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Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

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  • Holiday typeSelf-guided walking
  • Duration7 nights
  • Accommodationhotel-to-hotel
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  • Activity level
  • From $1885per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Every 2 days from 1 Apr '19 to 24 Oct '19
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , and hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Route directions and maps
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, art & history, vegetarian meals, solo travellers, couples, families, coastal routes, lake & river routes
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Mrs Love-Fordham says...
This was our eighth hike or bike with Headwater. We have enjoyed them all, but it was my first time to Ireland and I am absolutely in love! The hikes were ...
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Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

  • Peaceful, beautiful walks in the south-west corner of Ireland
  • Killarney National Park: Ireland's oldest protected wilderness with Ireland's only herd of wild red deer
  • Panoramic views of glistening lakes and rugged mountains
  • A million shades of green as the road follows the contours of the land
  • 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history

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, 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 route takes you south to the heritage town of Kenmare. Following the spectacular coastal route, the Wild Atlantic Way, you'll pass lovely towns and villages - Kenmare with its historic textile industry, Sneem famous for its little bridge and Waterville, a favoured fishing location for Charlie Chaplin.

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. You will be sure of a warm Irish welcome everywhere. Many towns offer pubs, bistros and restaurants serving tasty local food - the seafood is especially good!

*This holiday is also available as a 4-night Short Break*

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Day-by-day itinerary

Walking information

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 reccommended.

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Day 1 Arrive in Killarney

Check into your B&B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music. (Staying at Killarney Lodge, Breakfast only)

Day 2 Killarney to Kenmare 22km/14mi/6hr

You'll get dropped off at Muckross House to start your walk. From here you'll follow a road around the lake leading to Ireland's second highest waterfall, Torc Waterfall, before climbing on the old Kenmare road, cutting through the mountains. Keep your eye out for red deer. Crossing Windy Gap, you'll enjoy wonderful views of Kenmare Bay, before a down and up into the lively village of Kenmare, St Finian's Holy Well, located in the old part, is said to contain healing properties. (Staying at The Lodge at Kenmare, Breakfast only)

Day 3 Kenmare to Sneem 21km/13.5mi/6hr or 33km/21m/8hrs 30 mins

After a transfer to the tiny hamlet of Templenoe, you'll follow a series of forest tracks passing C19 Dromore Castle to arrive on a beautiful trail along the shores of Kenmare Bay. After crossing Blackwater Bridge you'll climb to a low plateau with superb views, where you'll see fields of sheep and small lakes, and the pretty church of Tahilla. Walking along a farm trail to the outskirts of Sneem, you'll meet the Ring of Kerry road, cross it and follow an old boreen up and down into the village. If you prefer to do the longer day there is no transfer and you walk from the Lodge, picking up the Kerry Way in Sneem. (Staying at the Coomassig View B&B, Breakfast only)

Day 4 Sneem to Caherdaniel (Waterville) 17km/11mi/5hr

A shorter day today, offering an insight into the farming lifestyle as you pass through a series of farms, fields full of sheep and friendly farmers who are only too happy to stop and chat. Following an old 'butter road', you'll admire the ruins of Kilcrohane Church and watch the landscape become more rugged as you climb to enjoy stunning views down to the Wild Atlantic coast. you'll then descend into the little village of Caherdaniel, once home to the famous Irish liberator, Daniel O'Connell. Perhaps grab a drink in Freddie's Bar whilst waiting for your transfer to Waterville (20mins), where you stay for the next two nights.(Staying at Klondyke House B&B, Breakfast only)

Day 5 Caherdaniel to Waterville 12km/7.5mi/4hr

After a transfer back to 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. (Staying at Klondyke House B&B, Breakfast only)

Day 6 Waterville to Cahersiveen 22km/14mi/6 hr or 31km/19.5mi/8hr

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 360°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. (Staying at Cul Draiochta B&B, Breakfast only)

Day 7 Cahersiveen to Glenbeigh 21km/13mi/6hr

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. (Staying at The Towers Hotel, Breakfast only)

Day 8 Leave Glenbeigh

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.)

