5 Nights Walking in the Kerry Countryside from Killarney
Double / Single
£602 / £932
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Start any day February to November
Description of Twin/Double
- Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
- If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
- If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
- Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
- If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.
A 5 Night tour discovering Ireland on a four centre inn-to-inn, self-guided hiking tour around the Ring of Kerry Way between Killarney to Caherciveen in County Kerry, Ireland. 5 nights bed and breakfast in en-suite accommodation, 4 days hiking, luggage transfer, route notes and maps. This hiking tour of the Kerry Way can start any day of the week.
You walk the waymarked Kerry Way in County Kerry from Killarney to Cahersiveen, nearly 51 miles in all. From Killarney the route goes through the Killarney National Park, where you might be lucky to sight the native red deer or watch otters playing in the stream. You descend to the island-dotted upper lake and into the Black Valley. From here you pass into the rocky and remote glens of Glencar. The route from Glencar ascends to a spot with magical views of Caragh Lake and then goes down to Glenbeigh on the northern edge of the Kerry Way peninsular. From Glenbeigh you follow an early Christian route to Cahersiveen, with detours to archaeological sites, and splendid views across Dingle Bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean to finish. We then transfer you back to Killarney where you could take the time to celebrate in an Irish Singing Pub or discover a little more about Irish Culture and Customs in the book and giftshops.
You stop in 5 Irish Tourist Board recommended guest or farmhouses along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double and single rooms all with private facilities. Bed and Breakfast and luggage transfer between the overnight stays, and route notes and maps of the Kerry Way are included.
We can also include extra nights before or after this walking tour near Shannon Airport at Limerick, to enjoy the shopping or the wealth of traditional Irish folk music available in many of the "singing pubs". Please ask for a quotation.
START and FINISH: Killarney is on the west coast of Ireland in County Kerry.
ARRIVAL DAY : At Killarney. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels and pubs (not included). Overnight at Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY TWO : Walking from Killarney to Black Valley. 13 miles (20.5km) and 1,150 feet (350m) of ascent. You walk through Killarney National Park passing the ruins of Muckross Friary. Stop for morning coffee at Muckross House and view the gardens. Now the route gets wilder as you go up beside Torc Waterfall and along the Old Kenmare Road and through the ancient oak woods to Killarney's Upper Lake and finish in the Black Valley. Dinner is provided at your accommodtion (Not included in tour price). Overnight at Black Valley, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY THREE : Walking from Black Valley to Glencar. 13 miles (21km) and 1,900 feet (575m) of ascent. You walk through the rugged and lonely ice carved glens of Mid Kerry (from the Black Valley into the Bridia Valley) to storied Glencar. Dinner is provided at your accommodation (NOT included in tour price). Overnight at Glencar, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY FOUR : Walking from Glencar to Glenbeigh. 10.5 miles (17km) and 1,150 feet (350m) of ascent. You walk from Glencar, with magical views of Caragh Lake, to the village of Glenbeigh, with its sandy beaches. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Glenbeigh, County Kerry, Ireland.
DAY FIVE : Walking from Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen. 14 miles (23km) and 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent. Your walk today takes you on the early Christian route from Glenbeigh, with detours to archaeological artefacts and views across Dingle Bay and out to the Atlantic Ocean to finish at the ancient settlement of Caherciveen. From here we have arranged to transfer you back to Killarney.
DAY SIX : Departure. The tour finishes from Killarney after breakfast.
TRAVEL to SHANNON or KERRY AIRPORT (NOT included in tour price): Shannon airport has regular flights from most countries. Kerry Airport is the local airport. You can fly from London Stansted to Kerry Airport on Ryanair or from Dublin to Kerry Airport with Aer Arann.
TRAVEL from SHANNON or KERRY AIRPORT to KILLARNEY (NOT included in tour price): Private taxi can be booked from the airport. The journey takes about 2 hours from Shannon and 30 minutes from Kerry airport. If you arrive before midday at Killarney, you may have to wait until your room has been serviced and is available. The accommodation is a short walk from Killarney town centre.
TRAVEL from BUBLIN or CORK to KILLARNEY (NOT included in tour price): Killarney is the nearest rail station. There are currently 3 suitable trains a day from Dublin or Cork. The accommodation is a short walk from Killarney town centre.
TRAVEL from KILLARNEY to SHANNON AIRPORT (NOT included in tour price): Private taxi can be booked from the hotel.
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GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farm and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.
For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.
These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.