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Ottsworld Tour: Hike the Kerry Method in Eire with Me

Be aware: This tour is at the moment absolutely booked. Nonetheless should you’d wish to be added to the wait checklist – please e mail me at [email protected].

You’ve doubtless heard of the Ring of Kerry – it’s thought-about one of many most interesting drives on the earth and it’s one of the vital well-known locations in Eire.  Nonetheless – what should you might decelerate, and uncover the Ring of Kerry at a slower tempo?  From rugged cliffs to golden seashores, small villages, inexperienced pastures, peat bogs, and picturesque mountain ranges – you’ll hike and see the ‘actual’ Eire away from the crowds and roads with solely the sound of nature to accompany you.

In all of my journeys to Eire, I’ve but to deal with this problem – mountaineering 122 miles across the whole Ring of Kerry. Nonetheless – this coming Could 2024, I’m lastly taking it on! Nonetheless as a twist – I’m asking you to affix me on this epic Inn to Inn hike in Eire!

Kerry Way hike small group
Picture from Eire Stroll Hike Bike

This shall be a real journey and a real problem. Usually once I supply Ottsworld Excursions, they’re itineraries that I’m actually accustomed to and have executed earlier than, nonetheless, I’ve by no means executed this hike, so we’ll each be experiencing it with a contemporary set of eyes and expectations. Plus, 122 miles over mountains and rugged terrain in 9 days is not any small feat…it’s one thing I’ll must plan and practice for!

That is my favourite sort of journey – a difficult journey and a brand new vacation spot! It’s the journey that you’ve got watched me do for years and years right here at Ottsworld – and now you get to return to expertise it with me! So in case you are searching for one thing new to problem you, to look ahead to, to satisfy new mates who’re all on this collectively – all within the backdrop of the tradition and panorama of Eire – then learn on.

Mountaineering the Kerry Method – Supported

I’ve tackled a variety of long-distance hikes in my travels; Camino de Santiago, Dolomites, Saint Olav’s Method, Annapurna Circuit, Costa Brava Coastal Path, and the Kumano Kodo to call just a few. I like the problem of those long-distance hikes; the gradual tempo, the prospect to soak up nature and tradition, but nonetheless sleep in a pleasant mattress each evening and eat nice meals!

Get extra nice multi-day mountaineering inspiration! Examine the entire thru-hikes I’ve executed around the globe and why they’re all nice options to the Camino de Santiago.

I’ve at all times needed to do one among Eire’s well-known multi-day hikes – and I’m asking you to affix me on this Irish journey!

Every evening we’ll keep in a small native village or city, and benefit from the pubs, music, and environment of small-town Eire. Every day we’ll lace up our boots, and deal with the agricultural and rugged landscapes of Eire’s West Coast.

And we’ll make all of it the best way across the peninsula on foot…collectively!

Eire Stroll Hike Bike

I’m working with an area firm, Eire Stroll Hike Bike, to run the journey. They’re consultants within the space and shall be with us each step of the best way! I’ve labored with them for the previous 5 years on creating customized excursions in Eire and am completely satisfied to proceed our relationship. They’ve unbelievable guides and can be sure that our each want it dealt with.

Overview, Prices, and Map

Dates: Could 1 – 11, 2024

Value: €2,600* (€435 single complement)

Kerry Way hiking map

This area was first settled round 300 BC by the folks of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe and this epic journey will immerse you in nearly 10,000 years of dramatic historical past.

Itinerary at a Look – 122 miles in 9 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney In a single day Killarney
Day 2 – Killarney to Black Valley Hike (13.2miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar Hike (10.9 miles) In a single day Glencar
Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh (13.2 Miles) In a single day Glenbeigh
Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Hike (18.3 Miles) In a single day Cahersiveen
Day 6 – Cahersiveen to Waterville Hike ( 18.9 Miles) In a single day Waterville
Day 7- Waterville to Caherdaniel Hike (9 Miles) In a single day Caherdaniel
Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem Hike (10.8 Miles) In a single day Sneem
Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare Hike (21 Miles) In a single day Kenmare
Day 10 – Kenmore to Killarney Hike (6.5 Miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 11  – Depart Killarney

As I do with all of my Ottsworld Excursions, I may also supply pictures instruction for these of you who’re taken with enhancing your pictures (cellphone or digicam). As well as, I shall be taking pictures of the complete tour and every visitor will get a obtain of all photographs I take. So should you don’t need to take footage – I’ll do it for you!

