Day 1 Arrival in Tralee
From your point of arrival, use the public transport information we provide to make the journey to Tralee.
Day 2 Tralee - Camp*11 Miles / 18 Km 5-7 Hrs 1310 ft / 400 Metres
Starting along a footpath next to the old Tralee Ship Canal, you soon pass Blennerville with its famous Windmill before climbing up the side of the Slieve Mish Mountains. From this vantage point, there are lovely views over the Atlantic Ocean. The trail now follows the rugged slopes of the mountain towards the small village of Camp.Although this walking tour as a whole is classed as 'Gentle', this particular hike is more 'Challenging'. Additionally, the condition on some sections of this hike can be quite muddy.
Day 3 Camp - Annascaul10.5 Miles / 17 Km 5-7 Hrs 1310 ft / 400 Metres
Today you follow the Emlagh River valley through the heart of the Dingle Peninsula and across to its southern shores. Treat yourself to an ice cream and a stroll along the magnificent beach at Inch Strand before continuing on to Annascaul – home to the South Pole Inn and legendary early 20th century Antarctic explorer, Tom Crean.
Day 4 Annascaul - Dingle Town (Daingean Uí Chúis)13-13.5 Miles / 20.5-22 Km 6-8 Hrs 1670 ft / 510 Metres
Quiet roads and farmland tracks guide you first back to the sea and past the ruins of the 16th century Minard Castle. You then pass the village of Lispole with the remains of the Lispole Railway Viaduct. From there, lower mountain slopes lead you to the popular Gaeltacht town of Dingle – renowned for its music, its culture and Fungi – a bottle-nosed dolphin that had been greeting visitors in Dingle Harbour from 1984 to 2020.Due to the distance and the ground conditions, parts of this particular hike can be more 'Challenging'. Where possible we have tried to make this section easier by shortening it or by offering route alternatives.
Day 5 Ventry (Ceann Trá) - Slea Head (Ceann Sléibhe) / Dunquin (Dún Chaoin)6-9.5 Miles / 11-15 Km 4-6 Hrs 820-1280 ft / 250-390 Metres
Complementary transfer to Ventry in the morning. Today’s hike is one of the highlights of the Dingle Way – an unforgettable trek that will transport you from modern Ireland to the ‘old country’. It offers a beautiful beach walk, coastal views, early Christian ‘Beehive Huts’, an Iron Age cliff fort, the much-photographed pier at Dunquin and stunning cliff-top vistas over the mystical Blasket Islands.
Day 6 Slea Head (Ceann Sléibhe) / Dunquin (Dún Chaoin) - Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh)8-10.5 Miles / 13-17 Km 4-6 Hrs 720-820 ft / 220-250 Metres
Delving ever deeper into the Gaeltacht, you continue along the Atlantic coastline. Along the way you pass the old coastal fort of Dún an Óir, with its dark history, as well as some of Ireland’s more picturesque and secluded beaches. All the while enjoying the marvellous views dominated by Sybil Point, the peaks of the Three Sisters, Smerwick Harbour and Mount Brandon, one of the highest Mountains in Ireland.
Day 7 Ballyferriter (Baile an Fheirtéaraigh) - Cuas (An Chlais)8.5-9.5 Miles / 14-15.5 Km 4-5 Hrs 560 ft / 170 Metres
The route from Ballyferriter to Cuas first continues along the beaches of Smerwick Harbour, with an optional detour to see the famous Gallarus Oratory, Ireland’s most iconic early Christian church, and then takes you along some of the finest cliff-top walks in the country. Stop for refreshments in the local pub on the coast, before the route guides you to the tiny townland of Cuas, with the imposing peak of Mount Brandon watching over your every step.
Day 8 Cuas (An Chlais) – Cloghane (An Clochán)Northern Route: Cuas (An Chlais) – Cloghane (An Clochán) 9.5-13.5 Miles / 15-22 Km 5-9 Hrs 2360-3280 ft / 720-1000 Metres Southern Route: Glin North (Na Gleannta Thuaidh) – Cloghane (An Clochán) 6.25 Miles / 10 Km 3-4 Hrs 1310 ft / 400 Metres
The climb over the shoulder of Masatiompan, a northern offshoot of Mount Brandon, is the steepest and highest ascent on the Dingle Way – but the views are unparalleled and make every last bit of effort expended worthwhile.
For those who find this hike a little daunting or for days with poor weather we also offer an easier ‘Southern Route’ option to Cloghane via an old mountain road with a less steep ascent and descent.With its ascent and the more mountainous terrain, this particular hike is more 'Challenging'. Where possible we have tried to make this section easier by shortening it or by offering route alternatives.
Day 9 Cloghane (An Clochán) - Scraggane Pier10 Miles / 16 Km 4-5 Hrs 330 ft / 100 Metres
Leaving Cloghane, you emerge onto magnificent Fermoyle Stand, the longest beach along the Wild Atlantic Way, which stretches for more than 10km along a narrow peninsula that juts out into the sea towards the Seven Hogs – a group of islands also known as the Magharees. Transfer to your B&B after your hike.
Day 10 Scraggane Pier - Camp13 Miles / 21 Km 5-7 Hrs 330 ft / 100 Metres
Transfer to Scraggane Pier in the morning. You will follow the eastern side of the peninsula through sand dunes and along long beaches past Castlegregory village and then along a varied coastline, with cliffs, beaches and small headlands, as far as Camp.This particular hike is a little longer than our usual gentle hikes.
Day 11 Camp - Tralee11.25 Miles / 18 Km 5-7 Hrs 1050 ft / 330 Metres
From Camp, you return to the track you walked on Day 2 which takes you along the side of the Slieve Mish Mountains to Blennerville – the site of Ireland’s largest windmill. A path beside the old Tralee Ship Canal then leads you back into Tralee.Due to the terrain this particular hike is more 'Challenging'. Additionally, the condition on some sections of this hike can be quite muddy.
Day 12 Departure from Tralee
There are regular bus and train services departing Tralee. We will be happy to provide you with further details upon request.
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