The Kerry Way is the Emerald Isle's longest trail - at 210km, it offers fantastic views of the unspoilt landscapes - a walk here will swathe you in 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history.
Nestled in the south-west corner of Ireland, on this 4-night trip you'll spot contrastingly beautiful landscapes at every turn. From rugged cliffs to some of Europe's finest golden beaches, small friendly villages and velvety green fields to picturesque mountain ranges.
Starting in the famous town of Killarney, boasting the magnificent 'Three Lakes of Killarney', your walking begins at Caherdaniel along country roads with stunning beach views then to Waterville - a fishing spot loved by Charlie Chaplin - up to a plateau with 360°ree; views.
Following the spectacular coastal route, the Wild Atlantic Way, you'll pass ancient burial grounds, walk through one of Ireland's oldest natural woodland and be met with fantastic views of the coast and inland. Meandering the landscape, which was carved out of rock by the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, marvel at Iron Age forts and ruined abbeys amongst the many sheep that dot the fields, crisp blue loughs and pretty waterfalls. As you head northwards, the coastal views get better and better.
You'll stay in a mix of friendly bed and breakfasts, where you will be sure of a warm Irish welcome. Many towns offer pubs, bistros and restaurants serving tasty local food - the seafood is especially good!
The walking is on well marked trails, the terrain at times can be a little muddy underfoot and some rocky sections. There are some coastal paths which are wide but do have drops. Walking boots are essential and poles are highly recommended.
Check into your B&B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music.
You stay at the Killarney Lodge (breakfast included)
After a transfer along the Ring of Kerry to sleepy little Caherdaniel, a short but scenic walk takes you on country roads to a track that provides amazing views of the beach and leads through one of Ireland's oldest natural woodland with oak, ash, holly and birch trees. Once out of the woods you'll climb to be rewarded with wonderful views over Ballinskelligs Bay, passing ancient burial grounds. Before following the old 'butter road' back to Waterville, you'll pass the statue of Charlie Chaplin, who liked to fish here.
You stay at the Klondyke House B&B (breakfast included)
We'll take you to Mastergeehy to start your walk - or you can walk the whole way if you would like on a sunny day when the views are tremendous. From here you'll follow country lanes and climb up to a lovely plateau giving 360Â°ree; views over the coast and inland. Another drop and climb leads you to the town of Cahersiveen where you can enjoy a drink before heading to your B&B.
If you prefer you can walk from the hotel, it is a lovely walk with views of Lough Currane, to arrive at Mastergeehy.
You stay at the Ring of Kerry Hotel (breakfast included)
After a transfer to Deelis Bridge, you'll pick up an old C17 'stage coach' mountain trail, passing the ruins of old Kells village and a panoramic view of the old railway viaduct, soon to be a cycle greenway. After walking across Windy Gap you'll be met with gorgeous views of the Dingle Peninsula with Rossbeigh Strand and Inch Beach, famous for the film, Ryan's Daughter. You'll finish with a forest trail through the fairy woods to Glenbeigh for your last night, staying at the historic Towers Hotel, where the cast of Ryan's Daughter stayed.
You stay at The Towers Hotel (breakfast included)
We take you to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip.
(*It is easy to add extra nights in all of the towns - perhaps you'd like to visit Valencia Island or take a boat trip to the Skellig Islands. Just ask your sales adviser to arrange.)
If you'd prefer a slightly longer holiday, take a look at our 7 night Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way.
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY:The Killarney Lodge is located less than five-minutes walk from the centre of Killarney. The Lodge has 16 good sized bedrooms, all of which are well-decorated and have all the amenities you require. There is a small garden around the Lodge. You are welcomed with tea or coffee and a full Irish breakfast is offered each morning, but other hot items can be ordered.
NEARBY:John and Cirean will give you a warm welcome to their B&B, located just a five-minute walk from Waterville. The house has views across the Atlantic and to the mountains inland. The rooms are well-decorated with a modern finish.
The ideally located family owned Ring of Kerry hotel offers a warm welcome from friendly, helpful staff. The 23 comfortable rooms all come with DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities and wifi. Enjoy a drink and the craic at John D's, the popular lobby bar which has an Irish pub atmosphere and live entertainment. Alternatively, there is locally produced contemporary Irish food served in the Restaurant.
NEARBY:The Towers Hotel is centrally located in the small village of Glenbeigh. This historic hotel was built in 1895 in the late Victorian style. Throughout the years it has hosted many famous people and it is where the cast of Ryan's Daughter (filmed locally) stayed when filming. The famous Irish artist Marshall C Hutson, spent a lot of time here drawing inspiration for his famous pieces.
NEARBY:The family run Glenbeigh Hotel is located in the seaside village of Glenbeigh on the beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. The hotel started life back in 1792 as a stage coach inn and it retains many of its period features. Today it is a cosy and friendly place to stay, with just 12 bedrooms. It boasts lovely gardens to the rear along with a gastrobar and a restaurant with views onto the gardens.
Please call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange flights and connecting transfers to your hotel.
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This 4 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of and hotels
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Route directions and maps
Standard transfers at the start/end of the trip
Luggage transfers between hotels
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Minimum group sizes
No minimum group size, however transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.
Please contact us for child prices.
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
Every 2 days from 27th May 2019 to 24th Oct 2020, for 4 nights. All dates are subject to availability, please contact us to check.
Transfers are included to and from Killarney station.
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