Kerry Way - Sneem

Tips on how to E-book This Tour

Be aware: This tour is at the moment absolutely booked. Nonetheless should you’d wish to be added to the wait checklist – please e mail me at [email protected].

I’d like to speak to you first to reply any of your questions previous to your reserving. Due to this fact comply with these steps to guide:

  1. Ship me an e mail at [email protected] letting me learn about your curiosity. We’ll arrange a name to debate any questions you’ve gotten. This shall be on a primary come first serve foundation – there are solely 11 spots accessible on this tour.
  2. I’ll ship you a fee hyperlink to Eire Stroll Hike Bike’s Customized Tour kind the place you’ll be able to guide your deposit with them and safe your spot for this practice Ottsworld tour. A 300€ nonrefundable deposit is required to safe a spot.
  3. Fill out the customized tour kind and make sure to put “Ottsworld Kerry Method Tour” within the notes part.
  4. Last fee is due February 1, 2024 (90 Days previous to Could 1, 2024)

Cancellation Coverage and Price

  • For those who cancel greater than 90 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose the deposit quantity.
  • For those who cancel between 89 – 42 days earlier than beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 50% of the vacation price
  • For those who cancel lower than 42 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 100% of the vacation price

I extremely suggest that you just get journey insurance coverage to cowl any dangers of cancellation. I usually use Allianz Journey Insurance coverage for my very own travels and it is vitally cause

Every day Itinerary

That is thought-about Inn to Inn supported mountaineering. We’ll have an area information with us for the journey who will deal with the entire logistics – so all we have now to do is hike! They won’t solely transfer the bags so that each one we have now to hold is a day pack, however every day we can have two distance choices that we will hike. The itinerary contains numerous days of mountaineering over 15 miles, due to this fact if folks within the group need to do a shorter distance they are going to have that possibility. Be aware – you have to to select both the total distance or the shorter distance and our information will deal with all transportation.

Which means our information won’t be mountaineering with us on the path, we shall be on the path on our personal, however it’s nicely marked and every of us can have a GPS app from Eire Stroll Hike Bike that received’t allow us to get misplaced! Nonetheless, our information shall be with us within the mornings and evenings, and can fill us with the historical past of the Kerry Peninsula, Irish tradition, nice locations to eat, and tell us the place the perfect pubs are!

Could 1st Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney 

Our Mountaineering tour begins within the bustling personal of Killarney. Killarney is residence to the spectacular Nationwide Park and the majestic Three Lakes of Killarney. We’ll meet our information at 5 pm this night for a tour briefing earlier than having fun with a scrumptious meal along with your fellow hikers in an area restaurant.

Included:  Dinner

Killarney Ireland

Could 2nd Day 2 – Killarney to the Black Valley 

Right now is all concerning the lakes. Our route right now takes us alongside sections of the shores of all 3 of the well-known Lakes of Killarney, you’ll start in Killarney Nationwide Park after which comply with an previous “mass path” alongside the shores of the Higher Lake to succeed in the Black Valley. 

We’ll then take a magical boat journey via the three lakes to return to Killarney for our in a single day.  

Included: Breakfast

Black Valley kerry Way
Black Valley

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.29 miles | Peak acquire – 1614 ft | Peak loss – 1598 ft | Max Peak – 948 ft. Terrain: Mountain tracks and inexperienced roads. Could be moist underfoot – boots important. Resulting from restricted lodging within the Black Valley – we’ll keep in Killarney once more on Day 2.

Day 1 Elevation

Could 3rd Day 3  – Black Valley to Glencar 

This morning we shall be transferred again to the Black Valley to start our hike.  From the Black Valley we comply with a route overlooking a lake, then ascend to cross over a ‘saddle’ into the Bridia Valley.  We’ll Ascend one other saddle as soon as used for driving animals to markets.  The hike takes us into the foothills of McGillcuddy’s Reeks (Eire’s highest mountain vary) as we comply with via the wild magnificence of the Ring of Kerry. With views throughout to Carrauntohill Mountain, we proceed beside a river to succeed in the tiny hamlet of Glencar the place we’ll in a single day. 
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.87 Miles | Peak acquire – 2693 ft. | Peak loss – 2273 ft. | Max Peak – 1256 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain, and bogland, might be moist underfoot. Boots important. 

