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Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

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The Kerry Way is the Emerald Isle’s longest trail – at 130mi, it offers fantastic views of the unspoiled landscapes – a walk here will swathe you in 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history. Admire crisp blue lakes, pretty waterfalls, lovely little villages and velvety green pastures.

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All about the Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way.

The Kerry Way is the Emerald Isle’s longest trail – at 130 mi, it offers fantastic views of the unspoiled landscapes – a walk here will swathe you in 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history.
Nestled in the south-west corner of Ireland, you’ll spot contrastingly beautiful landscapes at every turn. From rugged cliffs to some of Europe’s finest golden beaches, small friendly villages and velvety green fields to picturesque mountain ranges.
Starting in the famous town of Killarney, boasting the magnificent ‘Three Lakes of Killarney’, your route takes you south to the heritage town of Kenmare. Following the spectacular coastal route, the Wild Atlantic Way, you’ll pass lovely towns and villages – Kenmare with its historic textile industry, Sneem famous for its little bridge and Waterville, a favoured fishing location for Charlie Chaplin.
Meandering the landscape, which was carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, marvel at Iron Age forts and ruined abbeys amongst the many sheep that dot the fields, crisp blue loughs and pretty waterfalls. As you head northwards, the coastal views get better and better.
You’ll stay in a mix of friendly bed and breakfasts. You will be sure of a warm Irish welcome everywhere. Many towns offer pubs, bistros and restaurants serving tasty local food – the seafood is especially good!
*This holiday is also available as a 4-night Short Break*

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 7 Nights Accommodations, hotel-to-hotel
  • All breakfasts
  • GPS Device
  • Route maps
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Walking Transfers
  • Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip (at designated place and time)
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Peaceful, beautiful walks in the south-west corner of Ireland
  • Killarney National Park: Ireland’s oldest protected wilderness with Ireland’s only herd of wild red deer
  • Panoramic views of glistening lakes and rugged mountains
  • A million shades of green as the road follows the contours of the land
  • 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Killarney

    Check into your B+B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music. (Staying at Killarney Lodge, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Killarney to Kenmare 22km/14mi/6hr

    You’ll get dropped off at Muckross House to start your walk. From here you’ll follow a road around the lake leading to Ireland’s second highest waterfall, Torc Waterfall, before climbing on the old Kenmare road, cutting through the mountains. Keep your eye out for red deer. Crossing Windy Gap, you’ll enjoy wonderful views of Kenmare Bay, before a down and up into the lively village of Kenmare, St Finian’s Holy Well, located in the old part, is said to contain healing properties. (Staying at Rockcrest House B+B, Breakfast only)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Kenmare to Sneem 21km/13.5mi/6hr or 33km/21m/8hrs 30 mins

    After a transfer to the tiny hamlet of Templenoe, you’ll follow a series of forest tracks passing C19 Dromore Castle to arrive on a beautiful trail along the shores of Kenmare Bay. After crossing Blackwater Bridge you’ll climb to a low plateau with superb views, where you’ll see fields of sheep and small lakes, and the pretty church of Tahilla. Walking along a farm trail to the outskirts of Sneem, you’ll meet the Ring of Kerry road, cross it and follow an old boreen up and down into the village. If you prefer to do the longer day there is no transfer and you walk from the Lodge, picking up the Kerry Way in Sneem. (Staying at the Coomassig View B+B, Breakfast only)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 Sneem to Caherdaniel (Waterville) 17km/11mi/5hr

    A shorter day today, offering an insight into the farming lifestyle as you pass through a series of farms, fields full of sheep and friendly farmers who are only too happy to stop and chat. Following an old ’butter road’, you’ll admire the ruins of Kilcrohane Church and watch the landscape become more rugged as you climb to enjoy stunning views down to the Wild Atlantic coast. you’ll then descend into the little village of Caherdaniel, once home to the famous Irish liberator, Daniel O’Connell. Perhaps grab a drink in Freddie’s Bar whilst waiting for your transfer to Waterville (20mins), where you stay for the next two nights.(Staying at Klondyke House B+B, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Caherdaniel to Waterville 12km/7.5mi/4hr

