Day 1: Travel to 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: Tralee to Camp. An excellent start to your holiday, the way offers some superb views of Tralee and coastline. Traverses along the flanks of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Takes you through an old deserted village and ruined church.
Distance: 17.5 km/11 miles
Ascent: 200 m/600 ft.
Day 3: 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 235Mtrs.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.
Distance: 17km/11.6 miles
Ascent: 350 m/1050 ft
Day 4: 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.
Distance: 22km/13.7 miles
Ascent: 430 m/1290 ft.
Day 5: 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 6: 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.
Distance: 20 km/12.5 miles
Ascent: 310 m/930 ft.
Day 7: Dunquin to Ballydavid. 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.
Distance: 16 km/10 miles
Ascent: 180 m/540 ft.
Day 8: Ballydavid 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.
Distance: 19 km/13 miles
Ascent: 670 m/2010 ft.
Day 9: Cloghane to Castlegregory. A long but not a demanding day, dominated by Irelands longest beach, with fantastic views of both sea and mountains and the off shore Maharees Islands. Local birds include seabirds (several species of seagull, shags, cormorants, gannets to name but a few), larks, starlings, curlews, crows, ravens, garden birds such as sparrows, robins and finches, and wading birds such as the heron. The swallow is a frequent visitor in the summer months, all to be seen on this walk.
Distance: 29 km/18 miles
Ascent: 40m/120 ft.
Day 10: Castlegregory to Camp and depart. After a final beach walk the way winds inland back to Camp. It’s not a long day but interesting and a good section to wind down your holiday. The afternoon takes you back to Limerick via public transport from Camp.
Distance: 11 km/7 miles
Ascent: 50m/150 ft.
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