Dingle Peninsula Walk

Dingle Peninsula Walk information and booking

from
$1160
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights in bed & breakfast guesthouses
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning coastal scenery
  • Experience history, mythology and traditional Irish culture
  • Enjoying the flexibility of walking with a daypack from village to village
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the warm family run B&B’s

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Dingle Peninsula is one of the most spectacular regions on Ireland's West Coast. Moreover it is steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish Culture. There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments. This mountainous finger of land, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage, which ranges from prehistoric times through the Early Christian period to the Middle Ages. There are plenty of small hamlets to enjoy good Irish cheer along the way and in the evenings you will stay at a selection of B&B's, chosen for their good character, location and excellent Irish breakfasts.

What's included

  • 7 full irish breakfasts . irish breakfasts are served and usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon / sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices. this is a great start to the walking day.
  • 7 nights accommodation in bed & breakfast guesthouses on a twinshare basis
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Route notes and maps
  • 7 day service hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Tralee
On arrival please make your way to your accommodation. On check in you will receive your full detailed information pack to commence walking the next day. Your host will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music. Take the time to enjoy some of the many interesting and historic sights in the area. You may wish to visit the National Folk Theatre or take a tour of the medieval castle.
Day 2 Begin walk on the "Dingle Way" to village of Camp (16km / 5hrs)
After breakfast, start your walk along country backroads to join the Dingle Way. You follow this route under the Slieve Mish Mountains. Rising above 2,500 feet (762 metres) in parts, this mountain range was the scene of prehistoric battles, which are recorded in legend as having been part of the "Milesian invasion". The Milesians, meaning "soldiers of Spain", are said in the legends to have been Gaels who came originally from Egypt, settled in Spain, and invaded Ireland in 1700 BC. As you enter the peninsula from Tralee towards Camp, the bright expanse of Tralee Bay comes into full view. The walk today will be quite rocky along muddy mountain and grass tracks (boots essential) with a maximum height of 250m.
Day 3 To Annascaul (17km / 5hrs)
The walk today takes you through a fascinating area of bog where many locals still come to cut their winter fuel. Crossing the south side of the peninsula, you arrive at the magnificent Inch Beach. Annascaul and Inch Beach lie in the southern foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains. The combination of mountains and beaches make for spectacular scenery. You will be walking on quiet country back roads and grassy tracks with a maximum height of 200m. Note: it is possible to arrange an additional night in Annascaul (or elsewhere during the walk) which is highly recommended if you would like to do some of the mountain walks in the area. Ask your consultant for cost details. This must be booked when you make your original reservation as you cannot change arrangements once booked.
Day 4 To Dingle via Minard Castle (21km / 6hrs)
Heading to the town of Dingle, the route passes through Minard, with its 16th century castle and the village of Lispole. It then takes old, narrow country lanes through Lisdargan and Mallingarraun before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass and onto Dingle. With a population of approximately 1,200 Dingle is a lively market town and fishing port. There are many restaurants, craft shops, art galleries and pubs to enjoy. Most of the pubs in summer will have live music. You will be walking on country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking with a maximum height of 300m. Boots essential. Note: You may wish to spend an extra night in Dingle and walk part of the Dingle Way around the beautiful bay of Smerwick Harbour or take a day trip to the Great Blasket Island. This must be requested at the time of booking.
Day 5 Historic walk around Slea Head to Dunquin (19km / 5.5hrs)
Today you will start just outside Dingle, passing the Early Christian site of Kilcolman and continuing to the glorious sweep of Ventry Beach. Ventry is a small village four miles west of Dingle. The whole Ventry area is linked by the arc of Ventry Harbour, with one of the most attractive beaches on the west coast of Ireland. From here the track takes you on a beautiful and historic walk around Slea Head. This walk offers an opportunity to see the “beehive huts”. At one stage there were over 400 of these drystone huts surviving. They are generally believed to have been homes. It is believed that the huts at Slea Head date to the 12th century when the incoming Normans forced the Irish off the land and out to the periphery of the peninsula. Return to Dingle via Dunquin. The walking is on rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking with a maximum height of 350m. Boots essential.
Day 6 Remote walk to the northern side of the Peninsula to Cloghane (22km / 6.5hrs)
After breakfast you will transfer to the tiny hamlet of Tiduff to commence your walk. Today you will experience a wonderfully remote and spectacular walk. It takes you along an old military road to the eastern side of the Brandon Massif, finishing in the village of Cloghane. You will be walking along grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections as well as gravel tracks and some road walking with a maximum height of 650m. Boots essential. Note: Stay one or two extra nights and make the most of the waymarked walks in this area. Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims to climb the holy Mt. Brandon, or explore the wealth of archaeological sites in the valley of Lough Adoon. Additional nights must be requested at the time of booking.
Day 7 Coastal walk to Annascaul (14km / 5hrs)
Enjoy a wonderful walk along the Dingle Peninsula from North to South following a spectacular old farmer’s track. You walk over the plateau, passing a deserted famine village and Annascaul Lake enroute to the village of Annascaul. The walking is on grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections; can be damp, with a maximum height of 375m. Boots recommended.
Day 8 Return to Tralee, trip concludes
Make your own way to Tralee by either public or private transport. From Tralee connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.