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Hiking The Dingle Way

7 review(s)

Next Trip(s): 13th Jun | 25th Jul Duration: 6 night(s)

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Trip created by Erin Elliott
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Region: South West – Cork & Kerry
Trip Type: Hiking
Comfort: Classic
Confirmed: When 2 Traveller(s) Book
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Trip Details

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Day 6 – Hike along the Mahrees, Ireland's Longest Beach

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. 

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Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels 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.

Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at the Limerick Train Station at 12.00pm on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped off at Limerick 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.

Trip Dates & Prices

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13th Jun - 19th Jun 2020 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €1,795 Book Now
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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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Originally hailing from the wilds of Canada, Erin was drawn to Ireland’s emerald hills, rugged coasts and big waves in 2014 to surf, practice yoga and travel. Joining Wilderness Ireland in 2017, Erin draws from her own experiences travelling and living in North America and Ireland to create magical Ireland adventures. From Donegal to Clare to Cork, Erin knows all the best spots along the Wild Atlantic Way!

- Erin Elliott

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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 4.57 out of 5 based on 7 review(s) of Hiking The Dingle Way

 

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made vacation 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 vacations truly memorable.

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Tama Engelking

Reviewed on 23/07/2019

Age: 60 - 70
Country: United States
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1

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The Bottom Line

This guided hike was an incredible way to experience the Dingle Peninsula and to learn about Ireland. It was especially good for first time visitors like me. The hiking was rated "6" and our group could have gone for a more challenging hike. The Dingle Way includes too much road walking, in my view, but other than that, I highly recommend it.

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Kent Young

Reviewed on 07/07/2019

Age: 70 - 80
Country: USA
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 2

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The Bottom Line

Final verdict is big thumbs up all across the board. Everyone involved from start to finish went above and beyond with good grace, humor, and expertise.

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Allen Shaw

Reviewed on 01/08/2018

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