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Self-Guided Walking Holidays Dingle Way

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 The Dingle Way  8 Days / 7 Nights  Grade B/C: Hills or Coastal Walking

This walk covers the most scenic sections of the Dingle Way. It is a fairly easy walk and does not involve too much in the way of ascent (except for the last day) and is therefore ideal for those who want to enjoy the splendour and beauty of the Dingle Peninsula without the pain. The Dingle Peninsula is liberally scattered with links to the history and legend of ancient Ireland – with relics and sites that cover the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age through to early Christian, Viking and medieval sites.

This rich archaeological heritage, the oral tradition of local Irish folklore and mythology combines with the open warmth, friendliness and hospitality of the local populace to make a visit to the Dingle Peninsula a truly memorable and unique experience.

"Cead Míle Fáilte go dtí Corca Dhuibhne".
Looking back at Mount Brandon after descending from Masatiompan on the way to Brandon Village.
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Minard Castle and the rounded stones of Minard Beach on the Dingle Way.

Day 1 (Arrival)
Arriving at airport or station, you are met by our transport. You will be transferred by bus to our first nights accommodation at Annascaul. You will have time free to acclimatise with a walk around the village before your meal in the evening.

Day 2 (17km Camp to Annascaul)
A transfer in the morning will bring you the start of our tour at Camp and an easy day's walking to get your walking legs under you. A gradual ascent from Camp leads you along small roads lined with fuschia and along farm tracks, skirting Moanlaur and the Slive Mish mountains. Descending through woodland you rise to a saddle and with a view across Dingle bay you may see the peaks of the MacGillycuddy Reeks in the distance. A gentle walk brings you down toward Inch Strand and then along further easy paths into Annascaul town and your stay for the night.

Day 3 (21km Annascaul to Dingle town)
The walk from Annascaul skirts the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula toward Minard Head. On the way you get a view of Minard Castle (destroyed by Cromwellian forces in 1650) and used as a location in the filming of "Ryan’s Daughter". Following farm tracks you rise from Lispole to run along the lower slopes of Slievanea and crossing the road from the Connor Pass, descend to Dingle town.

Day 4 (20km or 12km Ventry to Dunquin)
Ballydavid with Mount Brandon as seen from Smerwick Harbour This is a day for your cameras! You can elect for a transport which takes you from Dingle town to Ventry harbour or walk along the lower paths of the Dingle Way. After traversing the strand you take An Bothar Dorcha (The Dark Road) around Mount Eagle and the impressive views from Slea Head. Each hour is filled with new sites – you pass beehive huts, promontory forts and breathtaking views over the sea cliffs to the Blasket Islands out in the Atlantic swells before finishing in the small village of Dunquin.

Day 5 (Visit to Blasket Islands)
In the morning you might take the opportunity to visit the Dunquin Heritage Centre (admission not included). You then travel by boat to the Blasket Islands – now deserted, as the last inhabitants left here in 1954. The Great Blasket has over 1,100 acres of unspoilt largely mountainous terrain and provides the opportunity for many scenic walks before you return to the mainland in the late afternoon and stay again in Dunquin or transfer to Ballyferriter for your overnight stop.

Day 6 (18km Three Sisters to Ballydavid)
Today you take the coastal path to walk on the shoulders of the cliffs of the Three Sisters - overlooking the Atlantic coastline. Coming down from the cliffs you pass by Smerwick Harbour and the remains of the Dun An Oir Fort - site of a massacre of a brigade of Italians, Spaniards and Basques in the Munster rebellion of 1580. Coming out on to the beautiful sands of Béal Bán strand you follow the beach to Wine Strand (Trá an Fhiona) all the way to Murreagh and your stop at Ballydavid for the night.

Day 7 (22km Ballydavid to Cloghane)
The Ogham Stone at the shoulder of Masatiompan.Your last day’s walking is a spectacular one. leaving Ballydavid, you follow the coast to Feohanagh and then commence the ascent of Brandon head climbing alongside the steep cliffs to a height of approximately 700m. You pass the shoulder of Masatiompan (which affords views of Brandon Mountain itself) and is marked at the highest point by a 3,500-year-old Ogham Stone. You then descend to Brandon Point with views over Brandon Bay toward Castlegregory and Rough Point. Turning back south you follow a path to the village of Cloghane and the end your journey.


You stay then in Cloghane or are transferred to Dingle or Tralee where you spend the night. With luck you will be able to enjoy one of the many traditional Irish music nights in the local hostelries for a final immersion in the unique craic of the Irish!

Day 8 (Departure)
Transfer back to airport or station for your return journey.

Included
7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).

Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each morning. The Meals Package option also includes a packed lunch, and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks are not included.

Luggage transfer each day, detailed daily route notes and maps.
Transfers to and from Kerry Airport, Tralee or Killarney train station. Other transfers can be arranged.

For more information on Ireland visit the Tourism Ireland website at www.ireland.ie.
Flight schedules and information on Shannon Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Kerry Airport.
Flight schedules and information on Cork Airport.
For information on trains to Killarney and Tralee, visit the Irish Rail site.

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Prices and options

Option 1 - Standard Package The price for the Dingle Way self-guided (standard package) tour is £480 Sterling (approx $765 US Dollars or €575 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Transfers to and from Kerry Airport or Killarney or Tralee train stations.
  • Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each morning.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).
Option 2 - Meals Package The price for the Dingle Way self-guided (meals package) tour is £655 Sterling (approx $1,045 US Dollars or €790 Euro) per person sharing.

  • 7 nights accommodation, based on two adults sharing, in Irish Tourist Board approved hotels and guesthouses (normally with en-suite facilities).
  • Transfers to and from Kerry Airport, Killarney or Tralee train stations.
  • Meals consist of a full Irish breakfast each day, packed lunch, and a two/three course meal each evening. Drinks are not included.
  • Luggage transfer each day along the route, detailed daily route notes, and map(s).

Single supplement - Single occupancy (if accompanying a party) at £80

Lone traveller supplement - Travelling alone (not with a party) at £110. Note that this is in place of the single supplement (not in addition to it).

Other transfers - For transfers to or from Shannon Airport, Cork Airport or Cork train station the cost is 140 per transfer. Note that this is not the price per person but is for each transfer (one way) for up to 4 people.

You can start your self-guided tour on any day that you wish throughout the year. Please complete a booking form, or contact us to arrange.

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