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The Dingle Way Getaway in Comfort

5 Days & 4 Nights 4.6 Read 68 reviews
  • Hike the best sections of Ireland’s Dingle Way, staying in very comfortable accommodations
  • Enjoy the rich heritage of traditional Irish music and a pint of Guinness in cozy pubs
  • Explore the historic archaeological sites, charming hamlets and rolling green hills
  • Savor peaty and golden Irish whiskey at the Dingle Distillery, with an included tour
  • Relish fresh locally-sourced seafood and learn about the ancient Gaelic history

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.

What To Expect

With the perfect balance of hiking, scenery and culture and stays in wonderful, hand-picked and friendly hotels, this is the perfect escape to Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. This 5-day easy to moderately-rated tour may be combined with another tour if you have time, or be part of an extended trip to Ireland if you are coming from afar.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Groups > 10

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 5 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Historical Journeys
  • Coastal & Island

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

Included
  • Overnights in hand-picked hotels
  • Breakfasts included
  • Luggage transfers
  • Transfers to walks as listed in the itinerary
  • Transfers 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 (required)
  • Travel to and from Kerry Airport/Tralee
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Extra nights before, after or during your walk
  • Extra Nights in Dublin
  • Additional Transfers

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Getting from the End

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

Luggage 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.

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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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Dingle and overnight Day 2 Transfer to Slea Head, walk to Dingle 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Explore Dingle Town, distillery tour Day 4 Transfer to Dunquin, walk to Ballyferriter/Gallarus Cross 8 miles / 13 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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