Walking Holiday in The Dingle Way

Start / Finish:
Tralee / Camp

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Availability:
April - October

from 93 km
Distance
from 6 days/ 5 nights
Duration
Breakfasts
Meals
Hotels and country cottages
Accommodation
from 518€ per person
Price


Distance
from 93 km

Duration
from 6 days/ 5 nights

Meals
Breakfasts

Accommodation
Hotels and country cottages

Price
from 518€ per person
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Do you want to enjoy Irish culture while you get to know one of its most popular rural trails? The Dingle Way Walking Holiday is the ideal trip for you to get the best souvenir of your tour of Ireland.

You will walk along the most beautiful beaches in south-west Ireland, one of them more than 10 kilometres long. Delight in Irish cuisine and beers when you stop for a break; delve into its musical traditions and visit its impressive archaeological heritage.

You’ll start at Tralee, the county capital of Kerry, then continue along moist terrain, surrounded by wildflowers and with crystal clear beaches that will make you fall in love with them. 

Along the way, you’ll see fortresses and castles that are many centuries old that will transport you back to another era. You will pass through colourful towns and cities, such as the port town of Dingle itself, until you reach Tralee again, where you will finish your circular walk along the peninsula.

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.









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Arrival in Tralee

Today you will arrive in Tralee, the capital of County Kerry, where you will start and finish your Dingle walking route along the Dingle Peninsula.

Overnight: Tralee

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Walk from Tralee to Camp

You will start walking in the middle of canals and many kilometres of road in some sections. You'll come across the famous Blennerville Windmill, which appears in the Guinness Book of Records for being the largest in the British Isles to remain operational.

As a curious fact, we would tell you that the village of Blennerville used to be the port of Tralee, which is why today it remains connected to the city by a navigable canal.

After a long journey almost in a straight line, towards the end of your day, you will have to climb upwards. Cross River Finglas and, during the ascent, enjoy the views of Mount Brandon. Soon after, you will have to start your descent towards Camp.

Lenght: 20 km

Overnight: Camp

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Walk from Camp to Annascaul

Today, you will cross the peninsula diagonally from north to south and advance through farmland while enjoying the breath-taking views of the Irish mountains of Caherconree and Knockbrack.

Most of your walk today will be downhill, as you will reach the highest point approximately at kilometre 2.5. When you pass the Inch Beach Nature Reserve, you’ll delight in the swell of this spectacular beach that will give you the energy to finish what is left of the trail.

You will have a new ascent around kilometre 14, just before starting the descent towards Annascaul.

Lenght: 17 km

Overnight: Annascaul

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Walk from Annascaul to Dingle

For today you will have a route that goes completely in a westerly direction and that brings you once again to the coast, this time, during the first kilometres of your journey. At this same point, you can enjoy the views of the ruins of Minard Castle because, for safety reasons, visitors cannot access it.

You will walk along very colourful trails and pass through charming villages such as Lispole, right in the middle of your journey, where your path crosses the N86 road.

It will be a day of ups and downs from start to finish, but with views of the mountains and, in the distance, the blue sea in some sections, which will make it all worth your while. Your final destination will be Dingle, the town that gives its name to the peninsula, and whose location in a natural bay that exists beneath the Slievanea Mountain gives it a special charm.

Lenght: 23 km

Overnight: Dingle

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Walk from Dingle to Dunquin

Today you will walk to the southernmost point of the Dingle Peninsula, passing before the port of Ventry, from where you can border the sea during a good stretch of your journey. You will then go around much of the south coast of the area that you are travelling by crossing multiple beaches until you reach your destination.

Your trail will have a long flat path, almost at the beginning, and then offer you some ascents that require some additional preparation due to their level of difficulty.

On the final stretch of your route you can see in front of the uninhabited Blasket Islands, located just 5 kilometres from the peninsula, with which you will fall in love from a distance. If you want to visit Great Blasket Island, the largest of them, ask us to book you an extra night in Dunquin and, if the weather is favourable, you can take a ferry on your own the next day to discover more of the essence of this mountainous island.

