Walking The Dingle Way

The Dingle Way (Slí Chorca Dhuibhne in Gaelic), is a beautiful, varied Celtic walking trail. For Walking Holidays in Ireland, the Dingle Way is full of opportunities to witness the unexpected – you’ll encounter panoramic vistas of sea, mountain and islands, a profusion of wildlife and an astonishing array of ancient sites spanning 6000 years.

Highlights
  • Opportunity to scale the highest point on the Dingle Peninsula - Mt. Brandon
  • Take a day trip ferry to the Blasket Islands and witness nature thriving in a truly wild part of the coast
  • Walk a landscape dotted with church ruins and ancient stone forts
  • Friendly pubs and traditional music at Dingle town and harbour
  • Find peace of mind walking along many of the paths secluded Atlantic beaches
  • In the centre of one of Ireland's most popular Gaeltacht areas, hear one of Europe's oldest languages in wide usage
  • Beautiful walk along the beach from Ventry, all the way through to  the boreen before Slea Head
  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 37 to 80 mls (view km)
  • Camp, Southwest Ireland
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £560

Hiking the Emerald Isle

Along its 128km (80 mi.) length, this beautiful walking holiday in Ireland traverses pristine sandy beaches bordering on crystal seas, fuchsia and gorse lined green roads which lead through pastoral countryside and mountain passes up to 700 meters (2000 ft.) high. This is the site of where ancient Bronze Age and Celtic peoples lived for thousands of years, host to gannets and shearwaters in endless flight above wave battered cliffs and red-beaked chough among the purple Devonian sandstone boulders along the shore.

Slí Chorca Dhuibhne is more than nature at its finest...it is Gaelic culture at its best. On The Dingle Way much of your walking will take you through the heart of the Dingle Gaeltacht, one of the few remaining Irish speaking areas in Ireland. Here Irish music, dance and traditional ways live on in a vibrant culture that welcomes you at every turn. In the evening, after your day's walk, you'll enjoy home-cooked traditional Irish meals or local seafood in one of the peninsula's many fine restaurants. Afterwards, there's traditional music and Irish set dancing to savour at many pubs around the peninsula.

Path Walkthrough

Dingle Way walk map
Our Dingle Walking Holidays take you on a walk around the peninsula, starting in Camp

Gradually rising out of the valley from Camp, the walk continues onto Inch Beach, the small summit of Knockafeehane, before descending into Annascaul. The road departing Annascaul follows the busy Tralee – Dingle road before joining quieter paths falling beside the 16th century Minard Castle.

From Dingle the path makes a descent toward the pier at Dunquin, following cliff and beach out. The path leaves surfaced road and reaches the highest ascent (650m along Mt. Brandon) of the journey. Toward Castlegregory, the path follows Irelands longest beach before making its way along the shore (or cliffs in high-tide).

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Dingle Way Walking Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Camp to Castlegregory

Length: 80 miles/128.7km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationSeason 1

01/03/18 – 31/05/18
01/10/18 – 31/10/18

Season 2

01/06/18 – 30/09/18

 
DIN17 nights, 6 days£795 (pp) £805 (pp) View Itinerary

Dingle to Cloghane

Length: 36.5 miles/58.7km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationSeason 1

01/03/18 – 31/05/18
01/10/18 – 31/10/18

Season 2

01/06/18 – 30/09/18

 
DIN24 nights, 3 days£560 (pp)£590 (pp) View Itinerary

*The section Cloghane to Castlegregory can be shortened from 18 miles to 14 miles/22.4km approx. if you omit the walk around the full tip of the Magharees Peninsula.

Camp to Castlegregory

7 nights, 6 days
Price: £795 - £805 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: DIN1
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Tralee - transfer to Camp Village
Day 2:Camp to Annascaul11.25 Miles/18km
Day 3:Annascaul to Dingle13.75 Miles/22km
Day 4:Dingle to Slea Head/Dunquin13 miles/20.8km
Day 5:Slea Head/Dunquin to Glaise Bheag12.5 miles/20km
Day 6:Glaise Bheag to Cloghane13 miles/20.8km
Day 7:Cloghane to Castlegregory18 miles/28.8km or
14 miles/22.4km*
Day 8:Depart Castlegregory

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive on day one in Tralee, walk from day two and leave on the morning of day eight.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Tralee to Castlegregory

4 nights, 3 days
Price: £560 - £590 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
Holiday Code: DIN2
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Tralee train/bus station and taken to first B&B in Dingle
Day 2:Dingle to Slea Head/Dunquin13 miles/20.8km
Day 3:Slea Head/Dunquin to Glaise Bheag11 miles/17.6km
Day 4:Glaise Bheag to Cloghane13 miles/20.8km
Day 5:Depart Cloghane & return transfer to Tralee train/bus station

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three days walking. Arrive on day one in Tralee, walk from day two and depart Tralee on morning of day five.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard B&B accommodation together with luggage transfers
    • Pick up at Tralee Train/Bus station on first day and return on last day
    • Walk pack (one per two walkers) containing a trail guide and maps, walk itinerary with accommodation directions
    • Transfer to foot of Mount Brandon

    DIN1 includes:

    • 6 packed lunches
    • 4 evening meals

    DIN2 includes:

    • 3 packed lunches
    • 3 evening meals
  • Price Info.

    Bank Holidays & Short notice bookings may incur extra charges

    Solo person bookings:  £30.00 per night

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack: single room occupancy supplements will apply.

    Postage Overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

  • Getting There

    By Air: Kerry airport (often referred to as 'Farranfore airport), is a small regional airport with an average of three flights running from London per day.

    For more flight times, it’s worth giving much larger airports such as Cork or Dublin a look. This shouldn't be a problem, although you may find travelling to Dublin or Cork International Airport, with a connecting flight to Kerry or train to Tralee serves your needs better.

    By Rail: A train between Tralee and Dublin should take anywhere between three and a half to four hours:

    http://www.irishrail.ie/fares-and-tickets/dublin-tralee

    Between Cork and Tralee – 1 and a half:

    http://www.irishrail.ie/fares-and-tickets/cork-kerry

  • Best Time to Visit

    The Irish weather is famously changeable, so when it comes to pinpointing the best time to visit - you can only really give an educated guess. However, light conditions up until the end of October are generally favourable and you're less likely to be pestered by insects around early autumn as well. Any time between May and October should be a safe bet for walking through Ireland.

    Irish weather conditions are mild, albeit changeable. Although you're unlikely to experience any extreme weather while you're over, prolonged rain will of course result in muddy/boggy conditions so please dress appropriately. Needless to say, waterproof gear is a must while hiking through Ireland.

    There’s a climb over the shoulder of Mt. Brandon on the day of the Glaise Bheag to Cloghane section and on days with wet weather conditions – visibility is poor. Although hiking this section in high wind is not advised, the walk itself is not technically difficult and you should find the road nothing more than a little rugged. If it's a clear day, you'll be blessed with world-class views from Mt. Brandon, from there it's worth taking a detour to the cosy pubs at Brandon Village.

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Client Reviews of Our Dingle Way Walks

Our past clients rated this walk 4.9 out of 5, read a selection of 2 reviews below.

"Excellent - would have no hesitation in recommending Celtic Trails."

5 out of 5

April 2017

"This was among our very best walk, the scenery in Ireland is so spectacular that it virtually defies description - we'd never use anyone other than Celtic Tails!"

4.8 out of 5

May 2015

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