Wicklow Way - 8 Days

Guided Walking Tour-8 Days

The Ring of Kerry 8-day Guided Walking Holiday takes you on a circular route from Killarney, unveiling some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, exploring both the southern and northern coastlines of the Iveragh peninsula.

Wicklow Way - 8 Days

Day 1

Arrive at your first guesthouse in Killarney where you stay for the next 2 nights of your holiday. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s walks.

Day 2

Today is a glorious opportunity to see Killarney at its best – its hills and lakes. Starting your walk at Muckross House you will enjoy learning some of the fascinating history associated with this magnificent place. Walking around this “Middle” lake of Killarney – you reach Dinis cottage for a welcome break before continuing around the circuit of this lake. , you follow back to Muckross House & Gardens to complete your circuit. Return to Killarney for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details

  • Distance: 12kms.
  • Duration: 4 hours walk.
  • Max. Height: 200m.
  • Mainly surfaced tracks with some rocky, wet & muddy sections. Boots recommended

Day 3

Leaving Killarney, we transfer you to Derrycunnihy Church from where you hike through Derrycunnihy Wood and follow the Old Kenmare Road through hillside and moorland finally descending into the heritage town of Kenmare. Transfer from the end of the walk to the pretty village of Sneem where you stay for the next 2 nights. Evening dinner and overnight.

Walk Details

  • Distance: 16kms.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Max. Height: 300m.
  • Mountain tracks and open green roads. Can be wet – boots essential.

Day 4

Hike from Sneem to the spectacular Staigue Fort. This is a glorious hike with breath-taking views to the south over KenmareBay to the BearaPeninsula and West towards Derrynane. Return to Sneem for evening meal and overnight.

Walk Details

  • Distance: 16kms.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Max. Height: 400m.
  • Grass tracks, open bog land and rough mountains. Can be wet underfoot - boots essential. Some road walking.

Day 5

This morning, we transfer you to the historic Derrynane National Park and Abbey Island with great coastal vistas, where you will enjoy a wonderful morning hike. This was once the home of Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator. From here you continue along this majestic coastline with views out to the Skellig Rock, to the lovely village of Waterville. Short transfer this afternoon to Caherciveen for evening meal and overnight.

Walk Details

  • Distance: 16kms.
  • Duration: 5 hours.
  • Max. Height: 300m.
  • Some road walking, grass tracks and rough heather. Boots essential.

Day 6

This is your ‘free day’ to allow you to partake in other activities if you wish – such as cycling, horseriding, canoeing or just laze around with a book! We may arrange a visit to the famous and spectacular monastic island of Skellig Michael, 12 kms. off the coast, if weather, sea and boats permit! A hike on ValentiaIsland is another excellent possibility. Dinner and overnight in Caherciveen

Day 7

Today, you follow an ancient and fascinating stagecoach trail from Kells, just outside Cahersiveen, and enjoy the most wonderful scenery of the week as you hike along the shores of DingleBay east towards Glenbeigh. A truly memorable hike for your last day on the IvreaghPeninsula. Transfer back to Caherciveen for overnight and farewell dinner.

Walk Details

  • Distance: 18kms.
  • Duration: 5hours.
  • Max. Height: 450m.
  • Grass and rocky tracks, open bog land and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 8

Departures after breakfast.

Tour Details

Ireland’s fabled County Kerry consists of a series of spectacular mountainous peninsulae divided by deep-sea inlets. MacGillycuddy’s Reeks form the centrepiece of the Ring of Kerry, a 179-kilometre circuit from Killarney, via Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Kenmare and back to Killarney across Moll’s Gap and past Ladies View – one of Ireland’s most famous viewpoints. Weaving between these points are a network of ancient paths that are nearly as old as the land itself, many of which form part of a long-distance track known as the ‘Kerry Way’.

The name ‘Kerry’ comes from the Old Irish word Ciarraige meaning the people of Ciar, an early Celtic tribe that settled in the area around 300 BC. In fact, Kerry has an outstanding collection of historical and archaeological sites that date back over 7,000 years, with several ancient forts and numerous early Christian churches. Impossibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty save for small herds of sheep or goats, and at almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the eons, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Here and there along the coast, pretty fishing villages, such as Caherdaniel and Portmagee, have successfully withstood the elements and offer a picturesque contrast to the verdant hills that surround them. The SkelligIslands lie 8 miles off the tip of the peninsula, two rocky peaks rising sheer out of the Atlantic Ocean. Skellig Michael is a world heritage site on account of its 6th century monastic site, with beehive huts, oratories and inscribed crosses. Little Skellig is home to over 40,000 gannets, the second largest colony in the world. This is a delightful one-week hike and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!here

Hotels

  • Superior & First Class Ashling Hotel Dublin (1 night) for Thursday departures or Ballsbridge Hotel Dublin (1 night) for Saturday departures
  • Dooley's Hotel Waterford (1 night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre Killarney (2 nights)
  • Westwood House Hotel Galway (2 nights)
  • Knockranny House Hotel Westport for July 24 departure
  • Grand Canal Hotel Dublin (1 night)