Walk some of the most spectacular legs of the Kerry Way, immersed within the Reeks District and along the Wild Atlantic Way, while experiencing the perfect beauty that is Killarney National Park and its surroundings. Combine them and we are giving you the ideal mix of myths, 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’.MAKE 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
We start our journey with an exploration of Valentia 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.
Day 5 – Walk the Old Kenmare Road – ‘The Most Westerly Road in the World’
Distance: 15km/9.25miles • Ascent: 230m/ 750ft • Descent: 330m/1,100ft
Today we explore the final leg of the Kerry Way which takes you from Derrycunnihy Church into Killarney National Park. Our walk is along The Old Kenmare Road (once deemed the Most Westerly Road in the World) – through ancient oak woods and bog/moorland, with a descent beside the impressive Torc Cascade and into the gardens of Muckross House (19th century mansion), with its welcoming teashop.
Day 6 – Free Day Options in Killarney
Today is for you to do as you please. Killarney is such an exciting, bustling town that is never short of something to do. Here we have some suggestions for you.
– Take a bus tours of the Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula
– Discover Killarney Town
– Cycle or stroll through the National Park.
– Visit of 19th century Muckross House, Gardens, Traditional Farms and Abbey
– Enjoy the wonderful craft, book, clothes, souvenir shops and cafes along the way
– Sample Irish music and dance.
Day 7 – The ‘Lake of Learning’ (Annals of Innisfallen) and the Gap of Dunloe
Lord Brandon’s to Kate Kearney’s Cottage – Distance:11km/7miles • Ascent: 200m/650ft
After a short bus transfer, we board an open topped boat for a spectacular trip through the three Lakes of Killarney, soaking up the mythology, folklore and geology. After lunch, walk through the dramatic, ice-carved Gap of Dunloe. Finish a wonderful week’s walking at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Perhaps you might like to treat yourself to an Irish Coffee here before a transfer by bus back to Killarney. (Alternative to walking the Gap of Dunloe: option of hopping on a pony trap – supplement applies).
Day 8 Departure Day
Bid your ‘see you later’ and not ‘goodbye’ after your last hot cooked Irish breakfast. Safe journey and see you again soon!
(Gleann Beithe – Valley of the Birch trees) is an attractive village situated by the Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the mountains of the Iveragh peninsula, on the Ring of Kerry. Walk on the 6 miles of golden, blue flag beach of Rossbeigh, while breathing in the fresh Atlantic sea air. There is a choice of pubs and restaurants. Its situation on the Kerry Way walking route allows you to walk to/from your guesthouse on two days.
Killarney is your base for your final three nights. It offers a unique combination of great pubs, music, book and coffee shops in a location beside the world famous Killarney National Park and Lakes. It’s a great base for your free day with options such as hiring a bike, visiting a spa, shopping, hopping on a bus to Dingle or simply enjoying the National Park.