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 the Kerry Way’s 135-mile 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
  • Enjoy a warm welcome at picturesque small towns such as Sneem, Kenmare and Cahirciveen
  • 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
  • Mar to Oct
  • £485

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 - Sneem - Kenmare 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 7-10 outstanding B&Bs, with 4 fabulous dinners 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 main line rail 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. The track runs along the estuary of the Blackwater River, joining narrow minor roads and gravel tracks into Kenmare. The final section runs along more secluded terrain, with a track gently rising through mountain, rocky outcrop and forest floor into Killarney.

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Kerry Way Walking Holiday Itineraries

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

Killarney to Killarney

Length: 74.5 miles/119.8km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationSeason 1

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

Season 2

01/06/18 – 30/09/18

 
KER1a7 nights, 6 days£745 (pp)£775 (pp)View Itinerary
KER1b7 nights, 6 days£750 (pp)£780 (pp)View Itinerary

Killarney to Kells

Length: 37.5 miles/60.3km | Difficulty: Moderate

CodeDurationSeason 1

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

Season 2

01/06/18 – 30/09/18

 
KER24 nights, 3 days£485 (pp)£510 (pp)View Itinerary

Killarney to Killarney

Seven nights, Six days
Holiday Code: KER1a
Price: £745 - £775 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
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 (coastal) or 18 miles/28.8km (inland)
Day 8:Depart Killarney

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive in Killarney on day one and leave Killarney on 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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Killarney to Kells

Four nights, Three days
Holiday Code: KER2
Price: £750 - £780 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1: Arrive Killarney
Day 2: Killarney to Black Valley 14 miles/22.4km
Day 3: Black Valley to Glencar 12.5 miles/20km
Day 4: Glencar to Glenbeigh (Stay Kells) 11 miles/17.6km
Day 5:Depart Kells & return transfer to Killarney train/bus station

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three days walking. Arrive in Killarney on day one and depart from Killarney 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.

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Killarney to Killarney

Seven nights, Six days
Holiday Code: KER1b
Price: £485 - £510 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £30 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Killarney
Day 2:Killarney to Black Valley14 Miles/27.4km
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 (coastal) or 18 miles/28.8km (inland)
Day 8:Depart Caherdaniel & return transfer to Killarney train/bus station

Itinerary Information: Seven nights accommodation with six days walking. Arrive in Killarney on day one, walk from day two and depart from Killarney on 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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  • 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

    *On the other two evenings, your meal will be taken at a nearby restaurant or pub.

  • Price Info.

    Where there are solo walkers, single supplements will apply at the rate of: £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: 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.

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