Walking in Kerry offers a diverse range of landscapes suitable for all levels of ability. The three large peninsulas which jut out into the Atlantic and make up County Kerry are the basis for the largest network of marked trails in Ireland:
• The Kerry Way (over 200km),
• the Dingle Way (179km)
• and the lesser known Beara Way (100km).
These trails are never far from the coast but also take in the lower stretches of the regions mountain ranges and are ideal if you are thinking of arranging a self guided walking holiday in Kerry.
Besides these marked trails the region is full of peaceful short walks which take in secluded coastal inlets, deserted beaches, the Killarney lakes and traditional Irish farmland. Our favourite short walks are magic and always seem to end up in our best loved Kerry pubs.
For those seeking more adventure there is no need to look outside of the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula. Climbing Dingle’s highest peak Mount Brandon provides unsurpassed views of the peninsula’s coastline and Ireland’s largest mountain range the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks lies just a short drive from Killarney.
With the right information, preparation and weather Climbing Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain, is very achievable to anyone with a good level of fitness. Mountain enthusiasts and hill walkers will feel very much at home in this rugged environment which was carved out during the last ice age.
Along all the major walking trails there is a great supply of B&B and cottage accommodation. So at the end of each day of walking in Kerry there will always be somewhere warm and cosy to get a great night’s sleep before heading out to explore the following morning.