Walking the Kerry Way and Killarney N.P. - Short Break

5 days
from
$1,279 USD
incl. taxes
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Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
W04KE
Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays, Short Breaks, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Self-Guided Walking
Ages:
8+

Nestled in the south-west corner of Ireland, on this 4-night trip 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 walking begins at Caherdaniel along country roads with stunning beach views then to Waterville - a fishing spot loved by Charlie Chaplin - up to a plateau with 360 degree views.

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
  • Based on our popular 7 night, Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

Key information

  • 4 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Countries visited: Ireland

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single supplements
  • Solo traveller supplement (where only one person is travelling on a departure date)
  • Arrival and departure transfers (available for a supplement)
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

3

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

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 recommended.

Day by day breakdown
Day 212.0km/8.0miles
Day 322.0km/14.0miles
Day 421.0km/13.0miles

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Itinerary

Killarney
to
Killarney
  • 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 Abbey Lodge)

  • Day 2

    Catherdaniel to Waterville

    After a transfer along the Ring of Kerry to sleepy little 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 The Villa, Waterville)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Waterville to Cahersiveen

    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 360 degree 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. (Staying at Ring of Kerry 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Cahersiveen to Glenbeigh

    After a transfer to Deelis Bridge, you'll pick up an old 17th century '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)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Leave Glenbeigh

    We take you to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

Ireland

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

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.

Weather

The climate on the South West Coast of Ireland is mild due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream. The weather, however, is temperamental and proves quite hard to predict, therefore it is important to be prepared for all weather. The warmer months tend to be the summer months, July and August, with an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius. Temperatures rarely fall below 0 during the year. The wettest months tend to be from October through to March. April is often the driest month. Rain can be expected at any time of the year.

Is this trip for you?

Classification: Self-Guided
Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Average daily distance on move on days: 18.3km (11.5miles). 
No. of days walking: 3
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 recommended.
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.

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

You'll stay in a mix of friendly bed and breakfasts, where you will be sure of a warm Irish welcome. Many towns offer pubs, bistros and restaurants serving tasty local food - the seafood is especially good!

Call for general departures:
1 844 227 9087
Call for private group trips:
1 844 227 9087
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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