Dingle Peninsula Two-Stay Self-Guided Hike

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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 bustling cosmopolitan town of Dingle. Gaily painted houses lead to a busy harbour where artisan cafes and craft shops vie with traditional pubs humming to the sound of Irish music and song.
What to Expect
Day 1

Arrive in the lovely fishing village of Dingle on the western tip of the Dingle peninsula for the first night. This is a “lively” village, with plenty of excellent restaurants and good pubs. Irish music sessions are available most nights of the week throughout the year. Overnight in Dingle.

Day 2

Transfer by bus to Annascaul by public bus. Leaving the village of Annascaul, you head for Dingle. The route passes through Minard, with its 16th century castle, and the village of Lispole. It then takes old, narrow country lanes through Lisdargan and Ballingarraun before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass, and on into Dingle. Overnight in Dingle.

Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 3

Your route today starts just outside Dingle, passing the Early Christian site of Kilcolman and continuing to the glorious sweep of Ventry beach. From here it takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head, finishing Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. Overnight in Dingle.

Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 4

Optional walk on the Conor Pass or take a boat-trip across to the Great Blasket Island. Overnight in Dingle.

Day 5

Transfer to the tiny hamlet of Tiduff. Walk from here along an old military road to the eastern side of the Brandon massif, finishing in the village of Cloghane. This is a remote but spectacular walk – full of history and through country only accessible on foot. Overnight in Cloghane.

Walk Details: Distance: 22kms. Duration: 6.5 hours. Max. Height: 650m. Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.

Day 6

From Cloghane follow in the footsteps of pilgrims to climb the holy Mt. Brandon. Overnight in Cloghane.

Day 7

A wonderful walk along one of the longest and most unspoilt stretches of beach in Kerry. The route follows the sweeping coastline of Brandon Bay with its enormous waves. The mountains of Beenoskee and Caherconree form a majestic backdrop. At the tip of the Magharees Peninsula you pass the historic island of Illauntannig with its 10th century monastery ruins. From here you turn south, flanking the east coast of the Magharees to finish your walk in the village of Castlegregory. Transfer back to Cloghane for overnight stay.

Walk Details: Distance: 21kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 100m. Beach walking and some road walking. Boots recommended.

Day 8

Departure from Cloghane to Tralee town by private transport. From Tralee, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.
What's Included
  • 7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. Full Irish Breakfast. Private bathrooms
  • 6 days walking. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage.
  • Give you full walking details and maps of the area.
  • Full walking descriptions of each walking day.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number. If required.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish walking experience.
  • Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.
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