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Dingle Way, Ireland: July 3 - 13, 2017

Rating: Moderate



National Geographic Traveler magazine once described the Dingle Peninsula of Ireland as "The Most Beautiful Place on Earth." Decide for yourself! Join us on a memorable hiking adventure on the Dingle Way, a spectacular route along Ireland's wild west coast.  We will hike 94 miles over eight days following a combination of country lanes and pastoral trails through gorgeous countryside with an amazing diversity of landscapes.


The Dingle Way is rated "Moderate" as we hike 10-13 miles per day over hill and dale, easily within the capability of resonably fit hikers. Luggage is transported by van to the next lodging, so a daypack is all that is required for hiking.  Persons needing a rest day are welcome to ride to our next overnight stop on our luggage van.







From the foothills of the Slieve Mish Mountains to crossing the shoulder of Mount Brandon, from the crashing waves of the Atlantic at Slea Head to the tranquil setting of pastoral farmland, the Dingle Way transports you to a different world where the slower pace enhances your appreciation of the natural beauty surrounding you. Some of the finest archeological sites in Ireland are encountered along the Dingle Way, including standing stones, ogham stones, beehive huts, and even a castle or two.  The trail passes through many picturesque villages and towns where each night finds us in a welcoming b&b or country inn. Friendly and colorful pubs offer pleasant rest stops on our journey and, often, live Irish music. We are in the heart of the Gaeltacht, a stronghold for the Irish language and culture where Irish is often heard.


You can choose to meet us in Shannon or we can provide our flight itinerary if you wish to join our flight (providing flight is not fully booked). We fly out of New York.






Day 1: Arrive in Shannon where a van transports us to the village of Dingle. With its quaint shops, excellent restaurants and lively pubs, Dingle is one of the highlights of our trip and will be the starting point of our trek.


Day 2: Dingle to Slea Head, 12 miles. Ancient hillside forts dating back more than 2500 years, stunning clifftop views of the mystical Blasket Islands, ruins of another castle...this is an unforgettable day! Meals provided: B, L.


Day 3: Slea Head to Ballyferriter, 9.5 miles. After a quick visit to the Blasket Islands museum, our path leads us along the coastline as we cross several secluded beaches and admire the marvelous scenery. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 4: Ballyferriter to Cuas, 9.5 miles. Our route takes us along some of the finest clifftop walks in Ireland with the brooding peak of Masatiompan (Mount Brandon) watching over us. Meals provided: B, L.



Day 5: Cuas to Cloghane, 13 miles. Our most challenging day. The climb over the shoulder of Masatiompan is the steepest on the Dingle Way, but the views are spectacular and well worth the effort. An ancient ogham stone appears at our highest point. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 6: Cloghane to Scraggane Pier, 10.5 miles. Leaving Cloghane, we emerge onto a magnificent beach that juts out towards a group of islands called the Seven Hogs. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 7: Scraggane Pier to Camp, 12 miles. We follow the northern side of the peninsula through sand dunes and long beaches to Castlegregory village, then continue along the coastline to Camp. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 8: Camp to Annascaul, 11 miles. We turn west and pass over the western outlier of the Slieve Mish Mountains. Dark banks are sliced into the moorland and peat is stacked to dry....Annascaul, home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean and Crean's South Pole Inn, is a friendly pub that doubles as a museum chronicalling Crean's adventures on the Scott and Shackleton expeditions. 12 miles. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 9: Annascaul to Dingle, 13.5 miles. Beautiful views of seaside cliffs, Minard Castle, and picturesque farmland greet us as we continue to Dingle and the completion of our journey. Meals provided: B, L.


Day 10: Day in Dingle to relax, purchase souvenirs, and to prepare for the trip home. Meals provided: B


Day 11: Our van transports us back to Shannon for the flight home.


Itinerary subject to change based on availability of accommodations



What's Included


  • Ensuite double occupancy for all accommodations. Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested and available.
  • All accommodations and meals as stated in the itinerary.
  • Guide services.
  • All group transportation in Ireland including round trip from Shannon to Dingle.
  • Daily luggage forwarding.
  • Admission to Blasket Islands museum.









What's NOT Included


  • Travel insurance / trip cancellation insurance.
  • Flights to and from Shannon Airport, Ireland.
  • Personal gear (see equipment list).
  • Personal taxi fares.
  • Private excursions.
  • Meals not specified in itinerary.
  • Alcoholic beverages.













Inn/B&B/Guesthouse: 10 nights.






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