Kerry Way Rambler Thirteen Days

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Kerry Way 13 Day Rambler Itinerary

We will meet you at Kerry Airport or Killarney train station and take you to your first guesthouse in Killarney. Your guesthouse is located beside Killarney National Park and you have the option of an easy looped walk to Ross Castle and Killarney Lakes this afternoon. Your guesthouse is walking distance from the vibrant main streets of Killarney with their many fine pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. Live traditional music can be enjoyed every evening in the town before setting off in the mountains tomorrow.

This morning after breakfast our driver will bring you the 5km to Muckross House and the start of your Kerry Way adventure. Initially passing the beautiful eighteenth century façade of Muckross House you follow the shores of Muckross Lake before ascending towards the stunning Torc Waterfall and onto the old Kenmare coaching trail. A wonderful sense of peaceful isolation can be felt as you make your way west towards Galway’s Bridge and along the shores of the most southerly section of the Killarney Lakes. After passing Lord Brandon’s Cottage you enter the Black Valley and your guesthouse for the night is shortly ahead. There are no restaurants or pubs in the Black Valley so dinner is in your guesthouse tonight.

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 Kerry Way 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 at your guesthouse.

The first section of today’s hike is relatively challenging (steep & narrow), so we offer the choice of transport to the Climber’s Inn, Glencar thus shortening the hike to 14km (instead of 25km)

From the Climber’s Inn you soon join the Caragh River and walk along its pretty banks into the forest. After Drumbane Lough you turn left and ascend into Lickeen Woods with its almost rainforest density. Your efforts are rewarded at the top with stunning views over Caragh Laker. Out of the forest you have some nice river side locations to stop for a picnic before ascending to the Windy Gap. Once through the gap you enjoy some of our favourite views on the Kerry Way looking down to Glenbeigh and the Dingle Peninsula beyond.  Descending you soon arrive at the coastal village of Glenbeigh with its lively pubs and nearby beaches.

Today’s walk is a mix of forests, country roads and mountains tracks. The start of the walk offers wide views over Glenbeigh and across the bay to the Dingle Peninsula. 7km into the walk you reach Mountain Stage and the most dramatic views of the day with wide panoramic Atlantic scenes. The old Dingle railway track can be seen below as you make your west towards Kells. At the final section of the walk, it begins to level off as you turn towards Kells. Our driver will meet you at the local cafe to bring you back to your guesthouse (15-minute transfer).

After breakfast our driver will bring you back to Kells . Within a few minutes on the hiking trail the far west of the Iveragh Peninsula opens up in front of you. Turning inland you cross the Feerta River in the shadow of Knocknadobar Mountain. A delightful day of farm tracks and trails, river crossings and meadows. Cahersiveen Harbour and the Fertha River herald your arrival in this lively market town. Celebrate your progress tonight with the best choice of pubs and restaurants since Killarney. Note: Cahersiveen 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 Valenica Island.

Today’s is all about ridges and as the mountains you are crossing stand alone, you are rewarded with views over half the western Iveragh peninsula and beyond. As today is a walk along a wide ridge you enjoy 360° views of the surrounding countryside. On arrival in Mastergeehy (as there is no suitable local accommodation) our driver will meet you and bring you back to your accommodation at Cahersiveen (20 minute transfer, included).

After breakfast our driver will return you to Mastergeehy. As beautiful as yesterday was, it is this second section between Mastergeehy 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.

Today is all about the coast and the coastal views today of Ballinaskelligs Bay and the Coomakista Pass are among our favourite in Ireland. Departing Waterville you ascend with wider and wider views appearing as you ascend.  Take your time to savour just how stunning the views are in all directions. Ballinskelligs Bay and Skellig Michael give way to views over Caherdaniel 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 a great pub and one of the few beach bars in Ireland. A wonderful day of contrasts.

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.

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 meet you here at the end of your hike and bring you to your nearby guesthouse.

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 you’re 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.

Your final morning and after breakfast you can enjoy a short local looped walk or enjoy strolling the pretty streets of Kenmare village. At a time of your choosing our driver will collect you and bring you onto either Killarney train station or Kerry Airport.

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The price of the Thirteen Day Kerry Way Rambler Walking Holiday is 1775€ per person sharing.

