Walking the Kerry Way circling the Iveragh Peninsula

The Kerry Way 11 Days & 10 Nights

Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Kerry Way; a 210km Irish national walking trail which also takes in the highlights of the famed Ring of Kerry route. Walk through rolling landscapes punctuated by lonely valleys, dramatic Atlantic coastlines, peaceful lakes, charming villages and historic features. Although County Kerry is home to the highest mountains in Ireland, the Kerry Way is largely a lower-level inland route. Discover remote glens such as the Black Valley, and follow old green roads and historic tracks that have been travelled for hundreds of years. Steeped in ancient history, the Kerry Way takes you past Iron Age forts, Ogham stones and old monasteries. This classic national trail is a must for anyone who wishes to discover the real flavour of Ireland.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Galway's Bridge to Glencar
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 29.5 km
Duration 8:45 h
Ascent 651 m
Descent 660 m

After a short transfer (20 min) from Killarney to Galway's Bridge you will set off on your hike through Black Valley to Glencar through wild ...

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Glencar to Glenbeigh
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.5 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 367 m
Descent 422 m

A gentle walk combining woodland paths with views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Lough Caragh and the Dingle Peninsula.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 29 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 449 m
Descent 467 m

The trail takes you out of Glenbeigh and onto an elevated path crossing over Rossbeigh Hill where you can enjoy spectacular views across Dingle Bay.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Foilmore to Waterville
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 22.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 736 m
Descent 744 m

This is a long and remote day of walking with far reaching panoramic views on your way to Waterville.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Waterville to Caherdaniel
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 15.5 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 278 m
Descent 274 m

A gentle walk along the coast with views of the Beara peninsula and across to Kenmare (this is the coastal route).

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Caherdaniel to Sneem
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.2 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 368 m
Descent 397 m

Prepare for plenty of ups and downs, far-reaching views of mountains, the coast, and Kenmare River all the way.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Blackwater Bridge to Sneem
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.4 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 197 m
Descent 213 m

Follow woodland paths and quiet roads on your way from Blackwater Bridge back to Sneem.

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Blackwater Bridge to Kenmare
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.5 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 298 m
Descent 330 m

A continuation of the easier path that you followed from Sneem, the route to Kenmare follows more forest paths and minor roads along the south ...

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Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Kenmare to Killarney
recommended route Difficulty moderate
Distance 25 km
Duration 7:30 h
Ascent 627 m
Descent 585 m

This final stage of the Kerry Way takes you along the Old Kenmare Road through farmland and over a high saddle before reaching the leafy woodlands. 

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