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Hiking Ireland's West Coast

With spectacular landscapes and vibrant culture

Hiking Ireland's West Coast

With spectacular landscapes and vibrant culture

From USD 2478

Explore the enchanting wonders of Ireland beyond its famous Guinness and folk music. Discover the hidden treasures of the Emerald Isle with us on a unforgettable week-long adventure where you'll conquer Ireland's tallest peak, wander through breathtaking coastal vistas, and immerse yourself in the warm embrace of Irish hospitality and culture.

Highlights

  • The Kerry Way trail
  • Carrauntoohil (Irelands highest peak 1040 m)
  • Dublin
  • Irish hospitality 

On the beautiful and wild southwest coast lies the famous Kerry Way. Our journey includes hikes to Ireland's westernmost point and a summit climb to the country's highest peak. Enjoy the freedom of carrying only your daypack, as we conveniently transfer your luggage between accomidations. We will be staying at cozy, family-run inns, and of course, after each day's adventure, treating ourselves to a well-deserved pint at a local pub. To cap off this unforgettable journey, we'll spend an evening in the vibrant Irish capital, Dublin, on our last night.

Experience the heart of Irish culture, where warm hospitality, vibrant musical traditions, and top-notch ingredients come together to create an unforgettable journey.  In addition to the unparalleled beauty of Ireland's natural wonders, of course.

On this tour we only use local guides.

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10 - 16

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Dates and booking

Fri 27. September - Fri 04. October 2024

USD 2700

Flight not included

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Opening hours Phone
Mon-Fri : 08-20
Sat-Sun : 14-17
Opening hours Chat
Mon-Fri : 07-23
Sat : 10-18
Sun : 13-21
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Safety & Grading

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  • 24 hour emergency response
  • Guides trained in wilderness first aid
  • Basic medication and first aid kits available

Physical level

2/6 Physical

We need to exert some effort to reach our destination. With a good level of fitness and determination, these journeys are manageable for the majority of participants. Being active in daily life is a beneficial preparation.

Comfort level

4/6 Comfort

Simple to good quality inns, such as small family hotels, B&Bs and agrotourism (farmhouses), usually with private bathrooms.

Risk level

2/6 Risk

Activities/trips with little risk. There are usually few incidents and they are usually of such a nature that they can be dealt with locally.

Training and Preparations

Most of our tours contain physical challenges. You should be used to walking and in normal good physical shape to participate. Longer hikes in the countryside and, for example, day hikes or multiday backpacking trips in the mountains are good preperation. If you are fit and have walked in the mountains before, then this should not present any problems.

Most of our route is on well-trodden coastal and mountain paths, and some sections go over slightly rougher terrain. We have five hiking days with four to eight hour hikes. The stages are approx. 16 km, with an ascent of between 300 and just over 1,000 meters. Be aware that there are ups and downs along the trail, so your knees should be in good condition. You must carry your own day trip bag with a water bottle and packed lunch, while your main luggage is transported between the accommodations.

Visas, Vaccinations and Health

Before embarking on our journey together, we kindly remind all tour participants to check their respective country's visa status and vaccination requirements. Ensuring your travel documents are in order is a crucial step in guaranteeing a smooth and hassle-free adventure. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of return.

If you are over 67, you should have a thorough medical check-up before the trip. Make the doctor aware that it is a trip with physical exertion and where we move off the beaten track.

It is important that you fill in all parts of the registration form (especially where we ask for information about health and allergies), and let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of before and during the trip. Relevant health information that may have an impact on the tour must also be communicated to the guide at the start of the tour. Note - If you are on regular medication, have known allergies or the like, you must always have your personal medication with you.

Additional Information

It is important to check whether the departure is guaranteed or not before you book your flight tickets for the journey. On each departure, we must have a minimum number of confirmed participants before we can guarantee the departure.

Spring and autumn are perfect for hiking on the Irish coast.  There are few tourists and the temperatures are pleasant, and the colors in nature are beautiful. The temperature is usually around 15-17°C (60-65°F), but we must also be prepared for a rain shower or two.

We will stay at simple, pleasant guesthouses and inns with shared double rooms.

It can be challenging in some locations to get hold of gluten-free wholemeal bread, lactose-free alternatives or to accommodate other dietary requirements. Enter it in the registration form if you have allergies and we will try to accommodate as best we can. We would still recommend that those who have special dietary needs bring some alternatives in the form of, for example, a packet of crackers, energy bars or similar that you know you can eat.

