Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike

Self Guided

The perfect way for the independent explorer to see our hidden gems & discover the many paths less travelled.

Grading

Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

Duration

Various

Price

From
€378
Per Person

Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike options opens up the Iveragh Peninsula – a wonderful part of the country – to you.

Explore the magic of the south west corner of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This tour runs parallel with the famous Ring of Kerry.

Home to rugged cliffs and golden beaches, friendly faces, small villages, green fields & picturesque mountain ranges. So, it’s no wonder Kerry is called ‘The Kingdom’.

Experience some of the Best Ireland Hiking Tours.

5-Day Kerry Way Short Tour

This wonderful 5-Day trip immerses you into incredible views and wild nature. Taking you through Killarney National Park you then follow into the heart of the “Black Valley” in the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntohil. From there you continue your hike past the impressive Lough Acoose to reach the lovely little village of Glenbeigh where your holiday finishes.

8-Day Trip Highlights Tour

This 8-Day holiday gives you some of the most spectacular hikes imaginable as you follow around the western tip of the Ring of Kerry. Starting just outside the village of Glenbeigh, you follow ancient pathways, old Stage Coach routes and tiny little backroads as you travel along the Wild Atlantic coastline. Overnight stops in picturesque villages bring you to Derrynane National Park, before you follow the shoreline of Kenmare Bay and the heritage town of Kenmare. Your final hike follows a ”Butter Road” as you finish your holiday in the town of Killarney.

8-Day Comfort Tour

See the magnificent Ring of Kerry on foot with shorter hikes and longer stays. Enjoy your hikes at Muckross House, the glaciated valley of the Gap of Dunloe with its infamous Kate Kearney’s Cottage, the stunning Gleninchaquin Valley and some wonderful coastal vistas on this Comfort Tour.

11-Day Hike Full Tour

Completing the full distance of a Way Marked Trial is one of the most rewarding things you can do. On this 11-Day trip, you will complete the full Kerry Way, starting and finishing in the wonderful town of Killarney.

Single Room / Solo Traveller Supplement Costs & Upgrade prices are in our downloadable PDFs. See links in Available Tours below.

For more information about this tour & to explore all your other options please contact a member of our team here.

If you would like to travel this region with a local expert who will immerse you in the history & nature of this region – please see our Guided Holiday option.

For short video of some of the highlights on this tour check out our YouTube channel here.

Daphne DesimpelaereDaphne Desimpelaere
15:52 08 Dec 22
We did discover the beautiful region of the County of Kerry (Kerry Ring Tour).Very well organized by IWHB, good communication with the team (good reactivity, and kean to find solutions and open minded, especially when we had to postpone our journey due to the COVID). The hotels/guestrooms very well choosen (good location and guests friendly). Luggage drop off to the next accomodation was a really good option. The infos were correct. We do recommend Ireland Walk Hike Bike and will travel again with them, for sure.
Brian WhiteBrian White
22:12 28 Nov 22
Wonderful trip. Everything was planned perfectly by Ireland WBH. B&Bs were great with Irish breakfast every day to fortify us for the ride. Would love to do another bike trip with them.
David McAleaveyDavid McAleavey
21:17 27 Nov 22
Our walk along parts of the Dingle Way and connected trails as organized by Ireland Walk Hike Bike was everything we had hoped for, from extremely courteous and responsive staff to useful links before the trip (including excellent exercise videos!) and a specially-designed GPS app which knew which route we were following as well as where we had gotten to. (While we also used the provided maps and cue sheets, the GPS app in itself would probably have been sufficient.) The B&Bs which we were booked into were all cozy and clean, and our luggage was handled without any problem. I would recommend this outfit (IWBH) – and I have indeed recommended it – to anyone wishing to explore the part of Ireland we encountered. IWBH also deserve credit for holding our deposit for two years of COVID delay; and I’m very glad that we could finally undertake the walk. For what it’s worth, we took the self-guided “comfort” hike, which meant that we would receive taxi rides to favorable trailheads each day. (From what we could tell, we most often avoided flat boring stretches near towns, without sacrificing more remote and interesting parts.)
Jeanne SargentJeanne Sargent
11:56 27 Nov 22
My husband and I did a self-guided hike through a large part of the Dingle Peninsula to celebrate his 80th birthday. Naturally, we had some concerns about getting lost, having the needed stamina and wanting support along our way. Ireland Walk Hike Bike staff were there for us every step of the way. They chose excellent accommodations at very reasonable prices; taught me how to use the GPS function on my first ever smartphone and arranged transportation to and from Shannon Airport to Tralee. We met so many wonderful folks along our treks who took time from their walk to talk about their lives. It went like clockwork and have toyed with the idea of a repeat adventure if our health permits.
Carol SmithCarol Smith
00:56 24 Nov 22
I usually plan vacations months ahead of time but this one came together in just a few short weeks thanks to Ireland Walk Hike Bike. They worked with our rather impromptu and tight time frame to arrange a 6-day outing along the Kerry Way, and we had a magical time from start to finish. The Kerry Way is moody, broody, and incredibly varied. All arrangements were spot on, from accommodation to transport to walking notes. All we had to do was soak up the scenic rambling each day, drink a celebratory Guinness each night, and meet really interesting people along the way. Ireland captured a piece of my heart – will need to go back again with Ireland WHB to retrieve it!
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What makes us differEnt?

