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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Ottsworld Tour: Hike the Kerry Approach in Eire with Me

You’ve possible heard of the Ring of Kerry – it’s thought of one of many best drives on this planet and it’s one of the crucial well-known locations in Eire.  Nevertheless – what should you might decelerate, and uncover the Ring of Kerry at a slower tempo?  From rugged cliffs to golden seashores, small villages, inexperienced pastures, peat bogs, and picturesque mountain ranges – you’ll hike and see the ‘actual’ Eire away from the crowds and roads with solely the sound of nature to accompany you.

In all of my journeys to Eire, I’ve but to sort out this problem – mountain climbing 122 miles across the total Ring of Kerry. Nevertheless – this coming Might 2024, I’m lastly taking it on! Nevertheless as a twist – I’m asking you to affix me on this epic Inn to Inn hike in Eire!

Kerry Way hike small group
Picture from Eire Stroll Hike Bike

This will likely be a real journey and a real problem. Usually after I supply Ottsworld Excursions, they’re itineraries that I’m actually acquainted with and have carried out earlier than, nevertheless, I’ve by no means carried out this hike, so we’ll each be experiencing it with a contemporary set of eyes and expectations. Plus, 122 miles over mountains and rugged terrain in 9 days isn’t any small feat…it’s one thing I’ll must plan and practice for!

That is my favourite kind of journey – a difficult journey and a brand new vacation spot! It’s the journey that you’ve got watched me do for years and years right here at Ottsworld – and now you get to return to expertise it with me! So if you’re on the lookout for one thing new to problem you, to stay up for, to fulfill new mates who’re all on this collectively – all within the backdrop of the tradition and panorama of Eire – then learn on.

Mountain climbing the Kerry Approach – Supported

I’ve tackled quite a lot of long-distance hikes in my travels; Camino de Santiago, Dolomites, Saint Olav’s Approach, Annapurna Circuit, Costa Brava Coastal Path, and the Kumano Kodo to call just a few. I like the problem of those long-distance hikes; the gradual tempo, the prospect to soak up nature and tradition, but nonetheless sleep in a pleasant mattress each evening and eat nice meals!

Get extra nice multi-day mountain climbing inspiration! Examine the entire thru-hikes I’ve carried out all over the world and why they’re all nice options to the Camino de Santiago.

I’ve all the time needed to do one among Eire’s well-known multi-day hikes – and I’m asking you to affix me on this Irish journey!

Every evening we’ll keep in a small native village or city, and benefit from the pubs, music, and environment of small-town Eire. Every day we’ll lace up our boots, and sort out the agricultural and rugged landscapes of Eire’s West Coast.

And we’ll make all of it the way in which across the peninsula on foot…collectively!

Eire Stroll Hike Bike

I’m working with a neighborhood firm, Eire Stroll Hike Bike, to run the journey. They’re consultants within the space and will likely be with us each step of the way in which! I’ve labored with them for the previous 5 years on creating customized excursions in Eire and am completely satisfied to proceed our relationship. They’ve unimaginable guides and can be sure that our each want it dealt with.

Overview, Prices, and Map

Dates: Might 1 – 11, 2024

Price: €2,600* (€435 single complement)

Kerry Way hiking map

This area was first settled round 300 BC by the folks of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe and this epic journey will immerse you in nearly 10,000 years of dramatic historical past.

Itinerary at a Look – 122 miles in 9 days

Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney In a single day Killarney
Day 2 – Killarney to Black Valley Hike (13.2miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 3 – Black Valley to Glencar Hike (10.9 miles) In a single day Glencar
Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh (13.2 Miles) In a single day Glenbeigh
Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen Hike (18.3 Miles) In a single day Cahersiveen
Day 6 – Cahersiveen to Waterville Hike ( 18.9 Miles) In a single day Waterville
Day 7- Waterville to Caherdaniel Hike (9 Miles) In a single day Caherdaniel
Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem Hike (10.8 Miles) In a single day Sneem
Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare Hike (21 Miles) In a single day Kenmare
Day 10 – Kenmore to Killarney Hike (6.5 Miles) In a single day Killarney
Day 11  – Depart Killarney

As I do with all of my Ottsworld Excursions, I will even supply images instruction for these of you who’re all for bettering your images (cellphone or digital camera). As well as, I will likely be taking images of the whole tour and every visitor will get a obtain of all pictures I take. So should you don’t wish to take photos – I’ll do it for you!