Highlights

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Day 1:Arrival in Ireland

International flights are not included on this tour, and you are therefore responsible for getting to and from Ireland on your own.On arrival on the green island we are met by our Irish friends, and once the whole group has arrived we are driven to the charming village of Cloghane, a little gem rarely visited by tourists. The small village is located on the Dingle peninsula where we will spend our first night in a pleasant inn. The drive takes approx. 4 hours later, we have dinner in the pleasant pub on site and go over the program for the coming week.

International flights are not included on this tour, and you are therefore responsible for getting to and from Ireland on your own.On arrival on the green island we are met by our Irish friends, and once the whole group has arrived we are driven to the charming village of Cloghane, a little gem rarely visited by tourists. The small village is located on the Dingle peninsula where we will spend our first night in a pleasant inn. The drive takes approx. 4 hours later, we have dinner in the pleasant pub on site and go over the program for the coming week.

Inn

-,-,D

6 hours

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Day 2:Hike Dingle Peninsula to Mount Brandon (953m)

Prepare to awaken to a new day, invigorated and eager to embark on an extraordinary adventure! We set off on the trip's first leg, which is perhaps the toughest of the trip, and today we have a brilliant opportunity to see the Dingle Peninsula at its very best - with its hills, lakes and rugged coastline. We start the walk at Brandon Creek and learn a bit about the fascinating history associated with this site which was the starting point for St Brendan's epic journey to the 'Promised Land' in the 6th century. We will walk on grass and stone paths today, and from our route we can see the distant cliffs before we start uphill to the saddle of the mountain Mas en Tiompain. We then continue to the summit of Brandon Mountain, named after St Brendan. The views across the Dingle Peninsula are breathtaking and are a perfect introduction to Ireland's fairy tale landscape. We will eat today's dinner at one of the city's local restaurants, and spend the night at our pleasant inn.

Prepare to awaken to a new day, invigorated and eager to embark on an extraordinary adventure! We set off on the trip's first leg, which is perhaps the toughest of the trip, and today we have a brilliant opportunity to see the Dingle Peninsula at its very best - with its hills, lakes and rugged coastline. We start the walk at Brandon Creek and learn a bit about the fascinating history associated with this site which was the starting point for St Brendan's epic journey to the 'Promised Land' in the 6th century. We will walk on grass and stone paths today, and from our route we can see the distant cliffs before we start uphill to the saddle of the mountain Mas en Tiompain. We then continue to the summit of Brandon Mountain, named after St Brendan. The views across the Dingle Peninsula are breathtaking and are a perfect introduction to Ireland's fairy tale landscape. We will eat today's dinner at one of the city's local restaurants, and spend the night at our pleasant inn.

Inn

B,-,D

6 hours

12 km

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Day 3:Mountain hike to Mount Eagle (516m)

Today we get a great view over the coastline and the cliffs of Dingle. The walk goes around spectacular Slea Head which is Ireland's most westerly point and one of the richest archaeological sites in this region. Along the way we pass an old fort and huts that look like anthills. We follow the mountain path all the way to the top of Mount Eagle at 516 m above sea level, and here the view is magnificent! After the tour we will be driven back to the village of Cloghane. Here we can enjoy dinner in peace or we can go into the town of Dingle where there are many exciting restaurants. Here is also one of the world's most famous pubs - where traditional folk music is played all evening. We will overnight at the inn in Cloghane.

Today we get a great view over the coastline and the cliffs of Dingle. The walk goes around spectacular Slea Head which is Ireland's most westerly point and one of the richest archaeological sites in this region. Along the way we pass an old fort and huts that look like anthills. We follow the mountain path all the way to the top of Mount Eagle at 516 m above sea level, and here the view is magnificent! After the tour we will be driven back to the village of Cloghane. Here we can enjoy dinner in peace or we can go into the town of Dingle where there are many exciting restaurants. Here is also one of the world's most famous pubs - where traditional folk music is played all evening. We will overnight at the inn in Cloghane.

Inn

B,L,-

6 hours

16 km

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Day 4:Exploring paths across the expansive mountain plateau

After breakfast, we fill up our daypacks with the snacks, fruit and drinks we need for today's walk, which takes around 6 hours. Today we cross the Dingle Peninsula from north to south. We follow an old nomadic path over a spectacular mountain plateau and visit the ruins of an old village along the way. We finish in the lovely little village of Annascaul, known as the home of Ireland's famous polar father, Tom Crean. He became known for his three expeditions to the South Pole in the early 20th century. After taking time for a bite to eat in the local pub, naturally named after the polar explorer, we are transferred to the vibrant town of Killarney, where we will be staying for the next three nights. We will enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the excellent local eateries in Killarney.

