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Hiking The Dingle Way

  • 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
  • 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 Tralee
  • 8 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

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?

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

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by Allen Shaw 01/08/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

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Pre-Trip Service
All fine
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
The last place we stayed was a bit ropey but I might email you separately about that.

MANAGEMENT RESPONSE: Thanks Allen, we received your email and will respond separately. This accommodation will not be on future Hiking the Dingle Way trips.
Your Guide
Tom was a good man. Even sang us a few tunes at dinner one evening.
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by William Polking 27/07/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Accommodation and Food
Food first night in Annascaul was not great, nor were the lunches on the final day of walking. Otherwise, top marks.
Your Guide
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by Antoinette Norman 25/07/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
More information about train times from Dublin to Tralee would have been useful.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
We were very Inpressed with the accommodation and breakfast at Heatons, that was the best. The harbour house for the last two nights was ok but the we preferred the Old Pier where it was lovely and quiet and the breakfast was equally as good as at Heatons. Some evening meals were a bit pot luck but overall the evening meals were pretty good. The Court House in Dingle was the best and the one in the pub on the first night (can’t remember the name) was disappointing.
Your Guide
Tom was very good and looked after us well. It was his first Dingle Way expedition and as such he did well. His guitar playing and singing were most enjoyable and a rare treat.
The Bottom Line
A potentially great trip if there was less walking on tarmac. Perhaps do other walks away from the Dingle Way when only tarmac is possible. Maybe shorten the walks on some days to leave out the last few kilometres of tarmac. The pace could then be reduced so that more time is available for lunch and enjoying the surroundings.

by Isobel Pennington 24/07/2018

4Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
It wasn't clear in the info pack if luggage would be transported or we'd be carrying it. I phoned to check.
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Heatons in Dingle was fabulous. Second was the one in Annascaul. Third was the one in Ballydavid and last was the one on the peninsula (blue harbour?) Re:Food. The first meal in the pub in Annascaul wasn't very good. The South Pole Inn was fascinating and food pretty good. That one is a must! Food places in Dingle were to die for as the last night. Packed lunches were all good apart from Blue Harbour again.
Your Guide
Tom was really friendly, and helpful and went out of his way to make sure we didn't miss stuff - he drove a few of us to see something we would otherwise have missed after dinner. He also drove me to my accomodation after the trip which was very much appreciated. Not quite as experienced or as knowledgeable about flowers and things as the last trip I went on but he still knew loads more than me!
The Bottom Line
A good trip in a beautiful corner of Ireland. We were astoundingly lucky with the weather and saw views that I wasn't expecting to see given Ireland's traditional climate! It's a nice walk but there is a fair bit of road walking. The best day was the penultimate day which is higher and from memory mostly grassy hillside. Staying in Dingle was also a joy given the amazing food choices! This was my first trip to Ireland "proper" and I'll definitely be back.

by 06/06/2018

5Pre-Trip Service

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5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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The entire team from the office (Louise) to the guide (Michelle) represented wilderness Ireland with nothing less than outstanding customer service, guidance, education and care. My trip made lifetime memories and a real passion to return to Ireland with a similar tour coordinated by your company, the trip was worth every penny/euro. I felt lucky to have discovered the Wilderness Ireland Hike the Dingle Trail package. Each day was fun, memorable, challenging and in safe company of my trusted and knowledgeable guide Michelle. I have and will continue to promote and recommend Wilderness Ireland to anybody I know who is looking for an adventurous journey to one of the greatest touring places on earth.
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Trip Details

The Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry on the west coast of Ireland 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 Megalithic sites, award-winning cuisine, traditional Irish music, and  colourful Irish characters.

Leave all the details to us! Hike the Dingle Way at your leisure with your experienced guide. 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.

DAY 1 ‐ Welcome to Ireland & 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 ‐Swerick Harbour Beach Hike & Pottery Throwing

Numerous artists over the years have been lured to the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula and many have made this remote finger of land home, 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 today following the white sand shores of Swerick 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 foothills of the holy Mount Brandon, passing drops of almost 450 meters to the sea below. According to legend St Brendan (Breanainn) the Navigator had a vision of the promised land while seated at Mt Brandon Mountain’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 a 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 relief as we hike along the length of Ireland’s longest white sand beach, known as 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 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 back to Limerick Train Station, where you can begin your journey home. (B)

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

*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. 

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Quiet backcountry of the Dingle WayDingle Peninsula – Hiking the Dingle WaySlea Head, Ireland’s westernmost point on the Dingle WayRugged Coumeenoole Beach on the Dingle WaySoft sunlight on the Dingle WayHiking the impressive coastline of the Dingle WayDingle Peninsula at sunsetHiking Slea Head on the Dingle WayWander the white sands of Inch Beach on the Dingle WayDingle Town along the Dingle WayDingle cuisine – fresh salmon on the Dingle WayListen to Dingle pub music on the Dingle Way
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01/08/2018

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27/07/2018

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