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Guided Walking Ireland                          
Kenmare - Kerry & Cork         
Easier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) with some short steep ascents and some sections on quiet country lanes. Up to 1,500ft (450m) of ascent in a day.

Harder Walks: 7 to 9 miles (11-14km) with some rough terrain and some short sections on country lanes. Up to 1,800ft (540m) of ascent in a day.


Day 1: Arrival day
For those arriving on the HF Holidays’ flights to Cork, the onward journey to Kenmare is by coach. In the afternoon your leaders will organise a stroll around the town of Kenmare. On the first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks.

Day 2: Sneem
The beautiful village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry offers a wonderful introduction. Nestled between mountains and wild rugged coast, it has some of the best views of the region. Both walks explore the historical and geographical features of the region.

Easier walk  11 km The Lomanagh Loop  Ascent 210m
Starting from Sneem we follow the Lomanagh Loop on minor roads, forest tracks and fields onto the Kerry Way and back to Sneem for some Irish hospitality.

Harder walk   14.5 km Blackwater Bridge to Sneem Ascent 210m
From Sneem we follow the Fermoyle Loop on marked paths across hillsides passing features such as standing stones,  turf cutting, and a cillin (unconsecrated graveyard)

Day 3: The Kerry Way
Today’s walks will take us along the scenic coastline to arrive at the beautiful gardens of Derrynane House, ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell known as Ireland's nineteenth century liberator.

Easier Walk:
9.5km  160m) ascent.
High Route to Caherdaniel and Derrynane  a stunning walk with spectacular coastal views

arder Walk:  Butter Road and Mass Path to Derrynane 12km   320m Ascent.

Day 4: Free day
On your free day you may relax in Kenmare, or travel the Ring of Kerry before taking a cruise around the awe-inspiring Skellig Islands, home to an 8th century hermitage and large puffin and gannet colonies.

Day 5: Beara Peninsula
Today both walks start at the tip of the Beara peninsula, a stone’s throw away from Dursey Island. It’s mostly coastal walking, finishing at the the old copper mining town of Allihies for a drink.

Easier Walk: This walk leaves the active fishing harbour of Garnish and goes along the shoreline of Ballydonegan Bay. We traverse below Lackacroghan where we can enjoy fabulous views back to Dursey before dropping back down towards Allihies and its beautiful beach ending in Allihies itself. The landscape has scattered remains of the once thriving copper mining industry. 9.5km  300m Ascent.

Harder Walk: Starting near the Dursey cable car station, we ascend Ballaghboy and straddle the ridge with fine views across the north and south of the peninsulas. We soon view lofty sea cliffs before we finally descend back to Garnish pier and finish with the easier walkers. 13km  450m Ascent.

Day 6: Glengarriff

Easier Walk: Today this group walks within the protected area of Glengariff Nature Reserve, home to a multitude of wildlife, flora, fauna and ancient tales. We walk a short loop following the river and view some ancient oaks on the way. After crossing meadows, we ascend to “Lady Bantry’s Look Out” point. After enjoying lunch in Glengarriff, we take a boat to Garnish Island via Seal Island and then walk around this fabulous garden flourishing in its own microclimate. We return to Glengarriff harbour by the same boat. 8km   150m ascent.

Harder Walk: From the little town of Adrigole, the harder walk follows the Beara Way and heads up the north side of the lofty Sugar Loaf Mountain to 500m with great views of Bantry Bay and Sheeps Head peninsula. Our path then descends towards Glengarriff Nature Reserve before heading down into Glengarriff. 12km    620m ascent.

Day 7: Killarney National Park
North of Kenmare takes us to the Killarney National Park and the majestic lakes amidst the surrounds of the abbey, castle and magnificent Victorian mansion of Muckross House.

Easier Walk: We walk from Galway Bridge along the Kerry Way passing through Esknamucky Glen, Cores Cascade to follow the Old Kenmare Road to Torc Waterfall and Muckross Estate. Here we will have time to explore the gardens and visit the café.  11km    300m ascent.

Harder Walk: We walk along the Kerry Way from Galway Bridge passing through Esknamucky Glen, Cores Cascade on good tracks to Torc mountain. The ascent is rewarding with panoramic views across the lakes and up the Black Valley and beyond. We make our descent and follow the Old Kenmare Road to Torc Waterfall and Muckross Estate to join the easier group.   14km    600m   ascent.

Day 8: Departure day

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