Walk some of the most spectacular legs of the Kerry Way immersed within the Reeks District and along the Wild Atlantic Way giving you the ideal mix of folklore and moderate walking to find your Hidden Kerry!
The Kerry Way is Ireland’s premier walking trail, the main line being some 180km long, taking you through a variety of habitats – ancient oak woods, coast and sand dunes, inland alpine-like valleys and bog/moorland. Based largely on old highways, droving paths and Mass paths, it has been deemed a ‘Walk through History’.
One centre, guided walking/hiking holidayMAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Welcome to Glenbeigh & your Hidden Kerry guided walking holiday. On arrival you may have some time to wander around the village or have a magical walk in the Fairy Forest or wet your toes in Rossbeigh beach.
You will have time to settle in and unpack before meeting with your guide at 18.30 hrs. Get to know the rest of the group over a delicious evening meal while your guide gives you a full briefing on the week ahead.
Day 2 – Valentia Island
Bray Head walk – Distance: 6km/3.75miles • Ascent: 200m/650ft
This morning we ease ourselves in with an exploration of Valentia Island. Valentia Island has an extraordinary history, landscape, architecture & culture. Even though now connected by a bridge to the mainland, it is still very much home to island life. Our visits will include its slate quarry/grotto, tetrapod tracks (350+ million years old), terminus for the transatlantic cable (1860s) and Napoleonic-era watch tower. Our Bray Head walk gives us spectacular views over mountain & coastal landscapes where we will get our first glimpse of the magnificent Skellig Islands.
Day 3: Walk Kells to Glenbeigh – The Magician’s Footsteps and the Land of Youth
Distance: up to 17km/10.5miles • Ascent: 300m/1,000ft
This leg of the Kerry Way (Kells-Glenbeigh) takes us along an early Christian route and medieval coaching road, as we imagine the journey of the magician and his students. Spectacular views out and across Dingle Bay and closer inspection of archaeological artefacts. We are introduced to another myth, the tale of Tír na nÓg (the Land of Youth) and see the departure point (magic wave at the end of Rossbeigh Beach). Anyone brave enough for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean?
Day 4 – Walk Glenbeigh to Glencar – Continuing Celtic Mythology
Distance: 13km/ 8miles • Ascent 350m/1,150ft
We walk on the Kerry Way from the seaside village of Glenbeigh, through the Windy Gap and downwards into the wooded valley of the Caragh River and storied Glencar. Tales of Fianna warrior bands and of Oisín’s return route from Tír na nÓg continue our exploration of Celtic mythology before finishing at The Climbers Inn for a well-earned drink. In the evening we will enjoy our farewell dinner before going on our separate ways the following morning.
Day 5 – Departure Day
After your last full Irish breakfast you will be transferred to Killarney for your onward journey. Bid your ‘see you later’ and not goodbye. Slan abhaile – Safe journey and see you soon!