The Dingle Way - 6 Days & 5 Nights6 Days & 5 Nights 4.6 Read 68 reviews
- 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
What To Expect
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
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, boardwalks 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.
This route is well way-marked and much of it does follow 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.
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.
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.
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.
Due to 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.
There is a lack of accommodation in Dunquin which can make it more difficult for us to secure an overnight stay in this area. This means that you are likely to be accommodated in Dingle town instead and return taxi transfers to and from the path will be provided. Please view the itinerary for more details.
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.
- Overnight 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.
- Transfer as per the itinerary
- 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues.
- Travel to starting point/from finish point
- Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
- Travel Insurance
- Personal Equipment
- Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage.
- Additional Transfers
- Extra nights before, after or during your walk
When To Go
The Dingle 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!
This is one of the most popular classic trails on the Emerald Isle and for that reason, we suggest booking as early as possible to secure our preferred accommodations and avoid disappointment.
Getting to the Start
In order to get to Tralee you can fly into 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
Flights are also 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/
You can also fly into 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.
Getting from the End
This tour also finishes in Tralee, so you can simply follow the directions in reverse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 April and October offers a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate walkers with dogs as many of the accommodation providers we use do not accept pets.
You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive Annascaul and overnight
Arrive in Annascaul and settle into your welcoming bed and breakfast or guesthouse accommodation. The rest of the day is yours to explore the nearby sights.
Annascaul House is a family run B&B situated in the heart of Annascaul village. Rooms are equipped with tea & coffee making facilities, as well as TV, hairdryer, and fluffy white towels. Hosts Noel & Moira are a great source of local walking route knowledge and advice. The accommodation has of 4 ensuite bedrooms, a dining room, and lounge. Feel free to relax in front of the log fire in the lounge or, if it’s a sunny day, enjoy the private garden.
Brian & Beata offer a warm welcome to the Old Anchor Inn, in the heart of Annascaul Village. The bright, airy rooms are all ensuite, with tea and coffee making facilities. The dining room has views onto the village street and mountains in the distance. The inn serves hearty fare such as their Irish stew, seafood pie, or tasty homemade pizza!
Besides the stunning views of Annascaul, and views of the Maum Road, the Lake and mountains, Four Winds B&B boasts a tranquil garden, wifi, and tea/coffee facilities. The house is full of genuine cosy country character and each B&B room is ensuite and individually designed with all the amenities you require for a lovely overnight stay.
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!
O’Neill’s is a family-run bed and breakfast, centrally located in Dingle town and yet secluded from the busier tourist areas. Mary and Stephen have welcomed guests to the town for over 20 years and are experts in what to see and do in the area! The rooms are all ensuite and have tea/coffee making facilities, as well as free wifi. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast, including options such as oatmeal with Bailey’s Irish cream, or Dingle Bay smoked mackerel.
John and Eileen Brosnan welcome you to their family run bed & breakfast. All rooms including family rooms are ensuite, spacious, and have a TV and hairdryer. The B&B is located in a quiet cul-de-sac just 2 minutes’ walk to the town centre where you will find a good selection of restaurants and pubs!
Emlagh Lodge is located on the Dingle shore and commands breathtaking views of the bay and harbour, with the town centre just a 5-minute stroll along the shoreline and harbour-side, after which you will find Dingle’s restaurants and shops.
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 clochans—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.
Please note: Due to a lack of accommodation available in Dunquin, you may be accommodated in Dingle town for an extra night. Taxi transfers will be provided to take you from the trail to your overnight accommodation in Dingle town and back the next day.
A traditionally renovated Irish farmhouse situated in the tranquil village of Dunquin close to pubs and a restaurant with spectacular sea views overlooking the Blasket Islands. They also offer a wash and dry service for €10 if required.
Ideally located in Dunquin. The An Portan Guest House offers ensuite rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer, and free wifi. There is an a la carte restaurant and snack bar.
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.
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! On arrival, you can look forward to delicious cakes and beverages in their dining room or outdoors overlooking the sea. At breakfast, you can expect delicious freshly squeezed orange juice, and homemade granola, along with an array of locally sourced options. Rooms are individually and tastefully decorated as you would expect from a lovely 4* property. They have carefully selected colours along with original paintings and images to add personality and uniqueness to each room. All rooms come with a hairdryer, digital TV, and free wifi.
Perfectly located on the water's edge, overlooking Smerwick Harbour. Located within walking distance of beaches, pubs, restaurants and historical sites. You will be welcomed with tea, coffee and home baking. Packed lunches are also available if required.
Coill an Róis, purpose built guest accommodation located at the foot of Mount Brandon on the Dingle Peninsula, opened its doors to guests almost 20 years ago. Since then, host Jimmy Bruic has welcomed guests in the warm traditional manner associated with Irish people. All rooms are ensuite, with power showers, toiletries and hair dryer.
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.
Expect a warm welcome and good ‘craic’ when you check in O’Connors Guest House. All rooms are ensuite with hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and scenic views of the mountains and Brandon Bay Estuary. You will also have access to a private lounge, free wifi and direct dial telephone. The guest house is also a traditional Irish pub serving good drink, food, and craic. It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere and traditional music.
Mount Brandon Lodge is a family-run bed and breakfast on the very edge of Cloghane. All the amenities that the village has to offer are just a stroll up the street. The house faces out onto Brandon Bay and has Mount Brandon as a backdrop.
After breakfast you will transfer to Tralee where your walking holiday will come to an end. See the Travel Info section for some useful details for your onward travel.
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