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Ottsworld Tour: Hike the Kerry Means in Eire with Me


You’ve possible heard of the Ring of Kerry – it’s thought of one of many most interesting drives on the earth and it’s some of the well-known locations in Eire.  Nonetheless – what should you may decelerate, and uncover the Ring of Kerry at a slower tempo?  From rugged cliffs to golden seashores, small villages, inexperienced pastures, peat bogs, and picturesque mountain ranges – you’ll hike and see the ‘actual’ Eire away from the crowds and roads with solely the sound of nature to accompany you.

In all of my journeys to Eire, I’ve but to sort out this problem – climbing 122 miles across the complete Ring of Kerry. Nonetheless – this coming Might 2024, I’m lastly taking it on! Nonetheless as a twist – I’m asking you to affix me on this epic Inn to Inn hike in Eire!

Kerry Way hike small group
Picture from Eire Stroll Hike Bike

This will probably be a real journey and a real problem. Usually once I supply Ottsworld Excursions, they’re itineraries that I’m actually acquainted with and have completed earlier than, nevertheless, I’ve by no means completed this hike, so we’ll each be experiencing it with a contemporary set of eyes and expectations. Plus, 122 miles over mountains and rugged terrain in 9 days isn’t any small feat…it’s one thing I’ll must plan and practice for!

That is my favourite sort of journey – a difficult journey and a brand new vacation spot! It’s the journey that you’ve got watched me do for years and years right here at Ottsworld – and now you get to return to expertise it with me! So in case you are searching for one thing new to problem you, to sit up for, to satisfy new mates who’re all on this collectively – all within the backdrop of the tradition and panorama of Eire – then learn on.

Mountain climbing the Kerry Means – Supported

I’ve tackled quite a lot of long-distance hikes in my travels; Camino de Santiago, Dolomites, Saint Olav’s Means, Annapurna Circuit, Costa Brava Coastal Path, and the Kumano Kodo to call a couple of. I like the problem of those long-distance hikes; the sluggish tempo, the possibility to soak up nature and tradition, but nonetheless sleep in a pleasant mattress each night time and eat nice meals!

Get extra nice multi-day climbing inspiration! Examine all the thru-hikes I’ve completed around the globe and why they’re all nice options to the Camino de Santiago.

I’ve at all times needed to do certainly one of Eire’s well-known multi-day hikes – and I’m asking you to affix me on this Irish journey!

Every night time we’ll keep in a small native village or city, and benefit from the pubs, music, and environment of small-town Eire. Every day we’ll lace up our boots, and sort out the agricultural and rugged landscapes of Eire’s West Coast.

And we’ll make all of it the best way across the peninsula on foot…collectively!

Eire Stroll Hike Bike

I’m working with a neighborhood firm, Eire Stroll Hike Bike, to run the journey. They’re specialists within the space and will probably be with us each step of the best way! I’ve labored with them for the previous 5 years on creating customized excursions in Eire and am joyful to proceed our relationship. They’ve unimaginable guides and can be certain that our each want it dealt with.

Overview, Prices, and Map

Dates: Might 1 – 11, 2024

Price: €2,600* (€435 single complement)

Kerry Way hiking map

This area was first settled round 300 BC by the folks of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe and this epic journey will immerse you in virtually 10,000 years of dramatic historical past.

Itinerary at a Look – 122 miles in 9 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney In a single day Killarney
Day 2 – Killarney to Black Valley Hike (13.2miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar Hike (10.9 miles) In a single day Glencar
Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh (13.2 Miles) In a single day Glenbeigh
Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Hike (18.3 Miles) In a single day Cahersiveen
Day 6 – Cahersiveen to Waterville Hike ( 18.9 Miles) In a single day Waterville
Day 7- Waterville to Caherdaniel Hike (9 Miles) In a single day Caherdaniel
Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem Hike (10.8 Miles) In a single day Sneem
Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare Hike (21 Miles) In a single day Kenmare
Day 10 – Kenmore to Killarney Hike (6.5 Miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 11  – Depart Killarney

As I do with all of my Ottsworld Excursions, I may also supply pictures instruction for these of you who’re fascinated with bettering your pictures (cellphone or digicam). As well as, I will probably be taking pictures of your complete tour and every visitor will get a obtain of all photographs I take. So should you don’t need to take footage – I’ll do it for you!

