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 · Ireland
Killarney to Black Valley
moderate
24 km
6:45 h
414 m
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 · Ireland
Black Valley to Glencar
difficult
20.7 km
6:30 h
572 m
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 · Ireland
Glencar to Glenbeigh
moderate
13.5 km
4:00 h
367 m
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 · Ireland
Glenbeigh to Foilmore
moderate
20 km
5:30 h
352 m
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 · Ireland
Foilmore to Waterville
difficult
22.5 km
7:00 h
736 m
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 · Ireland
Foilmore to Cahersiveen
easy
9 km
2:30 h
108 m
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 · Ireland
Cahersiveen to Waterville
difficult
29.4 km
8:30 h
780 m
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 · Ireland
Waterville to Caherdaniel
moderate
11.5 km
3:30 h
291 m
256 m
Choose between a shorter coastal route or a more challenging, longer inland path to Caherdaniel.
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Hiking trail · Ireland
Caherdaniel to Sneem
moderate
17.2 km
5:00 h
368 m
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 · Ireland
Sneem to Blackwater Bridge
moderate
13.4 km
3:30 h
215 m
187 m
Follow woodland and quiet roads into the tiny village of Blackwater Bridge. 
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Hiking trail · Ireland
Blackwater Bridge to Kenmare
moderate
17.5 km
5:00 h
298 m
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 · Ireland
Kenmare to Killarney
difficult
25 km
7:15 h
627 m
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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