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Pristine beach at Dunquin Bay
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Highlights

  • Wandering through the array of archaeological monuments which dot the route
  • Sampling traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness in Dingle
  • Dipping your toes in the refreshing waters at Ventry Harbour
  • Walking along wild coastlines and sandy beaches, including Ireland’s longest at 11km
  • Breathing in the scents of wildflowers, heather and the fresh ocean air
  • Experiencing warm Irish hospitality at hand-picked B&B’s and guesthouses

National Geographic Traveller describes south west Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula as “the most beautiful place on earth”. The Dingle Way’s 180km takes walkers through arguably the most impressive and richest archaeological heritage of all the Emerald Isle’s national trails.

The official start of the Way is in Tralee, county town of County Kerry and gateway to the Dingle Peninsula. Soon you’ll be striding out across wild moorland cloaked in heather and abundant in wild flowers. Hike past small villages and along coastal routes with truly outstanding golden beaches. Highlights include a stay in the charming town of Dingle and the village of Dunquin, which overlooks the Blasket Islands. See ruined castles and forts, clochans or ‘beehive huts’ which date back to 6000BC and a host of ancient standing stones.

A choice of itineraries means you can complete the full trail, a week-long tour, or a shorter 5-night option which takes in the highlights of the Dingle Way. With friendly hosts waiting to greet you at hand-picked accommodation and the ease of luggage transfers each day, this is a classic Irish trail.

Please note that it is no longer possible to start this tour on 7 or 8 August 2019 due to fully booked accommodations along this popular Irish way.

Section 1: Tralee to Camp—20km

Arrive in Tralee, the county town of Kerry and the official start of the Dingle Way. Why not visit the impressive Thomas Ashe Memorial Hall where you’ll find the Kerry County Museum and Information Centre. The building was named after Ireland’s first hunger striker who died in 1917 in the struggle for independence. Settle into your welcoming bed and breakfast or guesthouse accommodation.


Lace up your boots then follow road and canalside paths, passing by Blennerville  windmill; the largest working one of its kind in the British Isles! Then climb up to open moorland and soon cross the flanks of the Slieve Mish range. Here stepping stones have been laid across the typical Irish bog. Admire views across Tralee and towards Mount Brandon in the west as you cross the Finglas River and eventually descend to Camp.


Ascent: approx. 200m


Section 2: Camp to Annascaul—17km

On this stage you’ll be walking across moorland and farmland. Caherconree Mountain (835m) with its megalithic fort offers impressive vistas, as you gradually climb out of the valley, crossing a saddle between Corrin and Knockbrack peaks.


As you descend you may like to take a break at the stunning nature reserve of Inch Beach. With its crashing waves and pristine beach, Inch Beach featured in the 1960s film Ryan’s Daughter. Make your way along small roads to your overnight stop of Annascaul, birthplace of Antarctic Explorer Tom Crean. Why not reward yourself with a pint in Crean’s pub, the South Pole Inn.


Ascent: approx. 270m


Section 3: Annascaul to Dingle— 23km

From Annascaul you head west, along meandering country roads with views to the Iveragh Peninsula. See the 16th century Minard Castle, located in a small sandy cove, the castle was partly destroyed by Cromwell’s men in 1650. Scenic and quiet roads lead inland through farmland to charming Lispole, a good stop for lunch. Set off again to the Connor Pass road and enjoy superb wide vistas as you walk down into Dingle itself.


The town is renowned for its music, seafood and culture. And with some 53 licensed premises you wont be stuck for somewhere to have a relaxing drink!


Ascent: approx. 340m


Section 4: Dingle to Dunquin—23km

From Dingle you head further west bringing you through low-lying farmland to the  glorious golden sands of Ventry Harbour. After dipping your wearied feet in the turquoise sea head onto the medieval roads of Slea Head. With views over the Atlantic, you may spot the mystical Blasket Islands offshore. Whilst on the mainland you will see remnants of 2,500 year-old historic forts and clochains—stone beehive huts.


Climb up to the shoulder of Mount Eagle. Picture-postcard Dunquin with its pier comes into sight where you will find the nearby Heritage Centre, telling the story of the Blasket Islands. You may wish to consider adding an extra night in Dunquin so you can take the ferry (weather-permitting) to visit Great Blasket for yourself.


Ascent: approx. 370m


Section 5: Dunquin to Ballydavid— 21km

A great, bracing day’s walking along the coastal paths, with outstanding views to the wild Atlantic Ocean and secluded beaches. Perhaps stop at the workshop of renowned Irish potter Louis Mulcahy at Clothar, where you can enjoy coffee and cake in the café or even try your hand at the craft yourself (open July/August).


