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    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

    34 review(s)

    Next Trip(s): 28th May | 4th Jun Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

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    Trip created by Louise Kavanagh
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    Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
    Trip Type: Hiking
    Comfort: Classic
    Max Group Size: 8
    Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
    Deposit From €477.50 €477.50


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    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 passes 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!

    Trip Highlights

    • Guided gentle hikes & island hopping along the spectacular coastline and islands of southwest Ireland.
    • Climb Skellig Michael, UNESCO World Heritage, and now a Star Wars filming location.
    • Explore remote islands where the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) culture & tradition is still strong.

    Day by Day Itinerary

    Day 1 – Baltimore

    Meeting in Cork city, we travel to the historic fishing town of Baltimore in remote West Cork. We’ll stretch our legs in this vibrantly colourful heritage town while hearing tales of conquests, abductions and pirates courtesy of the town’s exotic visitors over the centuries. Enjoy the view of the magical Carbery’s 100 Isles scattered across Roaring Water Bay on an evening stroll. (L,D)

    Distance: 3 miles/5km, 2hrs.

    Day 2 – Hiking on Cape Clear Island

    Off the coast of Baltimore lies Ireland’s southernmost inhabited island. Cape Clear is a narrow, Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) island overlooked by the iconic silhouette of the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse rising from a pinnacle in the sea. Hiking across the Cape Clear Island, we’ll explore its ancient sites, admire the spectacular bird life, drink in spectacular ocean panoramas and perhaps even visit a herd of goats to taste some of their very own ice-cream! (B,L)

    Distance: 4.5 miles/7km, 3hrs. 

    Day 3 – Hiking the Sheep's Head Way

    Heading north, we’ll discover an unspoilt, rolling landscape so impressive it’s been named a European Destination of Excellence. Some Ireland’s best dairy products come from Sheep’s Head – sampling is a must! On our hike, which takes in sections of the Sheep’s Head Way, we will experience some breathtaking views of the ocean horizon before continuing to our accommodation in the vibrant town of Kenmare. (B,L)

    Distance: 5 miles/8km, 3 – 3.5hrs.

    Day 4 – The Ring of Kerry & Skellig Michael Island

    Calling all Star Wars fans! Today, we’ll follow in the footsteps of 7th century Irish monks to their dramatic island retreat, Skellig Michael. Two rock pinnacles jutting out of the wild Atlantic Ocean, explore the iconic stone beehive huts once used by the monks who inhabited Skellig Michael, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Star Wars filming location. The small Skellig is equally renowned as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets, the second largest colony in the world.(B,L)

    The hike on Skellig Michael is short but involves climbing 618 ancient stone steps. It’s well worth the effort!

    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.  (B,L)

    Distance: 4 miles/6.5 km, 3hrs. 

    Day 6 – Dingle and the Blasket Islands

    A visit to the Blasket Islands is like a visit back in time. Evacuated in the 1950s due to harsh conditions, the Blaskets once sustained a remote island population of about 100 people. Our final hike weaves across the Great Blasket as we learn about this long-lost community, while keeping an eye out for nesting seabirds, whales, dolphins, seals, and more. Back on the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll spend our evening in the quaint Dingle town, one of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music. We’ll join the locals in one of the pubs to experience some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ to mark our last night together. (B,L,D).

    Distance 4 miles/6.5km, 3hrs.

    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. (B)

    *This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. 

    Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

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    Trip Dates & Prices

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    28th May - 3rd Jun 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,910 Book Now
    4th Jun - 10th Jun 2022 6 place(s) left CONFIRMED €1,910 Book Now
    16th Jul - 22nd Jul 2022 5 place(s) left CONFIRMED €1,910 Book Now
    13th Aug - 19th Aug 2022 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,910 Book Now
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    What's Included

    Accommodation Read More

    As you hop from island to island, relax in a cosy, home-away-from-home each night, hand-picked by 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.

    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

    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, starting in Cork and finishing in Tralee
    • 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
    Travel Read More

    You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Cork Kent 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 Cork, 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.

    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 Grades 1-3

    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 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?

    Trip Reviews

    Rated 4.94 out of 5 based on 34 review(s) of Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and 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.


    Douglas Todd

    Reviewed on 19/09/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: us
    Trip Date: 04/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    Here goes Trust me, if you want to experience rural Ireland you need a guide. It is extremely unlikely that anyone but a native could find these glorious, remote places in rural Ireland. Wilderness Ireland offers excellent value, locations, hikes, meals, accomodations, and most specifically terrific guides.


    Nancy Cassity

    Reviewed on 15/09/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: USA
    Trip Date: 04/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 1

    The Bottom Line

    The Bottom Line

    I am not typically excited about group trips but this one exceeded all of my expectations, even with the restrictions due to COVID. Start to finish, the trip was seamless. I would highly recommend Wilderness Ireland and will definitely be planning another adventure with your organization. Thank you for everything, you could not have provided a better vacation.


    Susan Stanton

    Reviewed on 13/09/2021

    Age: 60 - 70
    Country: United States
    Trip Date: 04/09/2021
    Trips Taken: 2

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