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    The Dingle Way

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    Next Trip: 25th - 31st Mar 2023 Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Accommodation: Classic
    Max Group Size: 9
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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

    Meeting in the cosmopolitan city of Limerick, we’ll enjoy our first lunch together before trading the city hubbub for the wind-rustled landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. A short yet breathtaking scenic stroll to stretch our legs will introduce us to the wonders of Dingle before a delicious seaside dinner together. (L, D)

    Hike details: 3km/2 miles | approx. 1 hrs.

    Day 2 – Minard Castle to Dingle Town

    Our trail starts at the ruins of the impressive 16th century Minard Castle overlooking a salt-sprayed sandy cove. Hear stories of Cromwell’s struggle to drive the stubborn Gaelic clans from this castle as we marvel at the views of Dingle Bay and the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula. Traversing sweeping landscapes and country lanes, we finish our hike amidst the colourful lanes of Dingle town, renowned for its cheery pubs, traditional Irish music, local artisans, and its fabulous seafood cuisine. Tonight, we’ll join the locals in one of the pubs to experience some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ (‘fun and music’). (B, L, D)

    Hike details: 14km/8 miles | approx. 5-6 hrs.

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

    Uninterrupted Atlantic views are the reward for traversing a short uphill section over the saddle of Mount Eagle. The Dingle Peninsula hosts some of the richest collection of archaeological sites in Europe – we’ll come across standing stones and prehistoric monuments, as well as clochains or beehive huts, which may be as much as 2,000 years old. Today’s hike veers a little off of the Dingle Way to include some of the peninsula’s most impressive trails and coastal walking. (B, L, D)

    Hike details: 12km/ 7miles | approx. 4-5 hrs.

    Day 4 – Smerwick Harbour & Wine Strand

    Over the years, numerous artists have been lured to the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, finding inspiration in Dingle’s wild crashing shores, glittering coves and rolling mountains. It’s easy to see why as we follow the quiet north shores of Dingle, a remote corner of the peninsula that is visited by few others. Our hike follows the white sand shores of Smerwick Harbour and Wine Strand, with the iconic Three Sisters hills behind us and brilliant turquoise waters below. For the perfect end of the day, visit a microbrewery for a tour and tasting to quench the day’s thirst. Meet Ireland’s first female microbrewer and see how locally-sourced resources such as water from an on-site well are combined to produce seasonal beers. (B, L, D)

    Hike details: 14km/8 miles | approx. 5-6 hrs.

    Day 5 – Hiking Mount Brandon 

    Up for a challenge? Today we make our way through the wildest part of Dingle, following a rough trail along the shoulder of Mount Brandon, a route often used by pilgrims to climb the holy mountain. According to legend, St Brendan had a vision of a “promised land” while seated at the mountain’s summit. He consequently set sail for his promised land and supposedly disembarked in 535 AD (900 years before Columbus) on American soil. Passing pre-historic Ogham stones and panoramic ocean views, the trail climbs over Mt Brandon’s saddle before descending into Brandon Bay and the teacup-sized Brandon Village. (B, L, D)

    Hike details: 15 km/9 miles | approx. 6-7 hrs.

    Day 6 – The Maharees & Woodworker Studio

    After yesterday’s climb, our beach walk along the length of Ireland’s longest white sand beach comes as a relief. Stretching out along a spit of undulating sand dunes known as the Maharees, the waves here are popular with wind and kite surfers. The sand dunes create a unique ecosystem, home to the rare Natterjack toad, Whooper swan and the Bewick’s mute swan. We’ll also visit a woodworking studio where a charismatic furniture maker and storyteller will show us some traditional carving techniques. We’ll enjoy a final dinner together in Dingle town where we toast our accomplishments hiking the Dingle Way. (B, L, D)

    Hike details: 17 km/10 miles | approx. 6-7 hrs.

    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. 1 hrs.

    This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. 

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    Trip Details

    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 which 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
    Trip Grading Read More

    Blue Graded 4-6

    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?

    Travel – Arrival and Departure 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

    Fancy this trip just for your group? Get together with family and friends spend quality time exploring wild places. A private trip allows you to benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides but with the advantage of the flexibility to tailor the days to your group. Make the trip more or less challenging depending on your experience or choose to add in some optional extras like castle or distillery visits depending on your interests. The price of a private trip will depend on the number of travellers in your group. Let us know your prefered departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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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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    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 4.85 out of 5 based on 20 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.

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    Michelle Grant

    Reviewed on 06/11/2022

    Age: 60 - 70
    Trip Date: 24/09/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The overall experience was great. Good trekking with just the right amount of creature comforts and down times.

    KS

    Kelley Storment

    Reviewed on 18/10/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 24/09/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    The Dingle Way walk with Wilderness Ireland is a wonderful way to spend a week. You get to experience the beauty and culture of Ireland with a local!

    TS

    Teri Simpson

    Reviewed on 12/10/2022

    Age: 50 - 60
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 24/09/2022
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Trip of a lifetime!!! Wilderness Ireland, Tom, and The Dingle Way should be on everyone's bucket list!

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