Arrive in Tralee, the administrative capital of County Kerry. This is the home of the famous Rose of Tralee festival. Upon arrival at your guesthouse, your host will give you your full detailed information pack, and will suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs and even traditional Irish music venues. Have a relaxing evening in the town and our representative will sit down and go through all the details of the coming 8 days with you. All you have to do is enjoy the experience!
It's the exciting first day of your adventure! Walk along charming back country roads to join the Dingle Way, and then follow the once old road under the Slieve Mish Mountains to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 8th century church, you then continue to the village of Camp. Beyond the stunning landscape, there are also fantastic views over the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
Today, you cross the spine of the Dingle Peninsula to traverse above the wildlife sanctuary of Inch beach. Enjoy the scenery as you walk the Green road and hilltop to the picturesque village of Annascaul, where you stay overnight. We will go for a drink in The South Pole Inn this evening. The original proprietor, Tom Crean, went on many adventures to Antarctica. Inside, you will see many great photographs of his travels. Perhaps it will inspire you for your own adventure!
Continue your exploration today along a medieval road to the charming fishing village of Dingle, which is steeped in Irish culture and music. The locals here still speak in Ireland's native tongue (Gaelic). Dingle is a wonderful little harbour town and boasts attractions such as the Marine Centre; boat trip to see Fungi, Dingle's resident dolphin; choice between 52 pubs and restaurants and attractive craft shops.
This walk, although a little longer, is relatively easy, so don't worry! Take in the experience and look forward to reaching your destination at Dingle. With so much surrounding beauty to pique your interest, it should be a nice and invigorating walk. Stay overnight in Dingle.
Today's walk is spectacular, taking you via Ventry Beach and along the slopes of Mount Eagle to Slea Head. This stretch is famous for its concentration of archaeological sites such as "beehive" huts. Take in the history and admire the architecture of these ancient structures. You will see the wonderfully remote Blasket Islands and experience life in one of Ireland's Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) regions. Overnight in Dunquin (Slea Head).
The road leading out of Dunquin provides a brisk uphill walk to wake you right up this morning! Heading due north, the Dingle Way soon turns into a gravel path and rounds the shoulder of An Ghráig at 120m above sea-level. The route then descends and joins with the main road. After heading across grasslands and passing the small picturesque Clogher Beach, the Dingle Way skirts the cliffs where the full force of the Atlantic Ocean can be felt as waves come crashing in below.
Back on sealed roads, you proceed in a north-easterly direction. The trail comes to a T-junction where there has been a change recently. Ordnance Survey publications show the Dingle Way taking a left turn pointing in the direction of Ferriters Cove. The revised trail should now take a right followed by an immediate left and travelling up the east side of the golf course instead of the west.
Crossing the face of Smerwick Harbour, the Dingle Way touches nearly six kilometres of beach and bypasses Ballyferriter before finally reaching Murreagh and Ballydavid. Those wishing to take an earlier break at Ballyferriter should take the higher track along the sand dunes to spot the second turn-off for the town.
Today, you will walk across an old military road to the northern side of the peninsula - finishing in the village of Cloghane. This is a remote but spectacular walk - full of history and inaccessible except by foot. An unspoiled walk through remote regions which are hidden gems.
At the shoulder of Brandon is a view of the coast toward Tralee, marked at the highest point by a 3,500-year-old Druid standing stone with Ogham writing visible on its weathered surface. You will also see more beehive huts on the slope towards Cloghane. Cloghane is a small, picturesque village filled with stone houses and with views across Owenmore estuary.
Today's walk takes you along stunning beaches, finding the remains of a 15th century church and graveyard along the way at Stradbally. Farther along are the Lough Gill wildlife sanctuary and more beaches. You walk around the peninsula before coming to the beautiful village of Castlegregory.
It is surrounded by mountains and close to excellent beaches. Walking along the beaches brings you close to nature on today's walk. Dip a toe into the inviting water for some refreshment along the way! Relax after the day's walk in your charming accommodation.
We require a 20% deposit to start booking all the individual elements of your trip, which is payable over the phone or online (the full balance is due 6 weeks prior to departure, so if you book less than 6 weeks in advance your deposit will be the full tour cost). Every trip is tailor made just for you, so we confirm availability individually and book all your accommodation and options, then send you final confirmation as soon as everything is confirmed (usually max 5 working days).
It really depends on the trip. We offer quite a variety of holiday grades to help you select the right level of activity. Always be honest with yourself about your abilities, and always do some training in the run up to your trip. You'd be surprised at what you can achieve, especially going at your own pace on one of our independent adventures. Your specialist is the best person to ask for advice on a specific trip. The active kind of holiday offers rewards like no other.
Many of our trips come with baggage transfer included (some have optional baggage transfer, and on very few remote trips baggage transfer is unavailable, but do check the exact tour inclusions). You will drop overnight bags (one per person) by an allotted time each morning in a designated area in your hotel or B&B. This leaves you free to walk unencumbered, with only your day pack of essentials. Your baggage will be transferred to your next night's accommodation, and will usually arrive before you do!
Sometimes the best way to see a place or country is all by yourself. Our 8 day Dingle Way walking tour will give you the freedom to explore this beautiful island, while all the boring and difficult things, like luggage transfers, are taken care of. Dingle is a magical place – anyone who has been there will tell you that. For many, it is the highlight of their entire visit to Ireland. This 8 day tour will guide you around the best parts of this spectactular peninsula and give you memories that will last forever!
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