Where you stay

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.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

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Killarney Lodge, Killarney

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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.

You will find a lovely warm welcome from your hosts, who are also on hand to help with any local information or just happy to have a chat. You will also find a free bottle of water in your room.

The Lodge has a **** Lodge classification from the Irish Tourist Board.

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Neidin House, Kenmare

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You will recieve a warm welcome at Neidin House, it is just five minutes from the centre of lively Kenmare, overlooking the golf course and the parklands. The rooms are all a good size and elegantly decorated. Wi-Fi is free throughout the house. In the morning Kathleen serves a great Irish breakfast.

Kenmare centre is fast becoming known for its gastronomy. For a town of its size there is a large choice of places to eat, from simple, good pub food to high quality restaurants, mixed with some lively pubs.

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Coomassig View B&B, Sneem

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The Coomassig View B&B is lovely and welcoming, and just a five-minute walk out of pretty Sneem. You will be given a warm welcome by Maureen and her family. On arrival tea and coffee is served. The rooms are large and have all the amenities you require. There is small sitting room and WiFi is free throughout the B&B. Breakfast is a full Irish breakfast and your host can provide a packed lunch for your next walks. Sneem has a good choice of pubs and restaurants where you can eat. If you are spending extra time here you, there are circular walks and a riverside walk where you can find one of Ireland's two coral beaches. Coomassig View is officially classed as a **** Bed and Breakfast.

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Klondyke House B&B, Waterville

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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.

There is free WiFi in the hotel, tea and coffee making facilities in your room and you are served a full Irish breakfast.

In Waterville you will find a good selection of pubs and places to eat, there is also an excellent restaurant opposite the property. Waterville sits on the coast, and you can walk up to Lough Currane for wonderful views.

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Cul Draiochta B&B, Cahersiveen

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Cul Draiochta is a luxury B&B just a 10-15 minute walk from the centre of Cahersiveen. This purpose-built B&B offers lovely spacious rooms with all modern amenities and the house sits with panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and mountains.

Anne Nugent runs the B&B and she will give you a warm welcome, serving tea or coffee and homemade treats. Anne is from the area and is happy to give you local information and tips on where to eat. You will be served a full Irish breakfast accompanied by a cold buffet. Picnic lunches can be ordered for the next day's walk or cycle.

Cul Draiochta is classed as a *** B&B by the Irish Tourist Board.

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The Towers Hotel , Glenbeigh

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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.

The hotel has a traditional feel to it, and offers recently refurbished large rooms, and there is a large lounge area and ample gardens. The hotel boasts an a la carte restaurant or you can enjoy less formal dining in its adjoining pub. They serve a full Irish breakfast and offer an accompanying cold buffet. WiFi is free in the public areas including the pub.

Glenbeigh is lovey small village with a couple of pubs and restaurants, the nearby Rossbeigh Strand is one on the nicest beaches in the region.


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Mrs Love-Fordham, 08/08/2018

This was our eighth hike or bike with Headwater. We have enjoyed them all, but it was my first time to Ireland and I am absolutely in love! The hikes were incredible with outrageously beautiful views. The walks aren't particularly hard, but they are long and without stayput days to rest, it is tiring. If I were to do it again, I would opt for in a few extra stayput days here and there just so I could sleep in and spend more time exploring the villages. The local people were friendly and helpful - go sit at the bar in any pub and you will make instant friends. The little villages were fun to explore. The food was great and I really did not expect that! One thing to note... make sure your rain gear is working - get in the shower with it before you pack and make sure it is still waterproof! It rains a lot in Ireland and you are bound to get a shower now and then - even a cloud burst that lasts just a few minutes. We had two and they were actually a lot of fun! But the weather is wonderfully cool even when sunny and even the rain is just part of the experience. I would go again today if work didn't get in the way! It was wonderful. I think it is my favorite trip so far!

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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.

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Holiday type
Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.

Every 2 days from 1st Apr 2019 to 24th Oct 2019, for 7 nights.

All breakfasts

Tailor-made travel

Tour only
Transfers are included to and from Killarney station.

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