A self-guided (independent) walking tour on the Dingle Way.
Discover the beauty that is the Dingle Peninsula in the south west of Ireland by foot. Walk this circular trail from Tralee town, to the fishing port and bustling town of Dingle and onto the remote areas of Dunquin and Mount Brandon, through one of the last strongholds of the Gaelic language and spectacular scenery, rich in archaeological remains over the spine of the Peninsula and back to Tralee. Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoy the diversity of landscapes as you pass mountains, corrie lakes and beaches – the setting of many films, including Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away.
The average walking time ranges from 5 to 6.5 hours per day, at a leisurely pace.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
11-day Tour Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival
On your arrival in Tralee, make your way to your guesthouse accommodation. If you have an early arrival you can leave your luggage here and visit the town – the capital of Kerry and home of the Rose of Tralee festival. Your welcome pack will be waiting for you at the guesthouse.
Day 2 – Tralee to Camp
Distance: 18km/11.25miles Ascent: 275m/900ft
The first day’s walking is along the lower slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains, with views over Tralee Bay, past early Christian ruins and pagan sites to the village of Camp.
Day 3 – Camp to Annascaul
Distance: 17km/10.5miles Ascent: 350m/1,150ft
Today you cross the spine of the Dingle Peninsula to traverse above the wildlife sanctuary of Inch beach and then on green road and hilltop to the picturesque village of Annascaul, home to the Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean.
Day 4 – Annascaul to Dingle
Distance: 21km/13miles Ascent: 410m/1,350ft
Continue along a medieval road to the fishing town of Dingle which is steeped in Irish culture and music and where the locals still speak in the native (Gaelic) tongue.
Day 5 – Free Day in Dingle
– Optional walks around Dingle (notes provided)
– Visit the Dingle Aquarium
– Boat trip to see ‘Fungi’, Dingle’s resident dolphin.
– Visit some of Dingle’s pubs, craft shops, tea houses, book shops and famous restaurants.
– Boat trip to the Blasket Islands
– Relax in a local spa
Day 6 – Dingle to Dunquin
Distance: 19.5km/12.25miles Ascent: 345m/1,150ft
This day’s walking is spectacular, taking you via Ventry Beach and along the slopes of Mount Eagle to Slea Head. This stretch is famous for its concentration of archaeological sites.
Day 7 – Dunquin- Cuas
Distance: 24km/15 miles Ascent 70m/230ft
This leg of the Dingle way takes us north along the Atlantic Cliffs, passing Coumenoole Beach, location for one of the dramatic scenes of the film Ryan’s Daughter and via the first of the beaches of Smerwick Harbour to Cuas village. Overnight Cuas.
Day 8 – Cuas to Cloghane
Distance 18km/11 miles. Ascent 825m/2,700 ft.
This is an exciting day’s walk, which takes you high on the line of a military road to a saddle on the Brandon Mountain Range, then down enjoying spectacular views, to the shore of Brandon Bay. Good visibility – or navigating ability – is required.
Day 9 – Cloghane to Castlegregory
Distance 25km/15.5 miles. Ascent 85m/280ft.
Today’s walk is substantially a beach walk, along the splendid strands of the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula. Road stretches intersperse, maintaining “contact with civilisation.”
Day 10 – Castlegregory to Tralee
Distance 26km/16.25miles. Ascent 220m/725ft.
Today’s walk takes you back to Tralee, along the northern coast of the Dingle Peninsula, once again partly on beach, with the last stretch along the slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains.
Day 11 – Departure
‘All good things must come to an end’. Enjoy your final hot cooked Irish breakfast and you’re ready to go. Tralee bus and train stations provide several transfer options for you to continue on your journey. Slán abhaile – safe home!