Your Kerry Camino Hike takes you from the town made famous by the Rose of Tralee. You are taken along the southern shores of the Peninsula to Annascaul and then to Dingle town itself. Here the rich tradition of music and culture and as a result will leave your heart bouncing & your feet tapping. You continue your journey to the western reaches of Slea Head, overlooking the magnificent Blasket Islands. Along the way, your company will be Mother Nature herself, along with a few herds of sheep or goats.
The most famous “Camino” in the world – is St. James’ Way or the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. The most beautiful “Camino” is in Kerry with stunning landscapes & breath-taking views across the Wild Atlantic Way. The Kerry Camino is a wonderful Pilgrim Route along the Dingle Peninsula. It is originally thought to have been used by St. Brendan in the 6th Century.
At almost every turn on the Kerry Camino, there are breathtaking views enhanced by the sounds of the Wild Atlantic lapping or crashing against this ancient shoreline. As a result you will be enchanted by the awesome scenery and historic preservation that this region has to offer. This is a land that will fill you with energy, wonder & beauty as you hike right to the western tip of this peninsula looking across the Atlantic Ocean to the “next Parish” – America. The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is still to this day a stronghold of the Irish language and many traditions and customs have been preserved here along with our native language – Gaelic.
Day 1: Arrive in Tralee - the administrative capital of County Kerry. On arrival at your first guesthouse, your hostess will give you your full detailed information pack. She will also be able to suggest some of the many local restaurants or pubs for food and possibly music.
Access for this holiday can be from Kerry, Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Tralee all year round.
Day 2: Tralee to Camp - Leave your guesthouse, and walk from there along back country roads to join the Dingle Way. You follow this route under the Slieve Mish Mountains before joining what was once an old road to Dingle. Passing a fascinating 12th century oratory, you then continue to the village of Camp.
Walk Details: Distance: 18kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 250m. Rocky and muddy mountain and grass tracks. Can be wet underfoot – boots essential.
Day 3: Camp to Annascaul - Walk from Camp to the lively little village of Annascaul. This walk takes you through a fascinating area of bog where many people still come to cut their winter fuel. Crossing to the south side of the peninsula, you arrive at the magnificent Inch Beach, before continuing inland to Annascaul village for your overnight stop.
Walk Details: Distance: 17kms. Duration: 5 hours. Max. Height: 200m. Road walking on quiet back country roads, then onto grassy tracks and finishing on road. Boots recommended.
Day 4: Annascaul to Dingle - Leaving the village of Annascaul, you head for the town of Dingle. The route passes through Minard, with its 16th century castle, and the village of Lispole. It then takes old, narrow country lanes through Lisdargan and Ballingarraun before joining the old military road below the Connor Pass, and on into Dingle. Overnight in Dingle.
Walk Details: Distance: 20kms. Duration: 6 hours. Max. Height: 300m. Country lanes, grass tracks and some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 5: Dingle to Dunquin - Your route today starts just outside Dingle, passing the Early Christian site of Kilcolman and continuing to the glorious sweep of Ventry beach. From here it takes you on a beautiful and very historic walk around Slea Head, finishing Dunquin. This walk offers an opportunity to see ‘beehive huts’ at close quarters, and also a full view of the Blasket Islands. Overnight in Dingle.
Walk Details: Distance: 19kms. Duration: 5.5 hours. Max. Height: 350m. Rocky and grass tracks, beach walking and some road walking. Boots essential.
Day 6: Departure - Depart from Dingle to Tralee town by public or private transport. From Tralee, connections by bus and train are frequent to Cork, Limerick, Shannon or Dublin.