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    Hiking The Dingle Way

    10 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 19th Mar | 30th Apr Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip created by Patricia Doe
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    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 3 Traveller(s) Book
    Deposit From €452.50 €452.50


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    The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry on Ireland’s west coast encompasses some of Ireland’s most extraordinary landscapes.

    By hiking the Dingle Way, you’ll follow an internationally-renowned hiking trail that circumnavigates this unique corner of the world, exploring Dingle’s breathtaking scenery, ancient neolithic sites, award-winning cuisine, traditional Irish music, and  colourful Irish characters.

    Leave all the details to us! Your experienced outdoors guide will lead you on a guided hike of the Dingle Way to explore the storied Irish landscapes at your leisure. Hiking the Dingle Way with a guide will provide you with a unique insight into the history, geology, wildlife, folklore and of course the people of the Dingle Way.

    Trip Highlights

    • Hike the Dingle Way, Ireland's most scenic long distance hiking trail
    • Explore a corner of Ireland once called the 'most beautiful place on Earth' by National Geographic
    • Meet local characters, listen to live traditional music and taste the delicious local food of Dingle

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Limerick to the Dingle Peninsula

    Starting in the vibrant city of Limerick, we’ll enjoy a hearty welcome lunch together before heading south to the Dingle Peninsula. We’ll kick off our trip hiking the Dingle Way with a short but breathtaking lakeside stroll to stretch the legs before our first dinner together. (L,D)

    Hike details: 3km/2 miles, max. 1 hr*

    Day 2 – Minard Castle to Dingle Town

    Minard Castle and its picturesque cove makes for an impressive start to our trail! Hear stories of Cromwell’s invasion against the local Gaelic clans, continue through quiet fields with views over Dingle Bay and the Iveragh Peninsula (also called the Ring of Kerry). Walking through rugged trails dotted with friendly sheep, we’ll end our hike in Dingle town, a colourful vibrant place, famed for its traditional Irish music, pubs and resident dolphin. (B,L,D)

    Hike details: 13km/8 miles, approx. 4-5hrs*

    Day 3 – Mount Eagle to Slea Head, Ireland's Westernmost Point 

    Our first climb of the trip takes us over the saddle of Mount Eagle for uninterrupted Atlantic views. The Dingle Peninsula hosts a rich collection of ancient archaeological sites, and on our hikes, we will come across standing stones, pre-historic monuments and clochains or beehive huts, dry-stone huts with a corbeled roof that may be as much as 2,000 years old. (B,L,D)

    Hike details: 13km/8miles, approx. 4-5hrs*

    Day 4 – Smerwick Harbour Beach Hike & Pottery Throwing

    Over the years, numerous artists have been lured to the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula and many have made this remote finger of land their home, with the wild crashing Atlantic and rolling mountains their inspiration. Our day starts off with one such artist at a local pottery studio, where you can try your hand at throwing a pot! Today we’re in for  treat – a beach hike following the white sand shores of Smerwick Harbour and Wine Strand, the iconic Three Sisters hills behind us and the turquoise waters below. (B,L,D)

    Hike details: 15km/9.5 miles, approx. 6-7hrs*

    Day 5 – Hiking Mount Brandon 

    One of our most challenging days, we’ll climb over the saddle of the holy Mount Brandon, passing 450 meters drops sliding down to the sea below. According to legend St Brendan (Breanainn) the Navigator had a vision of the promised land while seated at Mt Brandon’s summit. Legend has it, he and his monks set sail for the promised land and disembarked in 535 AD (over 900 years before Columbus) on American soil! Passing pre-historic Ogham stones and panoramic ocean views, the trail climbs to the saddle of Mt Brandon before descending to the edge of Brandon Bay and the quaint Brandon Village for a well-deserved pint. (B,L,D)

