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Independent Tour: DIngle way 8-day

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Ireland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: March - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 549 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 549 Euro (EUR)

You will encounter an array of archaeological monuments dating back from the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC. Standing stones; Ogham Stones and a multitude of beehive huts; evidence to its rich culture of a bygone age. The warm Gulf Stream reaches out to the peninsula allowing it to display a wonderful combination of wild flowers. Lush green pastures sweep down from the heather-clad mountains above to reach a wild and rugged Atlantic Coastline. All combined to make this land a world all to itself. The National Geographic Traveler has described it as "the most beautiful place on earth".

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Tralee. You have the option to arrive at Dublin or Shannon Airport and take a bus or train to Tralee. We will supply you with the necessary timetables and information to get you safely to your first accommodation. Tralee is Ireland's newest visitor destination; better known as the capital of Kerry and the Gateway to the Dingle Peninsula.

Day 2: Camp to Anascaul. Transfer to Camp for the start of your first walk. This walk takes you cross the hub of the Dingle Peninsula. Following a "Boirín" a Gaelic word meaning small road; that leads you to a col between Corrin and Knockbrack Hills to reach a height of 235m, 705Ft. From here you will have some remarkable views of Baurtregaum Mountain; which is the highest mountain in the Slieve Mish range and an impressive megalithic fort that sits on the edge on Caherconree Mountain. From here the trail descends gently downwards and eventually offers you some spectacular views across the wildlife sanctuary of lnch Beach. It was here that some of the famous "Ryan's Daughter" movie was filmed. Overnight in Anascaul.
Distance: 17km: 11.6 miles Height gain: 350m; 1050ft.

Day 3: Anascaul to Dingle. From Anascaul the trail takes you west to the town of Dingle, along a series of minor roads that meander around the surrounding countryside and open mountains. You will have a chance to visit the magnificent ruin of the 16th century Minard Castle and stop of for lunch in the beautiful village of Lispole. From Lispole the trail takes you northwest back towards the spine of the Dingle Peninsula. From here the views over Dingle Bay are simply awe-inspiring. Overnight in Dingle.
Distance: 22km; 13.7 miles: Height gain: 430m; 1290ft.

Day 4: Dingle (Rest day). Officially this is your rest day, but we will give you some options of things to do like: take a boot trip and swim with the famous dolphin "Fungi" or take a half-day historical bus-tour around the area. The town is distinguished for its restaurants, most of which offer you an excellent choice of local seafood. There is a large variety of pubs; 52 licensed premises to be exact. Traditional Irish music is played every night in many of the pubs around the town.

Day 5: Dingle to Dunquin. The trail from Dingle takes you further westwards through the village of Ventry and onto the golden sandy beach of Ventry Harbour. A country lane leads you on to the medieval roads of Slea Head. This area is dotted with a multitude of Clochans or more commonly known as beehive huts which date back to the Mesolithic Period of around 6000 BC. As your trail bends north around Slea Head you will also have some stunning views back over the great Blasket Island and your final view of Dingle Bay. Overnight in Dunquin.
Distance: 20 km: 12.5 miles. Height gain: 310m; 930ft.

Day 6: Dunquin to Ballycurrane. Once again another superb section of the trail; which takes you north along the western-foot of the peninsula; by Ferriters Cove and the rugged sea-cliffs of the Three Sisters. From here the trail swings east to take you along by the sandy beaches on Smerwick Harbour. Your day finishes in the village of Ballycurrane. Overnight in Ballycurrane.
Distance: 22Km: 13.75 miles. Height gain: 170m; 510Ft.

Day 7: Ballycurrane to Cloghane. This is one of the most remote sections of the Dingle Way; offering you a combination of history and breathtaking scenery. The trail follows a green road that crosses the shoulder of one of Ireland's highest mountains "Mount Brandon" standing at 952Mtrs. Passes a standing stone that dates back over 3.500 years, which still displays the symbols of Ogham Writing. Crosses over an area of blanket bog where turf is still harvested in the traditional ways of our forefathers. Finishing in the quiet village of Cloghane, that lies in the shadow of Mount Brandon. Overnight in Cloghane.
Distance: 21Km: 13 mile: Height gain: 670; 2010Ft.

Day 8: After breakfast you will take a taxi or bus to Tralee.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 7 nights B&B
- All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guest houses with all rooms en-suite
- Breakfast is supplied each day
- Maps and all route details
- All transport where/if required within the tour Luggage Transfers daily while you walk
- All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
- Full back up service should you require it while on the tour

Supplier Information
Location: Ireland
Joined InfoHub: Nov 2007
Client Request Served: 200

Christopher Stacey is well acquainted with the mountains in all their moods. Having worked in forestry harvesting for most of his life, Christopher wished to share his love of nature and the richness of the traditional ways of his childhood. More recently, he has completed the BOS Mountain Leader course, which covers...

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