12-Day DINGLE WAY ESCORTED WALK - Ireland


DINGLE WAY WALK: Ireland

Starting and finishing in Tralee - the colourful capital of County Kerry, The Dingle Way is a 153 km circuit walk through this enchanting and spectacular corner of Ireland.

ESCORTED/HOSTED GROUP TRIP
July 25, 2018

TRIP LENGTH: 12 Days/11 Nights - GROUP SIZE: Maximum 12  - MEALS: 2 Dinners. 11 Breakfasts

TRIP GRADE: Easy - Moderate - OTHER: Daily luggage transfer

FROM PRICE:
 
GBP 1,550 per person, twin share - SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: GBP 650

DEPOSIT: AUD 700


OVERVIEW

Situated in the south-west of Ireland, the spectacular Dingle Peninsula stretches westwards into the Atlantic Ocean, with a mountain range as its spine. The Dingle Peninsula combines everything that is legendary about Ireland: a wild and remote coastline, rugged mountains and abundant reminders of Ireland's rich history and culture.

The Dingle Way makes a circuit of this enchanting corner of Ireland, starting and finishing in the colourful town of Tralee, the Capital of Kerry. Our itinerary is a 153 km walk and follows old tracks, mountain trails and green roads, often along the foothills of the mountains. At almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Dingle Peninsula is liberally scattered with links to the history and legend of ancient Ireland. This rich archaeological heritage, local Irish folklore and mythology combine with the open warmth, friendliness and hospitality of the local people to make a visit to the Dingle Peninsula a truly memorable and unique experience.

Most of the walk is at low levels, however there is one lengthy ascent over a pass beneath Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest mountain.

ACCOMMODATION



Accommodation is a combination of carefully selected Bed & Breakfast Guest Houses, Inns and Hotels with en-suite facilities.  

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Day 1/Night 1 - July 25, 2018
Arrival Day Tralee

Arrive in Tralee and spend the evening at your first nights’ accommodation.

Day 2/Night 2
Camp
17 km

The Dingle Way starts and finishes in the busy market town of Tralee beside the Kerry County Museum. The first day's walking is along the lower slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains, with glorious views over Tralee Bay, past early Christian ruins and pagan sites to the village of Camp, the gateway to the Dingle Peninsula.

Day 3/Night 3
Annascaul 17 km

A gradual ascent from Camp leads you along small roads and farm tracks lined with fuschia, skirting Moanlaur and the Slive Mish mountains. Descending through woodland you rise to a saddle and with a view across Dingle Bay you may see the peaks of the MacGillycuddy Reeks in the distance, Ireland's highest mountains at the centre of the Ring of Kerry. A gentle walk brings you down toward the wildlife sanctuary of Inch Strand and then along further easy paths to the picturesque village of Annascaul.

Day 4/Night 4
Dingle 19 km

Leaving Annascaul, passing lovely Annascaul Lake, you skirt Acres Hill to the remains of 16th century Minard Castle before turning inland again to the railway village of Lispole. All the way you are within scent of the seas of Dingle Bay and encircled by the Kerry Mountains. From Lispole, the Way climbs An Cnoc Maol Mor and descends following the old green road into Dingle town, which is steeped in Irish culture and music and where the locals still speak in the native (Gaelic) tongue.

Day 5/Night 5
Dingle EXTRA DAY

An extra day in Dingle to enjoy this thriving little fishing port and harbour and enjoy some of the excellent Irish music found in many of the pubs throughout the summer. Other activities
• Visit the Dingle Aquarium
• Boat trip to meet and swim with 'Fungi', Dingle's resident dolphin
• Visit some of Dingle's 52 pubs, craft shops, tea houses, book shops & restaurants
• Boat trip to the Blasket Islands

Day 6/Night 6
Dunquin 19 km

This day’s section of the Dingle Way is spectacular, taking you via the glorious sweep of Ventry Beach and along the slopes of Mount Eagle to Slea Head. This stretch is famous for its concentration of archaeological sites. Each hour is filled with new sites – you pass the early Christian beehive huts at Fahan and promontory forts.

Behind are views of Ventry Harbour and south to the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead the route opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. This is the most westerly point in Europe, with nothing in-between you and North America.

Day 7/Night 7
Cuas 15km or 24 km 

This leg of the Dingle Way takes you north along the Atlantic Cliffs where you enjoy a great, bracing days walking along coastal paths. A visit to the Blasket Islands Interpretative Centre is recommended before setting off - the centre illustrates the harshness of life on the islands, until the last inhabitants resettled to the mainland in 1953.
The route from Dunquin follows the coast to Clogher and on to the fort of Dún an Óir, the scene of a notorious massacre, situated on Smerwick harbour . This sheltered bay is dominated by the jagged peaks of Sybil Head, the Three Sisters and Ballydavid Head. Coming out on to the beautiful sands of Béal Bán strand you follow the beach to Wine Strand all the way to Murreagh and on through the tiny fishing village of Ballydavid to Cuas village.

Day 8/Night 8
Cloghane17 km

Leaving Cuas, you commence the ascent of Brandon Head climbing alongside the steep cliffs to a height of approximately 700m. This is one of the most remote sections of the whole walk which offers a combination of history and breath-taking views.
You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Today's hike takes you up to the saddle of Mas an Tiompain (the Pass of the Drum) and below Mount Brandon, Ireland's 9th highest mountain at 950m. The scenery is superb and the descent to Cloghane is nothing short of thrilling on a clear day, and a well-earned respite is available in the village!


Day 9/Night 9
Castlegregory 14 km

Today’s walk is substantially a beach walk, along the splendid strands of the northern side of the Dingle Peninsula. Back at sea level the route follows the coast around the Castlegregory promontory via the surfing beaches of Brandon and Scraggane Bay to the limestone Isles of Magharee. It passes by the fishing harbour and ends in Castlegregory, a traditional village serving the area.

Day 10/Night 10
Castlegregory 16 km

Today’s walk takes you back to Tralee, along the northern coast of the Dingle Peninsula, once again partly on beach, with the last stretch along the slopes of the Slieve Mish Mountains.

Day 11/Night 11
Tralee 10 km

Enjoy the superb coastal route and immense views along Tralee Bay, before your transfer to Tralee where you spend the final night of your walk.

Day 12 - August 5, 2018
Tralee

The trip finishes today after breakfast.

Wandering the World hope you have had a journey of a lifetime and welcome your choice to wander with us again.

 

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