Plan a route here Copy route
Hiking route recommended route

Waterville to Caherdaniel

Hiking route · Southwest Ireland
Responsible for this content
Macs Adventure Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Waterville to Caherdaniel section of the Kerry Way
    Waterville to Caherdaniel section of the Kerry Way
    Photo: Heleen Bosch, Macs Adventure
m 200 100 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km

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

moderate
Distance 15.5 km
5:30 h
278 m
274 m
242 m
0 m

Today's route follows a coastal path and you will enjoy constant views of the sea and inshore islets, as well as the Beara Peninsula hills across the Kenmare River estuary. Why not take a short detour (2.5km) to visit Derrynane House National Historic Park (visitors’ centre has a seasonal opening), the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, Ireland’s ‘Great Liberator. Descend through the native hazel forest and see the Caherdaniel Stone Fort before arriving in the town itself. 

If your legs are feeling a bit heavier today you can shorten today's walk by going via the inland route that heads north of the Derrynane House Grounds. This shortens the route to 12.5km. 

 

Author’s recommendation

The views and white sands of Derrynane Beach are more than worth the small coastal detour!

Profile picture of Macs Adventure
Author
Macs Adventure
Update: July 13, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
242 m
Lowest point
0 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Asphalt 6.31%Dirt road 3.85%Nature trail 42.92%Path 40.27%Road 6.62%
Asphalt
1 km
Dirt road
0.6 km
Nature trail
6.7 km
Path
6.2 km
Road
1 km
Show elevation profile

Safety information

This walk covers some distance over roadside paths and minor roads, as well as a short section crossing the busy N70. Please take extra, and remember that it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.

The main part of the route from Waterville to Caherdaniel crosses mixed terrain with undulations across minor spurs and small valleys. Some ground may be boggy after rainfall. During low visibility keep close to the way-marked track.

There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body on arrival in Caherdaniel. 

 

Tips and hints

Food & Drink:

There are limited lunch spots on today's route, so it is advised to be prepared before setting off. Along the way, you will pass The Scariff Inn (inland route and coastal detour), and Derrynane House (only if you are walking the coastal detour).

As Caherdaniel is a very small village with limited food choices, please check your accommodation details to contact your host to arrange for an evening meal to be prepared for you. Please give them plenty of notice to do this. Caherdaniel has a local pub called the Blind Piper Pub which is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

 

Start

Waterville (8 m)
Coordinates:
OSI Grid
V 50308 66043
DD
51.827118, -10.172038
DMS
51°49'37.6"N 10°10'19.3"W
UTM
29U 419230 5742459
w3w 
Show on Map

Destination

Caherdaniel

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

OSI Grid
V 50308 66043
DD
51.827118, -10.172038
DMS
51°49'37.6"N 10°10'19.3"W
UTM
29U 419230 5742459
w3w 
///blender.affiliates.anyway
Show on Map
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills, you should consider packing gaiters, poles, and an extra layer along with a solid good-quality pair of waterproof boots of course.


Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15.5 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
278 m
Descent
274 m
Highest point
242 m

Statistics

  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
2D 3D
Maps and trails
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view