Kerry Way - Short

Duration: 7 days
Trails: T2 trails
Distance: More than 20 km per day
Ascent per day: 250 - 500 m ascent per day

> Complete a part of the Kerry Way in 7 days (5 stages)
> Enjoy the beauty of Ireland
> Accommodation before & after is included

With just over 1000 meters, the Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain, isn’t exactly a highlight. But what Ireland lacks in height, it more than makes up for in rough natural beauty. One of the best ways to experience this is by walking the Kerry Way, a circular walking route of approximately 214 kilometers across the Iveragh Peninsula. This route starts and ends in Killarney. This is the walking alternative to the famous Ring of Kerry driving route, and passes through some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery. Crossing mountains and valleys, passing lakes, old forests and wild bogs, the route comes with a lot of variety. From the cliffs and sandy beaches you can enjoy beautiful views over the many rocky islands. You pass numerous archaeological remains, giving the route a strong historical character.

The Kerry Way is 214 kilometers long, which is equal to 133 miles. This route is divided in 5 stages, starting in Killarney and ending in Waterville. Whether you are an experienced hiker or just starting out, the Kerry Way is for everyone.



Arrival in Killarney

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

The Fairview Boutique Hotel (Killarney)

The Fairview Boutique Hotel (Killarney)

Killarney to Black Valley

Duration: 06:24 h
Distance: 23.1 km
Ascent: 410 m
Descent: 380 m
The path leads you into country lanes and trails that run through Killarney National Park. The route passes the 18th -century Muckross manor house and continues on forest and hillside trails. The path leads you into the Black Valley and from this point, the ascent begins towards MacGillycuddy’s Range. The views become more and more spectacular and eventually you descent, back to the accommodation, in the middle of the Black Valley.

Black Valley Lodge (Black Valley)

Black Valley Lodge (Black Valley)

Black Valley to Glencar

Duration: 06:34 h
Distance: 23.3 km
Ascent: 590 m
Descent: 570 m
The path continues through the impressive Black Valley. The tops of Braghabinnia Mountain and Carrauntoohil tower above you. The rough mountain terrain changes and now becomes wooded as the route circles Brassel Mountain. On the way to the Brida Valley, the terrain gets rougher again and the route runs along Cummeenduff Lake, located on the southern edge of the MacGillycuddy’s Range. After this, you go into the Ballycullane Valley and descend to Glencar.

The Climber's Inn (Glencar)

The Climber's Inn (Glencar)
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  • Accommodation

    We will arrange your accommodation on the Kerry 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 Kerry 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 Kerry 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.


  • 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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  • Luggage Transport on the Kerry Way

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