After breakfast, we fill up our daypacks with the snacks, fruit and drinks we need for today's walk, which takes around 6 hours. Today we cross the Dingle Peninsula from north to south. We follow an old nomadic path over a spectacular mountain plateau and visit the ruins of an old village along the way. We finish in the lovely little village of Annascaul, known as the home of Ireland's famous polar father, Tom Crean. He became known for his three expeditions to the South Pole in the early 20th century. After taking time for a bite to eat in the local pub, naturally named after the polar explorer, we are transferred to the vibrant town of Killarney, where we will be staying for the next three nights. We will enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the excellent local eateries in Killarney.

Inn

B,L,-

5 timer

13 km

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Day 5:Hiking in beautiful Killarney National Park

Today, we rise with a fervor for fresh horizons, ready to tread upon mountain paths and meander along open green roads. It can get wet, and we will have to wear good boots. From Killarney we walk from the sea through captivating cultural landscapes, leading us into the heart of lush oak forests within the majestic region of Killarney National Park.The lakes here are Ireland's most visited tourist attraction. We follow the old Kenmare Road through Esknamucky Glen to the town of Kenmare. This is a fantastic trip and we may see Irish red deer that live in the lush national park. Weather permitting, we can hike to the top of the mountain Torc, as a nice prelude for tomorrow's great mountain tour. The reward is fabulous views of the national park. After today's session we will be driven back to Killarney for a filling dinner and a good night's sleep in our guest house.

Today, we rise with a fervor for fresh horizons, ready to tread upon mountain paths and meander along open green roads. It can get wet, and we will have to wear good boots. From Killarney we walk from the sea through captivating cultural landscapes, leading us into the heart of lush oak forests within the majestic region of Killarney National Park.The lakes here are Ireland's most visited tourist attraction. We follow the old Kenmare Road through Esknamucky Glen to the town of Kenmare. This is a fantastic trip and we may see Irish red deer that live in the lush national park. Weather permitting, we can hike to the top of the mountain Torc, as a nice prelude for tomorrow's great mountain tour. The reward is fabulous views of the national park. After today's session we will be driven back to Killarney for a filling dinner and a good night's sleep in our guest house.

Inn

B,L,-

5 hours

16 km

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Day 6:Embark on Ireland's highest peak

For a powerful finish to our experiences in Kerry, we will be tackling Ireland's tallest peak today. Mighty Carrauntoohill soars 1040m above of sea level. With water bottles and snacks in tow we set off on today's adventure. The guide determines the best way to climb the pyramid-shaped mountain, depending on the weather conditions. Today's journey is a full-day affair, an approximately 8-hour trek that involves ascending 1000 meters. Expect a challenging climb with a few rocky sections and steep faces, sure to instill a sense of accomplishment, especially for those wary of heights.The summit offers (in clear weather) fantastic views over Killarney National Park and the many lakes in the valley below. During the trip, the guide will share stories about legends and myths in this fantastic mountain range. It is well worth celebrating the day's achievement with a 'pint' in the local pub and a well-deserved dinner in the evening.

For a powerful finish to our experiences in Kerry, we will be tackling Ireland's tallest peak today. Mighty Carrauntoohill soars 1040m above of sea level. With water bottles and snacks in tow we set off on today's adventure. The guide determines the best way to climb the pyramid-shaped mountain, depending on the weather conditions. Today's journey is a full-day affair, an approximately 8-hour trek that involves ascending 1000 meters. Expect a challenging climb with a few rocky sections and steep faces, sure to instill a sense of accomplishment, especially for those wary of heights.The summit offers (in clear weather) fantastic views over Killarney National Park and the many lakes in the valley below. During the trip, the guide will share stories about legends and myths in this fantastic mountain range. It is well worth celebrating the day's achievement with a 'pint' in the local pub and a well-deserved dinner in the evening.

Inn

B,L,-

7 hours

14 km

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Day 7:Lively Dublin and farewell dinner

We will have an early breakfast and are driven to the capital Dublin. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. In Dublin we take a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours) to see the most interesting historical places. Among other things, the famous university Trinity College with its beautiful library, and the Dublin Castle, which was built at the beginning of the 13th century. There will also be time to explore the city on your own, if you want to do some shopping before the journey home or perhaps take a trip to the Guinness storehouse or the Jameson distillery. We spend the night in a pleasant hotel in the city and in the evening we gather for a farewell dinner in one of the countless pleasant restaurants and celebrate the nice days we have had together on this green island.

