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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.
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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*
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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!
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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?
Rated 4.57 out of 5 based on 7 review(s) of Hiking The Dingle Way
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Reviewed on 23/07/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Country: United States
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
We received suggestions of where to stay in Galway, which was our destination after our Wilderness Ireland hike, and were also given good advice about train and bus connections. When the trip we signed up for was revised and reduced by one day, Wilderness Ireland gave us plenty of notice and also reduced the cost of the hike. Communication was always prompt.
This was my first trip to Ireland and it was especially memorable due to our fabulous guide, Tom. We had some difficulties with lost luggage and a missed train connection that Tom and the Wilderness Ireland staff helped to resolve. Tom even drove the van to pick us up at a different train station when we missed our connection. The camaraderie of our small group of hikers was also a highlight with great conversation, jokes, stories, and even some music (Tom is a talented musician). Tome went out of his way to make sure we all had a good time. He took us to a few extra stops such as the Gallarus Oratory, a pub that featured live music, and he made some extra stops on the Conor Pass so we could take photos. Tom would go over each day's hike so we would know what to expect and was open to making adjustments dependi.ng on weather and our personal preferences (we skipped one museum, for example) Other highlights include the wonderful b&bs we stayed in. All of them had a view of the ocean and a copious "full Irish" breakfast. I also enjoyed the variety of restaurants for dinner that included some local pubs (with freshly caught fish featured on the menu) and a few upscale eateries. Lots of great photos and memories of my first visit to Ireland. I plan to return!
The variety was very representative of Irish culture and the Dingle Peninsula with fabulous full Irish breakfasts featuring fresh seafood and incredible baked goods, local pubs, some of which included live music, and a few more upscale places. Enjoyed all of them!
Our guide Tom is what made our hike in Ireland so memorable. He took excellent care of us and went out of his way to make sure we enjoyed ourselves and that everything ran smoothly. The logistics (luggage transfer, van pick up, check in to our lodging, evening meals) were all very smooth, and the daily hikes included a few challenges, incredible vistas, and walks along the beach. His good humor, expertise, and patience were all greatly appreciated!
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.
Reviewed on 07/07/2019
Age: 70 - 80
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 2
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Speedy, helpful, resourceful assistance.
Our accommodations in the town of Dingle were no less than excellent, and the breakfast presentation was astonishing.
Tom was the total package of a fine guide, from patience, knowledgeability, tolerance, flexibility, and seasoning to a well-honed sense of humor, generosity, and fine musicianship.
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.
Reviewed on 01/08/2018
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
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.
Tom was a good man. Even sang us a few tunes at dinner one evening.
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