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Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

28 review(s)

Next Trip(s): 23rd May | 6th Jun Duration: 6 night(s)

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Trip created by Louise Kavanagh
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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

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. 

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Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels 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.

Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

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

- Louise Kavanagh

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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 4.93 out of 5 based on 28 review(s) of Hiking and Island Hopping Cork and Kerry

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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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Ann Marie Gervino

Reviewed on 10/09/2019

Age: 50 - 60
Trip Date: 24/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

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The Bottom Line

It was truly a wonderful experience. The trip had a great balance between hiking and time to enjoy the towns we were in. We were especially impressed by the thoughtfulness of the office staff that remembered to tell our guide that we wanted to work horseback riding into our trip. Also receiving a bottle of champagne for our anniversary was so thoughtful! I had told Patricia early on that the trip was to celebrate our 25 Wedding Anniversary--so thanks very much for remembering and for the gift which we enjoyed sharing with our fellow travelers.

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Catherine Wyatt

Reviewed on 09/09/2019

Age: 60 - 70
Country: Canada
Trip Date: 08/06/2019
Trips Taken: 1

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Jan Lackstrom

Reviewed on 03/09/2019

Age: 50 - 60
Country: Canada
Trip Date: 24/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Great trip and I will certainly be considering another Wilderness Ireland trip in the future.

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