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Dingle Way Highlights

Dingle Way Highlights

A self-guided walk around the ancient villages and spectacular rocky coastline of the Dingle Peninsula.

7 nights
64 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £765 per person

Find out about the tour

About this route

The Dingle Way Highlights trail takes in the most fascinating section of the Dingle Way, showcasing a wealth of local history and Irish culture.

Starting on the shores of Dingle Bay, the trail heads across the peninsula and visits a series of historic sites, such as the 16th century castle at Minard. The walk wanders along sandy bays and old military roads, and explores the ancient landscape of Slea Head, complete with impressive 'beehive' huts perched on the hillside.

There are also plenty of amazing settlements to explore, including Dunquin, a Gaeltacht village where the Irish language has survived and traditional Irish culture still thrives. 

© Contours Walking Holidays Dingle Way Highlights map
Circular trail beginning at Annascaul
64 miles (102 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Getting into the spirit of adventure while exploring Annascaul, the birthplace of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

Discovering ancient 'beehive' huts, a 16th century castle and a 10th century monastery along the trail.

Enjoying the spectacular landscape, with views of dramatic mountains, rugged cliffs and sandy bays. 

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DINH A circular trail beginning at Annascaul 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£765

Dingle Way Highlights 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please be aware that the advertised distances below are based on the optional shortest days available when hiking. Optional taxi transfers are included on the mornings of Days 2 and 6 which cut out a short distance from the day to create the advertised distances.

To ensure that you are accommodated within close proximity of restaurants, cafes or pubs for your evening meal, our preferred itinerary for the Dingle Way does involve some short transfers. These are all pre-arranged and included in the cost of the holiday.

All information regarding transfers will be included in your holiday pack, but if you would like more information prior to booking, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please also keep in touch if you need further details regarding the full hiking route and daily distances without the optional transfers - we'll be very happy to assist. 


Travel to Annascaul where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Annascaul to Dingle. 13 miles (21km)

Day 2

Dingle to Dunquin. 12 miles (19km)
Due to a lack of accommodation in Dunquin you will be accommodated in Dingle. Transport is provided to take you from Dunquin to your accommodation and return you to the path the following morning.

Day 3

Dunquin to Ballyferriter. 8 miles (13km)

Day 4

Ballyferriter to Cuas/Tiduff. 10 miles (16km)

Day 5

Cuas/Tiduff to Cloghane. 10.5 miles (17km)

Day 6

Cloghane to Annascaul. 9 miles (14.5km)


Depart from Annascaul after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£30.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dingle)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

Taking an extra night can give you more time to pause and experience more in the wonderful towns and villages along the trail. Whether you choose to visit some of the local attractions, or to rest your aching feet, a rest day is a wonderful way to extend your holiday.

Cloghane would be a good choice for an extra night if you wish to climb Mount Brandon or enjoy the Sauce Creek circuit.

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Dingle)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 64 miles (102 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 13 miles (21 km)
Code: DINH Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Annascaul
End of holiday: Annascaul

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city is Tralee, and international airport Kerry (also known as Farranfore). Kerry Airport is just under a mile from the nearest railway station at Farranfore and can be accessed by bus. From here you can catch the train to Tralee.

By Rail - Farranfore rail station is just under a mile from Kerry Airport and can be reached by bus. The nearest railway station to the start/end of the trail is at Tralee, about 20 miles away.

By Bus - Various bus services run to/from Annnascaul including from/to Tralee.

From Dublin - There is a train service between Dublin and Tralee. Then you will need to catch a bus from Tralee to Annascaul.

The Dingle Way Highlights is a circular trail, starting and ending at Annascaul.

For planning journeys by public transport in Ireland, please visit:

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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