Kerry Way - Sneem

How you can Ebook This Tour

I’d like to speak to you first to reply any of your questions previous to your reserving. Subsequently comply with these steps to guide:

  1. Ship me an e-mail at [email protected] letting me find out about your curiosity. We’ll arrange a name to debate any questions you will have. This will likely be on a primary come first serve foundation – there are solely 11 spots obtainable on this tour.
  2. I’ll ship you a cost hyperlink to Eire Stroll Hike Bike’s Customized Tour type the place you may guide your deposit with them and safe your spot for this practice Ottsworld tour. A 300€ nonrefundable deposit is required to safe a spot.
  3. Fill out the customized tour type and you’ll want to put “Ottsworld Kerry Approach Tour” within the notes part.
  4. Last cost is due February 1, 2024 (90 Days previous to Might 1, 2024)

Cancellation Coverage and Price

  • Should you cancel greater than 90 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose the deposit quantity.
  • Should you cancel between 89 – 42 days earlier than beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 50% of the vacation value
  • Should you cancel lower than 42 days earlier than the beginning date of the vacation, you’ll lose 100% of the vacation value

I extremely suggest that you just get journey insurance coverage to cowl any dangers of cancellation. I usually use Allianz Journey Insurance coverage for my very own travels and it is vitally motive

Day by day Itinerary

That is thought of Inn to Inn supported mountain climbing. We’ll have a neighborhood information with us for the journey who will deal with the entire logistics – so all we have now to do is hike! They won’t solely transfer the bags so that each one we have now to hold is a day pack, however every day we can have two distance choices that we are able to hike. The itinerary consists of a lot of days of mountain climbing over 15 miles, subsequently if folks within the group wish to do a shorter distance they are going to have that choice. Observe – you will have to select both the complete distance or the shorter distance and our information will deal with all transportation.

Which means our information won’t be mountain climbing with us on the path, we will likely be on the path on our personal, however it’s effectively marked and every of us can have a GPS app from Eire Stroll Hike Bike that gained’t allow us to get misplaced! Nevertheless, our information will likely be with us within the mornings and evenings, and can fill us with the historical past of the Kerry Peninsula, Irish tradition, nice locations to eat, and tell us the place the very best pubs are!

Might 1st Day 1 – Arrive in Killarney 

Our Mountain climbing tour begins within the bustling personal of Killarney. Killarney is house to the spectacular Nationwide Park and the majestic Three Lakes of Killarney. We’ll meet our information at 5 pm this night for a tour briefing earlier than having fun with a scrumptious meal together with your fellow hikers in a neighborhood restaurant.

Included:  Dinner

Killarney Ireland

Might 2nd Day 2 – Killarney to the Black Valley 

Right now is all in regards to the lakes. Our route right now takes us alongside sections of the shores of all 3 of the well-known Lakes of Killarney, you’ll start in Killarney Nationwide Park after which comply with an outdated “mass path” alongside the shores of the Higher Lake to succeed in the Black Valley. 

We’ll then take a magical boat journey by means of the three lakes to return to Killarney for our in a single day.  

Included: Breakfast

Black Valley kerry Way
Black Valley

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.29 miles | Top achieve – 1614 ft | Top loss – 1598 ft | Max Top – 948 toes. Terrain: Mountain tracks and inexperienced roads. Will be moist underfoot – boots important. As a result of restricted lodging within the Black Valley – we’ll keep in Killarney once more on Day 2.

Day 1 Elevation

Might 3rd Day 3  – Black Valley to Glencar 

This morning we will likely be transferred again to the Black Valley to start our hike.  From the Black Valley we comply with a route overlooking a lake, then ascend to cross over a ‘saddle’ into the Bridia Valley.  We’ll Ascend one other saddle as soon as used for driving animals to markets.  The hike takes us into the foothills of McGillcuddy’s Reeks (Eire’s highest mountain vary) as we comply with by means of the wild magnificence of the Ring of Kerry. With views throughout to Carrauntohill Mountain, we proceed beside a river to succeed in the tiny hamlet of Glencar the place we’ll in a single day. 
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.87 Miles | Top achieve – 2693 ft. | Top loss – 2273 ft. | Max Top – 1256 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, grass and gravel tracks, open mountain, and bogland, could be moist underfoot. Boots important. 

