Our Dingle Peninsula De-stress Walking Tour will give you an adventurous trip into a land of blue-gold hills and sandy beaches, of glorious waterfalls, hidden bays, wondrous rock formations, caves and arches. It is a land dappled with heather, primroses, bluebells, foxgloves, fuchsia, and smiling faces to welcome you at busy harbours and wayside pubs.
This is the peninsula that inspired films like Ryan’s Daughter and Far and Away. It is a place rich in tradition, literature and culture, where native Gaelic is spoken and where the perfect harmony created by nature restores the spirit. It is also a very special place where you can relax and savour the scenery, the local arts, crafts, culture, archaeology, food and drink. Meeting with the locals is the icing on the cake of a de-stress tour that ticks all the boxes.
Group rates available (minimum of six per trip). Please contact us for details.
We meet in Killarney on the Thursday evening before Day 1.
Day 1: Friday
Trip: Connor Pass/Dingle (habitat: mountain/heath)
Route: Dingle town – Old Butter Road to top of Conor Pass. From here, there are some of the most spectacular views of Dingle harbour spread out below to the west and down to the dunes and beaches of The Maharees to the north. From here we climb up along the Conor Pass ridge, descending back to Dingle.
Day 2: Saturday
Trip: Mount Eagle (habitat/coastal mountain)
Route: Dingle – Ventry – Mount Eagle – Slea Head – Coumeenole Beach – Ventry. The western-most extremity of Ireland is at the tip of the Dingle Peninsula in the ancient parishes of Corca Dhuibhne. For today’s walk we will make our way west of Dingle, out to the village of Ventry/Dun Chaoin. We will follow the rough track up to the top of Mount Eagle and from here we will follow the ridge and drop down to Slea Head. We will then walk by road to Coumeenole Beach which was used in the film Ryan’s Daughter. After that we will walk back to Dun Chaoin where we will be picked up and brought back to Dingle.
Day 3: Sunday
Trip: Blasket Islands (habitat – island)
Route: Blasket Islands. An island walk has a unique charm, that feeling of being far removed from the outside world and the toil of your daily existence. Today we will travel out to Dun Chaoin where we will embark on a 20-minute boat ride that will take us to the larger of the Blasket Islands – the Great Blasket. This is a delightful circular walk around the steep cliff-rimmed and heather-clad hills of this most westerly of mountainous islands. When we finish our walk you can relax and enjoy one of Ireland’s scenic beaches.
Day 4: Monday
Trip: Ballydavid Head coastal walks (habitat – coastal cliffs)
Route: Feohanagh – coastline cliffs – Beenmore – Feohanagh. The rocks of Kerry are as old as life itself and where better to start to discover it than at the beginning – where the volcanic rocks formed more than 400 million years ago and now form the path solidly beneath your feet as you walk along the tip of the Dingle Peninsula. On this walk we will begin in the small village of Feohanagh, seven miles from Dingle and under the shadow of Mount Brandon. This is a moderate circular walk that follows an ill-defined path along the coastline cliffs. We will climb up to the top of the headland and along to an old watchtower. The views from along the cliffs are spectacular. We will finish at the peak of Beenmore and make our way back to Feohanagh.
Day 5: Tuesday
Trip: Dingle to Slea Head (habitat – coastal)
Route: The Kerry Way – Dingle – Ventry Beach – Slea Head. This is a varied walk of hill, beach and track following the Kerry Way. We begin just outside Dingle town, following track and road to the top of Ventry Beach. We skirt the side of Mount Eagle and finish at Slea Head.
Day 6: Wednesday
Trip: Annascaul (habitat – mountain peaks)
Route: Annascaul – lake and mountain track. This walk begins in the village of Annascaul, the birthplace of Tom Crean, the renowned Antarctic explorer. We will proceed up to Annascaul Lake, lying north of the village. This is a moderate climb up a fine old green road. We will complete this circular walk around the mountain top and back down to the lake.
Day 7: Thursday
Depart for home.
Additional options: Cloghan/Brandon, Com a Lochaigh (a great example of glaciating) and The Maharees, an area of great coastal dune walks.
Note: Due to the nature of Irish weather our walking holidays will have a number of options that we can alter depending on the condition. If we are going to an island we will be able to alter our walking days to pick the best time to take advantage of sea conditions. We will also be able to alter high level walks to coastal walks depending on conditions on the hills.
What you wear when you are out in the hills and mountains is very important, especially when conditions are challenging. It is important to ensure that you are warm, dry and comfortable in your clothing and footwear and that you have some basic equipment with you to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience and that you return home safely. The following is a list of basic gear that you should own if you are a regular hillwalker or climber:
- Lightweight long thermal underwear
- Short and long-sleeved t-shirts
- Fleece jacket
- Fleece or cotton trousers (no jeans)
- Jacket – waterproof and breathable; with attached hood
- Over-trousers, waterproof and breathable
- Sun hat with good visor for summer
- Balaclava/facemask – 1, lightweight
- Woolly hat
- Sunglasses – UV & IR protection
- Gloves – 2 pairs, lightweight and heavier for the cold
- Light hiking boots
- Socks – warm trekking socks (2-3 pairs)
- Daypack – 25-35 litre (optional)
- Waterproof pack cover
- Ski poles – 1 pair collapsible spring-bound ski poles (optional)
- Sunscreen – SPF 30-40
- Lipscreen – SPF 20-40, at least 2 sticks
- Personal First Aid kit
- Spare boot laces, bulbs, batteries, memory cards, headtorch
- Cold water detergent and some toiletries
- Small sewing kit
- Penknife and small scissors
- Insect repellent
- Toilet paper – it is good practice to bring your own, but it is provided to anyone if needed
- Baby wipes/hand wipes
- Hand gel
- Personal medication
- 1 x flask with hot drink (optional)