DAy 2 Kerry Way elevation

Could 4th Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh 

This can be a improbable stroll right now taking us over the gorgeous Blackstone’s Bridge, alongside the Caragh River and Valley.  We proceed round Seefin mountain which is intently linked to Eire’s mythology. From right here you descend to the beautiful village of Glenbeigh.  The views throughout Castlemaine Harbour and out west to Dingle Bay need to be seen to be appreciated. Glenbeigh, as soon as a thriving Stage Coach cease is a village with immense character.  When you have extra power you’ll be able to go to Rossbeigh Seashore which lies additional west.  In a single day in Glenbeigh.
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.23 Miles| Peak acquire – 2077 ft. | Peak loss – 2493 ft. | Max Peak – 1112 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks, and forest paths. Boots important. 

Day 3 Kerry Way elevation

Could 5th Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Caherciveen 

Our hike takes us from simply exterior the city of Glenbeigh, alongside the northern shores of the peninsula, to the city of Cahersiveen.  This stroll follows an19th century Stage Coach route with spectacular views throughout to the Dingle Peninsula.  We’ll move via previous, abandoned villages which had been as soon as busy facilities of exercise, buying and selling with passengers on the previous stagecoaches.  We comply with alongside little boreens and previous farming trails right now to succeed in the city of Cahersiveen.  In a single day in Cahersiveen.
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.33 Miles | Peak acquire – 1821 ft. | Peak loss – 2110 ft. | Max Peak – 1204 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 4 Kerry Way elevation

Could 6th Day 6 – Cahersiveen to  Waterville 

Following in a south-westerly route right now, we can have coastal views for a lot of our hike! This stroll takes us throughout the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and west throughout the Atlantic Ocean.   We’ll doubtless meet some sheep on the excessive hills on our technique to attain Waterville – one among Charlie Chaplin’s favourite haunts. In a single day in Waterville.

Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.9 Miles | Peak acquire – 2694 ft. | Peak loss – 2661 ft. | Max Peak – 1299 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 5 Kerry Way Elevation

Could 7th Day 7 – Waterville to Caherdaniel  

Right now’s hike takes us round probably the most westerly tip of the Ring of Kerry, overlooking the gorgeous Derrynane Bay, the Beara Peninsula, and an abundance of islands. We’ll end your hike within the lovely village of Caherdaniel the place we in a single day.

Upon reaching Caherdaniel you’ll meet an area seaweed forager who will introduce you to this superb plant. You may style totally different seaweeds and be taught concerning the Irish seashore and what lies beneath the waves.  

Included:  Breakfast, Seaweed expertise

Kerry Way
Mountaineering alongside the seashore – Kerry Method

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 9 miles | Peak acquire – 1102 ft. | Peak loss – 997 ft. | Max Peak –  807 ft. Terrain: Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland, and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 6 Kerry Way elevation

Could 8th Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem  

We’ll be taught extra about Kerry’s Darkish Sky Reserve (one among solely a small variety of reserves worldwide) as we begin our hike out of Caherdaniel. Our route right now can have views throughout the Atlantic in addition to a possibility to see historical ring forts. We’ll stroll in an easterly route alongside an previous ‘butter highway to the colourful village of Sneem for our in a single day. 

Included: Breakfast

Kerry way hike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.8 Miles | Peak acquire – 1749 ft. | Peak loss – 1795 ft. | Max Peak – 741 ft. Terrain: Nation lanes, grass tracks, Rocky Mountains and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 7 Kerry Way elevation

Could 9th Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare        

The heritage city of Kenmare is our purpose right now, as we comply with alongside the shores of the Kenmare River from Sneem. Starting with a brief drive from Sneem, our hike begins on farm tracks, goes throughout the open hillside, after which alongside the shores of Kenmare Bay. Lastly, we acquire top to get pleasure from wonderful views earlier than descending into Kenmare for our in a single day. 
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way Staigue Fort
Mountaineering via historical past

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 21 miles | Peak acquire – 2405 ft. | Peak loss – 2408 ft. | Max Peak – 2405 ft. Terrain: Forest tracks, some highway strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important. 