DAy 2 Kerry Way elevation

Might 4th Day 4 – Glencar to Glenbeigh 

This can be a incredible stroll right now taking us over the gorgeous Blackstone’s Bridge, alongside the Caragh River and Valley.  We proceed round Seefin mountain which is carefully linked to Eire’s mythology. From right here you descend to the stunning village of Glenbeigh.  The views throughout Castlemaine Harbour and out west to Dingle Bay should be seen to be appreciated. Glenbeigh, as soon as a thriving Stage Coach cease is a village with immense character.  When you have extra power you may go to Rossbeigh Seaside which lies additional west.  In a single day in Glenbeigh.
Included: Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 13.23 Miles| Top achieve – 2077 ft. | Top loss – 2493 ft. | Max Top – 1112 ft. Terrain: Highway strolling, mountain rocky tracks, grass tracks, and forest paths. Boots important. 

Day 3 Kerry Way elevation

Might 5th Day 5 – Glenbeigh to Caherciveen 

Our hike takes us from simply exterior the city of Glenbeigh, alongside the northern shores of the peninsula, to the city of Cahersiveen.  This stroll follows an19th century Stage Coach route with spectacular views throughout to the Dingle Peninsula.  We’ll cross by means of outdated, abandoned villages which had been as soon as busy facilities of exercise, buying and selling with passengers on the outdated stagecoaches.  We comply with alongside little boreens and outdated farming trails right now to succeed in the city of Cahersiveen.  In a single day in Cahersiveen.
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way
Picture by Eire Stroll Hike Bike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.33 Miles | Top achieve – 1821 ft. | Top loss – 2110 ft. | Max Top – 1204 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 4 Kerry Way elevation

Might 6th Day 6 – Cahersiveen to  Waterville 

Following in a south-westerly path right now, we can have coastal views for a lot of our hike! This stroll takes us throughout the tip of the peninsula with views north over the Dingle Peninsula and west throughout the Atlantic Ocean.   We’ll possible meet some sheep on the excessive hills on our strategy to attain Waterville – one among Charlie Chaplin’s favourite haunts. In a single day in Waterville.

Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 18.9 Miles | Top achieve – 2694 ft. | Top loss – 2661 ft. | Max Top – 1299 ft. Terrain: Grass mountain tracks with some rocky sections. Gravel tracks and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 5 Kerry Way Elevation

Might 7th Day 7 – Waterville to Caherdaniel  

Right now’s hike takes us round probably the most westerly tip of the Ring of Kerry, overlooking the beautiful Derrynane Bay, the Beara Peninsula, and an abundance of islands. We’ll end your hike within the lovely village of Caherdaniel the place we in a single day.

Upon reaching Caherdaniel you’ll meet a neighborhood seaweed forager who will introduce you to this superb plant. You possibly can style totally different seaweeds and study in regards to the Irish seashore and what lies beneath the waves.  

Included:  Breakfast, Seaweed expertise

Kerry Way
Mountain climbing alongside the seaside – Kerry Approach

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 9 miles | Top achieve – 1102 ft. | Top loss – 997 ft. | Max Top –  807 ft. Terrain: Rocky and grass tracks, mountain tracks and bogland, and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 6 Kerry Way elevation

Might 8th Day 8 – Caherdaniel to Sneem  

We’ll study extra about Kerry’s Darkish Sky Reserve (one among solely a small variety of reserves worldwide) as we begin our hike out of Caherdaniel. Our route right now can have views throughout the Atlantic in addition to a chance to see historical ring forts. We’ll stroll in an easterly path alongside an outdated ‘butter highway to the colourful village of Sneem for our in a single day. 

Included: Breakfast

Kerry way hike

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 10.8 Miles | Top achieve – 1749 ft. | Top loss – 1795 ft. | Max Top – 741 ft. Terrain: Nation lanes, grass tracks, Rocky Mountains and a few highway strolling. Boots important. 

Day 7 Kerry Way elevation

Might 9th Day 9 – Sneem to Kenmare        

The heritage city of Kenmare is our purpose right now, as we comply with alongside the shores of the Kenmare River from Sneem. Starting with a brief drive from Sneem, our hike begins on farm tracks, goes throughout the open hillside, after which alongside the shores of Kenmare Bay. Lastly, we achieve top to get pleasure from wonderful views earlier than descending into Kenmare for our in a single day. 
Included:  Breakfast

Kerry Way Staigue Fort
Mountain climbing by means of historical past

Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 21 miles | Top achieve – 2405 ft. | Top loss – 2408 ft. | Max Top – 2405 ft. Terrain: Forest tracks, some highway strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important. 

