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The Kerry Way - 10 Days, 9 Nights

10 Days & 9 Nights 4.4 Read 22 reviews
  • Walking Kerry’s historic trails amongst the highest peaks in the Emerald Isle
  • Soak up the atmosphere of County Kerry’s market villages and towns
  • Lively Irish music and the ‘craic’ of authentic old-world pubs
  • The 2000 year old Staigue Fort is one of Ireland’s best examples of a ring fort
  • Majestic views of the Lakes of Killarney from the grounds of Muckross House
Experience the raw, unspoilt beauty of Ireland on the enchanting Kerry Way; a 210km Irish national walking trail which also takes in the highlights of the famed Ring of Kerry route. Walk through rolling landscapes punctuated by lonely valleys, dramatic Atlantic coastlines, peaceful lakes, charming villages and historic features. Although County Kerry is home to the highest mountains in Ireland, the Kerry Way is largely a lower-level inland route. Discover remote glens such as the Black Valley, and follow old green roads and historic tracks that have been travelled for hundreds of years. Steeped in ancient history, the Kerry Way takes you past Iron Age forts, Ogham stones and old monasteries. This classic national trail is a must for anyone who wishes to discover the real flavour of Ireland.

What To Expect

Our most challenging version of the complete Kerry Way over 8 (longer) walking days, starting and ending in Killarney

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.


Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island
  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous (with the exception of the 5 days/4 nights option, which is graded ‘moderate’) and is suitable for regular walkers. It includes daily walks of around 20km (with more walks of around 30-33km on the 10 day/9 nights option), on varied terrain. Overall about 35% of the Kerry Way follows tarmac (bitumen) roads, which is less than most Irish national trails. This reflects the fact that rights of way are almost non-existent in Ireland. 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.


The Kerry Way is well way marked however you will also be supplied with the Rucksack Readers guidebook and detailed maps so you will have no problems following the route each day.

Accommodation Information

One of the highlights of this trip are the small and charming accommodations along the route. A warm welcome is guaranteed upon arrival, as well as traditional Irish hospitality and food (either in your B&B/Guest House or nearby).

Important: We will always try and accommodate you at the locations that are detailed in the itinerary, but because of limited availability, it may sometimes be difficult for us to secure a booking. Some of the overnight locations are in remote valleys and for this reason, we might sometimes have to accommodate you elsewhere. If this is the case, you will always receive directions to and from the trail in your route notes or in some cases, return transfers from the path. Please be aware that this may result in slightly longer or shorter walking days. 

We will be happy to accommodate your party with single rooms if requested and this trip is also available to solo walkers.


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 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. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or at nearby pubs or restaurants.

  • Overnights in bed and breakfast accommodation in en suite rooms wherever possible
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, route notes/guidebook and OSi maps
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of any issues
  • Travel to the start or from the finish of the walk
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Equipment
  • Taxi transfers or public transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Extra nights before, during and after your walk.

When To Go

You can start this trip on any day of the week, between March and October.

Getting to the Start

To get to and from Killarney there are a number of different airport options.

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 (25 mins) from Kerry Airport to Killarney. 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 1h30-2hr train ride to Killarney. 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 and US Airways fly from Philadelphia to Shannon. From Shannon Airport take a bus (approx. 2h50-3h40, via Limerick) to Killarney.

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.

By Bus around Inveragh Peninsula: There is a bus service (payable locally) which serves the key towns around the peninsula, however this is not hourly, so please check the timetable at www.buseireann.ie/

Getting from the End

Getting from Killarney, just follow the getting to suggestions in reverse.

Baggage Transfer

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.

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 (jackets and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking shoes or boots, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


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.

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.

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Day 1 Arrive Killarney and overnight Day 2 Killarney to Black Valley 15 miles / 24 km Day 3 Black Valley to Glenbeigh 21 miles / 33 km Day 4 Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen 19 miles / 31 km Day 5 Cahersiveen to Waterville 21 miles / 33 km Day 6 Waterville to Caherdaniel 7 miles / 12 km Day 7 Caherdaniel to Sneem 11 miles / 18 km Day 8 Sneem to Kenmare 19 miles / 30 km Day 9 Kenmare to Killarney 16 miles / 26 km Day 10 Onward Travel

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