Along the 80 miles (130 km) section of the Dingle Way we offer, 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.
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).
Good standard B&B accommodation together with luggage transfers
Pick up at Tralee Train/Bus station on first day and transfer to your first accommodation
Walk pack (one per two walkers) containing a trail guide and maps, walk itinerary with accommodation directions
Transfer to foot of Mount Brandon
6 packed lunches
3 evening meals
3 packed lunches
2 evening meals
You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.
Our Dingle Way holidays are available to walk April to October.
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.
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:
Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
Dingle Way Client Reviews
4.9/5 based on 14 reviews
Celtic Trails arranges most of the details so you can just walk. This holiday was an amazing way to slowly take in the beautiful countryside and vistas. Anon - July 2021
Celtic Trails were very efficient. The staff was timely and responsive. The walk was a delightful introduction to Ireland, the home of our daughter and son in law. The Dingle Peninsula is a spectacular location and the people were terrific. G. Nelson, Bellingham, WA, USA - July 2021
The holiday went without a hitch. It was very well organised with a good choice of accommodations.
The Dingle Way went through very beautiful coastal scenery, lovely empty beaches and dramatic cliffs. We didn't see many walkers at all and enjoyed the peace and quiet.
Walking from place to place in a new part of the country is a very satisfying experience and you get to really know an area. S. Nason - October 2019
We enjoy the adventure of moving to new places each day without the burden of moving all our stuff ourselves. We meet and chat to all the others sharing the route, but don't have to spend too long with them all (like you do in Ramblers Groups). Anon. - September 2019
The advice Nathan gave us on where to take extra days was excellent. Each "rest" day worked perfectly.
This has been emotionally relaxing / refreshing, which is why we do this type of holiday. Anon - September 2019
Celtic Trails were very efficient and provided detailed plans. We feel more refreshed and healthier after the walk. N&C Harrison - August 2019
Celtic Trails were splendid - everything was efficient, friendly and trouble-free.
We are very pleased with our achievement. Anon. - August 2019
Celtic Trails was an affordable, excellent quality, luxury self-guided tour company…We’ll definitely recommend Celtic Trails to all our friends and colleagues Cowen & Doyle - June 2019
Your maps and guide were extremely detailed, accurate and very helpful. The transfers were excellent - above and beyond.
Celtic Trails was an affordable, excellent quality, luxury self-guided tour company, who partners with the best locale guider in Dingle!
Everywhere we walked was beautiful. The seafood was delicious and we enjoyed a traditional session (music) in a Dingle Pub. H. Cowen & B. Doyle - June 2019
Always perfect. We have recommended Celtic Trails quite often. Kimmich-Laux - May 2019
We most enjoyed the hospitality of our hosts, scenery and food. A special thank you for responding so quickly and efficiently to all our enquiries. J. Marcham - September 2018
Most enjoyed the variety of scenery. P.M. - June 2018
"Excellent - would have no hesitation in recommending Celtic Trails." King - 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 Trails!" Philips & Saunders - May 2015
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