You’ve seemingly heard of the Ring of Kerry – it’s thought-about one of many best drives on this planet and it’s one of the vital well-known locations in Eire. Nonetheless – what for those who may decelerate, and uncover the Ring of Kerry at a slower tempo? From rugged cliffs to golden seashores, small villages, inexperienced pastures, peat bogs, and picturesque mountain ranges – you’ll hike and see the ‘actual’ Eire away from the crowds and roads with solely the sound of nature to accompany you.
In all of my journeys to Eire, I’ve but to deal with this problem – mountaineering 122 miles across the total Ring of Kerry. Nonetheless – this coming Might 2024, I’m lastly taking it on! Nonetheless as a twist – I’m asking you to affix me on this epic Inn to Inn hike in Eire!
This might be a real journey and a real problem. Usually after I supply Ottsworld Excursions, they’re itineraries that I’m actually conversant in and have accomplished earlier than, nonetheless, I’ve by no means accomplished this hike, so we’ll each be experiencing it with a recent set of eyes and expectations. Plus, 122 miles over mountains and rugged terrain in 9 days isn’t any small feat…it’s one thing I’ll must plan and practice for!
That is my favourite sort of journey – a difficult journey and a brand new vacation spot! It’s the journey that you’ve got watched me do for years and years right here at Ottsworld – and now you get to return to expertise it with me! So if you’re in search of one thing new to problem you, to sit up for, to fulfill new mates who’re all on this collectively – all within the backdrop of the tradition and panorama of Eire – then learn on.
Mountain climbing the Kerry Means – Supported
I’ve tackled a number of long-distance hikes in my travels; Camino de Santiago, Dolomites, Saint Olav’s Means, Annapurna Circuit, Costa Brava Coastal Path, and the Kumano Kodo to call a couple of. I like the problem of those long-distance hikes; the sluggish tempo, the prospect to soak up nature and tradition, but nonetheless sleep in a pleasant mattress each evening and eat nice meals!
Get extra nice multi-day mountaineering inspiration! Examine all the thru-hikes I’ve accomplished all over the world and why they’re all nice alternate options to the Camino de Santiago.
I’ve at all times needed to do considered one of Eire’s well-known multi-day hikes – and I’m asking you to affix me on this Irish journey!
Every evening we’ll keep in a small native village or city, and benefit from the pubs, music, and environment of small-town Eire. Every day we’ll lace up our boots, and deal with the agricultural and rugged landscapes of Eire’s West Coast.
And we’ll make all of it the best way across the peninsula on foot…collectively!
Eire Stroll Hike Bike
I’m working with an area firm, Eire Stroll Hike Bike, to run the journey. They’re specialists within the space and might be with us each step of the best way! I’ve labored with them for the previous 5 years on creating customized excursions in Eire and am blissful to proceed our relationship. They’ve unimaginable guides and can be sure that our each want it dealt with.
Overview, Prices, and Map
Dates: Might 1 – 11, 2024
Value: €2,600* (€435 single complement)
This area was first settled round 300 BC by the individuals of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe and this epic journey will immerse you in virtually 10,000 years of dramatic historical past.
Itinerary at a Look – 122 miles in 9 days
Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney In a single day Killarney
Day 2 – Killarney to Black Valley Hike (13.2miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar Hike (10.9 miles) In a single day Glencar
Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh (13.2 Miles) In a single day Glenbeigh
Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Hike (18.3 Miles) In a single day Cahersiveen
Day 6 – Cahersiveen to Waterville Hike ( 18.9 Miles) In a single day Waterville
Day 7- Waterville to Caherdaniel Hike (9 Miles) In a single day Caherdaniel
Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem Hike (10.8 Miles) In a single day Sneem
Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare Hike (21 Miles) In a single day Kenmare
Day 10 – Kenmore to Killarney Hike (6.5 Miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 11 – Depart Killarney
As I do with all of my Ottsworld Excursions, I can even supply images instruction for these of you who’re inquisitive about bettering your images (telephone or digicam). As well as, I might be taking images of your entire tour and every visitor will get a obtain of all pictures I take. So for those who don’t wish to take footage – I’ll do it for you!