You will pass by Ferriters Cove and the iconic Three Sisters, before the trail swings east to take you along the sandy beaches of Smerwick Harbour.


Ascent: approx. 100m


Section 6: Ballydavid to Cloghane— 26km

This is one of the most remote and dramatic sections of the whole walk, and the most challenging as you reach the highest point. The trail offers a combination of history and breath-taking views.


You will cross the shoulder of Mount Brandon, one of Ireland’s highest mountains and pass by groups of standing stones. You cross blanket bogs where the turf is still harvested in the traditional way before ending up in the quiet village of Cloghane.


Ascent: approx. 650m


Section 7: Cloghane to Castlegregory—27km

Impressive glacial valley views stretch ahead as you stride out of Cloghane. Although the longest stage, you can look forward to extended flat beach walking along the shores of Brandon and Tralee Bays, an absolute joy! The Dingle Way spans the length of Ireland’s longest beach, Fermoyle Strand, a seemingly endless string of thundering waves crashing onto a fantastic 11km of golden sand and dunes.


Reaching the head of the strand, the trail curves around Scraggane Bay to the north before returning down the eastern side of the loop and along the road to Castlegregory.


Ascent: approx. 50m.


Section 8: Castlegregory to Camp—10km

Keep a look out for remnants of turf cutting as you walk through a flat area of bogland before following another 7km stretch of coastline along the seashore to Camp. Buses run from Camp to Tralee (25 mins).


Section 9: Camp to Tralee—17km

Return to the lower slopes of the Slieve Mish mountain range, retracing the start of the walk as you stroll through the open rolling terrain. A canal path leads back to Kerry’s capital, Tralee.


Itineraries

We offer three itineraries; all operate in the traditional direction, which is clockwise onwards from Camp. Our itinerary choices take into consideration the most conveniently placed overnight stops.

Accommodation

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. Below you'll find a sample selection of the types of accommodation that we commonly use; please note that they are all subject to availability.



 

 

 



The Park Guest House - Tralee



The Park Guest House - Tralee

The Park features beautiful high ceilings and has retained many of its Georgian features. It has a mix of individually styled rooms, juxtaposing old elegance with contemporary luxury.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Camp Junction House - Camp

The Camp Junction House is a B&B, with two additional apartments. It has panoramic views of Tralee Bay and Slieve Mish Mountains.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Annascaul House - Annascaul

Annascaul House is a family-run B&B situated in the heart of Annascaul village. The 4 ensuite rooms are equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, as well as TV, hairdryer, and fluffy white towels.


 

 

 


 

 

 




O'Neills - Dingle Town

O’Neill’s is centrally located in Dingle town and yet secluded from the busier tourist areas. Mary and Stephen have welcomed guests to their B&B and offer a wonderful breakast.


 

 

 


 

 

 



De Mordha B&B - Dunquin



De Mordha B&B - Dunquin

This B&B was originally built as a farmhouse in 1938. Located at the very tip of the peninsula, it enjoys spectacular views of the Blasket Islands and has been recently renovated to modern standards.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Ceann Tra Heights - Ventry

The Camp Junction House is a B&B, with two additional apartments. It has panoramic views of Tralee Bay and Slieve Mish Mountains.


 

 

 


 

 

 




An Riasc B&B - Ballydavid

The rooms in this lovely B&B are individually and tastefully decorated. The Begley family at An Riasc are an Irish speaking household and will happily help you learn a cúpla focal (a few words) if you wish!


 

 

 


 

 

 




Benagh B&B - Cloghane

Claire and Elizabeth offer you a warm welcome to their family run spacious and modern guest house, with wonderful sea views. The breakfast menu includes homemade breads and preserves and traditional Irish Breakfast.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Castle House - Castlegregory

This guest house is set in 11 acres and is just a short distance away from the beach. The Dingle Way passes the boundary of the garden. You can also enjoy complimentary tea/coffee, and scone on arrival.


 

 

 

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location. Alternative details will be noted on your accommodation sheet.


Due the route taken by the Dingle Way, it is sometimes necessary to accommodate you a short walk away from the trail itself, as there is not always suitable accommodation close to the trail. Details will again be given on your accommodation sheet.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch at local shops or stop in a café.

Availability

The Dingle Way is available from March to October. You can start your trip on any date in the season. Option prices will be displayed as part of the booking process.


