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Perhaps Ireland’s most acclaimed region, Kerry’s incredible scenery, soaring mountains and fantastic people form a perfect backdrop to this Ring of Kerry hiking tour in Ireland’s sunny southwest. On this Ring of Kerry hiking adventure, we’ll summit two of Ireland’s highest mountains, meander white sand beaches, follow forgotten pilgrimage paths and relish wild ocean views.
Exploring the best of the Ring of Kerry, you’ll hike many amazing landscapes such as Killarney National Park, the wildest sections of the Kerry Way, the rugged Dingle Peninsula, the Gap of Dunloe, and Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil.
Along the way, stay in some of Kerry’s finest Deluxe accommodation while enjoying Kerry’s famous foodie scene. Enjoy the adventure of a rugged hiking trip alongside the comfort and luxury of Kerry’s best hotels and guesthouses.
Your guide will provide a fascinating insight into the rich cultural and geological history of this spectacular landscape, and help you spot wildlife, such as kestrels, sparrow hawks, foxes and red deer. Throw in a few colourful local characters that we’re bound to meet along the way and you have the perfect hiking vacation in Ireland.
Starting in the bustling town of Killarney, we’ll explore the backcountry of Killarney National Park where your Ring of Kerry hiking tour will begin. Hiking the wilder sections of the famed Kerry Way, we’ll meander solemn forests and quiet lakesides home to Killarney’s red deer while drinking in breathtaking panoramas. In the evening, head back to Killarney for a chance to tap your foot to some traditional Irish pub music! (D)
Distance: 5 miles/8.5km, 4hrs*
The desolate wilderness of Mangerton Mountain is a perfect introduction of the terrain to come. Enjoy spell-bounding views over the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountains before exploring the evocatively-named Devil’s Punchbowl, a glacially-formed corrie lake. Legend has it, a monster is said to have been banished by a saint into a watery grave so be on the lookout! (B,L)
Distance: 6.5 miles/11km, 5-6hrs*
Start the morning off with a relaxing boat trip across the iconic Lakes of Killarney, with panoramas of the mountains of Killarney National Park unfolding on all sides. Alighting at a scenic spot, we take to one of the loveliest parts of Kerry along quiet roads and mountain tracks winding their way through the Black Valley – so called because it was the last place in Ireland to be connected to the electric grid in the 1970s. (B,L)
Distance: 8 miles/13 km, 7hrs*
Carrantuohill is Ireland’s highest peak and the jewel in the crown of our Ring of Kerry hiking tour. At 1,040m, Carrantuohill’s jagged summit presents an enticing challenge for today! There are many paths to the summit: the cliff-sides of O’Shea’s Gully or the aptly named Devil’s Ladder are just two options. As we hike, we’ll take time to enjoy the wild flowers, spot raptors soaring on the mountain thermals and look out for Irish mountain hares. (B,L)
Distance: 7 miles/11km, 7hrs*
Today’s hike in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula follows in the footsteps of the mythological Irish hero Cuchulainn who, according to legend, fought a giant by hurling fiery boulders to a nearby summit. Our hike finishes at the South Pole Inn, the family pub of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who made attempts at the South Pole with both Scott and Shackleton. (B,L)
Distance 6 miles/10km, 4-5hrs*
One of Ireland’s tallest mountains, Mt Brandon is named after St. Brendan the Navigator, who is said to have seen “The Promised Land” from its summit, inspiring his legendary seven year “Voyage of St Brendan.” We’ll take the road-less-travelled to the summit for stunning views of Brandon Bay. The Dingle Peninsula is a haven for artists and crafters and we will visit a potter’s studio to view some of the local crafts before spending our evening in Dingle town, arguably one of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music. Join the locals in a cheery pub for some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ (fun, music and dance) to mark our last night together on the Ring of Kerry! (B,L,D)
Distance 8.5 miles/14km, 6-7hrs*
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the group and depart for Limerick Train Station where you can begin your journey home. Along the way, we will stop for a short coastal walk along a glorious white sand beach on the Dingle Peninsula, savouring the opportunity for a final breath of fresh Atlantic air. Kick off your shoes as we walk in the sand – a great way to end a brilliant hiking trip through Kerry. Learn more about travel in Ireland here. (B)
Distance 3 miles/5km, 1hr*
*This itinerary is subject to changes and improvements. All hiking times are approximate.
While visiting the beloved Ring of Kerry, expect Deluxe level of accommodation – relax in boutique hotels, stately guesthouses, and beautiful manors. Each Deluxe accommodation has been chosen for its high comfort standards and service, its scenic location and its lovely amenities.
On this deluxe hiking tour of the Kerry Mountains, partake in all of the excitement of a hiking adventure paired with the comfort and luxuriousness of deluxe accommodations. More than just a place to sleep, your accommodations play an active role in your Irish experience.
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. All accommodations provide breakfast.
Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on the first and final nights. 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.
You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Killarney 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 Killarney, please see our travel 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.
An avid cyclist and hiker, Patricia enjoys exploring Ireland’s wild landscapes every chance she gets – she particularly loves the under-appreciated regions of Mayo, Connemara, Sligo and Donegal. Having spent nearly a decade in the hospitality industry, Patricia is an expert on Ireland’s luxury and unique accommodations. As Wilderness Ireland’s General Manager and head of the sales team, Patricia is ready to help make your Irish adventure spectacular!
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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 4.50 out of 5 based on 2 review(s) of Deluxe Hiking – The Kerry Mountains
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Reviewed on 22/07/2019
Age: 60 - 70
Trip Date: 06/07/2019
Trips Taken: 2
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
Very courteous, prompt and professional.
The selection of lodgings, hikes and our guide, Michelle Hughes, were all first rate!
Our guide, Michelle Hughes, is a first rate guide, very knowledgeable on the routes and the history of the areas. She also has a great personality to go with her skills.
The Ring of Kerry is a first rate trip and it is hard to believe that we had such a small group (2 plus guide). I would love to see more hikes in the blue range in this vicinity.
Reviewed on 09/07/2017
Accommodation & Food
The Bottom Line
I always found somebody to help me by phone or by mail
No problem with the food but I think that accomodations are too luxury for wet walkers with dirty pants, and rucksack
Ged is caring and deep, he did everything
sometimes small problems but a good trip I sure I'll be back with Wilderness to explore another part of Ireland TEAM WILDERNESS RESPONSE: Thank so much so much for your feedback. We look forwarded to welcoming you back to Ireland in the future.
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