Kerry Way

A self-guided walking holiday along the Iveragh Peninsula and visiting the beautiful Killarney National Park and the Muckross Estate.
Kerry Way Map

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Described as a walkers' Ring of Kerry, the Kerry Way is a low-level circuit of the spectacular Iveragh Peninsula, a region of wild, natural beauty steeped in history and legend. The glorious scenery of lakes, mountains and glens combine with the unhurried pace of life and wonderful hospitality to provide a truly memorable experience.

Starting from the lively town of Killarney, the Kerry Way enters the Killarney National Park as it passes through Esknamucky Glen before branching off towards Derrycunnihy Church. The trail heads along the shores of the Upper Lake of Killarney arriving at Black Valley, so-called after the entire population perished in the Great Famine.

Leaving Black Valley, the route heads towards MacGillycuddy's Reeks, and home to Ireland's highest peaks. Once cleared, the trail rounds the shores of Lough Acoose to Glencar, a beautiful location for lovers of nature, with Lickeen Forest, the Caragh River and Caragh Lake.

From Glencar, the trail continues through wonderful sections of forestry before emerging from the Caragh Valley. Passing along the feet of Seefin Mountain, the path descends to Glenbeigh.

The Glenbeigh to Caherciveen section takes in breath taking coastal views. Following old railways and coach roads through areas of forest, this section includes an exhilarating climb at Drung Hill to offer views over Dingle Bay.

Crossing the tip of the peninsula from Caherciveen the route passes the attractive villages of Waterville and Caherdaniel - once the home of Daniel O'Connel, the Great Liberator. This area is also known for its famine villages, castles, ring forts, Holy wells, standing stones and ancient churches.

From here the trail approaches the attractive village of Sneem before running close to the shores of Kenmare Bay offering wonderful views across the bay to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains.

Finally, the route leaves the colourful town of Kenmare and threads its way back through the Muckross Estate on the way back to Killarney. With its historic house, beautiful gardens, romantic abbey ruins and pretty waterfall, Muckross House is a wonderful place to spend some time resting and enjoying the atmosphere at the end of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring the pretty coastal towns of Kenmare, Sneem and Cahirciveen.
  • Spotting Ireland's native red deer as you walk through the Killarney National Park.
  • Visiting the wonderful Victorian mansion of Muckross House in the Muckross Estate.
  • Enjoying the sense of remoteness and tranquillity as you walk through the wild mountain scenery of the Black Valley.

Kerry Way

A circular walk starting in Killarney and visiting the mountains, woodlands and coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula.
Total Distance 115.5 miles (185 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Killarney
Availability 2nd January to 24th December
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Kerry Way Kenmare Bay
Kerry Way Killarney Lakes © Tourism Ireland
Kerry Way Mcgillycuddy Reeks
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
KERW1 10 nights, 9 days walking £1015 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.
Don’t have the time for the complete walk?

As well as the complete Kerry Way, we also offer a tour along part of the trail from Killarney to Glenbeigh - The Kerry Way Highlights and the Kerry Way Taster Break, for those with less time.


Kerry Way Highlights

Killarney to Glenbeigh along the historically rich 'Ring of Kerry'.
Total Distance 94 miles (150 km)
Start and Finish Killarney to Glenbeigh
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Kerry Way Highlights is a shorter walk from Killarney to Glenbeigh, taking in some of the finest mountains, lakes and coastal scenery along the Kerry Way trail.

At the traditional start and end point of the Kerry Way in Killarney, there is plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonderful atmosphere of this popular town. Before you begin your walk, you may wish to hire a boat and cruise the lake in the shadow of Ross Castle, or take a traditional Jaunting Car as you travel around and admire some of Ireland's magnificent scenery.

Starting just outside of Killarney, the trail enters the Killarney National Park, where it encounters ancient oak forests and where many species of wildlife can be spotted, including Red Deer. From here, it follows the old Kenmare Road to the lively market town of Kenmare. Here, at the mouth of Kenmare Bay, 'the Jewel in the Ring,' as the town is known, has many fine restaurants and shops to visit before continuing along the shoreline of Kenmare Bay, where the trail encounters the wild waters of Blackwater River, where Salmon are fished and the Macgillycuddy Reeks provide a dramatic backdrop.

With views across to the Beara Peninsula and the Caha Mountains, the trail approaches the peaceful fishing village of Sneem before continuing along a series of rocks paths, with lovely views from the head of the Sneem estuary.

Passing close to the ancient stone Staigue Fort, the trail follows an old 'butter road,' once used to transport butter to Cork, before arriving in the picturesque village of Caherdaniel, which provides a welcome place to relax after a day of walking. Soon, the trail enters the Derrynane National Park, where Daniel O'Connell's magnificent Derrynane House is worth of a visit before arriving in Waterville, where there are wonderful views towards the Skellig Islands and Ballinskelligs Bay.

Passing across the tip of the peninsula, the trail visits the town of Caherciveen, before following an old coach road along the line of the coast, with wonderful views over Dingle Bay and the Atlantic on the way to Glenbeigh, a pretty village set in stunning mountain scenery and that is sure to provide a startling welcome on completion of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Spotting a range of impressive wildlife, from Osprey, Red Deer, White-tailed eagles and Red Squirrels.
  • Taking a rest from walking as you explore the sights and sounds of Killarney in the back of a traditional horse drawn Jaunting Car.
  • Walking through the spectacular mountain landscape of the Black Valley and Glencar and wild coastal stretches along Dingle Bay.
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Kerry Way Tralee golf course
Kerry Way Muckross House
Kerry Way Ring of Kerry
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
KERWH1 7 nights, 6 days walking £710 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£40 per person / per night
£30 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Kerry Way Taster Break

Killarney to Glenbeigh visiting the magnificent villages and historical site in County Kerry.
Total Distance 35.5 miles (57 km)
Start and Finish Killarney to Glenbeigh
Availability 2nd January to 24th December

The Kerry Way Taster Break is the perfect solution for those with less time to experience the magnificent mountains, lakes and coastal scenery along the Kerry Way Trail.

Starting in the popular town of Killarney, the trail threads its way along the Muckross Road, passing the enchanting Torc Waterfall as the trail follows what used to be a 'mass path' to Derrycunnihy Church.

Soon, the trail heads into the heart of the forbidding Black Valley, where MacGillycuddy's Reeks provide a dramatic backdrop. Heading over the 'saddle' into the Brida Valley, the trail follows the shores of Lough Acoose to the beautiful hamlet of Glencar, where Lickeen Forest and the Caragh Lake are an attraction for nature lovers.

Finally, the trail continues in the shadow of Seefin Mountain and descends into Glenbeigh, where there are wonderful views across Castlemaine Harbour and Dingle Bay. Here, nestled at the foot of a mountain, close to the head of Dingle Bay and with the blue flag Rossbeigh Beach nearby, Glenbeigh is a wonderful place to relax on completion of your walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoying the spectacular scenery of MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range.
  • Following ancient pathways, including the old 'mass path' to Derrycunnihy Church.
  • Marvelling at the views over the Skellig Islands, that rest just off the coast in the Atlantic Ocean.
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Kerry Way Ross Castle
Kerry Way Slea Head © Tourism Ireland
Kerry Way Sneem
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
KERNSB1 4 nights, 3 days walking £485 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£45 per person / per night
£35 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.