Kerry Way - Sneem

The best way to Guide This Tour

I’d like to speak to you first to reply any of your questions previous to your reserving. Due to this fact comply with these steps to guide:

  1. Ship me an e-mail at [email protected] letting me learn about your curiosity. We’ll arrange a name to debate any questions you might have. This will probably be on a primary come first serve foundation – there are solely 11 spots accessible on this tour.
  2. I’ll ship you a fee hyperlink to Eire Stroll Hike Bike’s Customized Tour kind the place you may guide your deposit with them and safe your spot for this practice Ottsworld tour. A 300€ nonrefundable deposit is required to safe a spot.
  3. Fill out the customized tour kind and be sure you put “Ottsworld Kerry Means Tour” within the notes part.
  4. Closing fee is due February 1, 2024 (90 Days previous to Might 1, 2024)

Cancellation Coverage and Payment

  • Should you cancel greater than 90 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose the deposit quantity.
  • Should you cancel between 89 – 42 days earlier than beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 50% of the vacation price
  • Should you cancel lower than 42 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 100% of the vacation price

I extremely advocate that you simply get journey insurance coverage to cowl any dangers of cancellation. I usually use Allianz Journey Insurance coverage for my very own travels and it is extremely motive

Each day Itinerary

That is thought of Inn to Inn supported climbing. We’ll have a neighborhood information with us for the journey who will deal with all the logistics – so all we now have to do is hike! They won’t solely transfer the baggage so that every one we now have to hold is a day pack, however every day we can have two distance choices that we will hike. The itinerary consists of plenty of days of climbing over 15 miles, subsequently if folks within the group need to do a shorter distance they’ll have that possibility. Be aware – you have to to select both the total distance or the shorter distance and our information will deal with all transportation.

Because of this our information won’t be climbing with us on the path, we will probably be on the path on our personal, however it’s nicely marked and every of us can have a GPS app from Eire Stroll Hike Bike that received’t allow us to get misplaced! Nonetheless, our information will probably be with us within the mornings and evenings, and can fill us with the historical past of the Kerry Peninsula, Irish tradition, nice locations to eat, and tell us the place the perfect pubs are!

Might 1st Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney 

Our Mountain climbing tour begins within the bustling personal of Killarney. Killarney is residence to the spectacular Nationwide Park and the majestic Three Lakes of Killarney. We’ll meet our information at 5 pm this night for a tour briefing earlier than having fun with a scrumptious meal along with your fellow hikers in a neighborhood restaurant.

Included:  Dinner

Killarney Ireland

Might 2nd Day 2 – Killarney to the Black Valley 

At the moment is all in regards to the lakes. Our route right now takes us alongside sections of the shores of all 3 of the well-known Lakes of Killarney, you’ll start in Killarney Nationwide Park after which comply with an previous “mass path” alongside the shores of the Higher Lake to achieve the Black Valley. 

We’ll then take a magical boat journey by the three lakes to return to Killarney for our in a single day.  

Included: Breakfast

Black Valley kerry Way
Black Valley

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.29 miles | Top achieve – 1614 ft | Top loss – 1598 ft | Max Top – 948 ft. Terrain: Mountain tracks and inexperienced roads. Might be moist underfoot – boots important. Attributable to restricted lodging within the Black Valley – we’ll keep in Killarney once more on Day 2.

Day 1 Elevation

Might 3rd Day 3  – Black Valley to Glencar 

This morning we will probably be transferred again to the Black Valley to start our hike.  From the Black Valley we comply with a route overlooking a lake, then ascend to cross over a ‘saddle’ into the Bridia Valley.  We’ll Ascend one other saddle as soon as used for driving animals to markets.  The hike takes us into the foothills of McGillcuddy’s Reeks (Eire’s highest mountain vary) as we comply with by the wild magnificence of the Ring of Kerry. With views throughout to Carrauntohill Mountain, we proceed beside a river to achieve the tiny hamlet of Glencar the place we’ll in a single day. 
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.87 Miles | Top achieve – 2693 ft. | Top loss – 2273 ft. | Max Top – 1256 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain, and bogland, will be moist underfoot. Boots important. 

DAy 2 Kerry Way elevation

Might 4th Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh 

This can be a incredible stroll right now taking us over the attractive Blackstone’s Bridge, alongside the Caragh River and Valley.  We proceed round Seefin mountain which is intently linked to Eire’s mythology. From right here you descend to the stunning village of Glenbeigh.  The views throughout Castlemaine Harbour and out west to Dingle Bay need to be seen to be appreciated. Glenbeigh, as soon as a thriving Stage Coach cease is a village with immense character.  When you’ve got extra power you may go to Rossbeigh Seashore which lies additional west.  In a single day in Glenbeigh.
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.23 Miles| Top achieve – 2077 ft. | Top loss – 2493 ft. | Max Top – 1112 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks, and forest paths. Boots important. 

Day 3 Kerry Way elevation

Might 5th Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Caherciveen 

Our hike takes us from simply outdoors the city of Glenbeigh, alongside the northern shores of the peninsula, to the city of Cahersiveen.  This stroll follows an19th century Stage Coach route with spectacular views throughout to the Dingle Peninsula.  We’ll cross by previous, abandoned villages which had been as soon as busy facilities of exercise, buying and selling with passengers on the previous stagecoaches.  We comply with alongside little boreens and previous farming trails right now to achieve the city of Cahersiveen.  In a single day in Cahersiveen.
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.33 Miles | Top achieve – 1821 ft. | Top loss – 2110 ft. | Max Top – 1204 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few street strolling. Boots important. 

Day 4 Kerry Way elevation

Might 6th Day 6 – Cahersiveen to  Waterville 

Following in a south-westerly path right now, we can have coastal views for a lot of our hike! This stroll takes us throughout the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and west throughout the Atlantic Ocean.   We’ll possible meet some sheep on the excessive hills on our strategy to attain Waterville – certainly one of Charlie Chaplin’s favourite haunts. In a single day in Waterville.

Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.9 Miles | Top achieve – 2694 ft. | Top loss – 2661 ft. | Max Top – 1299 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few street strolling. Boots important. 

Day 5 Kerry Way Elevation

Might 7th Day 7 – Waterville to Caherdaniel  

At the moment’s hike takes us round essentially the most westerly tip of the Ring of Kerry, overlooking the beautiful Derrynane Bay, the Beara Peninsula, and an abundance of islands. We’ll end your hike within the stunning village of Caherdaniel the place we in a single day.

Upon reaching Caherdaniel you’ll meet a neighborhood seaweed forager who will introduce you to this wonderful plant. You’ll be able to style completely different seaweeds and be taught in regards to the Irish seashore and what lies beneath the waves.  

Included:  Breakfast, Seaweed expertise

Kerry Way
Mountain climbing alongside the seaside – Kerry Means

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 9 miles | Top achieve – 1102 ft. | Top loss – 997 ft. | Max Top –  807 ft. Terrain: Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland, and a few street strolling. Boots important. 

Day 6 Kerry Way elevation

Might 8th Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem  

We’ll be taught extra about Kerry’s Darkish Sky Reserve (certainly one of solely a small variety of reserves worldwide) as we begin our hike out of Caherdaniel. Our route right now can have views throughout the Atlantic in addition to a possibility to see historical ring forts. We’ll stroll in an easterly path alongside an previous ‘butter street to the colourful village of Sneem for our in a single day. 

Included: Breakfast

Kerry way hike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.8 Miles | Top achieve – 1749 ft. | Top loss – 1795 ft. | Max Top – 741 ft. Terrain: Nation lanes, grass tracks, Rocky Mountains and a few street strolling. Boots important. 

Day 7 Kerry Way elevation

Might 9th Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare        

The heritage city of Kenmare is our purpose right now, as we comply with alongside the shores of the Kenmare River from Sneem. Starting with a brief drive from Sneem, our hike begins on farm tracks, goes throughout the open hillside, after which alongside the shores of Kenmare Bay. Lastly, we achieve top to get pleasure from superb views earlier than descending into Kenmare for our in a single day. 
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way Staigue Fort
Mountain climbing by historical past

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 21 miles | Top achieve – 2405 ft. | Top loss – 2408 ft. | Max Top – 2405 ft. Terrain: Forest tracks, some street strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important. 

