One Week along the Dingle Way – From Camp to Brandon Bay
- Six nights’ accommodation with private bathroom in charming guesthouses along the Dingle Way.
- Private transfer from either Kerry Airport or Tralee train or bus station to your first guesthouse.
- Breakfast each morning.
- Packed lunch for each days hike.
- Dinner on one evening
- We can cater for many dietary requirements (eg. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, no meat, no dairy).
- Luggage transfer between your guesthouse each day.
- Any pickups or transfers required during each days hike (eg. Poor weather, tiredness or injury).
- Use of cell phone with the best coverage on the Dingle Way to contact us at any time.
- A set of our latest waterproof walking notes for your route.
- The latest official maps.
- Dingle Way guidebook.
- Use of walking poles if required.
- Private transfer on the final day from your guesthouse to either Kerry Airport or Tralee train or bus station.
- Recommendations on the best places to visit, eat and drink each day along the Dingle Way.
- Our full backup and support during your walking holiday.
Day One: Arrival and optional beach walk to Castlegregory (9km, 10km ascent)
We’ll meet you at either Kerry Airport or Tralee Train Station and bring you to your first night’s accommodation in Camp. Camp is the crossroads for those wishing to follow the coast road to Dingle or the majestic Conor Pass. We have designed a delightful circular walk to introduce you to the area and stretch your legs before starting the way proper tomorrow. The village offers a number of cosy pubs serving food which are only a few minutes from your guesthouse.
Day Two: Camp to Anascaul (17km, ascent 270m)
Leaving Camp along old boreens you rise to a low pass that brings you to the southern slopes of the peninsula. Before long you begin to enjoy magnificent view across to the neighbouring Iveragh peninsula. As you approach the sea the long white sands of Inch strand can be seen. You can really begin to understand the beauty of the West of Ireland along these sections and regardless of the weather it never fails to impress. The way continues onto the charming village of Anascaul, your destination for tonight. Anascaul is a delightful spot with a surprisingly large choice of pubs. Great food can be had at The South Pole Inn, named after its founder Tom Crean (1877-1938), who took part in the famous Scott Antarctic expeditions. Live traditional music can be enjoyed on most nights.
Day Three: Anascaul to Dingle (19km, ascent 340m)
Today’s walk takes up to Dingle, the commercial centre of the peninsula and one of the most beloved towns in Ireland. Set in a natural harbour this sheltered bay is blessed by the some of the best food, live music and artisan shops to be had in the west. Located in the Gaeltacht, (Irish is the first language here although everyone also speaks English), it offers a unique taste of old Ireland while also being a progressive artistic centre. Today’s walk is along quiet country roads. Early on in the day you pass by the scenically located ruin of Minard Castle, before turning inland once more and after the town of Lispole the way rises to allow sweeping views of the Ring of Kerry. The final section is a descent into Dingle Harbour.
Day Four: Dingle to Dunquin (20km, ascent 370m)
Today is one of our favourite days of the walk. While reasonably challenging, it is remarkably rewarding. The route takes you along the coast to Ventry where you walk along a great sweep of sands before climbing up to Slea Head and experiencing in our opinion the greatest view in Ireland. The Blasket islands come into view as you begin your descant back toward the coast and the remote and strongly Irish speaking village of Dunquin. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Day Five: Dunquin to Ballycurrane (28km, ascent 100m)
In contrast with yesterday’s hike, today’s is relatively flat allowing time to visit Louis Mulcahys pottery and some of the great beaches and coves dotted along the coast. The route is along minor roads, boreens and a coastal path. It is an outstandingly scenic day and you can see some of the best beaches in the country. Tonight’s accommodation is at the foot of Mount Brandon, a location of religious significance for many Irish Catholics. We can arrange for this day to be shortened if required.
Day Six: Ballycurrane to Cloghane (21km, ascent 780m)
Today walk is the most challenging of the Dingle Way and in many ways it’s most rewarding. A steep ascent gives way to 360 degrees views of the Conor Pass, the roaring Atlantic Ocean, Slea Head, Dun naOr and Brandon Bay. We are still in awe every time we walk this section and memories of today’s scenery will stay with you for a long time. The descent brings you to the cosy hamlet of Cloghane located in the shores of Brandon Bay, with its charming guesthouse.
Day Seven: Optional Brandon Beach Walk (10km, ascent 10m) and Departure
After breakfast you have the option of enjoying the Dingle Way along the longest beach in Ireland. The beach walk is 10km and takes about two and a half to three and a half hours to walk. Our driver will meet you at the end of the walk at Spillane's Pub and bring you onto your onward connection at either Tralee or Kerry Airport. If you wish to stay on the Dingle Peninsula for another night we would be delighted to arrange or recommend places to visit and stay.
Booking and Rates
The price for the trip is 795 euros per person sharing.
Please ask us if you need the price quoted in your own currency.
Additional nights can be arranged any night but we particularly recommend Dingle town as a good location for a rest day. Please contact us if you have any questions or need any further information.