The Kingdom of Kerry is truly a Walkers paradise. With an abundance of walks to suit all levels there simply is not better location for a Walking Holiday in Ireland. Fast gaining the reputation of Ireland’s walking capital; Kerry offers hikes ranging from a few hours to 9 days! It has being said that walks in Kerry offers the intrepid visitor an ability to not only explore the raw and natural landscape of Kerry, but also has a unique ability to transport you back in time to an Ireland of yesteryear.
While there is a huge plethora of walk in Kerry, perhaps two of the most famous are the Kerry Way & the Dingle Way.
Walking the Kerry Way
The famed Kerry Way walk is one of Ireland's longest and most established signposted walking trail at over 200km. This is a looped walk both starting and ending in Killarney This journey will take you back in time passing through some for the most isolated and visually stunning countryside in all of Ireland. The Kerry Way experience is intended to quickly progress through a variety of different landscapes and experiences, giving the walker a wider appreciation for the county. While some may decide to walk the full Kerry Way (typically taking 9 days) most visitors take on sections of the walk thus only requiring a few hours on any one day.
The Dingle Way Walking Trail
The Dingle Way is one of over 30 Irish long-distance walking trails. Not unlike the Kerry Way, this is also a looped walk starting and finishing in Tralee. The trail is 179km long and takes an adult who is reasonably fit an average of 8-9 days to walk.This Walk more than any other offers an huge variety of ever dramatically changing landscapes with vistas of the Atlantic Ocean a regular companion on this trip. This walk is also widely reputed as playing host to some of the finest archeological sites in Ireland -Standing stones, ogham stones and a multitude of beehive huts are the most obvious structures to be spotted en-route. The iconic oratory of Gallarus is highly-recommended detour for those with enough energy. Another favourite stop-off point is the South Pole Inn in Annascaul, which is a shrine to local Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.This walk passes through many beautiful picturesque towns and villages so you are never more that a few hours walk from some great food and drink!
Regardless of whatever village or town you find yourself visiting rest assured that you will find an egger local you can advise of historic local walks with an accompanying story of folklore and intrigue associated with the walk!
For those who are looking for a serious challenge - ‘Carrauntoohil’, Irelands highest peak at some 1039m, is the perfect challenge for the thrill seeker. Mount Carrauntoohil is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy Reeks and located less than half hour drive from Killarney Town Centre. Whatever the time of year you are planning on visiting Kerry there will be no shortage of guided hikes/climbs for you to choose from. Perhaps take a moment and view our list ‘Outdoor Adult Pursuits’ – let LoveKerry do the organising!
We recommend the Killarney Avenue Hotel as the perfect base for walking in breaks in Kerry.