We will have an early breakfast and are driven to the capital Dublin. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. In Dublin we take a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours) to see the most interesting historical places. Among other things, the famous university Trinity College with its beautiful library, and the Dublin Castle, which was built at the beginning of the 13th century. There will also be time to explore the city on your own, if you want to do some shopping before the journey home or perhaps take a trip to the Guinness storehouse or the Jameson distillery. We spend the night in a pleasant hotel in the city and in the evening we gather for a farewell dinner in one of the countless pleasant restaurants and celebrate the nice days we have had together on this green island.

Hotel

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Day 8:Homeward bound

After a quiet morning in Dublin, we say goodbye at the hotel. There is no organized transport to the airport on this day, and you are free to extend your journey afterwards, or travel home on your own. The adventure is over, for this time. Hopefully the magical folklore, beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Ireland has left you with the memories that will last a lifetime.

After a quiet morning in Dublin, we say goodbye at the hotel. There is no organized transport to the airport on this day, and you are free to extend your journey afterwards, or travel home on your own. The adventure is over, for this time. Hopefully the magical folklore, beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Ireland has left you with the memories that will last a lifetime.

B,-,-

International flights are not included on this tour, and you are therefore responsible for getting to and from Ireland on your own.On arrival on the green island we are met by our Irish friends, and once the whole group has arrived we are driven to the charming village of Cloghane, a little gem rarely visited by tourists. The small village is located on the Dingle peninsula where we will spend our first night in a pleasant inn. The drive takes approx. 4 hours later, we have dinner in the pleasant pub on site and go over the program for the coming week.

Inn

-,-,D

6 hours

Prepare to awaken to a new day, invigorated and eager to embark on an extraordinary adventure! We set off on the trip's first leg, which is perhaps the toughest of the trip, and today we have a brilliant opportunity to see the Dingle Peninsula at its very best - with its hills, lakes and rugged coastline. We start the walk at Brandon Creek and learn a bit about the fascinating history associated with this site which was the starting point for St Brendan's epic journey to the 'Promised Land' in the 6th century. We will walk on grass and stone paths today, and from our route we can see the distant cliffs before we start uphill to the saddle of the mountain Mas en Tiompain. We then continue to the summit of Brandon Mountain, named after St Brendan. The views across the Dingle Peninsula are breathtaking and are a perfect introduction to Ireland's fairy tale landscape. We will eat today's dinner at one of the city's local restaurants, and spend the night at our pleasant inn.

Inn

B,-,D

6 hours

12 km

Today we get a great view over the coastline and the cliffs of Dingle. The walk goes around spectacular Slea Head which is Ireland's most westerly point and one of the richest archaeological sites in this region. Along the way we pass an old fort and huts that look like anthills. We follow the mountain path all the way to the top of Mount Eagle at 516 m above sea level, and here the view is magnificent! After the tour we will be driven back to the village of Cloghane. Here we can enjoy dinner in peace or we can go into the town of Dingle where there are many exciting restaurants. Here is also one of the world's most famous pubs - where traditional folk music is played all evening. We will overnight at the inn in Cloghane.

Inn

B,L,-

6 hours

16 km

After breakfast, we fill up our daypacks with the snacks, fruit and drinks we need for today's walk, which takes around 6 hours. Today we cross the Dingle Peninsula from north to south. We follow an old nomadic path over a spectacular mountain plateau and visit the ruins of an old village along the way. We finish in the lovely little village of Annascaul, known as the home of Ireland's famous polar father, Tom Crean. He became known for his three expeditions to the South Pole in the early 20th century. After taking time for a bite to eat in the local pub, naturally named after the polar explorer, we are transferred to the vibrant town of Killarney, where we will be staying for the next three nights. We will enjoy a delightful dinner at one of the excellent local eateries in Killarney.

Inn

B,L,-

5 timer

13 km

Today, we rise with a fervor for fresh horizons, ready to tread upon mountain paths and meander along open green roads. It can get wet, and we will have to wear good boots. From Killarney we walk from the sea through captivating cultural landscapes, leading us into the heart of lush oak forests within the majestic region of Killarney National Park.The lakes here are Ireland's most visited tourist attraction. We follow the old Kenmare Road through Esknamucky Glen to the town of Kenmare. This is a fantastic trip and we may see Irish red deer that live in the lush national park. Weather permitting, we can hike to the top of the mountain Torc, as a nice prelude for tomorrow's great mountain tour. The reward is fabulous views of the national park. After today's session we will be driven back to Killarney for a filling dinner and a good night's sleep in our guest house.

