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Kerry Way - short

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 5 days

  • Kerry Way - short
  • 5 days / 4 nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing list
FAQ
Safety
How to Book

Overview

> Complete a part of the Kerry Way in 5 days
> Enjoy the beauty of Ireland
> Accommodation on the Kerry Way 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.
 
Why book through Bookatrekking.com?  
 
You can walk the Kerry Way completely independent. However, putting together the right route including arranging all the accommodations can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all hotels on this part of the Kerry Way and we are happy to take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arranging your Kerry Way walk.   
 
Important: Hotel availability is limited in season. Please contact our Trekking Experts and inquire about the possibilities. 

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Killarney to Black Valley
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.

Distance: 21 kilometers / 13 miles
Walking time: 5.5 hours  

Day 2: Black Valley to Glencar
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.

Distance: 19 kilometers / 12 miles
Walking time: 5 hours  

Day 3: Glencar to Glenbeigh
Today, you first follow the river Caragh on a country road and forest track before reaching Drombrane Lough. You walk further into Lickeen Woods. You will then ascent to a mountain pass between Seefin and Coolroe where you can enjoy the beautiful view over Inch Point and the coast of Glenbeigh. A final descent takes you to Glenbeigh.

Distance: 19 kilometers / 12 miles
Walking time: 5 hours  

Day 4: Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen
You leave Glenbeigh via the Behy Bridge and walk on forest paths through the hills and mountains to Cahersiveen. Along the way you can enjoy the many panoramic views over the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. You pass a number of Celtic crosses, grave and memorial stones before reaching Cahersiveen.

Distance: 26 kilometers / 16 miles
Walking time: 6.5 hours

Day 5: Cahersiveen to Waterville
Leaving Cahersiveen behind, you immediately but gradually begin to ascent further to the top of Knockavahaun. From this strategic point you have spectacular views of the Beginish, Valencia and the Church Islands. A quick descent follows to Canuig and the colorful village of Waterville.

Distance: 24 kilometers / 15 miles
Walking time: 6 hours  

What's Included

Included:

 Booking the hotels
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation on the Kerry Way in hotels. The accommodation will be in shared rooms when possible, although most hotels on the route offer private rooms.

√ Breakfast
Breakfast is, if possible, included in this trek and it will be provided every morning at the hotel before you continue with your Kerry Way adventure.

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

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Killarney and from Waterville. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Ireland. 

× Transfers
Once in Ireland, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Killarney. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there and back to Killarney after the trek, but the bus/train tickets are not included. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

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

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

On the Kerry Way, you can either spend the night in a cozy hotel or in a typical Irish B&B, where you will receive a warm welcome and a typical Irish breakfast. There are also campsites along the path. Wild camping is also possible along the Kerry Way. In case you prefer this, please keep in mind to place your tent sheltered. The wind can change in a few hours from calm to strong. Ask for drinking water at the houses, water from the streams is unreliable due to the many sheep that are drinking from it.  

Black Valley: Shamrock Farmhouse
This B&B is located on the Kerry Way at the foot of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, in the middle of Black Valley. 



Glencar: The Climber's Inn
This Inn is located in the city centre of Glencar. Besides an Inn, there is also a possibility to camp here. A pub is also included in this Inn.



Glenbeigh: Emirview House
The Emirview House is located on the edge of Glenbeigh, where the roaad begins to leave the town in the direction of Cahersiveen. The Kerry Way is passing the house.



Cahersiveen: Southern Sun
This B&B is located 500 meters away from the trail. In the centre, you can find nice restaurants and pubs.

Packing list

Packing List

On the Kerry Way, being prepared for the changing weather is paramount. Ireland has a very diverse climate and you may experience all four seasons in one day! With this in mind, it’s essential to pack clothing, footwear, and accessories suitable for changing weather conditions. 

Try to base your clothing on the "three-layer" principle. This consists of a base layer, which will absorb the moisture from your skin; a middle layer, which should provide some warmth; and a waterproof outer layer to protect you from the rain and the wind. Here are our recommendations for your Kerry Way walk:

- Trousers, waterproof, lightweight, and quick-drying
- Shirts for base layer
- Warm jacket or pullover for middle layer
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Trekking boots, worn in
- Good quality socks
- Extra footwear for the night
- Map
- Waste bags
- Whistle to summon assistance in case of accidents
- Water bottle containing enough water to take you to your next stop
- Torch (preferably a head-torch) with spare bulb and batteries
- Emergency food and snacks (high energy snacks such as chocolate, dried fruit, energy bars etc.)
- Hiking poles 
- First aid kit

Covid-19:
 
So far, Ireland allows tourists to enter the country. All travelers are required to sign a Public Health Passenger Locator Form. You can find all the details regarding the current travel situation in Ireland here
As regards accommodation, most hotels and hostels are working with some limitations regarding the number of visitors. We advise booking the Kerry Way in advance to make sure to find accommodation at the end of each stage.

FAQ

FAQ

What is the best season?
You can walk the Kerry Way all year round. The popular season is between March and October, May being the most recommended month. What you should know is that the weather conditions are frequently wet and windy, regardless of the season that you choose, so pack the necessary wet/warm weather gear and always have an extra, dry pair of shoes to wear at the end of the day. A good rain jacket and overtrousers will be your best allies.

How do I get to the starting point?
The Kerry Way begins in Killarney and ends in Waterville. The path can be walked in both ways. Killarney is reachable by public transport.   

Starting point 
To get to Killarney, you first have to travel to either Kerry Airport, Cork Airport, Dublin Airport or Shannon Airport. From there, you can take the train or bus to Killarney. You can also drive to Killarney by car. Killarney is a touristic town. Here you can find many traditional farms, the Killarney National Park, castles and of course the Irish Whiskey Experience.  

Ending point 
The Kerry Way ends in Waterville. From here, you can travel to one of the airports by train or bus. In case you came by car, you can take a taxi cab to go back to Killarney.

Safety

Safety

The Kerry Way is perfectly safe. The walk involves a lot of ascending and descending, but the highest mountain is only 1000 meters high.

When it comes to the direction of the hike, it can be walked in both ways. 

Irish emergency number: 112 or 999

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:  

 There is availability 
We ask once again for a deposit of 15% to secure all accommodation for you. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking. 

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 15% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount. 

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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