Lenght: 23 km

Overnight: Dunquin

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Walk from Dunquin to Ballydavid

After several days of touring coastal and port areas in the south of the peninsula, although accompanied by mountains too, you will again head north to head to Ballydavid, your destination for today. However, do not worry, because towards the end of the stretch you will also travel along much of the coast and beautiful beaches.

The route will be mostly completely flat, so it will also allow you to rest your feet.

As a curious fact, we tell you that due to the official language law in Ireland, the English name of Ballydavid was revoked and the official name of the town is 'Baile na nGall'.

Lenght: 21 km

Overnight: Ballydavid

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Walk from Ballydavid to Cloghane

Welcome to the stage of your route where you will face the most difficult trails, as you will climb to the highest point of your walk on the Dingle Peninsula.

It will be Mount Brandon, in Irish, 'Cnoc Bréanainn', one of the highest in Ireland, that requires maximum effort during this day. The mountain takes its name from the village of Brandon, located at the bottom of the north side of it.

Finally, you will arrive in Cloghane, a small and quiet and coastal town.

Lenght: 26 km

Overnight: Cloghane

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Walk from Cloghane to Castlegregory

On your seventh day of walking you will enjoy the views of a glacial valley and, in addition, you will travel a long section along the 11 kilometres of Fermoyle Strand beach. This will compensate for the fact that it is the longest stage of your entire route, because it is also the flattest.

Today you will touch the northernmost tip of the Dingle Peninsula, passing near Ballycurrane, then heading south along the coast to your destination for today: Castlegregory.

Lenght: 27 km

Overnight: Castlegregory

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Walk from Castlegregory to Camp

Today you will have to leave Castlegregory to go to Camp; so you start the journey through a marshy area and then along a coastal way during most of your route, for just over 7 kilometres.

Again, it will be a flat route, with only a little unevenness that you will find at the end of the route, just before you arrive in Camp.

Lenght: 10 km

Overnight: Camp

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Return from Camp to Tralee

Today you end your route through the Dingle Peninsula returning to Tralee, your starting point.* The buses that run from Camp to Tralee pass by approximately every 30 minutes.

*Remember that when you book your circuit you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the municipalities on the walking trail in the Dingle Peninsula.

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General information

All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.

Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.

Availability

When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

Single rooms

Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

Where am I going to stay?

All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

Tralee

Tralee

Camp

Camp

Annascaul

Annascaul

Dingle

Dingle

Dunquin

Dunquin

Ballydavid

Ballydavid

Cloghane

Cloghane

Castlegregory

Castlegregory

Included Services

checkAccommodation in hotels and country cottages.

checkRooms with private bathroom.

checkMeal plan of your choice.

checkComplete itinerary of your trekking route in the Dingle Peninsula.

checkTransfer from Cloghane to Tralee (valid for both 6-day and 8-day itineraries).

checkLuggage transport between stages.

check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

checkVAT.

checkVAT.

Additional Services

checkAdditional single room: to consult.

checkExtra nights (breakfast included): to consult.

checkTravel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

checkCancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

In order to resolve our travellers’ doubts, we answer, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.

Route

What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

This route is available between the months of April and October.

How do I get to the starting point?

To get to Tralee, you will need to arrive at Kerry Airport, from where you can go by bus to Tralee or ask us to book you a private transfer.

You can also get to Shannon Airport, from where you can take a bus that takes about 3 hours to Tralee; or Cork Airport, from where you can take a train to Tralee that will take about 2 hours.

At the end of your route, also in Tralee, you can use the same means of transport in the opposite direction, from Tralee to any of the afore-mentioned airports. Remember to check schedules long enough in advance.

Remember, we can arrange a private transfer both at the beginning and end of your route. Ask us about this option at the time of booking.

Can I travel alone?

Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

Please note that for security reasons, some of the routes are not suitable for solo use.

This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

When can I start my trail?

You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

Does this route have an accompanying guide?

All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

What does the full route itinerary contain?

The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.


Advice

What should I consider to prepare physically?

Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.

Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.

How far in advance should I make the reservation?

There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.

Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.

What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

Should I take out travel insurance?

To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

To do this,we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways.If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


Accommodation

Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

Can I sleep alone in a room?

Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.

Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.

The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

Am I going to share a room with strangers?

No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.

When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

What kind of accommodation do you book?

All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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Walking Holiday in The Dingle Way