Headwater - Mystical Walking on the Kerry Way

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Explore the fantastic views of the unspoilt landscapes of Ireland's Kerry Way.

Nestled in the south-west corner of Ireland, you'll spot contrastingly beautiful landscapes at every turn. From rugged cliffs to some of Europe's finest golden beaches, small friendly villages and velvety green fields to picturesque mountain ranges.

Highlights
* Peaceful, beautiful walks in the south-west corner of Ireland * Killarney National Park: Ireland's oldest protected wilderness with Ireland's only herd of wild red deer * Panoramic views of glistening lakes and rugged mountains * A million shades of green as the road follows the contours of the land * 10,000 years of dramatic Celtic history
Food

All breakfasts included. Irish food is not exactly famous, but what you will find is extremely good ingredients used to create basic and classic dishes, both Kerry beef and Kerry lamb, are certainly well known all over Ireland and further afield. You will see rack of lamb, lamb stew and shepherd’s pie, in most places. The county’s other basket is the Atlantic Ocean, and its rivers and loughs. Sea bream and Sea Bass are popular.Trout and Salmon can be served in many different ways, and there is an abundance of shell fish, local chowders are excellent and look out for crab gratin. Wine is readily available but of course one of the symbols of Ireland is Guinness, and we can say from experience that it tastes better in Ireland, but if have a thirst after a long walk, beware the Guinness is not poured quickly, many might say there is a certain amount of time you need to leave after filling the glass halfway up the harp. However it should be left until you see a vivid distinction between the dark body and the creamy white head. Only then can the rest of the glass be filled. Learning from the locals, you should order your second pint before you have finished your first! Craft beer is making a name for itself in Ireland and there are some excellent local ones. Then there is the Irish whiskey, the famous one being Bushmills and Jameson’s, and there are many local whiskies for you to try, the Dingle distillery produces a good whiskey and an excellent gin.

Profile
* 7 Nights, hotel-to-hotel * 6 days walking * Departs Every 2 days from 1 Apr '18 to 24 Oct '18 * Route notes and maps provided  * Luggage transfers between hotels * Walking transfers
Destinations
  • United Kingdom
  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Walking & Trekking
  • Walking
  • Winter
  • New Walking Holidays
  • Singles
Day 1

Check into your B&B and then explore the town, choosing from one of its many restaurants for dinner or enjoying some live music. *(Staying at Killarney Lodge)*



Day 2

You'll get dropped off at Muckross House to start your walk. From here you'll follow a road around the lake leading to Ireland's second highest waterfall, Torc Waterfall, before climbing on the old Kenmare road, cutting through the mountains. Keep your eye out for red deer. Crossing Windy Gap, you'll enjoy wonderful views of Kenmare Bay, before a down and up into the lively village of Kenmare, St Finian's Holy Well, located in the old part, is said to contain healing properties.* (Staying at The Lodge at Kenmare)*



Day 3

After a transfer to the tiny hamlet of Templenoe, you'll follow a series of forest tracks passing C19 Dromore Castle to arrive on a beautiful trail along the shores of Kenmare Bay. After crossing Blackwater Bridge you'll climb to a low plateau with superb views, where you'll see fields of sheep and small lakes, and the pretty church of Tahilla. Walking along a farm trail to the outskirts of Sneem, you'll meet the Ring of Kerry road, cross it and follow an old boreen up and down into the village. If you prefer to do the longer day there is no transfer and you walk from the Lodge, picking up the Kerry Way in Sneem. *(Staying at the Coomassig View B&B)*



Day 4

A shorter day today, offering an insight into the farming lifestyle as you pass through a series of farms, fields full of sheep and friendly farmers who are only too happy to stop and chat. Following an old 'butter road', you'll admire the ruins of Kilcrohane Church and watch the landscape become more rugged as you climb to enjoy stunning views down to the Wild Atlantic coast. you'll then descend into the little village of Caherdaniel, once home to the famous Irish liberator, Daniel O'Connell. Perhaps grab a drink in Freddie's Bar whilst waiting for your transfer to Waterville (20mins), where you stay for the next two nights.*(Staying at Klondyke House B&B)*



Day 5

After a transfer back to Caherdaniel, a short but scenic walk takes you on country roads to a track that provides amazing views of the beach and leads through one of Ireland's oldest natural woodland with oak, ash, holly and birch trees. Once out of the woods you'll climb to be rewarded with wonderful views over Ballinskelligs Bay, passing ancient burial grounds. Before following the old 'butter road' back to Waterville, you'll pass the statue of Charlie Chaplin, who liked to fish here. *(Staying at Klondyke House B&B)*



Day 6

We'll take you to Mastergeehy to start your walk - or you can walk the whole way if you would like on a sunny day when the views are tremendous. From here you'll follow country lanes and climb up to a lovely plateau giving 360°ree; views over the coast and inland. Another drop and climb leads you to the town of Cahersiveen where you can enjoy a drink before heading to your B&B. If you prefer you can walk from the hotel, it is a lovely walk with views of Lough Currane, to arrive at Mastergeehy. *(Staying at Cul Draiochta B&B)*



Day 7

After a transfer to Deelis Bridge, you'll pick up an old C17 'stage coach' mountain trail, passing the ruins of old Kells village and a panoramic view of the old railway viaduct, soon to be a cycle greenway. After walking across Windy Gap you'll be met with gorgeous views of the Dingle Peninsula with Rossbeigh Strand and Inch Beach, famous for the film, Ryan's Daughter. You'll finish with a forest trail through the fairy woods to Glenbeigh for your last night, staying at the historic Towers Hotel, where the cast of Ryan's Daughter stayed.* (Staying at The Towers Hotel)*



Day 8

We take you to Killarney Station for your onward journey, or perhaps enjoy extra nights in Killarney to finish your trip.



* All breakfasts * GPS Device  * Route maps * Luggage Transfers


Walking in Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and doing a walking trip is one of the best ways to see it. This trip gets you well away from the tour coaches that take over the roads of this area and you will see a different side of the country you might not experience even if driving it yourself. The 6 days of walking takes in most of the Kerry Way and the tracks take you through national parks, farmland and along coastal paths. Staying at B&Bs in little towns, this trip gives you a taste of true Irish hospitality.

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