Trip Type : Group Tour
Wonderful Nature View of Killarney National Park, Ireland

Hiking The Ring of Kerry Mountains

Wilderness Ireland
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
7 days
From: $ 1,775 $ 254 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Summit two of Irelands highest peaks, Mount Brandon and Carrantuohill, part of the Ring of Kerry mountains
  • Listen to live traditional music and eat the best of food while staying in authentic accommodations
  • Explore Traverse Ireland’s southwest peninsulas of Dingle
  • Discover Iveragh in the majestic Kingdom of Kerry

Short Description

Ireland’s most acclaimed region, Kerry’s incredible scenery, soaring mountains and fantastic people form a perfect backdrop to an exciting Ring of Kerry hiking tour in Ireland’s sunny southwest. On this Ring of Kerry hiking adventure, we’ll summit two of the highest mountains in Ireland, hike along white sand beaches, travel forgotten pilgrimage paths and take in wild ocean views.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Killarney
End City Tralee

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

United Kingdom Ireland

Activities

Hiking

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Trip Includes

  • 6 nights accommodation in unique and cosy guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable hiking guide/driver throughout
  • Pickup and transport throughout the trip, starting and finishing in Killarney
  • 6 days of hiking among the majestic mountains of Ireland’s southwest
  • Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary

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Itinerary

Day 1: Killarney National Park

Meals: Dinner

Distance 5 miles/8.5km, 4hrs*

Starting in the bustling town of Killarney, we’ll set off to explore the backcountry of Killarney National Park where the Ring of Kerry hiking will begin. Hiking the wilder sections of the famed Kerry Way, we’ll meander quiet forests, drink in breath-taking panoramic vistas, keep an eye out for Killarney’s red deer and listen to the trickle of mountain streams. In the evening, head back to Killarney for a chance to tap your foot to some traditional Irish pub music!

Day 2: The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Distance 8.5 miles/13km, 6-7hrs*

The Macgillycuddy Reeks is Ireland’s premier mountain range, containing eight of the country’s highest peaks – excellent for hiking. Today, we’ll take on some of the less-travelled mountain regions, exploring parts of the Ring of Kerry largely missed by most visitors to Kerry. Our descent offers stunning views across the gorgeous valley at Hag’s Glen with its series of glacial lakes and distant peaks. Keep an eye out for nesting golden eagles as we hike!

Day 3: Above Molls Gap

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Distance 8.5 miles/14 km, 7hrs*

Moll’s Gap is best known for the views of the hills beyond the Molls Gap mountain pass. Today, we’ll traverse a rugged ridge line connecting four hills to the west. This rarely-travelled route enjoys panoramic views across to the Macgillycuddy Reeks even more beautiful than the more travelled areas to the north – with the added bonus of vistas south towards Kenmare Bay. The best part is you’ll get the views to yourself!

Day 4: Corrán Tuathail Mountain

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Distance 8.7 miles/14km, 7hrs*

Corrán Tuathail (also known as Carrantuohill) is Ireland’s highest peak and a jewel in the crown of our Ring of Kerry hiking tour. At 1,040m, its jagged summit presents an enticing challenge for today! There are many paths to the summit: the cliff-sides of O’Shea’s Gully or the aptly named Devil’s Ladder are just two of the options. As we hike, we’ll take time to enjoy the wild flowers, spot raptors soaring on the mountain thermals and look out for Irish mountain hares.

Day 5: Legends of Anscaul on the Dingle Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Distance 6 miles/10km, 4-5hrs*

Today’s hike in the heart of the Dingle Peninsula follows in the footsteps of  the mythological Irish hero Cuchulainn who, according to legend, fought a giant by hurling fiery boulders to a nearby summit. Today’s hike finishes at the South Pole Inn, the family pub of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who made attempts at the South Pole with both Scott and Shackleton.

Day 6: Mount Brandon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Distance 8 miles/13km, 7hrs*

Today’s challenge is one of Ireland’s highest mountains. Named after St. Brendan the Navigator, the saint is said to have viewed “The Promised Land” from the summit of Mount Brandon, inspiring his legendary seven year “Voyage of St Brendan.” Not familiar with St. Brendan or his voyage? Ask your guide about it during the hike! We’ll follow the road less travelled to the summit for stunning views of Brandon Bay, followed by a breathtaking hike along a ridge and a final descent to Conor’s Pass. Spend the evening in Dingle town, one of the strongest bastions of traditional Irish music. Join the locals in a cheery pub for some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ (fun, music and dance) to mark our last night together on the Ring of Kerry!

Day 7: Departure

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the group and the Ring of Kerry and depart our accommodation for Tralee Train Station, where you can begin your journey home. There are regular train connections to Dublin from Tralee. Learn more about travel in Ireland here.

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Flights & Transport

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Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • Luxurious, old-world parlour
  • Charming, antique library
  • All decked out for a feast!
  • Upscale dining in Co. Kerry
  • Classic bedroom in the heart of Co. Kerry
  • Lamplit bedside in snug Kerry hotel

While visiting this well-travelled peninsula, stay in out-of-the-way places known for their comfort, charm and singularity. Wilderness Ireland’s Ring of Kerry Hiking Tour features accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. More than just a place to sleep, your accommodations play an active role in your Irish experience! All accommodations provide breakfast.

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of $297 but this is subject to availability.

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation must be notified in writing by the person who made the booking. If you cancel your holiday:

a) more than 56 days prior to the start of your holiday, you will only be charged your deposit plus any insurance premium paid.

b) between 56 and 30 days, you will be charged 50% of the holiday cost plus any insurance premium paid.

c) less than 30 days before the start of your holiday or on or after the commencement of the holiday, you must pay the full holiday price plus any insurance premium paid.

Note: We appreciate that wholly unforeseen events may result in cancellation. We therefore strongly advise you to take out insurance against irrecoverable cancellation cost (see Point 8 below). You will be advised of the exact amount of any cancellation charge prior to the cancellation being finalised.

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