Hiking Day Transfers  – We include transfers to and from the hikes to improve your hiking experience. We remove unnecessary road sections on multiple days to maximise your enjoyment of each trail. “We received taxi rides to favourable trailheads, so we avoided flat boring stretches near towns, without sacrificing more remote and interesting parts.” – David USA 

Our Tailormade App  – Our app is not just a GPS navigation tool…… you will have your entire holiday in your hand. You will have easy access to your route notes, points of interest, destination details and emergency contact information. “The materials provided before and during the trip were extremely helpful. The phone app was excellent.” – Carole, USA

Overnight Locations – We have carefully selected the start and finish locations for your overnights to allow for easy access and departure by public transfers. If not, we include a transfer to/ from the nearest transfer hub. “The B&Bs were charming, very comfortable with personable hosts.” – Jack, USA

We write our own Route Notes  –  Our new route notes are even easier to follow with marked maps and distances between each point. We hike and re-check the routes each year to ensure all details are up to date. We do not give you generic guidebooks for your hikes. “Everything went off without a hitch. Directions and maps were great and easy to follow.” – Kelly, USA

 On Tour Support  – Not only do we offer you a 24/7 emergency contact support, we will also contact you regularly during your tour to see how things are going and if you have any questions for us. I cannot praise Ireland Walk Hike Bike enough.  They are just outstanding at what they do.” – Russ, UK 

Highlights

Killarney National Park – the first National Park in Killarney – home to Muckross House & Gardens on the banks of Killarney Lakes

The Ring of Kerry – the famous scenic driving route which circumnavigates the Iveragh Peninsula

19th Century “Stage Coach” route which runs between Cahersiveen & Glenbeigh

Magnificent Coastal Views of the Wild Atlantic Way and Kenmare Bay.

What's Included?

Ensuite room in select accommodations with breakfast
Move your luggage as per itinerary
Digital Route Notes & Maps or GPS Navigation app
Holiday specialists to handle the details of your trip
24 hour telephone support service
Upgrade option available – Please see downloadable PDF itineraries for details

AVAILABLE TOURS

Tour
Duration
Price
3-Day Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike
Duration: 2 nights
Cost pps: €378
5-Day Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike
Duration: 4 nights
Cost pps: €580
8-Day Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike
Duration: 7 nights
Cost pps: €875
8-Day Self-Guided Kerry Way Comfort Hike
Duration: 7 nights
Cost pps: €960
11-Day Self-Guided Kerry Way Hike
Duration: 10 nights
Cost pps: €1205

Package Options

Prices quoted are for the Digital Option. If you would prefer the Traditional Pack please let us know your booking form page.

Departure Dates

To book your tour choose your preferred Departure Date and click on Next Step.

Grading

Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

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