This holiday sets about answering some of those questions and your local guide will help you to explore & engage with the healing energies of these ancient sites from Celtic & early Christian times.
Kerry and West Cork is a veritable open air temple of these hidden treasures, it is our pleasure to introduce you to a Walking Holiday with a difference. Following in the footsteps of our early druids & healers each day we explore a new region, enjoying some glorious walks & reaching our prized historical remains. There, explanations & interpretations join together to create an enchantment that will stay with you long after your holiday is over. Many questions may still remain with you after this extraordinary holiday – but you will leave with a far greater knowledge & understanding of how these sites came to be so prized & well known way beyond their Irish shores.
Day 1: Arrive to Killarney town – once called Kill Airne – the Church of the Sloe (berries). An evening together to chat about the coming week – your hopes & dreams will set us all in a “mindset” perfect for your holiday. Dinner & overnight in Killarney.
Day 2: A short drive to the largest of the famous Lakes of Killarney is where our first day starts as we set off by boat to the glorious Inisfallen Island – once a university for many of our early saints & scholars. After lunch we continue on to the heritage town of Kenmare to visit a prized Stone Circle set in one of the most dramatic landscapes of the region. Return to Killarney for dinner & overnight. Walk Details: Distance – 8 kms; Highest Point on walk 150 m. Description of terrain – Some wet & muddy stretches – walking boots advisable.
Day 3: The Dingle Peninsula has the greatest wealth of pre-historic remains in all of Ireland. As we walk part of the “Cosán na Naomh” route – your guide will explain why. Visiting some of the wonderful sites along the way such as the famous Gallarus oratory we return to Killarney for our dinner & overnight. Walk Info: Distance 12 kms; Highest Point 250 m; Aprx Duration of walk 4 hours. Description of terrain – Some beach & road walking. Cross-country with stoney & muddy sections – boots essential.
Day 4: Skellig Michael is probably the most famous early Christian site in Europe. Now a UNESCO World heritage Site – the 6th Century monastic remains have to be one of the most spiritual places you can visit. If weather does not permit our journey there – we will stay on land – discovering the delights of Ballinskelligs, Derrynane & Staigue Fort – all on the spectacular Ring of Kerry route. We return to Killarney for Dinner and overnight. Walk Info: Distance 10 kms; Highest Point; 250 m; Aprx Duration of walk 3 hours. Description of terrain – The alternative walk is across wet & muddy ground. Boots essential.
Day 5: We begin our adventure into Cork by visiting the home of St. Gobnait, the spiritual mother of Ballyvourney, followed by a walk in the captivating Gougane Barra landscape taking in a visit to the oratory of St. Finbarr. Dinner and overnight in the bustling market town of Bantry and enjoy an evening sun set over Bantry Bay. Walk Info: Distance 10 km; Highest Point 500 m; Aprx Duration of walk 4 hours. Description of terrain Open mountain, wet, muddy & stoney at times. Boots essential.
Day 6: Today we venture forth into the wild and rugged landscape of the Beara Peninsula, take the ferry to Bere Island where a tangible sense of the past is ever present. Here we enjoy a walk that helps us to reconnect to the ancient heritage of this enigmatic island and its people. We return to Bantry for dinner and overnight. Walk Details: Distance 8 km; Highest Point 200 m; Aprx Duration of walk 3 hours; Description of terrain Grassy tracks, some road & uneven surfaces. Boots essential.
Day 7: This morning we have an optional walk on Sheeps Head/Whiddy Island or take in the colourful local Market in Bantry town. This afternoon we make our final pilgrimage to the hallowed ground of “The Druid’s Altar” and tonight we enjoy our farewell evening meal together in Bantry. Walk Details: Distance 6 km; Highest Point 200 m; Aprx Duration of walk 2 hours. Description of terrain Grassy tracks, some road & uneven surfaces. Boots essential.
Day 8: Departure after breakfast.
Single Room Supplement: 8-day €295.
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