Tips on how to E-book This Tour
I’d like to speak to you first to reply any of your questions previous to your reserving. Subsequently comply with these steps to guide:
- Ship me an electronic mail at [email protected] letting me find out about your curiosity. We’ll arrange a name to debate any questions you will have. This might be on a primary come first serve foundation – there are solely 11 spots obtainable on this tour.
- I’ll ship you a cost hyperlink to Eire Stroll Hike Bike’s Customized Tour type the place you possibly can guide your deposit with them and safe your spot for this tradition Ottsworld tour. A 300€ nonrefundable deposit is required to safe a spot.
- Fill out the customized tour type and remember to put “Ottsworld Kerry Means Tour” within the notes part.
- Closing cost is due February 1, 2024 (90 Days previous to Might 1, 2024)
Cancellation Coverage and Charge
- If you happen to cancel greater than 90 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose the deposit quantity.
- If you happen to cancel between 89 – 42 days earlier than beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 50% of the vacation price
- If you happen to cancel lower than 42 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 100% of the vacation price
I extremely suggest that you simply get journey insurance coverage to cowl any dangers of cancellation. I usually use Allianz Journey Insurance coverage for my very own travels and it is rather motive
Day by day Itinerary
That is thought-about Inn to Inn supported mountaineering. We’ll have an area information with us for the journey who will deal with all the logistics – so all we have now to do is hike! They won’t solely transfer the baggage so that every one we have now to hold is a day pack, however every day we may have two distance choices that we will hike. The itinerary consists of a variety of days of mountaineering over 15 miles, subsequently if individuals within the group wish to do a shorter distance they are going to have that choice. Observe – you will want to select both the complete distance or the shorter distance and our information will deal with all transportation.
Which means our information is not going to be mountaineering with us on the path, we might be on the path on our personal, however it’s properly marked and every of us may have a GPS app from Eire Stroll Hike Bike that gained’t allow us to get misplaced! Nonetheless, our information might be with us within the mornings and evenings, and can fill us with the historical past of the Kerry Peninsula, Irish tradition, nice locations to eat, and tell us the place the very best pubs are!
Might 1st Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney
Our Mountain climbing tour begins within the bustling personal of Killarney. Killarney is dwelling to the spectacular Nationwide Park and the majestic Three Lakes of Killarney. We’ll meet our information at 5 pm this night for a tour briefing earlier than having fun with a scrumptious meal along with your fellow hikers in an area restaurant.
Might 2nd Day 2 – Killarney to the Black Valley
In the present day is all in regards to the lakes. Our route as we speak takes us alongside sections of the shores of all 3 of the well-known Lakes of Killarney, you’ll start in Killarney Nationwide Park after which comply with an outdated “mass path” alongside the shores of the Higher Lake to succeed in the Black Valley.
We’ll then take a magical boat journey by the three lakes to return to Killarney for our in a single day.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.29 miles | Peak achieve – 1614 ft | Peak loss – 1598 ft | Max Peak – 948 ft. Terrain: Mountain tracks and inexperienced roads. Will be moist underfoot – boots important. Resulting from restricted lodging within the Black Valley – we are going to keep in Killarney once more on Day 2.
Might 3rd Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar
This morning we might be transferred again to the Black Valley to start our hike. From the Black Valley we comply with a route overlooking a lake, then ascend to cross over a ‘saddle’ into the Bridia Valley. We’ll Ascend one other saddle as soon as used for driving animals to markets. The hike takes us into the foothills of McGillcuddy’s Reeks (Eire’s highest mountain vary) as we comply with by the wild magnificence of the Ring of Kerry. With views throughout to Carrauntohill Mountain, we proceed beside a river to succeed in the tiny hamlet of Glencar the place we’ll in a single day.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.87 Miles | Peak achieve – 2693 ft. | Peak loss – 2273 ft. | Max Peak – 1256 ft. Terrain: Street strolling, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain, and bogland, might be moist underfoot. Boots important.
