Kerry Way Hiking Tours - Ring of Kerry Ireland

DAY 1: Arrival in Killarney

From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Killarney.

DAY 2: Black Valley - Killarney

Distance 19km • Approximate Walking Time 5 - 7 hours • Ascent (↑) 420m

A morning boat trip across the famous Lakes of Killarney with one of Kerry's foremost storytellers sets the scene for a fantastic tour. You are soon deep in the remote Black Valley, from where you will hike back to civilisation along an ancient track over the mountains. Stop off en-route at Muckross House & Gardens – the centrepiece of Killarney National Park.

DAY 3: Black Valley - Glencar

25km • 7 - 10 hours • (↑) 810m

Morning transfer to the Black Valley to continue your walk. Today, you are more likely to meet sheep than humans as you enter some of the most rugged countryside that Ireland has to offer. Two sharp ridges will get those leg muscles working overtime but, as ever, the views are worth it.

DAY 4: Glencar - Glenbeigh

13km/18km • 4 - 7 hours • (↑) 340m/410m

Enter the Caragh river valley before following a rough path through the enchanting Lickeen Forest. A track junction allows you to choose one of two routes around Seefin Mountain. Don’t worry, they’re both beautiful!

DAY 5: Glenbeigh - Foilmore

20km • 5 - 7 hours • (↑) 425/550m

You have the choice to visit the beautiful Rossbeigh Strand before an old coach path takes you around Drung Hill where you pass above the old railway viaduct - a reminder of old local trade routes. Descend into the Ferta River Valley and continue to Foilmore.

DAY 6: Foilmore - Waterville

22km • 6 - 8 hours • (↑) 850m

You don’t climb to any great height on today’s walk but nonetheless it may be one of the more demanding walks on your itinerary. One of Ireland’s most westerly towns, Waterville enjoys spectacular sunsets. Look out for the statue of Charlie Chaplin next to the beach.