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Amazing views over the Dingle Peninsula as you walk
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Highlights

  • Explore Ireland’s scenic Dingle Peninsula in comfort on this self-guided walking getaway
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness in cozy pubs
  • Relish fresh locally-sourced seafood and learn about the ancient Gaelic history
  • Savor peaty and golden Irish whiskey at the Dingle Distillery, with an included tour
  • Explore the historic archaeological sites, charming hamlets and rolling green hills

Hit the highlights of the Dingle Peninsula on this getaway trip. Stay at charming and comfortable hotels, walk the most scenic sections of the route and enjoy the “craic” as you listen to traditional Irish music in the pub.

Learn about the incredible Gaelic history as you pass impressive Irish archaeological sites, including beehive huts, early Christian chapels, standing stones, crosses and holy wells. Hike the verdant green landscapes of the Emerald Isle and discover remote sandy coves and quintessentially picturesque hamlets.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the views on your private transfers to walks and to and from the local airport. You will be warmly welcomed at each of your hand-picked accommodations

Day 1: Arrive Dingle and overnight

Begin your Irish adventure on the Dingle Peninsula with a transfer from Kerry Airport to your first accommodation in Dingle. (1H )


This town is renowned for its local music, seafood and culture. With some 53 pubs you will be spoiled for choice on where to go for a pint of the “black stuff” (Guinness) tonight!


Walk: 7 miles / 11km


Overnight: Dingle


Day 2: Transfer to Slea Head, walk to Dingle

This morning after a hearty breakfast, a transfer (30 mins) brings you to Slea Head, where you begin today’s walk. Pass a collection of ‘beehive huts’ which date back to 6000BC. This is just one example of a  rich collection of ancient archaeological sites on the Dingle Peninsula. On your walks you will come across standing stones, pre-historic monuments and beehive huts which are dry-stone huts with a corbeled roof.


This section of the Dingle Way also has you walking on one of the most beautiful sections of coastline along the glorious golden sands of Ventry. With uninterrupted Atlantic views you will find peace of mind here.


Tonight why not try some traditional Irish stew or freshly-landed fish in one of the many local restaurants.


Walk: 12 miles / 19km


Overnight: Dingle Town


Day 3: Explore Dingle Town, distillery tour

Charming Dingle town has long attracted artists, craftspeople and musicians who can be found in little workshops, museums and at unforgettable traditional music sessions throughout Dingle's local pub scene. Today can be spent exploring this thriving community and the heart of one of Ireland's most popular “Gaeltacht” areas. You can hear one of Europe's oldest languages in wide use.


A distillery tour at the Dingle Distillery introduces you to the entire production process. They will welcome you for a tour of the facility with a sample of whiskey included. From the localized well water to the immensely manual mashing, alongside the wooden fermentation vessels that feed into the three bespoke copper pot stills, the production is purely Dingle.


Overnight: Dingle Town


Day 4: Transfer to Dunquin, walk to Ballyferriter/Gallarus Cross

After a short transfer (25 mins), you arrive in the delightful village of Dunquin situated at the most westerly tip of the Dingle Peninsula and the last stop before reaching America. The Blasket Islands can be seen 3 miles offshore and Dunquin itself is often referred to as "the next parish to America". It is also renowned for its scenery and its surviving Gaelic culture. Here there are rugged cliffs which make up the coastline.


A great, invigorating 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).


Walk: 10 or 8 miles / 16 or 13km


Overnight: Ballyferriter/Gallarus Cross


Day 5: Onward Travel

An included private transfer brings you to Kerry Airport for your onward journey.


Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the 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. 


We regularly use the following properties:



 

 

 




Dingle Benners Hotel - Dingle

This historic and very comfortable family-run town hotel has very spacious guestrooms which blend traditional furniture with elegant comforts.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Dingle Peninsula Hotel - Gallarus Cross

The Dingle Peninsula Hotel offers the true West Kerry experience. It is a modern, classic hotel with a traditional Irish country pub where you will meet the West Kerry locals.


 

 

 

Availability

This walking tour is best enjoyed between April and October. You can start on any date that suits your travel plans and you will find availability on our website. The Dingle Way is popular so it is best to book as far in advance as you are able to.


Meals

A hearty cooked breakfast is served each morning. They are typically served family-style and range from eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, cheese, yoghurt 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.


Baggage Transfer

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 33lbs per person.


Grade & Terrain

We have created this “”escape” itinerary in order  for you to perhaps add a shorter programme into your longer tour of Ireland and 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.  


Navigation

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.


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 by clicking this link.


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.

Getting to Dingle

You can fly into either Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport from the United States. From Shannon Airport take a bus (approx. 2h50-3h15, via Cork) to Tralee


If you fly into Dublin you can get a connecting flight to Kerry Airport on Aer Lingus. From Kerry Airport a private transfer is included to your first accommodation in Dingle. 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  Dingle.


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


From your last hotel a transfer is included to Kerry Airport or back to Tralee bus or train station.


Included

  • 4 Nights in hand-picked hotels
  • 4 Breakfast
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks as listed in the itinerary
  • Travel to and from Kerry Airport or Tralee bus/train station
  • Information Pack, GPX tracks, access to the Macs smartphone app
  • Dingle Distillery tour
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office

Excluded

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to and from Kerry Airport/Tralee
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Single Room Supplement or Solo Walker Supplement (as applicable).
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk.
  • Extra Nights in Dublin
  • 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 33lbs per person. .

What's the grading of this tour?

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.  

Navigation

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.

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 we believe any time between late March and October offers a wonderful experience.

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