Walking the Kerry Way

The Kerry Way is a walking holiday in Ireland that takes you on a meander through the country’s largest and most beautiful peninsula, Iveragh, often referenced as Ireland’s finest walking route. Walking our week long section of the Kerry Way’s marked trail brings you inland through river valleys, shaped by glaciers of the last ice age, together with sections that bring to view the very best of the Irish coast.

Highlights
  • Take a ferry ride to the incredible Skellig Islands
  • Walk amongst some of Ireland's highest peaks
  • Ancient stone structures dating from over 2000 years ago such as Staigue Fort
  • Visit Muckross House, a grand estate within the idyllic setting of Killarney National Park
  • Discover the mysterious beauty of the Black Water Valley, one of the more secluded areas in County Kerry
  • 4 to 7 nights
  • 38 to 75 mls (view km)
  • Kilarney, Southwest Ireland
  • Moderate
  • Apr to Oct
  • £495

Walking Wild Atlantic Coast

Your walking holiday crosses mountain passes and follows mountain trails. From here, you have a superb vantage point over the surrounding land, seas and islands out to the Atlantic Ocean. The path leads through some of Ireland's finest Oak Woods, often considered as being the nearest relation in Ireland or Britain to a temperate evergreen rainforest.

This is a coastline full of confined inlets and bays, with beautiful sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Hospitality and warmth are second nature to the towns and villages of South Kerry, which have developed here throughout the ages (Glenbeigh - Cahirciveen - Waterville - Caherdaniel, Derrynane and Killarney). Rich archaeological remains give a compelling account of the bygone kingdom of Kerry and your walk brings you through to castles and iron age forts, as well as an ever-changing display of flora and fauna.

Your walking holiday cost includes outstanding B&Bs, with fabulous dinners on some nights and your lunches taken care of. Your luggage is forwarded each day, and you'll have a walk pack on hand containing maps, route notes and local information. Collection and return to Kilarney rail or bus station is provided after your holiday.

Path Walkthrough

Kerry Way walk map
Our Ring of Kerry Walking Holidays take you around the Kerry peninsula, starting in Killarney

You'll cross lake, forest and then emerge into Black Valley (among Ireland’s second highest mountain - Carrauntoohil), before taking the mountain track up toward Glencar, following the course of the River Caragh through forest to Glenbeigh.  A firm track means a relatively dry walk through bogland toward Cahersiveen, with the track at Carhan Upper giving you great views across the River Ferta.

As you take the ridge walk over Knockavahaun you have spectacular views over the surrounding mountains. The route toward Caheraniel is less challenging, descending and zig-zagging gently toward Derrynane National Park.

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Kerry Way Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Killarney to Caherdaniel

Length: 74.5 miles/ 119.5 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
From
KER1a
7 Nights / 6 Days
£755 pp

Killarney to Caherdaniel

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: KER1a
From: £755 (pp)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Killarney
Day 2:Killarney to Black Valley14 Miles/22.4km
Day 3:Black Valley to Glencar12.5 miles/20km
Day 4:Glencar to Glenbeigh (stay Kells)11 miles/17.6km (Transfer to Kells)
Day 5:Kells to Cahirciveen10 Miles/16km
Day 6:Cahirciveen to Waterville19 miles/30.4km
Day 7:Waterville to Caherdaniel8 miles/12.8km
Day 8:Depart Killarney


Pricing
 Season 1
01/04/19 – 30/04/19
01/10/19 – 31/10/19
Season 2
01/05/19 - 31/05/19
Season 3
01/06/19 – 30/09/19
Two people sharing
(price per person)
£755£775£795
Single person
within a group
£845£865£885
Solo person£1025£1045£1065

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Killarney on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Caherdaniel on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Apr 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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KER1b
7 Nights / 6 Days
£775 pp