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Kerry Way Rambler Thirteen Days: Killarney to Kenmare

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Itinerary of the Kerry Way Rambler Thirteen Day Walking Holiday

We will meet you at Kerry Airport or Killarney train station and take you to your first guesthouse in Killarney. Your guesthouse is located beside Killarney National Park and you have the option of an easy looped walk to Ross Castle and Killarney Lakes this afternoon. Your guesthouse is walking distance from the vibrant main streets of Killarney with their many fine pubs, restaurants, cafes and shops. Live traditional music can be enjoyed every evening in the town before setting off in the mountains tomorrow.

This morning after breakfast our driver will bring you the 5km to Muckross House and the start of your Kerry Way adventure. Initially passing the beautiful eighteenth century façade of Muckross House you follow the shores of Muckross Lake before ascending towards the stunning Torc Waterfall and onto the old Kenmare coaching trail. A wonderful sense of peaceful isolation can be felt as you make your way west towards Galway’s Bridge and along the shores of the most southerly section of the Killarney Lakes. After passing Lord Brandon’s Cottage you enter the Black Valley and your guesthouse for the night is shortly ahead. There are no restaurants or pubs in the Black Valley so dinner is in your guesthouse tonight.

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 Kerry Way 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 at your guesthouse.

The first section of today’s hike is relatively challenging (steep & narrow), so we offer the choice of transport to the Climber’s Inn, Glencar thus shortening the hike to 14km (instead of 25km)

From the Climber’s Inn you soon join the Caragh River and walk along its pretty banks into the forest. After Drumbane Lough you turn left and ascend into Lickeen Woods with its almost rainforest density. Your efforts are rewarded at the top with stunning views over Caragh Laker. Out of the forest you have some nice river side locations to stop for a picnic before ascending to the Windy Gap. Once through the gap you enjoy some of our favourite views on the Kerry Way looking down to Glenbeigh and the Dingle Peninsula beyond.  Descending you soon arrive at the coastal village of Glenbeigh with its lively pubs and nearby beaches.

Today’s walk is a mix of forests, country roads and mountains tracks. The start of the walk offers wide views over Glenbeigh and across the bay to the Dingle Peninsula. 7km into the walk you reach Mountain Stage and the most dramatic views of the day with wide panoramic Atlantic scenes. The old Dingle railway track can be seen below as you make your west towards Kells. At the final section of the walk, it begins to level off as you turn towards Kells. Our driver will meet you at the local cafe to bring you back to your guesthouse (15-minute transfer).

After breakfast our driver will bring you back to Kells . Within a few minutes on the hiking trail the far west of the Iveragh Peninsula opens up in front of you. Turning inland you cross the Feerta River in the shadow of Knocknadobar Mountain. A delightful day of farm tracks and trails, river crossings and meadows. Cahersiveen Harbour and the Fertha River herald your arrival in this lively market town. Celebrate your progress tonight with the best choice of pubs and restaurants since Killarney. Note: Cahersiveen 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 Valenica Island.

Today’s is all about ridges and as the mountains you are crossing stand alone, you are rewarded with views over half the western Iveragh peninsula and beyond. As today is a walk along a wide ridge you enjoy 360° views of the surrounding countryside. On arrival in Mastergeehy (as there is no suitable local accommodation) our driver will meet you and bring you back to your accommodation at Cahersiveen (20 minute transfer, included).

After breakfast our driver will return you to Mastergeehy. As beautiful as yesterday was, it is this second section between Mastergeehy 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.

Today is all about the coast and the coastal views today of Ballinaskelligs Bay and the Coomakista Pass are among our favourite in Ireland. Departing Waterville you ascend with wider and wider views appearing as you ascend.  Take your time to savour just how stunning the views are in all directions. Ballinskelligs Bay and Skellig Michael give way to views over Caherdaniel 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 a great pub and one of the few beach bars in Ireland. A wonderful day of contrasts.

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.

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 meet you here at the end of your hike and bring you to your nearby guesthouse.

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 you’re 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.

Your final morning and after breakfast you can enjoy a short local looped walk or enjoy strolling the pretty streets of Kenmare village. At a time of your choosing our driver will collect you and bring you onto either Killarney train station or Kerry Airport.

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Official Member of Failte Ireland

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63 Dundrum Gate,

Dundrum,

Dublin 16

D16 EY00

Republic of Ireland  

Company Number 397494 

VAT Number 6417494G