DAy 8 Kerry way elevation

Could 10th Day 10 – Kenmare to Galways Bridge 

Right now begins with a go to to an area sheep farm. Meet some new child lambs and see how the shepherds work with the sheepdogs to manage their flock. 

Following time on the farm we shall be transferred to the beginning of right now’s quick hike the place we full the circuit of the Kery Method mountaineering path! The route takes us alongside the Outdated Kenmare Highway, as soon as utilized by folks touring to markets. That is unspoiled wilderness seen solely by hikers, deer, and the hovering sea eagles that we could also be fortunate sufficient to see. 

On the finish of right now’s route, we shall be transferred to Killarney for our last evening of celebration. Take pleasure in a scrumptious meal and some pints!  Look again and enjoy our epic journey via the wilds of County Kerry.  

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Sheep Farm Expertise

Kerry Way

 Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 6.5 Miles | Peak acquire – 1191 ft. | Peak loss – 1227 ft. | Max Peak – 955 ft. Terrain: Rocky and gravel tracks, some highway strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important.

DAy 9 kerry way elevation

Could 11th Day 11 – Depart from Killarney 

Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast (included).  You may both make your approach again to Dublin for a departure flight or keep further days in Eire and discover by yourself! From Killarney, connections by bus and practice are frequent to Cork Limerick, Shannon, or Dublin.

Tips on how to Get To/From Killarney

You’ll must arrive in Killarney on Could 1st by 5 PM as we can have our group assembly and dinner that evening earlier than we begin mountaineering the subsequent day.

There are a variety of the way to get to Killarney – bus, practice, aircraft – try this entire checklist of transportation choices.

It’s fairly simple to guide your individual bus or practice shuttle to Killarney, nonetheless, should you’d moderately not, Eire Stroll Hike Bike can guide this for you. The fee is an extra €12.50 to your last bill to cowl their administration prices for this service.

Close by Airports:

Dublin – 5-6 hours to Killarney
Shannon – 3-4 hours to Killarney
Cork – 1.5 hours to Killarney
Kerry (regional) – 20 to half-hour to Killarney

What’s Included

  • 10 nights keep in an en-suite room at small city B&Bs and visitor homes.
  • Scrumptious Full Irish breakfast every morning, and a pair of Dinners.
  • An knowledgeable Irish information will accompany the group at some point of the vacation.
  • 2 mileage decisions for every day.
  • Baggage Switch so that you solely have to hold a daypack.
  • Experiences as outlined within the itinerary: Seaweed expertise and Sheep Farm demonstration
  • Transfers to and from every day’s strolling places if selecting to do shorter distances for the day, and all transport as outlined within the itinerary.
  • GPS Navigation app with factors of curiosity
  • Fundamental pictures instruction in the course of the journey.
  • Entry to a full gallery of images (shot by me!) of the complete journey, which you need to use for private functions.
  • Comradery of a small group who’re in it with you!
Irish Breakfast
Hearty Irish Breakfast

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to/from Eire
  • Transportation to/from Killarney for arrival and departure
  • Journey Insurance coverage
  • Some dinners and all lunches
  • Private drinks
  • Medical prices
  • Gratuities

Who Ought to Take into account This Tour?

  • People who find themselves skilled hikers who’ve educated for these distances and might hike a number of days in a row on uneven terrain and inclement climate.
  • Individuals who wish to discover lesser-known locations, and be adventurous and lively.
  • People who find themselves versatile.  You ought to be prepared to exhibit flexibility, as itineraries could change as a result of climate, and it helps you probably have a ‘prepared to attempt new issues’ angle.
  • Individuals who don’t thoughts mountaineering within the rain and benefit from the pleasure of inclement climate – it’s Eire in any case.
  • Individuals who can pee out in nature and go away no hint. 🙂

For those who’ve by no means executed a multi-day hike like this earlier than and need to attempt it, it is a nice alternative as you’ll be with a bunch of like-minded folks, we’ll have a information to help us, and you’ve got loads of time to coach in order that you may be ready! And should you need assistance coaching – I’ve an answer for that too!

Images of the Area

I’ve truly pushed the Ring of Kerry just a few occasions, so I’ve collected just a few photographs of the area to present you an concept of what to anticipate.

What are you ready for – the path is asking!

Hike the Kerry Way in Ireland



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