcoholic Beverages, Tourism, Energy

Country Fast Facts


Continent:North America
Official Language(s)English, French
Population36,048,521 (2016 estimate)
Climate(s)Arctic, Sub-arctic, Semi-Arid Desert, Temperate Rainforest, Humid Continental
Major Airport(s):Lester B. Peason International Airport (YYZ), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC)
Economic Driver(s):Fossil Fuels, Mining, Manufacturing, Agriculture

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