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The Dingle Way - 10 Days & 9 Nights

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  • 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.
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What To Expect

The Dingle Way is a bracing cliff-top walk in one of the most stunning, historic and remote parts of Europe. With its well way-marked path, unforgettable scenery and welcoming people, the Dingle Peninsula is a great place to forget about the worries of modern life.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

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

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Multi-Generational

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Activity Level & 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.

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.

Accommodations

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.

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.

Included
  • 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.
Excluded
  • 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.
Extras
  • Additional Transfers
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk

When To Go

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.

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.

Luggage 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 (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.

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tralee and overnight Day 2 Tralee to Camp 12 miles / 20 km Day 3 Camp to Annascaul 11 miles / 17 km Day 4 Annascaul to Dingle 14 miles / 23 km Day 5 Dingle to Dunquin 14 miles / 23 km Day 6 Dunquin to Ballydavid 13 miles / 21 km Day 7 Ballydavid to Cloghane 16 miles / 26 km Day 8 Cloghane to Castlegregory 17 miles / 27 km Day 9 Castlegregory to Camp 6 miles / 10 km Day 10 Onward Travel

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