DAy 8 Kerry way elevation

Might 10th Day 10 – Kenmare to Galways Bridge 

Right now begins with a go to to a neighborhood sheep farm. Meet some new child lambs and see how the shepherds work with the sheepdogs to manage their flock. 

Following time on the farm we will likely be transferred to the beginning of right now’s brief hike the place we full the circuit of the Kery Approach mountain climbing path! The route takes us alongside the Outdated Kenmare Highway, as soon as utilized by folks touring to markets. That is unspoiled wilderness seen solely by hikers, deer, and the hovering sea eagles that we could also be fortunate sufficient to see. 

On the finish of right now’s route, we will likely be transferred to Killarney for our last evening of celebration. Get pleasure from a scrumptious meal and some pints!  Look again and enjoy our epic journey by means of the wilds of County Kerry.  

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, Sheep Farm Expertise

Kerry Way

 Stroll Particulars: Approx. Distance – 6.5 Miles | Top achieve – 1191 ft. | Top loss – 1227 ft. | Max Top – 955 ft. Terrain: Rocky and gravel tracks, some highway strolling, mountain tracks, and nation lanes. Boots important.

DAy 9 kerry way elevation

Might 11th Day 11 – Depart from Killarney 

Your tour finishes this morning after breakfast (included).  You possibly can both make your means again to Dublin for a departure flight or keep additional days in Eire and discover by yourself! From Killarney, connections by bus and practice are frequent to Cork Limerick, Shannon, or Dublin.

How you can Get To/From Killarney

You’ll must arrive in Killarney on Might 1st by 5 PM as we can have our group assembly and dinner that evening earlier than we begin mountain climbing the following day.

There are a selection of the way to get to Killarney – bus, practice, aircraft – take a look at this entire record of transportation choices.

It’s fairly simple to guide your personal bus or practice shuttle to Killarney, nevertheless, should you’d relatively not, Eire Stroll Hike Bike can guide this for you. The price is an extra €12.50 to your last bill to cowl their administration prices for this service.

Close by Airports:

Dublin – 5-6 hours to Killarney
Shannon – 3-4 hours to Killarney
Cork – 1.5 hours to Killarney
Kerry (regional) – 20 to half-hour to Killarney

What’s Included

  • 10 nights keep in an en-suite room at small city B&Bs and visitor homes.
  • Scrumptious Full Irish breakfast every morning, and a couple of Dinners.
  • An skilled Irish information will accompany the group all through the vacation.
  • 2 mileage selections for every day.
  • Baggage Switch so that you solely have to hold a daypack.
  • Experiences as outlined within the itinerary: Seaweed expertise and Sheep Farm demonstration
  • Transfers to and from every day’s strolling areas if selecting to do shorter distances for the day, and all transport as outlined within the itinerary.
  • GPS Navigation app with factors of curiosity
  • Fundamental images instruction through the journey.
  • Entry to a full gallery of photographs (shot by me!) of the whole journey, which you should utilize for private functions.
  • Comradery of a small group who’re in it with you!
Irish Breakfast
Hearty Irish Breakfast

What’s Not Included:

  • Flights to/from Eire
  • Transportation to/from Killarney for arrival and departure
  • Journey Insurance coverage
  • Some dinners and all lunches
  • Private drinks
  • Medical prices
  • Gratuities

Who Ought to Take into account This Tour?

  • People who find themselves skilled hikers who’ve educated for these distances and may hike a number of days in a row on uneven terrain and inclement climate.
  • Individuals who wish to discover lesser-known locations, and be adventurous and lively.
  • People who find themselves versatile.  You have to be prepared to exhibit flexibility, as itineraries could change as a result of climate, and it helps in case you have a ‘prepared to attempt new issues’ angle.
  • Individuals who don’t thoughts mountain climbing within the rain and benefit from the pleasure of inclement climate – it’s Eire in any case.
  • Individuals who can pee out in nature and depart no hint. 🙂

Should you’ve by no means carried out a multi-day hike like this earlier than and wish to attempt it, it is a nice alternative as you’ll be with a gaggle of like-minded folks, we’ll have a information to assist us, and you’ve got loads of time to coach in order that you may be ready! And should you need assistance coaching – I’ve an answer for that too!

Photographs of the Area

I’ve really pushed the Ring of Kerry just a few instances, so I’ve gathered just a few pictures of the area to offer you an concept of what to anticipate.

What are you ready for – the path is looking!

Hike the Kerry Way in Ireland

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