Walking Holiday on the Kerry Way

Start / Finish:
Killarney / Killarney

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March - October

224 km
10 days/ 9 nights
Hotels and Country Cottages
from 845€ per person

224 km

10 days/ 9 nights


Hotels and Country Cottages

from 845€ per person
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If you’ve ever heard of the Kerry Way route and its majestic rolling, historic and green landscapes, it’s your chance to get to know and enjoy the wonders of one of the longest signposted paths in Ireland.

Explore its extensive valleys and mountainous terrain that will lead you to discover many villages full of music, and traditional gastronomy within Irish culture and all the magic offered by the ancient forts and monasteries that you will pass through.

You will get to know the beauty of the Killarney Lakes, enjoy beautiful routes along the Atlantic coast and have the opportunity to visit the famous ‘Black Valley’ and the most charming stretches of the ‘Ring of Kerry’ route. 

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 Killarney

    Today you will arrive in Killarney, a city with a great tradition and fame in Ireland for being the starting point and end of the circular route that encompasses the Kerry Way.

    There, you can enjoy the city at your leisure, and get to know, for example, the famous horse and cart rides offered in Killarney National Park. You should also make an effort to visit the impressive Muckross House and its surrounding gardens.

    Overnight: Killarney


    From Killarney to Black Valley

    Your first day on the walking trip starts over lakes and moors in a southerly direction across the River Flesk, and then surrounding Castlelough Bay from where the views that you'll have, will make you fall in love with your route from day one. You will be able to see Lough Leane in all of its splendour, the largest of the three lakes in Killarney.

    As you progress, you will find from time to time, walkers transiting the famous 'Ring of Kerry', a walking route similar to the Kerry Way, but only half the distance, so they should not be confused despite the similarity of their names.

    When you approach the heart of the Black Valley, you will pass Lord Brandon's famous cabin, by the lake.

    Length: 24 km

    Overnight: Black Valley


    From Black Valley to Glenbeigh

    For this day of walking, you will find yourself at the beginning with some very steep descents and stone paths, which will then give way to wooded areas and green trails. As soon as you leave Black Valley, you'll be able to see the Bridia Valley that could be your first stop today.

    You can enjoy the River Caragh Valley in the distance, surrounded by the peaks of Mulaghanattin. Then, as you start to see MacGillycuddy's Reeks Mountains, you'll notice that you're approaching the freshwater Lough Acoose, from where you can also see the Dingle Peninsula across the Atlantic.

    When you arrive in Glenbeigh, treat yourself to soak up a little more from Irish culture based on traditional music and pubs. You deserve a good rest after a long and very satisfying day.

    Length: 33 km

    Overnight: Glenbeigh


    From Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen

    Today you will depart from Glenbeigh, located on the Atlantic coast, towards Cahersiveen, for which you must first cross the River Behy and you can then continue on to see Dingle Bay.

    You will head south again, along a route parallel to the Ring of Kerry for much of the journey, except at the beginning, where they intersect. During the route you will always walk looking in the background at the great Atlantic Ocean and you will encounter various landscapes that you will see before the end of your route today.

    Just before you arrive in Cahersiveen, you will pass through Foilmore, a small town surrounded by nature that has an unparalleled tradition of local musicians and dancers who concentrate to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with its neighbours from nearby towns.

    Length: 31 km

    Overnight: Cahersiveen


    From Cahersiveen to Waterville

    Today you will walk back along part of the same route on which you arrived yesterday in Cahersiveen, then head south towards your final destination for today.

    You will advance along the typical rolling paths of the Kerry Way and you will ascend 371 metres to Knockavahaun Mountain which, despite its great height, is one of the smallest given the multiple peaks that are to be found in the Iveragh Peninsula, whose mount highest mountain is Carrauntoo, which stands at 1038 metres high. It is also the highest mountain in Ireland.

    Once you arrive in Waterville, you'll find yourself right between the Atlantic Ocean and Lough Currane, making it a perfect attribution to its name, which means 'water city'.

