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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.

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.



 

 

 



Green Gables - Tralee



Green Gables - Tralee

Gerald & Juliette look forward to welcoming you at Green Gables, a charming bed and breakfast located in the centre of Tralee. Stay in the listed Victorian period townhouse, adjacent to Tralee Town Park and Library and within walking distance of the bus and train stations. Parking is available, and all rooms are en suite and have hairdryers.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Seaview House - Camp



Seaview House - Camp

Seaview B&B’s bedrooms have panoramic views of Tralee Bay, overlooking Maharees Islands, & North Kerry. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast to set you up for the day’s hiking ahead, or try the special Irish porridge oatlets, served with Irish honey or cinnamon and grated fruit or jams! Rooms are equipped with TV, WiFi internet, tea and coffee facilities and are non-smoking.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Annascaul House - Annascaul



Annascaul House - Annascaul

Annascaul House is a family run Bed and Breakfast situated in the heart of Annascaul village, nestled along the Wild Atlantic Way and only 15 minutes away from Dingle. Rooms are equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, as well as TV, hairdryer and fluffy white towels. Hosts Noel and Moira are also a great source for local walking route knowledge and advice. The lovely accommodation consists of four en suite bedrooms, a dining room and a lounge. A private car parking is available at the front of the house. On a sunny day guests can also enjoy the private garden, or relax in front of the log fire in the lounge.


 

 

 


 

 

 



An Capall Dubh – Dingle Town



An Capall Dubh – Dingle Town

Patrick and Helena Curran welcome you to their family run bed & breakfast and self-catering holiday homes. There are five spaciously designed en suite bedrooms, decorated in a fresh clean, sea blue and white nautical theme. It is conveniently located, with private parking, in the centre of Dingle town. The An Capall Dubh archway leads you off Green Street into a hidden courtyard - an oasis of peace and tranquility where you can sit back and relax during your stay.


 

 

 


 

 

 



De Mordha – Dunquin

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De Mordha - Dunquin

This family owned, operated and lived in Bed and Breakfast in Dún Chaoin was built as a farmhouse in 1938. Located at the very tip of the peninsula, it enjoys spectacular views of the Blasket Islands. Recently renovated to 21st century standards, it offers comfortable en suite double and twin bedrooms which have free WiFi, foot spa, hairdryer, and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also a TV lounge, sunroom and garden seating to enjoy. Angela and her family look forward to having you stay in their home in "the next parish to America". Enjoy a choice of breakfasts and advice on local gourmet restaurants.


 

 

 


 

 

 



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An Riasc - Ballydavid

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! Enjoy delicious local cuisine; you’ll awaken to the aroma of freshly baked scones and soda bread! Rooms are individually and tastefully decorated as you would expect from a lovely 4* property. Each comes with a hairdryer, digital TV and free WiFi.


 

 

 


 

 

 



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O’Connor’s - Cloghane

Expect a warm welcome and good ‘craic’ accompanied by good food and drink during your stay here. Rooms are simply furnished but welcoming, and there is tasty food available in the pub to refuel your energy levels after a rewarding day on the Dingle Way.


 

 

 


 

 

 



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Castle House - Castlegregory

Castle House Bed and Breakfast is set in eleven acres of farmland and situated on the edge of Castlegregory Village. The house is just a short distance away from the beach and the Dingle Way passes the boundary of the garden. There is a large garden area where residents can enjoy the farm atmosphere. Hostess, Sheila, was the winner of the 'Calor Housewife of the Year' in 1983 and was four times winner of the 'Irish Welcome Award'. Bedroom Facilities include TV, hairdryer, bathroom toiletries and information folder. Complimentary tea and coffee and hot scone on arrival, and free WiFi access. Enjoy a real ‘turf’ fire to welcome you in from your walk.


 

 

 

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.


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.


Baggage Transfers

Daily door to door transfers are included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg)


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.

Beautiful views and great walking

4

The views were amazing and b&b owners were friendly and helpful. Some meal information at b&b's is not up to date Really enjoyed the walking, especially on the beaches - we had amazing weather

Wild wilderness women

Canada

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Best holiday

5

This was my first hiking holiday and I didn't know what to expect. It was harder than I thought but at the end of the holiday I was sorry it was ending. Some of the days were long but the scenery was exceptional. All of our accommodations were excellent and breakfasts were sooo good. We never felt hungry during the day. Loved going to the pubs and having a drink and talking about the day. Met some great hikers along the way. The map app was the best. You could use it off line and we found it very helpful. We never brought our maps with us because it was that good. Carla recommended that we stay an extra day in Dingle and I would recommend the same thing. Gave you a day to relax and Dingle is a great place to do it in. I am planning my next trip and will be doing it with Macs adventure again

Holly

Edmonton Canada

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spectacular!

5

Second trip I have done with mac's. Perfectly organized. Great accommodation. Well paced days hiking. Such incredible scenery

Pam

Thunder Bay, Canada

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DIngle Way: Wonderful hike!

5

The tour was well organized. The B&Bs were all wonderful and the hosts and hostesses very helpful. The baggage service went without a hitch. The long walks on the beaches were spectacular. The app with the maps was brilliant. We could track our progress with every step and see when we were headed off the trail. We didnt have to rely on paper maps or directions at all. The only negative is that sometimes the difficulty rating was not accurate. One section labeled difficult was not difficult and another section labeled easy had some long steep rocky climbs. Notes about whether there are food and public bathrooms would have helped. We carried snacks every day but better notes about food shops and pubs open for lunch would have been nice.

Sharon of North Carolina

North Carolina

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Great fun, outstanding scenery and wonderful people

5

The Dingle Way is ideally suited for those who like distance walking without it being too strenuous. Each day is about 12-14 miles and, except for the last day where there is a prolonged and steep (600 metres) ascent, the terrain is relatively straightforward. Being Ireland the weather is inevitably changeable but if you get half-decent weather the scenery is outstanding. All of the accommodation was very good and in many cases was outstanding. We met so many friendly and helpful people along the way - indeed that perhaps is the thing that will linger for longest.

Rich W

Dublin

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The Dingle Way - all that we wished for - amnd more

5

From initial booking to the very end the promises were fulfilled Great guest houses and owners who where very helpful Accommodation was perfect App was a bonus Did think that more emphasis must be made re lack of food and drink availability en route Novices may find it an issue We four loved every minute and would use Macs Adventures again THANK YOU

hazel

Johannesburg South Africa

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Excellent experience

5

Walking is a wonderful way to holiday. And Mac's made this so easy.

Sheels

Calgary, Canada

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Dingle Way

4

Quiet walking track with wonderful scenery. Would like to have had a stopover at An Bothar guest house......great food, lovely hosts and renovated rooms.

Walkers from SA

Adelaide, South Australia

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Great package from Macs Adventure

5

Fabulous walk I enjoyed it immensely. Should have been better prepared for the technicality of some of the stretches , also the distances on each day . In hind sight I would now take a lay day at Dingle . The weather for our last days walk meant that we cancelled on the recommendation of the local people . A good choice under the circumstances.

Peter the lover of fun and outdoors .

New Zealand

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Dingle walk

3

The brochures we received did not explain the difficulty of the walk. The terrain was not clearly indicated. The accomadation 4 of the 6 was excellent. On suite clearly does not mean a room upstairs and bathroom downstairs. We would recomend rating each section 1 to 5 and also listing km between signs

Roger

Canada

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