Hike one of the remotest stretches of the Kerry Way.
Climb steps up the bare rock of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Skellig Michael.
Join us on this unique adventure that takes you to the most scenic Atlantic islands of the southwest of Ireland’s fragmented coast.
On foot and by boat we shall discover the wildest corners of this rugged landscape. Our route will take us from the gourmet town of Kinsale, to one of the most westerly inhabited Islands of Europe; over rugged mountain passes and into some of the best restaurants and music filled pubs in Ireland.
What’s included in this walking holiday:
6 nights accommodation in guest houses and B&Bs
The services of a Wilderness Ireland walking guide throughout the trip
All meals apart from two evening meals
Vehicle transport throughout
All ferry and boat trips to the Atlantic Islands
Start: Cork City Centre 13.00
Finish: Cork City Centre 14.00
WEST CORK VIA KINSALE – We meet in Cork city and travel to the historical fishing town, and gourmet capital of Ireland, Kinsale. Striking out along the gorse covered hills of the harbours southern peninsula we shall stretch our legs while listening to tales of conquests, wine smugglers and the town’s exotic visitors including the Spanish Armada.(D)
Walk description: 4km | Ascent: 50m | Time: 1hrs 30mins
SHERKIN ISLAND – On foot we wander along the Sherkin Island’s lane ways past banks of red fuschia, bright orange mombrisha and rocky fields hemmed in by dry stone walls. Standing stones and the holy well signify Sherkin’s pagan times whilst the Franciscan monastery and Dun Na Long castle are examples of medieval life on the island. (B,L,D)
Walk length: 10km | Ascent: 250m | Time: 4hrs
CAPE CLEAR (OILEÁN CHLÉIRE) – Cape Clear is a Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) island only 5km long and 2km wide. Its remote isolation has created a unique and fiercely proud culture. On most days, the iconic silhouette of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse can be seen to the northwest of the island. (B,L)
Walk length: 7km | Ascent: 280m | Time: 3 hrs
WALK THE KERRY WAY – Our walk today takes us through Molls Gap and into the Black Valley. With the mountains of Killarney National Park to the east and the peak of Carrauntoohil (Ireland’s highest mountain) to the west, we’ll meander through this windswept landscape. (B,L,D)
Walk length 10km | Ascent: 270m | Time: 4hrs
SKELLIG MICHAEL – It was on Skellig Michael, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts centuries ago. The small Skellig is equally renowned as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets, the second largest colony of such sea birds in the world. (B,L,D)
Walk length: The walk on Skellig Michael involves climbing 618 ancient stone steps. It’s worth the effort!
BLASKET ISLANDS – These three uninhabited Blasket Islands hold a special place in Ireland’s folk heritage. They were home to some of Irelands most prolific Irish writers and are now home only to a myriad of seabirds and marine life. Our evening will be spent in Dingle, arguably one of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music. (B,L)
Walk length: 6.5km | Ascent: 200m est. | Time: 3hrs
DINGLE WAY – After breakfast we’ll enjoy one last walk along the jagged Atlantic coast. Our trail will follow the coast, skirting below the holy mountain of Brandon and then crossing a range of windblown cliff tops, affectionately known as the Three Sisters. (B,L)
Walk length: 10km | Ascent: 100m est. | Time: 4hrs