Brú na Bóinne is famous for the spectacular prehistoric passage tombs of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth which were built circa 3200BC. These ceremonial structures are among the most important Neolithic sites in the world and contain the largest collecti

Final Information - Hiking The Dingle Way & Self Drive West Cork Escape- O'Hagan

Bonnie & David O'Hagan

Wednesday 17th April – Thursday 2nd May 2024

Number of Travellers: 2
Duration: 16 Days / 15 Nights

Overview

Combining your week long guided trip along the Dingle way with some fantastic days driving and exploring the west coast of Ireland, this Irish adventure is sure to bring you the best of both worlds.
By hiking the Dingle Way, you’ll follow an internationally-renowned hiking trail that circumnavigates this unique corner of the world, exploring Dingle’s breathtaking scenery, ancient neolithic sites, award-winning cuisine, traditional Irish music, and colourful Irish characters.
Picking up your renal car, spend time poking into the nooks and crannies for Kerry and Cork, staying in Kenmare and Baltimore, hiking and exploring as you go before a few nights in Dublin enjoying some of the local tours.

 

 

Day by Day

Day 1 - Wednesday 17th April - Welcome to Dublin

Arriving in Ireland today, jump into a handy airport taxi to take you the short distance to the city centre where you hotel awaits.

Check in may not be ready for you till later this afternoon however you are free to drop your bags, freshen up, grab a bite to eat and head out into the city to start exploring.

Here are some of our suggestions for you for tours and experiences that we recommend in Dublin

Kilmainham Gaol
Inchicore Road,
Kilmainham, Dublin 8
DO8 RK28,

Phone: (01) 453 5984

WEB: https://kilmainhamgaolmuseum.ie/

EPIC
The CHQ Building,
Customs House Quay,
North Dock,
Dublin 1

Phone: (01) 906 0861

WEB: https://epicchq.com/

Book of Kells
The University of Dublin Trinity College,
College Green,
Dublin

Phone: (01) 896 2320

WEB: https://www.tcd.ie/visitors/book-of-kells/

14 Henrietta Street
14 Henrietta street,
Dublin,
D01 HH34,

Phone: +353 1 524 0383

WEB: https://14henriettastreet.ie/

Overnight: Dublin | The Alex Hotel
Room Type: Classic King
Meals Included: None

Day 1 - Hotel reservation Read More +

The Alex reservation number : 22388335

Day 2 - Thursday 18th April - Dublin to Tralee

Take a taxi to Dublin Heuston Station and board a train to Tralee Casement Station, a journey taking 4 hours. Your train will take you to Cork Kent Station where you will disembark on platform 1 before switching trains to platform 3 and going on to Tralee.

( please confirm platforms at the time of booking)
Once in Tralee, your hotel is a 500M or a 5 minute walk away.

Overnight: Tralee | The Ash Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 2 - Hotel reservation Read More +

The Ashe reservation number : 186563

Day 3 - Friday 19th April - A day in Tralee

Spend your day relaxing and enjoying some of the sights of Tralee, a small town with a population of under 24,000. Take a tour of the Kerry County Museum, housed in the Ashe Memorial Hall in the centre of town, the award-winning museum covers Kerry history from the bronze age to the present day. One of the best exhibits is the duelling pistols used by 19th-century politician Daniel O’Connell, also known by the rather cool nickname ‘The Liberator’.

Situated just off Denny Street and known locally as ‘The Green’, Tralee Town Park covers 35 acres and is one of Ireland’s largest urban parks. A great spot for a stroll at any time of year, it also contains the famous rose garden and a bunch of interesting statues and monuments to notable locals. If you’re visitng Kerry County Museum, make sure you check in here too as it’s just next door.

Or head to the outskirts to Tralee Bay Wetlands Eco & Activity Park where you can explore the flora and fauna of the area on a boat tour, a boardwalk or from the 20-metre high viewing tower.

