Best of the Dingle Way

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  • Hike the best of Ireland’s Dingle Way staying in stylish hotels with great locations
  • Learn about the rich local heritage visiting ancient archaeological sites
  • Enjoy fresh seafood, traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness in a local pub
  • Listen to the locals in area where the Irish language is still widely spoken
  • A chance to visit the Blasket Islands, the most westerly part of Ireland
Explore the best of the Dingle Peninsula combining the finest coastal scenery with its rich archaeological heritage. Step back in time and learn about the well-preserved local culture and history as you pass iconic beehive huts, standing stones, and ring forts. Hike the verdant green landscapes of the Emerald Isle at a gentle pace with plenty of time for a drawn-out picnic on a sandy beach. Join the locals and experience the famous Irish craic while listening to local musicians. Return to the comfort of your centrally located hotel each night where traditional hospitality awaits.
Stay in wonderful and friendly hotels while walking the Dingle Way long-distance footpath on this 7-day easy to moderately-rated tour, with the perfect balance of hiking, scenery and culture. On this “best of” itinerary we have chosen the finest walks and have also hand-picked the hotels in which you may relax, when not soaking in the fantastic views.

Tour Type:

Slower Adventures | Where walking and cycling meet easy-going exploring, our Slower Adventures are the perfect combination. Most days are filled with picturesque journeys with some free time to dive into the destination and experience the people, local food and culture as you go.


Inn to Inn Walking | Walk from place-to-place changing accommodations each night. Generally staying in B&B’s, inns, and guesthouses.

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travellers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 11 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails
  • Coastal Walking

Activity Level & Terrain

We have created this itinerary to create the perfect balance of hiking and sightseeing. While the walks are less challenging that if you were to walk the whole of the Dingle Way, they still offer magnificent views and you will really get a feel for this stunning area of Ireland.

This itinerary is rated easy to moderate. On most days you will be walking on good terrain which may include forest tracks, board walks, beaches and on back country roads. The route is undulating and the most challenging day is the walk from Slea Head to Dingle when you have an elevation gain of 1200 ft. The other day’s elevation gains are anywhere between 170 ft and 550 ft

This trail uses a variety of walking surfaces ranging from dirt trails, country roads and sandy beaches. We have tried to avoid road walking as much as possible, however some of the walks do have occasional walking on paved roads. The most road walking occurs between Tralee and Dingle, so we have avoided most of this on this “best of” itinerary. Walking on minor roads reflects the fact that public “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 quite well way-marked and much of it does follows a path and therefore navigation is quite straightforward. On this tour you can navigate using the Macs Adventure Navigation Smartphone App, so you can simply download the GPX tracks for offline use and follow the route with your phone with the assurance that you will not get lost.


One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of accommodations. We have specifically chosen the hotels to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. All offer a warm Irish welcome to walkers.

Additional Nights

Many of our clients choose to add extra nights along the walk to sample more of the wonderful walking and attractions available on the Dingle Peninsula. Please contact our team should you wish to add extra nights along the way. We can also arrange an extra night in Dublin before or after your tour should you wish to fly into or out of Dublin.

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. 


A hearty-cooked breakfast is served each morning. They are typically served family-style and range from eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, cheese, yogurt, and coffee/tea with traditional Irish favorites such as black pudding. 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 if available.

  • Overnights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers to and from Kerry Airport or Tralee bus/train station
  • A detailed Trip Information Pack
  • Access to Macs Adventure smartphone navigation app
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Kerry Airport/Tralee
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks
  • Ferry crossing or boat tours to the Blasket Islands
  • Extra nights

When To Go

This walking tour is best enjoyed between May and September. In our opinion, one of the best times to visit this region is in spring when colourful wildflowers are in bloom and the beaches look incredible at this time of year. July and August are the busiest months and accommodations tend to fill up fast, but you can appreciate long hours of daylight. For a quieter experience, September is an ideal month, and it has the advantage of the crowds beginning to thin.

Weather and Climate

Irish weather is typically unpredictable year-round so be prepared for any conditions and you will be pleasantly surprised. No matter what month you choose to travel, being near the coast means it can get wet and windy at any time of year. It is important that you check the local weather forecast before setting off each day.

Getting to the Start

You can fly into either Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport from the US. We recommend flying into Dublin as you can easily get a connecting flight to Kerry Airport on Aer Lingus. You can fly directly to Kerry Airport from the UK.

From Kerry Airport a private transfer is included to your first accommodation in Tralee. You can also take a bus or train to Tralee from the center of Dublin. We can also offer a transfer from Tralee bus or train station to your accommodation in Tralee. From Shannon Airport you can take a bus (approx. duration: 2h 50m - 3h 15m via Cork) to Tralee.

For more travel information regarding trains and other public transportation options please check the Transport for Ireland website.

You can also get to Tralee from Dublin by bus or train. A great website for checking out your travel options is rome2rio. This website gives you different ideas and you can choose which option works best for you and your travel plans.

Getting from the End

For your convenience we have arranged another transfer from your last hotel to Kerry Airport or to Tralee bus or train station.

Luggage Transfer

Daily door-to-door luggage transfers are included in the price of your trip, allowing you to set off on each walk carrying a light backpack. 

At Macs Adventure we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase. Ninety-nine percent of the time they will only transfer one bag per person, but the allowed weight ranges from anything between 15 and 20kg per bag, depending on the tour you are taking. We do not have control over the limits that these providers set. Therefore, it is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags (including shopping bags or boots) and if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees) which we must respect.

On this trip, we ask you to keep your luggage to a maximum weight of 15 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 descents / ascents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necesssary 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/ cycling 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

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page.

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Day 1 Arrive in Tralee Day 2 Transfer to Lispole, walk to Dingle town 7 miles / 11 km Day 3 Transfer to Slea Head, walk to Dingle town 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Free day in Dingle town Day 5 Transfer to Dunquin, walk to Ballyferriter 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Transfer to Ballinknockane, walk to Ballyferriter 11 miles / 18 km Day 7 Onward Travel

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