Ring of Kerry Walk
The Iveragh Peninsula is one of Ireland's great natural tourist attractions. It encompasses a 179 kilometre circuit from Killarney, via Killorglin, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Kenmare and back to Killarney across Moll's Gap and past Ladies View - one of Ireland's most famous viewpoints. We leave the tour bus route and journey along a network of ancient paths which weave between the main points, on the long-distance track known as the Kerry Way. During this superb week long self-guided walk we experience stunning coastal scenery and pretty fishing villages, such as Caherdaniel and Portmagee, whose beautifully preserved stone dwellings have weathered the coastal elements for centuries, nestled amid a picturesque scene of verdant hills. At night we get a taste of traditional Irish hospitality in comfortable B&Bs chosen for their good character, location and fine Irish breakfasts.
|DAY 1||Arrive Killarney|
|DAY 2||Walk through Killarney National Park and Esknamucky Glen to the heritage town of Kenmare (6hrs)|
|DAY 3||Walk along the shores of Kenmare bay to Sneem (6.5hrs)|
|DAY 4||To Caherdaniel (5.5hrs)|
|DAY 5||Walk above the coast to the town of Waterville (5hrs)|
|DAY 6||To Cahersiveen with views across to the Dingle Peninsula (6.5hrs)|
|DAY 7||Follow 17th century Stagecoach route to Glenbeigh (6.5hrs)|
|DAY 8||Trip concludes|
We throughly enjoyed the walk, which was tougher than expected. Doing it clockwise means the first two days are the toughest, never easy if your legs are not in great shape from not enough exercise. Most days Are quite long but there is opportunity to take a car ride at times to remove some of the more boring bits. Don't be too proud , and use this service which is provided by the owners of the accommodation. The B&B accommodation was really wonderful. The notes provided by the local provider were not as accurate as those that appear on the UTracks website, so follow the UTracks notes. On the first day, for example, the UTrack notes tell you to catch a cab for the first 5 aims . Do it! The bit you miss is not a highlight. This trip also doesn't include a day walk around Black Valley , which we noticed a lot of other groups did do. Consider staying an extra night and adding this on. No extra notes or maps are needed, as it is a day walk from Killarney.