Walking The Kerry Way

The Kerry Way is deservedly Ireland’s most famous long distance walk as well as its longest. This 215km walking route loosely follows the route of the famous Ring of Kerry drive. Starting and finishing in the magnificent Killarney national park this walk has everything. From stunning lakes with dramatic mountain backdrops to hidden valleys, panoramic ocean views and forest clad rivers, this walk has it all.

Kerry is known for having the highest mountain range in Ireland, the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Kerry Way passes close to Carrauntoohil, the highest mountain in Ireland. The full Kerry Way can take between nine to fourteen days to walk and as a result we have put together two different types of walking holiday for the Kerry Way. The first is our Kerry Way Mountaineer walking holidays for those who wish to walk between 20-30km (12-18 miles) a day and then there is our Kerry Way Rambler walking holidays for those who wish to walk between 10-20km (6-12 miles) a day. You can see full details on each of these holidays below.

Kerry Way Mountaineer Five Days477km1010mModerate
Kerry Way Mountaineer Six Days5108km1410mChallenging
Kerry Way Mountaineer One Week6141km2170mChallenging
Kerry Way Mountaineer Nine Days8172km2900mChallenging
Kerry Way Mountaineer Ten Days9202km3410mChallenging
Kerry Way Mountaineer Eleven Days10226km3990mChallenging

Kerry Way Rambler Five Days466km980mModerate
Kerry Way Rambler Six Days576km1000mModerate
Kerry Way Rambler Eight Days7110km1710mModerate
Kerry Way Rambler Ten Days9135km2450mModerate
Kerry Way Rambler Twelve Days11166km3180mModerate
Kerry Way Rambler Fourteen Days13196km3880mModerate

Note: For those wishing to take a rest day, we can recommend Cahirciveen. As well as having plenty of pubs and restaurants it offers easy access to Valentia Island and boats to Skellig Michael, one of only two World Heritage Sites in Ireland. Just let us know and we can include the rest day in your itinerary. Skellig Islands Boat trips that land on the Island run from late May to the end of September each year. These need to be booked directly with the boat operators. You can see a list of each of the operators at Skellig Boat Operators.

Our Self Guided Walking Holidays

Wonderful Ireland looks after all the aspects of your walking holiday so that you can relax and take in the beauty of the countryside around you. We will meet you at Kerry airport or Killarney Train Station and bring you to your first night’s guesthouse. Through years of experience we have selected the best places to stay along the Kerry Way. Each day we also transport your luggage between the guesthouses. A full Irish breakfast is provided each morning in addition to a packed lunch.

Kerry Way Map
On your final day we will meet you at your guesthouse and bring you back to Kerry airport or Killarney Train Station. We also supply you with the up to date laminated walking notes, maps and guidebooks to make sure you get the most from your visit. Dinner is included on two of the nights as there is no restaurant or pub serving food nearby. Also supplied is a cell phone that has the best coverage in the Kerry Mountains and we are only a phone call away should you require backup or support during your trek.We can also supply you with use of complimentary hiking poles if required.

Check availability on our Kerry Way Walking Holidays