The Dingle peninsula is a narrow mountainous finger of land reaching to Europe’s most westerly point. At the western end stands one of Ireland’s finest mountains, Mount Brandon. This forms the focus for several days’ walking as you follow old roads and effusive fuchsia lined lanes around the peninsula before climbing over the shoulder of this noble peak.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Travel to Camp for the start of the holiday
Taxi transfers available on request from Killarney, Kerry Airport or Cork Airport.
Accommodation – B&B just outside the village of Camp
Day 2 – Camp to Anascaul
Leave Camp on a minor road and across the slopes of Corrin Mountain. Walk above the village of Inch with its wonderful sandspit reaching 7 km out into Dingle Bay. Climb up through the Maum gap and past a large standing stone then down to the village of Anascaul. (18 km, 450 m ascent)
Accommodation – Pub B&B in the centre of Anascaul
Day 3 – Anascaul to Dingle
Minor roads are followed from Anascaul down to the bouldery Kilmurry Bay with the remains of Minard Castle standing above. Old tracks and lanes are followed to Lispole before the route picks a way through farms under the mountains before descending the old Conor Pass route into Dingle town. (21 km, 430 m ascent)
Accommodation – 3 star guesthouse in Dingle
Day 4 – Dingle to Dunquin
Walk along tracks and minor roads to Ventry then across the Ventry strand to follow tracks up to the lower slopes of Mount Eagle. A fine walk above the small farms and ancient old stone clochans leads around Slea Head with fine views out to the evocative Blasket Islands. (21 km, 320 m ascent)
Accommodation – B&B outside Dunquin
Day 5 – Dunquin to Ballydavid
Follow tracks and lanes past Clogher Head and beneath the Three Sisters cliffs. A detour to the tops of the cliffs is very rewarding. The route then walks around the strand of Smerwick Harbour to Ballydavid. A short detour inland would allow a visit to Gallarus Oratory, one of Ireland’s most famous early churches. (19 km, 140 m ascent)
Accommodation – B&B and restaurant in Ballydavid
Day 6 – Ballydavid to Cloghane
The walk leads below Ballydavid, then climbs to the highest point of the walk at 650 m on the old military pass between Masatiompan and Brandon Mountains with great views over the peninsula. The route then leads to Brandon village and finally Cloghane. On a fine day there is an option over Mount Brandon which affords some of the finest views to be found in Kerry. (27 km, 790 m ascent)
Accommodation – A Pub/Guesthouse in Cloghane
Day 7 – Cloghane to Anascaul
The route follows quiet lanes around Brandon Bay then follows an old drove route up through the delightful Maghanaboe glen and over the pass and down the zig-zag track to Lough Anascaul before following tracks and lanes down to Anascaul village. (16 km, 370 m ascent)
Accommodation – Pub B&B in Anascaul
Day 8 – Journey home
The route leads along walking paths as well as along quiet side roads. This route can get quite strenuous at times so adequate hiking gear is required plus a good level of fitness.
A mix of small country hotels and family run inns. Accommodation is based on double room occupancy with private en-suite facilities.
2016: Daily departures possible from April through October.
|Price per person||CAD||$1210|
|Single room surcharge||$400 – $500|
|July and August high season surcharge||$60|
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Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment