Essential Facts About the Kerry Way
There are some considerations when walking the Kerry Way in Ireland and our team of experts have come up with the questions they are most frequently asked. Have a read so that you are armed with all the information you need before setting off along the iconic Kerry Way walking trail!
What should my personal fitness be like?
The Kerry Way is with its 210 kilometres the longest national walking trail in Ireland. The route crosses mountain passes, follows paths through woods and hugs rugged cliffs on the coast. Depending on your fitness, your walking experience, and your abilities you can choose an itinerary that you feel most comfortable with. Despite being surrounded by some of the nation’s highest peaks this is a relatively low-level route with some longer walking day, such as two 30+ kilometre walking days on the 10 Days & 9 Nights itinerary. Daily walks on the other itineraries average around 20 kilometres per day. Extra nights to allow for a rest day can be added upon request.
Do I need to carry my luggage every day?
Enjoy the ease of having your luggage transferred daily, allowing you to walk with just a light daypack and your packed lunch. Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved on to your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to 20kg per person. Although most airlines have a standard baggage allowance of 23kg, we kindly ask you to distribute any excess weight over a separate bag. Please note that 2 bags per person are allowed, meaning 4 bags per couple.
What kind of personal equipment do I need?
You will need good walking shoes (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack as well as sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. This route involves a few climbs where you may find it useful to have your walking poles. As this route also follows the coastline at times we recommend bringing windproof clothing to make it easier to progress.
What is the best time of year to walk the Kerry Way?
The Kerry Way is available from April to October and you can start your trip on any date of the week within the season. As the Irish weather is so famously changeable, it is hard for us to indicate the very best time to go. However, we believe that anytime between April and October should offer a wonderful experience. The Irish weather is changeable but not often extreme, although it is important to be prepared for any conditions!
If you would like to ask our team of specialists any questions about this fantastic national trail, please don't hesitate to contact one of our Destination Specialists, who will be more than happy to help and share their walking experiences.