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
Note: Although this walking tour as a whole is classed as 'Moderate', this particular hike is 'Challenging'. Due to the remote nature of the region, there was no easy way for us to make this hike shorter for you. The incredible views will be your reward!
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 more than 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 • (↑) 425m
An old coach path takes you around Drung Hill to a 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.
DAY 7: Waterville - Caherdaniel - Option 1
13km • 3 - 4 hours • (↑) 350m
Hallelujah! After several days of hiking, your feet may just decide that this short walk is exactly what the doctor ordered. With the Atlantic Ocean to your right and Lough Currane to the left, this is one of Ireland's most beautiful coastal walks. Overnight in Waterville.
DAY 7: Waterville - Caherdaniel - Option 2
28km • 7 - 10 hours • (↑) 960m
If you are still feeling sufficiently energetic, this majestic route will both test your resolve and fully repay your efforts. After climbing to Windy Gap, the highest point on the Kerry Way, a gentle descent into Caherdaniel gives you ample time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Overnight in Waterville.
DAY 8: Departure from Waterville
There is a regular bus service from Waterville to Killarney (except on Sundays from Sept to June). From Killarney, continue on to Dublin, Cork or Limerick by bus or by train. Full details provided upon booking.