Dingle Way - Short

5 days
T2 trails
Distance: 15 - 20 km per day
250 - 500 m ascent per day
> Short Dingle Way from Tralee to Dingle
> Accommodation in Tralee and in Dingle included
> Enjoy breathtaking coastal views

The Dingle Way is an enchanting trek in the Dingle Peninsula, in Ireland. This is a rare slice of Ireland where Gaelige (Gaelic) is still spoken, century-old crofts huddle below the mountains, and where you can find ancient sites scattered across a sparsely populated area. The trek is 179 kilometers long and is traditionally divided into 9 stages and starts and ends in Tralee.

On this short Dingle Way, we have designed a shorter, 5-day itinerary (3 stages) for those short of time or those who just don't want to spend 9 days walking around the peninsula but want to get a taste of the Dingle Way. This trek starts in Tralee and ends in Dingle, the city that gives the peninsula its name. This trip includes the accommodation during your Dingle Way adventure and the accommodation in Tralee and Dingle before and after the trek. Baggage transfer is also included to make your trek even lighter and more relaxed.

Itinerary

Day
1

Arrival in Tralee

Today you will have to make your way to Tralee. In Tralee, you will spend the night at a hotel preparing for your Dingle Way adventure.

Grand Hotel Tralee (Tralee)

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Grand Hotel Tralee (Tralee)
Day
2

Tralee to Camp

Duration: 04:59 h
Distance: 18.2 km
Ascent: 310 m
Descent: 260 m

The Dingle Way trail starts in Tralee. Alongside the railings of the park to the right of the museum you will find the sign marking the official start of the Dingle Way. Across the park, you will find Princes Street. In Princes street turn left and continue to Princes Quay and onto a roundabout. Turn right to start your Dingle Way adventure by following the canal path to Blennerville. Follow the canal path up to the bridge opposite the Blennerville Windmill. Cross the canal towards the village.

The Dingle Way follows the main N86 road to Dingle for a short stretch across Blennerville. After crossing the canal, take the second left turn. Follow some quiet country back roads as you ascend into the flanks of the Slieve Mish mountain range. Follow the trail for about 3 kilometers to Tonavane, where the trail turns west into the open mountainside. Follow the trail across marshy terrain and walk past several breathtaking glacial valleys.

On your way, you will also come across the preserved ruins of Killelton Oratory. The final section of today's stage takes you down to a valley, crosses the Finglas River, and continues uphill towards a minor road. Turn to the right and follow the trail downhill for about 1 kilometer to Camp.

Camp Junction House (Camp)

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Camp Junction House (Camp)
Day
3

Camp to Annascaul

Duration: 05:08 h
Distance: 18.2 km
Ascent: 380 m
Descent: 400 m

After Camp, take the trail to the west of the Finglas River crossing. For about 2 km, the Dingle Way guides you towards the southwest while slowly ascending out of the valley. During this section, you can admire the views of the Caherconree Mountain (835m) and the megalithic fort located close to its top. At 235 m you will cross the saddle between the peaks of Corrin and Knockbrack and then you will continue your walk with amazing views of the mountain ridges of Moanlaur and Knockmore to your left.

The path then gradually descends into a small forest, the only one on the entire Dingle Way. You walk through the forest for about 2 kilometers. When you emerge from the forest, follow a minor back road towards the south until the Emlagh River. The Dingle Way then gradually turns to the west and reveals the beautiful views of Inch Beach.

After an energizing break at the beach, continue your walk towards Maum. From the beach, the Dingle Way ascends behind a line of houses facing towards the bay and guides you through small roads away from the coast. After rounding the summit of Knockafeehane you will be able to see the glacial valley on which Lough Annscaul is located. Walk for another 2 kilometers into the heart of Annascaul.

The Old Anchor Inn (Annascaul)

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The Old Anchor Inn (Annascaul)
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Included

  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Dingle Way in hotels, inns, and guesthouses. Accommodation will be private in single, double or twin rooms and with en-suite bathroom where possible.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide which includes a route description, interactive Dingle Way hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek.

  • Baggage Transfer

    This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire Dingle Way trek. Your bags will be picked up every morning from the hotel lobby and will be driven to your next next accommodation. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

  • Breakfast

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at your accommodation.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport. This also applies to any transport from the end point of your trail.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Lunch and Dinner

    Breakfast is, if possible, included in the price of the trek. You can get lunch and dinner at the shops, hotels, and restaurants along the way.

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