Factsheet THE DINGLE WAY
Time: 8-10 Days
High Point: Shoulder of Brandon, 660m
Difficulty: 4/5 | Strenuous
Trail Quality: 2/3 | Generally Good
Start: Tralee, County Kerry
Finish: Tralee, County Kerry
The Dingle Way Walking Trail
The Dingle Way is one of over 30 Irish long-distance walking trails. Situated in the south-west of the Ireland, the walk completes a circuit of the Dingle Peninsula, starting and finishing in Tralee, the capital of Kerry. The trail is 179km long and takes an adult who is reasonably fit an average of 8-9 days to walk.
The diversity of different landscapes is the reason why the Dingle Way is such a popular trail. It never takes long before a turn in the path reveals a dramatic change of scenery. From walking in the foothills of Slieve Mish to crossing the shoulder of Mount Brandon, from the crashing waves of the Atlantic at Slea Head to the tranquil setting of pastoral farmland and on to lonesome strands of golden beaches on the Maharess. The Dingle Way invigorates the senses.
Some of the finest archeological sites in Ireland can be encountered on the Dingle Way. Standing stones, ogham stones and a multitude of beehive huts are the most obvious structures to be spotted en-route. The iconic oratory of Gallarus is highly-recommended detour for those with enough energy. Another favourite stop-off point is the South Pole Inn in Annascaul, which is a shrine to local Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
The Dingle Way is a well-serviced trail, as it passes through the centre of many picturesque villages and towns. Tralee and Dingle are the two largest town centres, where more specialist items needed for the journey should be bought. There is never more than a few hours walk between villages so food and drink can be bought along the way.
The level of difficulty is easy to moderate for most of the Dingle Way except for when the path reaches the foot of Mount Brandon where the going becomes hard. If weather conditions are poor and visibility is bad then serious consideration should be given to finding an alternative method of transport to get around the mountain.
Anyone setting out to walk a long distance trail such as The Dingle Way is embarking on a serious test of physical endurance. Our Advice Pages contains some useful safety tips and pointers and we strongly recommend that everyone considering embarking on this walk should spend a few moments to read them and incorporate them in their pre-hike planning.
The Dingle Way – Slí Chorca Dhuibhne – is a diverse and beautiful walking trail, full of surprises for those who wander its paths. During a week’s rambles over The Dingle Way, you’ll encounter panoramic vistas of sea, mountain and islands, a profusion of unique birds, plants and unspoiled landscape, and an astonishing array of ancient sites spanning 6000 years.The Magical Kingdom of Kerry
Along its 178km (110 mi.) length, The Dingle Way traverses pristine sandy beaches bordering on crystal seas, fuchsia and gorse lined green roads leading through pastoral countryside, heather and bracken covered hills, and mountain passes up to 700 meters (2000 ft.) high. Here, where ancient Bronze Age and Celtic peoples lived for thousands of years, you can enjoy gannets and shearwaters in endless flight above wave battered cliffs, or laugh at rare, red-footed and red-beaked chough dabbling amongst purple Devonian sandstone boulders along the shore. On another day you might delight in multiple rainbows over a verdant patchwork quilt of field and stone as you pause and refresh in the cool quiet glen of an ancient sacred well. The days will pass all too quickly as you explore the magical Kingdom of Kerry!
Slí Chorca Dhuibhne is more than nature at its finest … it is Gaelic culture at its best. On The Dingle Way much of your walking will take you through the heart of the Dingle Gaeltacht, one of the few remaining Irish speaking areas in Ireland. Here Irish music, dance and traditional ways live on in a vibrant culture that welcomes you at every turn. In the evening, after your day’s walk, you’ll enjoy home-cooked traditional Irish meals or local seafood in one of the peninsula’s many fine restaurants. Afterwards, there’s traditional music and Irish set dancing to savour at many pubs around the peninsula.7 Day self-guided walking holiday on The Dingle Way
CELTIC NATURE are delighted to offer this 7-day, self-guided walking holiday along The Dingle Way in County Kerry, Ireland. You’ll enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Dingle Peninsula at your own pace, without the hassle of carrying luggage or searching for accommodation and meals. And your holiday can begin on any day you wish as there is no group schedule to contend with.
Once you’ve booked our Dingle Way holiday, you can relax and savour the walking, knowing that we’ll handle all the details. We’ll arrange 7 outstanding B&Bs, 4 fabulous dinners, and all your lunches while you are walking. We’ll have your luggage waiting for you at the end of every day. And well before you head off for Ireland, we’ll send you a complete itinerary and a detailed DingleWay Guide. We have train and bus schedules on hand too and can help you set up your travel to Tralee. While you are here, we’re never more than 20 minutes from you by car should a problem pop up. You will be well taken care of!
About Celtic Nature Expeditions
CELTIC NATURE EXPEDITIONS are organised by Claire Galvin and Kevin O’Shea, both life-long residents of County Kerry. Claire has run Celtic Nature for over 16 years and Kevin is an experienced guide who enjoys relating the local story to visitors.
The 2015 tariff for our “Walk The Dingle Way” Holiday is Euro 730 per person sharing a room.
There is a Euro 195 single supplement.（单房价差）
The following are included in the cost of the standard Walk The Dingle Way holiday package:
7 nights Bed & Breakfast accommodation（B&Bs）
6 Days selfguided walking
6 packed lunches
4 evening meals
Transportation of luggage between B&Bs
Pickup and return from Tralee Bus/Rail station
Detailed Dingle Way guide and itinerary
A longer or shorter version of this holiday can also be accommodated.
The Dingle Peninsula in southwest Ireland provides a variety of settings for the walker, ranging from country roads, like this one, to beaches, cliffsides and mountains. My daughter, Kate, and I were on the first day of hiking part of the Dingle Way, a 112-mile circular route around the Peninsula. It begins and ends in Tralee, going through Camp, Annascaul, Dingle Town, Ventry, Slea Head, Feonaugh, Clohane and Castlegregory.
We had decided to begin in Camp and walk around to Castlegregory, doing about 12 miles per day for six days.
Our trip had been prearranged so that we were booked into a bed and breakfast each night, were provided with a packed lunch and a supper, and our packs were transported from one destination to the next. It was my first experience with this sort of walking, and I found being unburdened of a 40-pound backpack very liberating. I carried a light rucksack with rain gear (necessary), water and food. Kate just walked.
The trip, in late May and early June, was a celebration of Kate's graduation from college. It also became a great way for a father and daughter to get to know one another better as companions on an adventure.