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    Hiking & Island Hopping

    Cork & Kerry

    69 reviews


    Deposit From: €649€649
    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
    Confirmed: When 2 Travellers Book

    Next Departure: 27th - 2nd Aug 2024
    Accommodation: Classic

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      Trip Overview

      Created by: Louise Kavanagh


      Join us on a unique hiking tour to the spectacular southwest of Ireland. On foot and by boat, we’ll discover the wildest coasts and islands of beautiful Cork and Kerry.

      Make the unforgettable journey through Ireland hiking trails in Cork and Kerry, from the historical town of Baltimore known for its tales of pirate invasions, to the most westerly inhabited island in Europe, rich in literary history.

      By day experience scenic island and coastal hikes, ancient historical sites, diving seabirds and stunningly beautiful mountain pass in Ireland’s breathtaking southwest. By evening, dip into Kerry’s culinary heritage at some of the most delicious eateries and music-filled pubs in Ireland.

      Your knowledgeable guide will provide a fascinating insight into the rich cultural and geological history. As you sail to the islands, scan the swirling waves to spot marine life such as gannets, puffins, basking sharks, whales and dolphins. And don’t forget the colourful characters of rural Ireland that they are bound to introduce you to along the way.

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      Day by Day
      Itinerary

      Day 1 – Baltimore Read Less

      Day 1

      Baltimore

      After meeting in Cork, we travel to the historic fishing town of Baltimore. We’ll stretch our legs with a short hike en route to this vibrantly colourful heritage town known for tales of conquests, abductions and pirates thanks to the town’s exotic visitors. Relax before dinner or stroll along the shore with views of the magical Carbery’s 100 Isles scattered across the aptly-named Roaring Water Bay.

      Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | Approx: 2 hrs

      Day 2 – Cape Clear Island Read Less

      Day 2

      Cape Clear Island

      Off the coast of Baltimore is Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island, and traditionally the last glimpse of Europe for those who once sailed to North America by ship. Cape Clear is a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) island just 5 km long and 2 km wide. Hiking across the island, we’ll explore its ancient sites, spot the rich birdlife and perhaps even visit a herd of goats to taste some of their very own ice cream. On most days, the iconic silhouette of the dramatic Fastnet Rock Lighthouse can be seen to the northwest of the island. Wrap up your day by enjoying a refreshing drink overlooking the harbour to the soundtrack of waves crashing and seagulls calling.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 5 km / 3 miles | Approx: 2 hrs

      Day 3 – Sheep's Head Peninsula Read Less

      Day 3

      Sheep's Head Peninsula

      Heading north, we discover an unspoilt, rolling green landscape so impressive it has been named a European Destination of Excellence. In fact, some of Ireland’s best dairy produce comes from this region – sampling the local cheese is a must. This timeless region never ceases to surprise where dramatic views, lush emerald hills and charming farmland abound. On our hike, which takes in sections of the Sheep’s Head Way, we will experience some breathtaking views of the headland before continuing to our accommodation in the vibrant town of Kenmare.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 8 km / 5 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 4 – The Ring of Kerry & Skellig Michael Read Less

      Day 4

      The Ring of Kerry & Skellig Michael

      Ireland’s most famous islands, the Skelligs are two jagged rock pinnacles rising above battering Atlantic waves. It was on the UNESCO site Skellig Michael that the monks of yesteryears once lived and prayed in stone beehive huts which still cling to the island’s rocky slopes. Today, we’ll follow in the footsteps of these 7th-century Irish monks to their dramatic island retreat. The small Skellig is equally renowned as a home to 27,000 pairs of gannets, the second-largest colony in the world. The islands have famously been used as a filming location for the 2015 and 2017 Star Wars movies.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

      Day 5 – The Old Kenmare Road Read Less

      Day 5

      The Old Kenmare Road

      Leaving the coast behind, we spend a day enjoying part of one of Ireland’s best long distance trails, the Kerry Way. Following part of a 17th-century military road built to move soldiers from Kenmare around the majestic mountain range the Macguillycuddy’s Reeks, the Old Kenmare Road is one of Kerry’s most spectacular places to walk. After enjoying views across Kenmare Bay and a splendid horseshoe of mountain peaks, we’ll descend towards the lush green oak woods on the outskirts of Killarney National Park.

      Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch
      Walk Details: 10 km / 6 miles | Approx: 4 hrs

      Day 6 – Dingle and the Blasket Islands Read Less

      Day 6

      Dingle and the Blasket Islands

      On our final hike, we’ll explore the narrow paths that weave across the rich fabric of landscape on the largest of the Blasket Islands, the Great Blasket. Inhabited until the 1950s by a small island community who left behind a strong literary legacy, today the islands are eerily silent, with abandoned cottages still huddled on the island’s slopes. The remote island cliffs are home to a myriad of seabirds, and whales, dolphins and seals are regular maritime visitors. Back on the Dingle Peninsula, spend the evening in Dingle town, a bastion of traditional Irish music. Join the locals in a cosy pub to experience some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ to mark our last night together.

      Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
      Walk Details: 7 km / 4 miles | Approx: 3 hrs

      Day 7 – Dingle Town & Departure Read Less

      Day 7

      Dingle Town & Departure

      This morning after a relaxing breakfast, we’ll get the chance to explore the vibrant and colourful Dingle town, home to many interesting craft shops and cafes. We then will bid farewell to our fellow travellers at Limerick Railway Station, where there are regular train connections to Dublin.

      Meals Included: Breakfast

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      Trip Dates & Prices

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      Trip Dates for 2024AvailabilityStatusPriceBook
      27th Jul - 2nd Aug 20243 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,520Book Now
      10th Aug - 16th Aug 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,520
      31st Aug - 6th Sep 2024Trip FullFULLY BOOKED €2,520
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      31st May - 6th Jun 20253 place(s) leftAvailable €2,520Book Now
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      12th Jul - 18th Jul 20256 place(s) leftGuaranteed €2,520Book Now
      23rd Aug - 29th Aug 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,520Book Now
      6th Sep - 12th Sep 20258 place(s) leftAvailable €2,520Book Now

      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 preferred departure date and we'll take care of the rest.

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      Trip Details

      Accommodation Read More

      As you hop from island to island, relax in a cosy, home-away-from-home each night, hand-picked by our team for their excellent location, service and comfort. Relax in cosy libraries in front of a warm peat fire after an exciting day out hiking the islands. All accommodations provide breakfast.

      Single Rooms

      There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however, you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you request a double room for single occupancy, a supplement of €400 is charged.

      Due to the nature of the accommodations we use, single supplements are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

      Meals Read More

      Most meals are included in the price of this trip. Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided the first and last night. Other evenings, can dine where you choose – your guide can help you by making recommendations and reservations. 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 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
      • 7 days of hiking on the breathtaking peninsulas and rugged islands of Ireland’s southwest
      • All boat/transfers to each island on the itinerary
      • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
      Grading Read More

      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.

      Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

      Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?

      Travel - Arrival and Departure Read More

      You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Cork Kent Train Station at 12.00 on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped off at Limerick Colbert Train Station by 13:00 on the last day of your trip. For full details on how to get to Cork, please see our Travel to Ireland section here.

      Speak to an Expert

      Louise Kavanagh

      From scuba diving to motorbikes to hiking, Louise is no stranger to adventure. Born and raised in County Sligo, Louise has a love for Ireland’s West Coast – particularly the northwest. Joining the Wilderness Ireland team in 2017 as an Adventure Consultant, Louise is one of the team’s expert trip designers – ready to help you explore Ireland’s wild places. When not at work, Louise can usually be found underwater exploring Ireland’s unique coastlines or else zipping through the countryside on her motorbike.

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      Difficulty Grades Explained

      Green Graded 1-3

      Our green graded trips include shorter hikes, with few ascents, and are generally over smoother (but usually not paved) terrain. We include more cultural stops along the way and walk at a leisurely pace.

      Often our green graded trips include hikes in flatter coastal areas or in valleys and will last around 2-4 hours each day. To help you decide if you are fit enough for this trip, ask yourself:

      Can you comfortably hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascents, over generally good terrain?

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      Trip Reviews

      Rated 4.93 out of 5 based on 69 review(s) of Hiking & Island Hopping – Cork & Kerry

       

      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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      Dana Reynolds

      Reviewed on 01/07/2024

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: United States
      Trip Date: 22/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Each part of the trip from planning to execution was awesome Our guide, Tom was excellent and knowledgeable This is a must do trip I am already looking through the website to come back next year Wilderness Ireland rocks!

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      Dan Prewer

      Reviewed on 01/07/2024

      Age: 60 - 70
      Trip Date: 22/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      The entire experience with Wilderness Ireland was top notch. From the planning stage, through the trip to the final drop off everything was handled in a professional, FUN and knowledgeable way. I would happily recommend Wilderness Ireland to anyone looking for a hiking trip.

      JC

      Joan Coogan-Prewer

      Reviewed on 01/07/2024

      Age: 60 - 70
      Country: Canada
      Trip Date: 22/06/2024
      Trips Taken: 1

      The Bottom Line

      The Bottom Line

      Would definitely recommend Wilderness Ireland experience!

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