DAy 8 Kerry way elevation

Might 10th Day 10 – Kenmare to Galways Bridge 

At the moment begins with a go to to a neighborhood sheep farm. Meet some new child lambs and see how the shepherds work with the sheepdogs to regulate their flock. 

Following time on the farm we will probably be transferred to the beginning of right now’s brief hike the place we full the circuit of the Kery Means climbing path! The route takes us alongside the Previous Kenmare Highway, as soon as utilized by folks touring to markets. That is unspoiled wilderness seen solely by hikers, deer, and the hovering sea eagles that we could also be fortunate sufficient to see. 

On the finish of right now’s route, we will probably be transferred to Killarney for our closing night time of celebration. Get pleasure from a scrumptious meal and some pints!  Look again and experience our epic journey by the wilds of County Kerry.  

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Sheep Farm Expertise

Kerry Way

 Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 6.5 Miles | Top achieve – 1191 ft. | Top loss – 1227 ft. | Max Top – 955 ft. Terrain: Rocky and gravel tracks, some street strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important.

DAy 9 kerry way elevation

Might 11th Day 11 – Depart from Killarney 

Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast (included).  You’ll be able to both make your method again to Dublin for a departure flight or keep additional days in Eire and discover by yourself! From Killarney, connections by bus and practice are frequent to Cork Limerick, Shannon, or Dublin.

The best way to Get To/From Killarney

You’ll must arrive in Killarney on Might 1st by 5 PM as we can have our group assembly and dinner that night time earlier than we begin climbing the following day.

There are a variety of how to get to Killarney – bus, practice, airplane – try this entire checklist of transportation choices.

It’s fairly straightforward to guide your individual bus or practice shuttle to Killarney, nevertheless, should you’d relatively not, Eire Stroll Hike Bike can guide this for you. The price is an extra €12.50 to your closing bill to cowl their administration prices for this service.

Close by Airports:

Dublin – 5-6 hours to Killarney
Shannon – 3-4 hours to Killarney
Cork – 1.5 hours to Killarney
Kerry (regional) – 20 to half-hour to Killarney

What’s Included

  • 10 nights keep in an en-suite room at small city B&Bs and visitor homes.
  • Scrumptious Full Irish breakfast every morning, and a couple of Dinners.
  • An professional Irish information will accompany the group throughout the vacation.
  • 2 mileage selections for every day.
  • Baggage Switch so that you solely have to hold a daypack.
  • Experiences as outlined within the itinerary: Seaweed expertise and Sheep Farm demonstration
  • Transfers to and from every day’s strolling areas if selecting to do shorter distances for the day, and all transport as outlined within the itinerary.
  • GPS Navigation app with factors of curiosity
  • Primary pictures instruction through the journey.
  • Entry to a full gallery of pictures (shot by me!) of your complete journey, which you should utilize for private functions.
  • Comradery of a small group who’re in it with you!
Irish Breakfast
Hearty Irish Breakfast

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to/from Eire
  • Transportation to/from Killarney for arrival and departure
  • Journey Insurance coverage
  • Some dinners and all lunches
  • Private drinks
  • Medical prices
  • Gratuities

Who Ought to Contemplate This Tour?

  • People who find themselves skilled hikers who’ve skilled for these distances and might hike a number of days in a row on uneven terrain and inclement climate.
  • Individuals who wish to discover lesser-known locations, and be adventurous and energetic.
  • People who find themselves versatile.  Try to be keen to exhibit flexibility, as itineraries could change as a consequence of climate, and it helps if in case you have a ‘keen to strive new issues’ perspective.
  • Individuals who don’t thoughts climbing within the rain and benefit from the pleasure of inclement climate – it’s Eire in any case.
  • Individuals who can pee out in nature and depart no hint. 🙂

Should you’ve by no means completed a multi-day hike like this earlier than and need to strive it, this can be a nice alternative as you’ll be with a gaggle of like-minded folks, we’ll have a information to assist us, and you’ve got loads of time to coach in order that you’ll be ready! And should you need assistance coaching – I’ve an answer for that too!

Pictures of the Area

I’ve truly pushed the Ring of Kerry a couple of instances, so I’ve amassed a couple of photographs of the area to provide you an concept of what to anticipate.

What are you ready for – the path is looking!

Hike the Kerry Way in Ireland


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