    As a curious fact, we would tell you that on the Waterville Seafront you can take a souvenir photo with the statue of the comedy actor, Charles Chaplin. You will find this very close to The Lobster Bar & Restaurant.

    Length: 33 km

    Overnight: Waterville


    From Waterville to Caherdaniel

    Being a linear city, in order to leave Waterville today, you will have to head south in a completely straight line along which you will pass by a lot of bars and shops that, if you have time, you can visit before starting your sixth day of walking.

    You'll continue parallel to the Ring of Kerry, but your trail will go much closer to the ocean, so you can continue to see it on your right. You will also see various islets and all of the peaks, if there is good weather, of those hills that you see from the Beara Peninsula, on the other side of the Atlantic to the south are the Caha Mountains and Slieve Miskish Mountains.

    A few kilometres before arriving in Caherdaniel, and if you have time, we suggest you stop and get to know the Stone Fort at Caherdaniel, which dates from about 600 B.C.

    Length: 12 km

    Overnight: Caherdaniel


    From Caherdaniel to Sneem

    Today you will head northeast to begin closing the Circular Route of the Kerry Way. You'll take the famous and historic 'Old Butter Road' trail first, which, as a curious fact, is named after its use a couple of centuries ago: transporting butter from Kerry to Cork.

    You will walk a long journey parallel to the Ring of Kerry, but this time you will go much further away from the sea.

    You will have the opportunity to encounter spectacular mountain roads on which, if you have a little time, you will have the option to make a small detour to get to know the famous stone ring in ruins: Staigue Stone Fort. It is said that this fort was built in the Iron Age to defend a local king.

    On some stretches near Sneem you will find the Ring of Kerry again, but then the roads are divided again until you reach your final destination on this journey.

    Length: 18 km

    Overnight: Sneem


    From Sneem to Kenmare

    On your eighth day of walking, a very long but easy route awaits you. Today you will come across several walkers from the Ring of Kerry, because almost the entire journey is completed along the same route.

    You will advance very close to the sea, bordering Kenmare Bay, and you will have a few historical monuments to stop and visit. Among them, the ruins of Cappanacush Castle, which you will find lost in the middle of the forest, and whose original construction could have been around 1440.

    As a curious fact, the name of the town of Kenmare, your destination for today, means 'The Small Nest'. Surely, it has to do with its size in population, which does not reach 2000 inhabitants.

    Length: 30 km

    Overnight: Kenmare


    From Kenmare to Killarney

    Today is your last day of hiking and you have ahead a route that combines asphalt and mountains, as well as routes that line Lake Muckross or Lough Leane, which you met at the beginning of your hiking trip along the Kerry Trail.

    You will pass Killarney National Park, where you can get up close with native deer and delight in the views of the Peakeen and Knockanaguish Mountains, as well as contemplate the moss that surrounds you when you approach Torc Waterfall, at the base of Torc Mountain, very close to Killarney.

    Remember that Killarney stands out for being a very touristy city in County Kerry, so, on arrival, don't hesitate to enjoy a good pub in the city to celebrate that you have successfully completed your goal.

    Length: 26 km

    Overnight: Killarney


    Return from Killarney

    Today you end your hiking trip along the Kerry Trail and you will have to return to the airport, being Kerry, Cork or Shannon, depending on your preference.*

    *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 of the Kerry Way walking route.

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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.


    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:



    Black Valley

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    Included Services

    checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

    checkRooms with private bathroom.

    checkMeal plan of your choice.

    checkInformative dossier of your Walking Holiday on the Kerry Way.

    checkLuggage transport between stages.

    check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.


    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.


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

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

    How do I get to the starting point?

    To get to Killarney, you can do this via multiple airports. The nearest airport is Kerry Airport, from which it will take about 25 minutes to Killarney by bus.

    The second option is Cork Airport, although from there the route will take a 20-minute bus and also a train journey of approximately 2 hours to Killarney.

    A little further, as a third option you can get to Shannon Airport, from where it takes about 3 and a half hours by bus to Killarney.

    At the end of your route, also in Killarney, you will need to take the most convenient means of transport to go to the airport of your convenience and return home.

    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.


    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.


    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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