    After a transfer back to Caherdaniel, a short but scenic walk takes you on country roads to a track that provides amazing views of the beach and leads through one of Ireland’s oldest natural woodland with oak, ash, holly and birch trees. Once out of the woods you’ll climb to be rewarded with wonderful views over Ballinskelligs Bay, passing ancient burial grounds. Before following the old ’butter road’ back to Waterville, you’ll pass the statue of Charlie Chaplin, who liked to fish here. (Staying at Klondyke House B+B, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Waterville to Cahersiveen 22km/14mi/6 hr or 31km/19.5mi/8hr

    We’ll take you to Mastergeehy to start your walk – or you can walk the whole way if you would like on a sunny day when the views are tremendous. From here you’ll follow country lanes and climb up to a lovely plateau giving 360ree; views over the coast and inland. Another drop and climb leads you to the town of Cahersiveen where you can enjoy a drink before heading to your B+B. If you prefer you can walk from the hotel, it is a lovely walk with views of Lough Currane, to arrive at Mastergeehy. (Staying at Ring of Kerry Hotel, Breakfast only)

  7. Day 7 Day 7 Cahersiveen to Glenbeigh 21km/13mi/6hr

    After a transfer to Deelis Bridge, you’ll pick up an old C17 ’stage coach’ mountain trail, passing the ruins of old Kells village and a panoramic view of the old railway viaduct, soon to be a cycle greenway. After walking across Windy Gap you’ll be met with gorgeous views of the Dingle Peninsula with Rossbeigh Strand and Inch Beach, famous for the film, Ryan’s Daughter. You’ll finish with a forest trail through the fairy woods to Glenbeigh for your last night, staying at the historic Towers Hotel, where the cast of Ryan’s Daughter stayed. (Staying at The Towers Hotel, Breakfast only)

  8. Day 8 Day 8 Leave Glenbeigh

    We take you to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip. (*It is easy to add extra nights in all of the towns – perhaps you’d like to visit Valencia Island or take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. Just ask your sales adviser to arrange.)

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Where you stay
Killarney Lodge
The Killarney Lodge is located less than five-minutes walk from the centre of Killarney. The Lodge has 16 good sized bedrooms, all of which are well-decorated and have all the amenities you require. There is a small garden around the Lodge. You are welcomed with tea or coffee and a full Irish breakfast is offered each morning, but other hot items can be ordered. You will find a lovely warm welcome from your hosts, who are also on hand to help with any local information or just happy to have a chat. You will also find a free bottle of water in your room. The Lodge has a **** Lodge classification from the Irish Tourist Board.
Rockcrest House
Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, the Rockcrest Bed Breakfast offers clean, modern, spacious rooms and a very warm welcome from hosts Marian and David O’Dwyer. Excellent full Irish breakfasts are cooked to order using local produce. Situated within a 5 minute walk to Kenmare and a choice of pubs and restaurants for evening meals.
Coomassig View B+B
The Coomassig View B+B is lovely and welcoming, and just a five-minute walk out of pretty Sneem. You will be given a warm welcome by Maureen and her family. On arrival tea and coffee is served. The rooms are large and have all the amenities you require. There is small sitting room and WiFi is free throughout the B+B. Breakfast is a full Irish breakfast and your host can provide a packed lunch for your next walks. Sneem has a good choice of pubs and restaurants where you can eat. If you are spending extra time here you, there are circular walks and a riverside walk where you can find one of Ireland’s two coral beaches. Coomassig View is officially classed as a **** Bed and Breakfast.
Klondyke House B+B
John and Cirean will give you a warm welcome to their B+B, located just a five-minute walk from Waterville. The house has views across the Atlantic and to the mountains inland. The rooms are well-decorated with a modern finish. There is free WiFi in the hotel, tea and coffee making facilities in your room and you are served a full Irish breakfast. In Waterville you will find a good selection of pubs and places to eat, there is also an excellent restaurant opposite the property. Waterville sits on the coast, and you can walk up to Lough Currane for wonderful views.
Ring of Kerry Hotel
The ideally located family owned Ring of Kerry hotel offers a warm welcome from friendly, helpful staff. 23 comfortable rooms with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, wifi and laundry options. Enjoy a drink and the craic at John D’s, the popular lobby bar which has an Irish pub atmosphere and live entertainment. Alternatively, there is locally produced contemporary Irish food served in the Restaurant.
The Towers Hotel
The Towers Hotel is centrally located in the small village of Glenbeigh. This historic hotel was built in 1895 in the late Victorian style. Throughout the years it has hosted many famous people and it is where the cast of Ryan’s Daughter (filmed locally) stayed when filming. The famous Irish artist Marshall C Hutson, spent a lot of time here drawing inspiration for his famous pieces. The hotel has a traditional feel to it, and offers recently refurbished large rooms, and there is a large lounge area and ample gardens. The hotel boasts an a la carte restaurant or you can enjoy less formal dining in its adjoining pub. They serve a full Irish breakfast and offer an accompanying cold buffet. WiFi is free in the public areas including the pub. Glenbeigh is lovey small village with a couple of pubs and restaurants, the nearby Rossbeigh Strand is one on the nicest beaches in the region.