Might 4th Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh
This can be a implausible stroll as we speak taking us over the gorgeous Blackstone’s Bridge, alongside the Caragh River and Valley. We proceed round Seefin mountain which is intently linked to Eire’s mythology. From right here you descend to the stunning village of Glenbeigh. The views throughout Castlemaine Harbour and out west to Dingle Bay must be seen to be appreciated. Glenbeigh, as soon as a thriving Stage Coach cease is a village with immense character. In case you have extra power you possibly can go to Rossbeigh Seaside which lies additional west. In a single day in Glenbeigh.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.23 Miles| Peak achieve – 2077 ft. | Peak loss – 2493 ft. | Max Peak – 1112 ft. Terrain: Street strolling, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks, and forest paths. Boots important.
Might 5th Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Caherciveen
Our hike takes us from simply outdoors the city of Glenbeigh, alongside the northern shores of the peninsula, to the city of Cahersiveen. This stroll follows an19th century Stage Coach route with spectacular views throughout to the Dingle Peninsula. We’ll go by outdated, abandoned villages which had been as soon as busy facilities of exercise, buying and selling with passengers on the outdated stagecoaches. We comply with alongside little boreens and outdated farming trails as we speak to succeed in the city of Cahersiveen. In a single day in Cahersiveen.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.33 Miles | Peak achieve – 1821 ft. | Peak loss – 2110 ft. | Max Peak – 1204 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few street strolling. Boots important.
Might 6th Day 6 – Cahersiveen to Waterville
Following in a south-westerly course as we speak, we may have coastal views for a lot of our hike! This stroll takes us throughout the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and west throughout the Atlantic Ocean. We’ll seemingly meet some sheep on the excessive hills on our strategy to attain Waterville – considered one of Charlie Chaplin’s favourite haunts. In a single day in Waterville.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.9 Miles | Peak achieve – 2694 ft. | Peak loss – 2661 ft. | Max Peak – 1299 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few street strolling. Boots important.
Might 7th Day 7 – Waterville to Caherdaniel
In the present day’s hike takes us round essentially the most westerly tip of the Ring of Kerry, overlooking the gorgeous Derrynane Bay, the Beara Peninsula, and an abundance of islands. We’ll end your hike within the lovely village of Caherdaniel the place we in a single day.
Upon reaching Caherdaniel you’ll meet an area seaweed forager who will introduce you to this wonderful plant. You possibly can style completely different seaweeds and be taught in regards to the Irish seashore and what lies beneath the waves.
Included: Breakfast, Seaweed expertise
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 9 miles | Peak achieve – 1102 ft. | Peak loss – 997 ft. | Max Peak – 807 ft. Terrain: Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland, and a few street strolling. Boots important.
Might 8th Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem
We’ll be taught extra about Kerry’s Darkish Sky Reserve (considered one of solely a small variety of reserves worldwide) as we begin our hike out of Caherdaniel. Our route as we speak may have views throughout the Atlantic in addition to a chance to see historical ring forts. We’ll stroll in an easterly course alongside an outdated ‘butter street to the colourful village of Sneem for our in a single day.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.8 Miles | Peak achieve – 1749 ft. | Peak loss – 1795 ft. | Max Peak – 741 ft. Terrain: Nation lanes, grass tracks, Rocky Mountains and a few street strolling. Boots important.
Might 9th Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare
The heritage city of Kenmare is our aim as we speak, as we comply with alongside the shores of the Kenmare River from Sneem. Starting with a brief drive from Sneem, our hike begins on farm tracks, goes throughout the open hillside, after which alongside the shores of Kenmare Bay. Lastly, we achieve top to take pleasure in superb views earlier than descending into Kenmare for our in a single day.
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 21 miles | Peak achieve – 2405 ft. | Peak loss – 2408 ft. | Max Peak – 2405 ft. Terrain: Forest tracks, some street strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important.
