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Hiking The Ring of Kerry Mountains, 7 Days, Hike Ireland

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Kerry is Ireland’s most acclaimed region. The incredible scenery, fascinating history and fantastic people form the perfect backdrop to this exciting Hiking in The Ring Of Kerry Mountains tour in the South West of Ireland.

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Hiking The Ring of Kerry Mountains

 

Overview

  • 7 Days

  • Staying in Deluxe Accommodation

  • Hike Ireland’s Highest Mountain Range

  • Summit Ireland’s Highest Peak, Carrantuohill

  • Traverse Kerry’s Two Great Mountain Regions on the Dingle and Iveragh Peninsulas

  • An Extraordinary Hike in Ireland

Why Do We Recommend It?

It’s an opportunity to hike Ireland and experience her rugged beauty while staying in extremely comfortable accommodation.

You have the chance to summit Ireland’s highest mountain.

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Is It Right for Me?

This is not an extreme hike, but hiking in Ireland can still provide a challenge. You should be fit enough to walk for a few hours at a time and be ready to ascend up to 900M in one day.

If you’re not sure about your level of fitness and suitability to this trip, just get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk it through with you.

What People Say About The Trip

Amazing accommodation! Almost too good for dirty, wet hikers. An incredible experience that we highly recommend. We’ll be back to hike more of Ireland.

Can I Go Anytime?

We have set departure dates to join from May through July, but we can also produce this as a private tour on the dates that suit you. Just get in touch to check.

Itsy Bitsy Details

  • Where: South West – Cork & Kerry, Ireland
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Tour Starts: Killarney, Ireland
  • Tour Ends: Limerick Train Station, Ireland
  • Group Size: 2 to 8 people
  • Age: No limit

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cozy guesthouses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included 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 Killarney
  • 6 days of hiking among the majestic mountains of Ireland’s southwest
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
  1. Day 1 Killarney National Park

    Starting in the bustling town of Killarney, we’ll explore the backcountry of Killarney National Park where the Ring of Kerry hiking will begin. Hiking the wilder sections of the famed Kerry Way, we’ll meander solemn forests and quiet lakesides dotted with 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*

  2. Day 2 Mangerton Mountain & The Devil’s Punch Bowl

    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*

  3. Day 3 Boat Trip on the Lakes of Killarney & The Black Valley

    Start the morning off with a relaxing boat trip across the iconic Lakes of Killarney, the mountains of Killarney National Park unfolding on our sides. Alighting at ‘the meeting of the waters,’ we take to one of the best portions of the Kerry Way 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*

  4. Day 4 Carrantuohill Mountain – Ireland’s Highest Mountain

    Carrantuohill is Ireland’s highest peak and a jewel in the crown of our Ring of Kerry hiking tour. At 1,040m, its 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*

  5. Day 5 Legends of Annascaul on the Dingle Peninsula

    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*

  6. Day 6 Mount Brandon

    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 best 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*

  7. Day 7 Inch Beach & Depart

    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.

    Distance 3 miles/5km, 1hr*

Tour Details

Hiking The Ring of Kerry Mountains

Kerry is Ireland’s most acclaimed region. The incredible scenery, fascinating history, and fantastic people form the perfect backdrop to this exciting, Hiking The Ring Of Kerry tour in the South West of Ireland. 

Over six days we’ll journey through the Ring of Kerry hiking through the Killarney National Park along the wildest section of the Kerry Way. We will summit two of the highest mountains in Ireland; hike along white sand beaches; travel forgotten pilgrimage paths and take in some of the most spectacular views in Ireland. Along the way, we will be staying in the cozy accommodation and feasting on the finest fare.

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 vacation in Ireland.

While visiting this well-travelled peninsula, stay in out-of-the-way places known for their comfort, charm, and singularity. Wilderness Ireland’s Ring of Kerry Hiking Tour features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service, and comfort. More than just a place to sleep, your accommodations play an active role in your Irish experience! 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.

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  • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included 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 Killarney
  • 6 days of hiking among the majestic mountains of Ireland’s southwest
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary

Activity Level: Strenuous

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 Strenuous 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?

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