Killarney to Caherdaniel

7 Nights / 6 Days
Holiday Code: KER1b
From: £775 (pp)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Killarney
Day 2:Killarney to Black Valley14 Miles/22km
Day 3:Black Valley to Glencar12.5 miles/20km
Day 4:Glencar to Glenbeigh (stay Kells)11 miles/17.6km
(Transfer to Kells -pm)
Day 5:Kells to Coars School (Stay Caherciveen)14 miles/22.4km
(Transfer to Caherciveen - pm)
Day 6:Coars School to Waterville15 miles/24km
(Transfer to Coars School - am)
Day 7:Waterville to Caherdaniel8 miles/12.8km
Day 8:Depart Caherdaniel - transfer to Killarney


Pricing
 Season 1
01/04/19 – 30/04/19
01/10/19 – 31/10/19
Season 2
01/05/19 - 31/05/19
Season 3
01/06/19 – 30/09/19
Two people sharing
(price per person)
£775£795£815
Single person
within a group
£865£885£905
Solo person£1065£1085£1105

Itinerary Information: 7 nights accommodation with 6 walking days. Arrive in Killarney on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Caherdaniel on morning of day 8.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Apr 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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Killarney to Glenbeigh

Length: 37.5 miles/ 60 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
From
KER2
4 Nights / 3 Days
£495 pp

Killarney to Glenbeigh

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: KER2
From: £495 (pp)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Killarney
Day 2:Killarney to Black Valley14 miles/22.4km
Day 3:Black Valley to Glencar12.5 miles/20km
Day 4:Glencar to Glenbeigh (Transfer to Kells)11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Depart Kells - transfer to Killarney


Pricing
 Season 1
01/04/19 – 30/04/19
01/10/19 – 31/10/19
Season 2
01/05/19 - 31/05/19
Season 3
01/06/19 – 30/09/19
Two people sharing
(price per person)
£495£510£520
Single person
within a group
£555£570£580
Solo person£675£690£700

Itinerary Information: 4 nights accommodation with 3 walking days. Arrive in Killarney on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Glenbeigh on morning of day 5.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Apr 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
      • Walk pack (one per two walkers) containing a trail guide, maps, walk itinerary with accommodation directions

    Both itineraries 1a & 1b include:

    • 6 packed lunches
    • 3 evening meals & 1 full supper
    • Pick up at Killarney Train/Bus station on first day and return on last day

    KW2 includes:

    • 3 packed lunches
    • 2 evening meals & 1 full supper
    • Pick up at Killarney Train/Bus station on first day and return on last day
  • Price Info.

    Rest days: Please enquire.

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

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

  • Getting There

    By Air: There are flights from London (Stansted) direct to Kerry Airport with a bus/train connection to Killarney station.

    There are also more frequent flights to Dublin or Cork with an internal connecting flight to Kerry.

    By Rail: There are frequent trains running from Cork, Dublin and Kerry Airport to Killarney Train Station.      http://www.irishrail.ie/travel-information/killarney 

  • Best Time to Travel

    This walk is feasible at any point of the year, but we would recommend avoiding winter. Winds can be especially forceful at this time of year near the coast, making progress along the route considerably harder.

    Expect intermittent periods of rainfall. Although weather conditions across Ireland are generally mild, the region is prone to changeable weather and cold winters. Kerry's position within the Gulf Stream means that the area is comparably more temperate than to the rest of Ireland, though the differences are not entirely significant.

    Average Rainfall on Kerry Way                           Average Temperature in Killarney Kerry Way                              Average Sunshine on Kerry Way

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What Happens Next?

We will check your details and come back to you within two working days with a personalised estimate based on your requirements. We will then formally request a deposit of £100 per person (£150 for solo walkers) and book all your arrangements - find out about our full booking porcess here.

Please note this does not constitute a booking confirmation, we kindly ask you to refrain from booking any travel until we have confirmed all your arrangements.

Still Have Questions?

If you are still unsure on any of your requirements, please do enquire with us first and one of our friendly team will be happy to help you with any queries you have.