Baggage Transfers

Daily door-to-door baggage transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum weight of 20 kilograms per item.


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.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested, and a single supplement applies. This trip is also available to solo walkers, and a supplement is again payable (as some costs are not shared). Please note that singles may not be of the same standard as twins/doubles.


Meals

A hearty breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included so you are free to choose from the available options. Most of your accommodations will be more than happy to provide a packed lunch on request and this can be booked on arrival. Alternatively you can buy lunch at local shops or stop in a café when available.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent / descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Navigation & Maps

The Dingle Way is well way market throughout the route. You will also be provided with detailed maps and guide book.


Grade & Terrain

Our itineraries are graded moderate and are suitable for regular walkers. Most days offer between 6—8 hours of walking on good terrain which may include forest tracks, board walks and minor roads. The Dingle Way does not go any higher than 650m (the ascent over a spur of Mount Brandon), and elsewhere the route never rises above 350m, so it is comparatively low-level, however is undulating.

The Way uses a variety of routes throughout its length. Several beaches provide great walking (about 17% of the Way), however overall about 48% of it follows tarmac (bitumen) roads, although you will have covered nearly half of this upon reaching Dingle. This reflects the fact that rights of way are almost non-existent in Ireland, and this in common with other Irish trails.  The road walking is scenic and mostly along quiet lanes, however there are from time to time some busier stretches where you will need to be cautious with traffic.

Getting to / from Tralee

Kerry Airport: Flights are available to Kerry Airport with Ryanair from London Luton, London Stansted and Frankfurt. Aer Lingus fly between Dublin and Kerry Airport. There is a bus (30 mins-1h30) from Kerry Airport to Tralee. For bus timetables, see www.buseirann.ie


Cork Airport: Flights are available to Cork Airport with Aer Lingus from Bristol, London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Birmingham. From Cork Airport it is a short bus ride (20 mins) to Cork Kent train station, then a 2hr train ride to Tralee. For train timetables, see http://www.irishrail.ie/


Shannon Airport: Flights are available to Shannon Airport with Aer Lingus from Dublin, Bristol, Manchester, London Heathrow and Birmingham, as well as Boston and New York JFK. Ryanair fly to Shannon from Liverpool and London Stansted. Air Transat fly from Toronto to Shannon. From Shannon Airport take a bus (approx. 2h50-3h15, via Cork) to Tralee.


A bus service is available between Dublin/Limerick and Shannon Airport—see http://www.jjkavanagh.ie/


Dublin Airport is easily accessible from the UK with several low-cost airlines covering the route as well as scheduled international carriers. Irish Ferries also operate from Holyhead to Dublin.


From Dublin Airport there is a good bus service into Dublin city centre. From Camp to Tralee there is a bus service, which takes approx. 25 mins. See www.buseireann.ie/


By Bus around Dingle Peninsula: From Camp to Tralee and vice-versa there is a bus service, which takes approx. 25 mins. From Tralee to Annascaul there is also a bus service, which takes approx. 55 mins. Buses are payable locally. See www.buseireann.ie.


Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance to cover cancellation or curtailment of your trip.

Included

  • 5, 7 or 9 Nights accommodation in hand picked B&B's, guesthouses and small hotels in en suite rooms wherever possible.
  • Door-to-door baggage transfers.
  • A detailed info pack, guide book with route notes and OSI maps.
  • (5 and 7 Night itinerary only) Transfer from Cloghane to Tralee.
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues.

Excluded

  • Travel to Tralee (and Annascaul for 6 day tour) and from Tralee.
  • Travel from Camp (10 day tour)
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Equipment.
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement or Solo Walker Supplement (as applicable).
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk.
  • Additional Transfers.

Baggage Transfers - how does it work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person.

What's the grading of this tour?

Our itineraries are graded moderate and are suitable for regular walkers. Most days offer between 6—8 hours of walking on good terrain which may include forest tracks, board walks and minor roads. The Dingle Way does not go any higher than 650m (the ascent over a spur of Mount Brandon), and elsewhere the route never rises above 350m, so it is comparatively low-level, however is undulating.

The Way uses a variety of routes throughout its length. Several beaches provide great walking (about 17% of the Way), however overall about 48% of it follows tarmac (bitumen) roads, although you will have covered nearly half of this upon reaching Dingle. This reflects the fact that rights of way are almost non-existent in Ireland, and this in common with other Irish trails. The road walking is scenic and mostly along quiet lanes, however there are from time to time some busier stretches where you will need to be cautious with traffic.