Inn

B,L,-

5 hours

16 km

For a powerful finish to our experiences in Kerry, we will be tackling Ireland's tallest peak today. Mighty Carrauntoohill soars 1040m above of sea level. With water bottles and snacks in tow we set off on today's adventure. The guide determines the best way to climb the pyramid-shaped mountain, depending on the weather conditions. Today's journey is a full-day affair, an approximately 8-hour trek that involves ascending 1000 meters. Expect a challenging climb with a few rocky sections and steep faces, sure to instill a sense of accomplishment, especially for those wary of heights.The summit offers (in clear weather) fantastic views over Killarney National Park and the many lakes in the valley below. During the trip, the guide will share stories about legends and myths in this fantastic mountain range. It is well worth celebrating the day's achievement with a 'pint' in the local pub and a well-deserved dinner in the evening.

Inn

B,L,-

7 hours

14 km

We will have an early breakfast and are driven to the capital Dublin. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. In Dublin we take a guided walking tour (approx. 2 hours) to see the most interesting historical places. Among other things, the famous university Trinity College with its beautiful library, and the Dublin Castle, which was built at the beginning of the 13th century. There will also be time to explore the city on your own, if you want to do some shopping before the journey home or perhaps take a trip to the Guinness storehouse or the Jameson distillery. We spend the night in a pleasant hotel in the city and in the evening we gather for a farewell dinner in one of the countless pleasant restaurants and celebrate the nice days we have had together on this green island.

Hotel

B,-,D

After a quiet morning in Dublin, we say goodbye at the hotel. There is no organized transport to the airport on this day, and you are free to extend your journey afterwards, or travel home on your own. The adventure is over, for this time. Hopefully the magical folklore, beautiful landscapes and rich culture of Ireland has left you with the memories that will last a lifetime.

B,-,-

What's included in the price

Included

According to the program 

shared doubleroom 

All meals as described in the day-by-day program. Breakfast every day, packed lunches on the hikes + farewell dinner in Dublin.

Not included

It is important to check whether the departure is guaranteed or not before you book your flight tickets for the journey. On each departure, we must have a minimum number of confirmed participants before we can guarantee the departure.

Request for price and availability 

Terms and Conditions 

We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is indicative and changes may occur. We also refer to our general travel conditions.

Travel Insurance 

On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any transport home. read more about travel insurance.

 

Equipment list

This list is intended as a guideline, so that we have what we need regardless of the weather we get on the trip. Remember that you can also get used hiking equipment that works perfectly. Get in touch if you have any questions. TIP: We recommend that you have the most important hiking equipment in your hand luggage, for example hiking boots and gore-tex jacket/trousers.

Obligatory

Clothing

We recommend thin wool.

Fleece or wool. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must have a decent hood, and hold out wind and rain. Should have space for midlayers underneath. Ventilation under the arms is recommended. 

Gore-Tex or similar. Must hold out wind and rain. Ventilation zippers along the legs is recommended.

Waterproof jacket and pants.

For evenings and leasure days.

Footwear

Solid, with a solid sole. Such as approaches shoes.

Equipment

Avoid bringing a suitcase, they are more difficult to transport between hotels.

Personal medicines and, for example, band-aids, blister plaster, sports tape, throat lozenges, nasal drops, Paracetamol/Ibuprofen, stomach regulators, etc.
We need to know about all medicines you are taking, in case something happens. 

Tooth brush, tooth paste, small towel, ear plugs, wet wipes, biodegradable soap, etc.

You should be able to bring 2-3 litres of water.

Passport, tickets, bank card, proof of vaccination andproof of insurance. Remember to have a copy of important documents on your phone and/or somewhere in your bag. 

Recommended

Clothing
Footwear
Equipment

Light. Have to be foldable or telescope.

Remember new/extra batteries.

Toilet paper, antibac and waste bags for the paper.

Packing Tips

Spring and autumn are perfect for hiking on the Irish coast.  Then there are few tourists and temperatures are pleasant, and the colors in nature are beautiful. The temperature is usually around 15-17°C (60-65°F), but we must also be prepared for a rain shower or two.

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Testimonial

"Fantastic trip to the green island. The trip was made up of different trips. We visited old mossy oak forests, windswept cliffs and mountain peaks. Local guide brought in cultural and historical stories."

– Anne, 2021

Testimonial

"Great trip that showed the nature in the area and published in the country (cities). Well seasoned with Irish history and facts about folk life etc."

– Jostein, 2022