    Hike details: 18km/11 miles, approx. 7-8hrs*

    Day 6 – The Maharees & Woodworker Studio

    After yesterday’s climb, today’s beach walk comes as a respite as we hike along the length of Ireland’s longest white sand beach, the Maharees. Popular with surfers, wind surfers and kite surfers, the Maharees have drawn adventurers and outdoor lovers from around the globe! The sand dunes create a unique ecosystem, home to the rare Natterjack toad, Whooper swan and the Bewick’s mute swan. Our day includes a visit to a local woodcarver who will welcome us into his workshop to show us some traditional carving techniques. Back to Dingle town, we’ll enjoy a final celebratory dinner together! (B,L,D)

    Hike details: 18km/11 miles, approx. 6-7hrs*

    Day 7 – Dingle to Limerick 

    After breakfast, we say goodbye to the Dingle Peninsula with a short morning stroll along one of Dingle’s iconic beaches to watch the world come to life. We’ll head back north to Limerick Train Station, where you can begin your journey home. (B)

    Hike details: max. 5km/3 miles, approx. 1hr*

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. 

    Hiking The Dingle Way

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    Trip Dates & Prices

    Trip Dates for 2022 Availability Status Price Book
    19th Mar - 25th Mar 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,810 Book Now
    30th Apr - 6th May 2022 7 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,810 Book Now
    9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,810 Book Now
    20th Aug - 26th Aug 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,810 Book Now
    24th Sep - 30th Sep 2022 6 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,810 Book Now

    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    This trip features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Whether you’re looking for the liveliness of a traditional Irish pub or beautiful beach vistas, all the accommodations we use on the Dingle Way Hiking Trip play an exciting part in your journey through the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland’s southwest!

    We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €250 but this is subject to availability.

    Meals Read More

    Meals are included in the price of this trip with the exception of dinner on one night. Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided every night. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes.

    On this trip, we generally eat dinner as a group however if you would like to make alternative arrangements you are free to do so. Your guide will have an evening off during this trip where they do not eat with the group. They will recommend options for dinner that evening and will help you make any necessary reservations.

    Inclusions Read More
    • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
    • Most meals during the trip (Meals included are indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
    • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Limerick
    • 7 days of guided hiking along the famous Dingle Way which circumnavigates the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula
    • Entrance, activity and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at the Limerick Colbert Train Station at 12.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped off at Limerick Colbert Train Station by 1.00pm on the last day of your trip. For full details on how to get to Limerick, please see our Travel to Ireland section here.

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    Make This Trip Private

    Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

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    Patricia Doe

    An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets u2013 she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent many years in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!

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    19th Mar - 25th Mar 2022

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    30th Apr - 6th May 2022

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    9th Jul - 15th Jul 2022

    Difficulty Grades Explained

    Our hiking trips range from very straightforward low-level hikes to trips that include more challenging itineraries which will take you to a new mountain top each day.

    Our blue-graded trips involve exploring some of Ireland’s best hiking regions, introducing some steeper climbs to summits as well as valley and coastal hikes. The hike will be conducted at a steady pace and you will typically hike 5-7 hours per day. The terrain underfoot can be anything from well maintained hiker’s trails to rough or boggy ground, boulder fields and mountain tops.

    The daily hikes will occasionally involve a mountain ascent of over 3000ft / 900m high. More challenging days are interspersed with lower level valley, coastal or forest walks which would include some cultural highlights along the way.

    Can you comfortably hike for around 10 miles (16km) with the occasional longer day? Are you happy with some ascents of 3,000ft / 900m? Are you comfortable on a variety of terrain from good paths to rough mountain tracks?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.70 out of 5 based on 10 review(s) of Hiking The Dingle Way


    Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us. Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

    That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.


    Brenda Fries

    Reviewed on 11/10/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 25/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line


    Michael Montoya

    Reviewed on 09/10/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 25/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    We had a great time in Ireland and thoroughly enjoyed hiking the Dingle Peninsula.


    Deb Horner

    Reviewed on 07/10/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 25/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 3

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The experience was great. However, I would advise older clients to evaluate their capabilities honestly. I found the Dingle hike to be more challenging than I anticipated, despite the fact that I consider myself to be in good shape and hike regularly.

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