Kerry Way Mountaineer – Nine days hiking from Killarney to Sneem

What’s Included

  • Eight nights’ accommodation with private bathroom in charming guesthouses along the Kerry Way.
  • Private transfer from either Kerry Airport or Killarney train or bus station to your first guesthouse.
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Packed lunch for each days hike.
  • Dinner on two of the evenings (Black Valley and Glencar).
  • We can cater for many dietary requirements (eg. vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, no meat, no dairy).
  • Luggage transfer between your guesthouses 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 Kerry Way to contact us at any time.
  • A set of our latest waterproof walking notes for your route.
  • Weatherproof maps.
  • Kerry Way guidebook.
  • Use of walking poles if required.
  • Private transfer on the final day from your guesthouse to Kerry Airport, Kenmare or Killarney.
  • Recommendations on the best places to visit, eat and drink each day along the Kerry Way.
  • Our full backup and support during your walking holiday.


Day One: Arrival at Killarney (optional 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. 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 the Black Valley (22km, 310m ascent)

The following day begins the Kerry Way proper. Today’s walk takes you back through the National Park passing Muckross House, the Lakes, 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 Three: 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 Four: Bridia Valley to Glenbeigh (24km, 550m ascent)

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 Five: Glenbeigh to Cahirsiveen (31km, 400m ascent)

Today’s hike sees the longest day so far but I think you’ll agree that your efforts will be worth it as you climb along the steep slopes of Drung Hill with its unrivalled views across the Bay and of the old Dingle Railway Tunnels. Wide panoramic views of the Atlantic give way to forest before turning inland to cross the Feerta River in the shadow of Knocknadobar Mountain. Cahirsiveen 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: Cahirsiveen 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 or to take a rest day before moving on to Waterville.

Day Six: Cahirsiveen to Waterville (26km, 760m ascent)

The longest day on the Kerry Way. Today’s is all about ridges and and as the mountains you are crossing stand alone you are rewarded with views over half the Iveragh peninsula and beyond. As beautiful as this morning is, it is the second section 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 long but 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. Tomorrow offers a much shorter day so you afford to relax tonight and enjoy the fine food and cosy pubs this coastal village has to offer.

Day Seven: 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 Eight: 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 Nine: Sneem loop walk (9km, 120m ascent) and departure

Depending on your departure time, you can enjoy a morning taking in the sights and sounds of Sneem Village. There is a selection of craft shops 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 of the Kerry Way Mountaineer Nine Day walking holiday is 975 euros per person sharing.
Additional nights can be arranged at Killarney, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare.
Our driver can meet you at either Kerry Airport or at Killarney Train Station.
Transfers from Shannon and Cork also possible for additonal supplement.
Ask us if you need the price quoted in your own currency.
Please contact us if you have any questions or need any further information.

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