Navigation

This route is well way-marked and much of it does follows a path. It is always advisable that you are know how to navigate with a map and compass although the Way is largely very straightforward to follow, especially with the maps book and guidebook we provide. Our itineraries operate in the traditional direction, which is clockwise onwards from Camp. Should you wish to tailor-make your tour then please let us know, however bear in mind that the guidebook operates in the aforementioned direction. Our itinerary choices take into consideration the most conveniently placed overnight stops.

What equipment do I need?

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack.

When is the best time of year?

Traditionally April/May has always been the most popular time of year because the theory goes that the weather is better. Although I believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience. 

Am I able to take my dog?

Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

A must do amd simply a wonderful experience

5

testing yourself on a long distance walk; the amazingly different scenery and terrain; the organisation by Macs'; the people you meet along the way; the food and accommodation

Al

Sydney, Australia

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I will definitely go for another one with Mac adventurer

4

I love the natural walking and some adventure during the walk But can be better for the signboard direction some hidden and some cannot be seen clearly

Cyrus

Singapore

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Awesome adventure!

5

Beautiful part of the World . Met great people!

Ann

Owego

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Summer on the Dingle Way

4

This was a fun and beautiful walk through western Ireland. While there were too many paved roads for our liking, we enjoyed meeting locals, making friends on the trail, and staying in very comfortable lodgings. Descending the mountain pass was treacherous due to the boggy terrain. Trekking poles are highly recommended. The trail was relatively well marked, maps and directions provided by Macs were sufficient. However, we stuck to the beach for most of the last two days, ignoring some of the route suggestions.

Father/Daughter Team

Munich, Germany

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An amazing experience!

5

My daughter (age 43) and I (age 67) hiked the Dingle Way together and had an amazing time. The B&Bs and hosts were all fantastic. The landscapes and scenery are consistently gorgeous (although, at time, really muddy!). I have to mention that the downloadable phone maps were also awesome. I don't understand how my location could be tracked when my phone was in 'Airplane' mode but the app kept us on track throughout the trip. All in all, the trip was an absolute blast!

Father and daughter

Nashville, TN

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Amazing trip!

5

My husband and I enjoyed this trip so much. The hikes were so beautiful and the B&Bs were fantastic. They were all located close to the hiking trail and in the center of town. Very comfortable rooms and great breakfasts provided in the morning. We chose to have an extra day in Dingle which I'd highly recommend as there is lots to explore there.

Lesley

Vermont

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Fun, but long days hiking

4

Our 3rd Macs hiking trip. The Dingle Way was a challenging hike each day. Be prepared for longer distances than the guide says. Way markers were NOT great on a few days. Difficult to find, and we missed a few, having to retrace and look for them. Missed having a paper map or detailed written route guide to help us find our way. The GPS worked "OK", but couldn't zoom in enough to get the details we needed when off track. Our trip in August was wet and windy - weather to be expected in Ireland. We needed our rain gear almost every day. Sturdy ankle height hiking boots highly recommended for this trip. Hiking over Slea Head was our best day, just beautiful! Not a beginner trip! We skipped out on the 16.7 mile beach walk after an almost 19 mile day going up and over Brendan Saddle the day before and took a short cut our B&B owner suggested. We'd had enough hiking on the beaches by then, the surf is pretty, but the scenery doesn't change that much and we were just tired by then.

Colorado Native

Centennial CO

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Excellent Scenery, Excellent Trails, Lodging and Food

5

Walking The Dingle Way is sheer delight. The best in Scenery. Just wonderful villages and small towns. Lots of variety and terrain. Wonderful stops and pubs and food establishments. A terrific way to spend a week or more. Some hilly spots, some wet beaches and lots of wide open spaces!

The Pat's

Bethesda, Md

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Dingle way trip

5

The trip was well organized and the B and B's were easy to locate since most were located on the Dingle way trail. The taxi service that Macs contracted (Nelius Locke) was exceptional. They were prompt, courteous and friendly. The B and B located in Killarney (Larkinley Lodge) was excellent. I would travel there again and stay at this B and B as well as use the Taxi service. Both treated the client as extremely important and not as an inconvenience. You could tell they enjoyed serving their clients. The beauty of Ireland made this trip so enjoyable and for the most part, we were off the main roads and felt safe. I would come back again to Ireland and hike another adventure with macs. Thanks so much for the great memories!!

Cheryl

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Beautiful scenery but lots of road walking.

4

I'm used to hiking apps that have information like a place for water or food along the way.

Pineapple

Arizona

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