Ring of Kerry

The Kerry Way

Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the Kerry Way; a 210 km Irish national walking trail tha 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 sites.

Your journey begins in the popular town of Killarney, from where the trail then resembles a loop tied by a stem to the town. Although County Kerry is home to the highest mountains in Ireland, the Kerry Way is largely a lower-level inland route along the lower slopes and around the Inveragh Peninsula with views to the wild Atlantic Ocean. Discover remote glens like the Black Valley, and follow green roads and historic tracks that have been travelled for hundreds of years.
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Hiking trail · Kerry
Killarney to Black Valley
Difficulty moderate
Distance 24 km
Duration 6:45 h
Ascent 414 m
Descent 348 m

The lively town of Killarney follow the famed Ring of Kerry road route, with impressive views across to the Purple Mountain, and MacGillycuddy’s ...

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Black Valley to Glencar
Difficulty difficult
Distance 20.7 km
Duration 6:30 h
Ascent 572 m
Descent 575 m

Challenge yourself with steady climbs and sharp descents into stunning valleys. Walk along quiet roads, forested tracks, and fields on this ...

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Glencar to Glenbeigh
Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.5 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 367 m
Descent 422 m

Easy trails characterise this section as you follow first a ‘boreen’ (small road) then gravel forestry tracks to Lickeen Wood. 

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Glenbeigh to Foilmore
Difficulty moderate
Distance 20 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 352 m
Descent 361 m

A diverse and rolling day's walking along forest paths, minor roads, and across hillsides with scenic views stretching out across the bay. 

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Foilmore to Waterville
Difficulty difficult
Distance 22.5 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 736 m
Descent 744 m

This route is for our 12 Day/11 Night itinerary, bypassing the spur to Cahersiveen. Please use this in place of routes "Foilmore to Cahersiveen" ...

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Foilmore to Cahersiveen
Difficulty easy
Distance 9 km
Duration 2:30 h
Ascent 108 m
Descent 108 m

This route is for our 10 Day/9 Night itinerary, including the spur to Cahersiveen. Please use this, followed by "Cahersiveen to Waterville", in ...

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Cahersiveen to Waterville
Difficulty difficult
Distance 29.4 km
Duration 8:30 h
Ascent 780 m
Descent 788 m

This route is for our 10 Day/9 Night itinerary, including the spur to Cahersiveen. Please use this in place of route "Foilmore to Waterville".

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Waterville to Caherdaniel
Difficulty moderate
Distance 11.5 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 291 m
Descent 256 m

Choose between a shorter coastal route or a more challenging, longer inland path to Caherdaniel.

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Caherdaniel to Sneem
Difficulty moderate
Distance 17.2 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 368 m
Descent 397 m

Prepare for plenty of ups and downs as you spend most of this section crossing the foothills with expansive views out to the coast. 

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Sneem to Blackwater Bridge
Difficulty moderate
Distance 13.4 km
Duration 3:30 h
Ascent 215 m
Descent 187 m

Follow woodland and quiet roads into the tiny village of Blackwater Bridge. 

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Blackwater Bridge to Kenmare
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 to Sneem, the route to Kenmare follows more forest paths and minor roads along the south coast ...

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Hiking trail · Kerry
Kenmare to Killarney
Difficulty difficult
Distance 25 km
Duration 7:15 h
Ascent 627 m
Descent 585 m

This final stage of the Kerry Way takes you along the Old Kenmare Road and over passes between Strickeen and Inchimore and then Peakeen and ...

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