Might 10th Day 10 – Kenmare to Galways Bridge
In the present day begins with a go to to an area sheep farm. Meet some new child lambs and see how the shepherds work with the sheepdogs to regulate their flock.
Following time on the farm we might be transferred to the beginning of as we speak’s quick hike the place we full the circuit of the Kery Means mountaineering path! The route takes us alongside the Previous Kenmare Street, as soon as utilized by individuals touring to markets. That is unspoiled wilderness seen solely by hikers, deer, and the hovering sea eagles that we could also be fortunate sufficient to see.
On the finish of as we speak’s route, we might be transferred to Killarney for our closing evening of celebration. Get pleasure from a scrumptious meal and some pints! Look again and experience our epic journey by the wilds of County Kerry.
Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Sheep Farm Expertise
Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 6.5 Miles | Peak achieve – 1191 ft. | Peak loss – 1227 ft. | Max Peak – 955 ft. Terrain: Rocky and gravel tracks, some street strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important.
Might 11th Day 11 – Depart from Killarney
Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast (included). You possibly can both make your means again to Dublin for a departure flight or keep additional days in Eire and discover by yourself! From Killarney, connections by bus and practice are frequent to Cork Limerick, Shannon, or Dublin.
Tips on how to Get To/From Killarney
You’ll must arrive in Killarney on Might 1st by 5 PM as we may have our group assembly and dinner that evening earlier than we begin mountaineering the following day.
There are a variety of the way to get to Killarney – bus, practice, airplane – try this entire checklist of transportation choices.
It’s fairly simple to guide your individual bus or practice shuttle to Killarney, nonetheless, for those who’d reasonably not, Eire Stroll Hike Bike can guide this for you. The price is an extra €12.50 to your closing bill to cowl their administration prices for this service.
Close by Airports:
Dublin – 5-6 hours to Killarney
Shannon – 3-4 hours to Killarney
Cork – 1.5 hours to Killarney
Kerry (regional) – 20 to half-hour to Killarney
- 10 nights keep in an en-suite room at small city B&Bs and visitor homes.
- Scrumptious Full Irish breakfast every morning, and a pair of Dinners.
- An skilled Irish information will accompany the group at some stage in the vacation.
- 2 mileage decisions for every day.
- Baggage Switch so that you solely have to hold a daypack.
- Experiences as outlined within the itinerary: Seaweed expertise and Sheep Farm demonstration
- Transfers to and from every day’s strolling places if selecting to do shorter distances for the day, and all transport as outlined within the itinerary.
- GPS Navigation app with factors of curiosity
- Fundamental images instruction throughout the journey.
- Entry to a full gallery of images (shot by me!) of your entire journey, which you should utilize for private functions.
- Comradery of a small group who’re in it with you!
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to/from Eire
- Transportation to/from Killarney for arrival and departure
- Journey Insurance coverage
- Some dinners and all lunches
- Private drinks
- Medical prices
Who Ought to Think about This Tour?
- People who find themselves skilled hikers who’ve skilled for these distances and may hike a number of days in a row on uneven terrain and inclement climate.
- Individuals who wish to discover lesser-known locations, and be adventurous and lively.
- People who find themselves versatile. Try to be keen to exhibit flexibility, as itineraries could change as a result of climate, and it helps if in case you have a ‘keen to strive new issues’ angle.
- Individuals who don’t thoughts mountaineering within the rain and benefit from the pleasure of inclement climate – it’s Eire in any case.
- Individuals who can pee out in nature and depart no hint. 🙂
If you happen to’ve by no means accomplished a multi-day hike like this earlier than and wish to strive it, this can be a nice alternative as you’ll be with a gaggle of like-minded individuals, we’ll have a information to help us, and you’ve got loads of time to coach in order that you can be ready! And for those who need assistance coaching – I’ve an answer for that too!
Images of the Area
I’ve truly pushed the Ring of Kerry a couple of instances, so I’ve accrued a couple of pictures of the area to present you an thought of what to anticipate.
What are you ready for – the path is looking!