The Dingle Way is a long-distance walking route of 153 km or 95 miles that follows old tracks, mountain trails and green roads, often along the foothills of the mountains. This short break takes in the best of the Dingle Way with the first and last night in Dingle where live music, dance and culture is part of everyday life.
5 Day/4 nights: £395 per person sharing, £120 single supplement. Starts and finishes in Dingle
4 B & B or guesthouse accommodation; luggage transfers each day; detailed route descriptions and maps, transfers as mentioned in the programme.
Other meals; getting to and from Dingle; entrance fees or excursions.
April 1- end of October.
Day 1 – Arrival to Dingle
Arrival to Dingle town. There is a bus service from Tralee, or seasonal summer service from Killarney. Overnight accommodation in Dingle town.
Limber up with a local circuit walk on Ballysitteragh Hill. This is a strenuous but very rewarding walk, with fabulous views of Dingle town and harbour; on a good day you can see most of the peninsula. It is not compulsory to complete the full round trip, you can walk as far as you feel comfortable with and return the same way.
Distance 19km. Ascents 630m. Approximate walking time 6.5 hours. Short return 10km, 4 hours Dingle harbour walk, a low level easy walk by the shoreline on the eastern side of the harbour. Distance 6km. No ascents. Approximate walking time 2 hours.
Day 2 – Dingle to Dunquin
Minor roads take you from Dingle to Ventry; beyond is some of the most spectacular scenery you could hope to find. Cross the magnificent Ventry harbour, weave through fuchsia hedges and climb an old track on the foothill of Mount Eagle past the early Christian beehive huts at Fahan. Behind are views south to the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead the route opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. This is the most westerly point in Europe, beyond is North America!
Distance 25km. Ascents 650m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.
Optional route over Mount Eagle add 5km and 2 hours
We include notes for this climb, only advisable in good weather conditions. Overnight accommodation in Dunquin village.
Day 3 – Dunquin to Ballydavid
We recommend a visit to the Blasket Island Interpretative Centre before departing Dunquin. The centre illustrates the harshness of life on the Blasket Islands, until the last inhabitants resettled to the mainland in 1953. Other than fishing, and sheep farming on the wind blown hills, there is little else to maintain the local communities. The walking route follows the Norse named Smerwick Harbour and a detour takes you to Dun an Oir, the Fort of Gold, where Italian and Spaniard soldiers were besieged by troops of Elizabeth 1 in 1580. Ballydavid is a thriving fishing harbour and a Gaelic speaking community.
Distance 16km. Ascents 180m. Approximate walking time 5 hours. Optional route over Cruach Mharthain add 1 hour. Overnight accommodation in Boherboy or Feoghanagh village. (+3-5km from Ballydavid)
Day 4 – Free day Ballydavid
You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. An optional hike takes you up; up to the saddle of Mas an Tiompain (the Pass of the Drum) below Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain at 950m. The scenery is superb – Tralee Bay, the Magharees against the hues of the Slieve Mish mountains. There are several local hikes including Ballydavid Head taking in the spectacular 9th century stone fort of Cathair Fionnurach.
Distance 14km. Ascents 750m. Approximate walking time 5 hours. Overnight accommodation in Ballydavid.
Day 5 – Departure from Dingle
Transfer from your guesthouse back to Dingle town (10 minutes). Year round bus services are available from Dingle to Tralee or a seasonal service (June, July) to Killarney.
Accommodation in B&BS. Upgraded accommodation please ask