All breakfasts included.

Irish food is not exactly famous, but what you will find is extremely good ingredients used to create basic and classic dishes, both Kerry beef and Kerry lamb, are certainly well known all over Ireland and further afield. You will see rack of lamb, lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, in most places. The county’s other basket is the Atlantic Ocean, and its rivers and loughs. Sea bream and Sea Bass are popular.Trout and Salmon can be served in many different ways, and there is an abundance of shell fish, local chowders are excellent and look out for crab gratin.

Wine is readily available but of course one of the symbols of Ireland is Guinness, and we can say from experience that it tastes better in Ireland, but if have a thirst after a long walk, beware the Guinness is not poured quickly, many might say there is a certain amount of time you need to leave after filling the glass halfway up the harp. However it should be left until you see a vivid distinction between the dark body and the creamy white head. Only then can the rest of the glass be filled. Learning from the
locals, you should order your second pint before you have finished your first!
Craft beer is making a name for itself in Ireland and there are some excellent local ones. Then there is the Irish whiskey, the famous one being Bushmills and Jameson’s, and there are many local whiskies for you to try, the Dingle distillery produces a good whiskey and an excellent gin.

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 22km (14 miles).
No. of days walking: 6
Terrain and route: The walking is on well marked trails, the terrain at times can be a little muddy underfoot and some rocky sections. There are some coastal paths which are wide but do have drops. Walking boots are essential and poles are highly reccommended.
Vehicle Support: This is a self-guided trip for those who prefer to walk independently, but with our assistance to take out the stress of the logistics and planning. We arrange your accommodations, provide you with a map and route notes so that you can walk at your own pace, while your bags are transported from one hotel to the next. A representative will be there to meet you and will be on call throughout the trip should you need.

It is important that you are happy reading maps and following route notes, we make these as accurate as possible and they are regularly checked.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There maybe others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the local representative is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 05/09/2018
5/5

Mrs Love-Fordham

This was our eighth hike or bike with Headwater. We have enjoyed them all, but it was my first time to Ireland and I am absolutely in love! The hikes were incredible with outrageously beautiful views. The walks aren't particularly hard, but they are long and without stayput days to rest, it is tiring. If I were to do it again, I would opt for in a few extra stayput days here and there just so I could sleep in and spend more time exploring the villages. The local people were friendly and helpful - go sit at the bar in any pub and you will make instant friends. The little villages were fun to explore. The food was great and I really did not expect that! One thing to note... make sure your rain gear is working - get in the shower with it before you pack and make sure it is still waterproof! It rains a lot in Ireland and you are bound to get a shower now and then - even a cloud burst that lasts just a few minutes. We had two and they were actually a lot of fun! But the weather is wonderfully cool even when sunny and even the rain is just part of the experience. I would go again today if work didn't get in the way! It was wonderful. I think it is my favorite trip so far!

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