Kerry is made up of a series of peninsulas divided by mountain ranges. The Macgillycuddy Reeks forms the centre piece of the Ring of Kerry with its 100 mile circuit from Killarney via Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville and Kenmare and back to Killarney. It truly abounds in natural wonders and the beauty and grandeur of the scenery is unsurpassed by any in Ireland. It is home to many famous landmark’s; Moll’s Gap, Lady’s View one of Ireland’s most awe inspiring viewpoints and of course the town of Killarney its-self sitting at the head of its magnificent three lakes.
KERRY PENINSULA HOLIDAY ITINERARY
Day 1 A courtesy transfer from Shannon, Cork or Kerry Airports (within our timetable) is available. Arrive to first Guesthouse in Killarney where we stay for the next 2 nights of your holiday. Evening meal together and a general chat about the coming week.
Day 2 Wonderful walk through the famous Gap of Dunloe with fabulous views over the Lakes of Killarney & spectacular glacial formations in this well-known valley. Finish walk and transfer back to Killarney. Evening meal in local restaurant.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 350m. Rocky and sometimes wet & muddy tracks and road walking. Boots essential.
Day 3 Walk from Killarney to Kenmare passing the historic Muckross House and gardens. Continue through Killarney National Park towards Peakeen Mountain with glorious views over the Kenmare River. Transfer from the end of the walk to the award-winning village - Sneem - where we stay for our next 2 nights. Dinner and overnight at accommodation.
Walk Details Distance: 20kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 400m. Mountain tracks and open roads. Can be wet - boots recommended.
Day 4 Walk from Sneem to the spectacular Staigue Fort. This is a glorious walk with breath-taking views to the south over the Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula and north over towards Waterville. Return to Sneem for evening meal and overnight.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 400m. Grass tracks, open bog land and rough mountains. Can be wet underfoot - boots essential. Some road walking.
Day 5 Leaving Sneem we enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the historic Derrynane National Park and Abbey Island -- famed by Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator, - with great coastal vistas. From here we continue along this majestic coastline with views out to the Skellig Rock, to the lovely hamlet of Waterville. Short coach transfer to Portmagee. Evening meal and overnight accommodation in Portmagee.
Walk Details Distance: 16kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Ascent: 300m. Some road walking, grass tracks and rough heather. Boots essential.
Day 6 This is your Free Day. However we do offer a visit to the famous and spectacular Skellig Island - if weather, sea and boats permit! Dinner & overnight in Portmagee.
Day 7 Follow an ancient and fascinating stagecoach trail from Kells, just outside Caherciveen, and enjoy the most wonderful scenery of the week as we walk along the shores on Dingle Bay east to Glenbeigh. A truly memorable walk for our last day on the Peninsula. Overnight and farewell Dinner in Glenbeigh.
Walk Details Distance: 18kms. Duration: 5hours. Max. Ascent: 450m. Grass and rocky tracks, open bog land and some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 8 Departures. After breakfast, we offer a courtesy transfer to Shannon Airport
Holiday Includes - Bed and breakfast accommodation, full Irish breakfast, picnic lunch (on walking days only), dinner each evening, 6 days walking with expert Irish Guide, mini-bus transport to/from walking locations, luggage transport, transfers from airports to start of holiday. Transfer Back to Shannon after the holiday.
Not Included - Any boat trips, personal drinks, entrance fees to theaters, parks or museums etc. or gratuities.
Arrive at Shannon Airport - Collection at 12 noon
Arrive at Cork Airport - Collection at 14.00hrs
Arrive at Kerry Airport - Collection at 16.00hrs
Depart from Killarney Station - Drop off at the Bus/Rail Station
Irish Cycle Tours & Walks reserve the right to alter this itinerary due to weather conditions or the walking ability of individuals or groups.
Maximum group size: 14 persons