Dingle Peninsula 8-Day Guided Walk

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What You'll Do
  • Delve into the weather-sculpted lands beyond Dingle on the famous Slea Head that seem to have regressed in time, isolated by mountain and ocean.
  • Explore the ancient pilgrim route that winds through stoneclad fields and fuchsia rich lanes to the majestic summit of the holy mountain Mount Brandon
  • Wander the gaily painted houses to a busy harbour where artisan cafes and craft shops vie with traditional pubs humming to the sound of Irish music
Your journey begins in the Slieve Mish mountains, once home to a mythological Celtic princess. Enjoy panoramic views of Tralee Bay before you arrive at the bustling cosmopolitan town of Dingle.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive at your first guesthouse near Tralee where you stay for the first two nights of your holiday. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week’s walks.

Day 2

Enjoy your wonderful first day’s hike among the Slieve Mish mountains with views over Tralee Bay, the broad Atlantic and the wild countryside of this region. After the hike, you are transfered to your accommodation. Evening meal in local restaurant.

Walk Details – Distance: 16kms.  Duration: 5 hours.  Max. Height: 250m. Rocky and sometimes muddy mountain track.  Boots essential.

Day 3

Today,you cross the peninsula from north to south, following a spectacular old farmer’s track called ‘the way of the cow’ across the plateau and visiting a genuine old famine village on the way.  You finish in the lovely little village of Annascaul from where we transfer you to Dingle, where you stay for your next 3 nights. This evening, enjoy dinner together in one of the many excellent local restaurants in the town.

Day 4

This is your ‘free day’ to allow you to partake in other activities if you wish – such as cycling, horseriding, canoeing or just laze about with a book!  Weather and boats permitting, you may arrange a visit to the Great Blasket Island, renowned for its great storytellers and the literature they produced.  Evening meal and overnight in Dingle.

Day 5

Enjoy a wonderful hike around the spectacular Slea Head – one of the richest areas of archaeology in this region, with its numerous beehive huts and promontory forts.  There are breathtaking views from Mount Eagle on the way.  Return to Dingle for dinner and overnight.

Walk Details - Distance: 14kms.  Duration: 5 hours.  Max. Height: 200m.  Beach walking, some road walking, grass and rocky tracks.  Boots recommended.

Day 6

Today, you follow the Dingle Way across the shoulder of Mount Brandon, with magnificent views of Brandon Bay.  At the end of the hike you descend to the lovely, picturesque village of  Cloghane where you spend your last two nights of the tour and enjoy your evening meal.

Walk Details – Distance: 18kms.  Duration: 5hours.  Max. Height: 650m. Grass and rocky tracks, open bogland and some road walking.  Boots essential.

Day 7

Your last day’s hike is spectacular, taking you into the heart of the Brandon Range of mountains to the famous ‘paternoster lakes’ with views over Brandon Bay and Fermoyle Strand. NB - Weather permitting, and with guide’s advice, there may be an option for some of the group, should they wish, to continue to the top of this ‘sacred’ Brandon Mountain Peak. Return to Cloghane for farewell dinner and overnight.

Walk Details - Distance: 12kms.  Duration: 5 – 7 hours.  Max. Height: 600 – 950m.  Rough mountain tracks and rocky terrain.  Boots essential.

Day 8

Departures.  A courtesy transfer will be offered to you from Cloghane to Tralee Bus/Rail Stationarriving there at approx. 09.30 hrs.  From Tralee there is an excellent bus and train service to all major towns, cities and villages in Ireland. Tralee to CorkAirport is approx 3 hrs by bus. Tralee to ShannonAirport is just over 3 hrs by bus.
What's Included
  • 7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom.
  • Full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunch - on hike days only
  • 7 Evening Dinners
  • 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday
  • Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required.
What's Not Included
  • Any boat trips, e.g, ferry to Great Blasket Island
  • Personal drinks
  • Entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc.
  • Medical expenses or gratuities.
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