Overnight: Tralee | The Ashe Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4 - Saturday 20th April - Welcome to the Dingle Peninsula

Meeting your guide Denis Beaky and the rest of the group in Tralee, we’ll enjoy our first lunch together before trading the city hubbub for the wind-rustled landscapes of the Dingle Peninsula. A short yet breathtaking scenic stroll to stretch our legs will introduce us to the wonders of Dingle before a delicious seaside dinner together.

Your Hiking the Dingle way joining instructions will have been previously sent to you. Let me know if you did not receive them.

Overnight: Dingle | Cill Bhreac House
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 3 km / 2 miles

Day 5 - Sunday 21st April - Minard Castle to Dingle Town

Our trail starts at the ruins of the impressive 16th century Minard Castle overlooking a salt-sprayed sandy cove. Hear stories of Cromwell’s struggle to drive the stubborn Gaelic clans from this castle as we marvel at the views of Dingle Bay and the mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula. Traversing sweeping landscapes and country lanes, we finish our hike amidst the colourful lanes of Dingle town, renowned for its cheery pubs, traditional Irish music, local artisans, and its fabulous seafood cuisine. Tonight, we’ll join the locals in one of the pubs to experience some real ‘craic agus ceoil’ (‘fun and music’).

Overnight: Dingle | Cill Bhreac House
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 29 km / 18 miles

Day 6 - Monday 22nd April - Mount Eagle to Slea Head, Ireland's Westerly Point

Uninterrupted Atlantic views are the reward for traversing a short uphill section over the saddle of Mount Eagle. The Dingle Peninsula hosts some of the richest collection of archaeological sites in Europe – we’ll come across standing stones and prehistoric monuments, as well as clochains or beehive huts, which may be as much as 2,000 years old. Today’s hike veers a little off of the Dingle Way to include some of the peninsula’s most impressive trails and coastal walking.

Overnight: Dingle | An Portan Guesthouse
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 19 km / 12 miles

Day 7 - Tuesday 23rd April - Smerwick Harbour & Wine Strand

Over the years, numerous artists have been lured to the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, finding inspiration in Dingle’s wild crashing shores, glittering coves and rolling mountains. It’s easy to see why as we follow the quiet north shores of Dingle, a remote corner of the peninsula that is visited by few others. Our hike follows the white sand shores of Smerwick Harbour and Wine Strand, with the iconic Three Sisters hills behind us and brilliant turquoise waters below. For the perfect end of the day, visit a microbrewery for a tour and tasting to quench the day’s thirst. Meet Ireland’s first female microbrewer and see how locally-sourced resources such as water from an on-site well are combined to produce seasonal beers

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 19 km / 12 miles

Day 8 - Wednesday 24th April - Hiking Mount Brandon

Up for a challenge? Today we make our way through the wildest part of Dingle, following a rough trail along the shoulder of Mount Brandon, a route often used by pilgrims to climb the holy mountain. According to legend, St Brendan had a vision of a “promised land” while seated at the mountain’s summit. He consequently set sail for his promised land and supposedly disembarked in 535 AD (900 years before Columbus) on American soil. Passing pre-historic Ogham stones and panoramic ocean views, the trail climbs over Mt Brandon’s saddle before descending into Brandon Bay and the teacup-sized Brandon Village.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 13 km / 8 miles

Day 9 - Thursday 25th April - The Maharees & Woodworker Studio

After yesterday’s climb, our beach walk along the length of Ireland’s longest white sand beach comes as a relief. Stretching out along a spit of undulating sand dunes known as the Maharees, the waves here are popular with wind and kite surfers. The sand dunes create a unique ecosystem, home to the rare Natterjack toad, Whooper swan and the Bewick’s mute swan. We’ll also visit a woodworking studio where a charismatic furniture maker and storyteller will show us some traditional carving techniques. We’ll enjoy a final dinner together in Dingle town where we toast our accomplishments hiking the Dingle Way

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Walk Details: 16 km / 10 miles

Day 10 - Friday 26th April - End of your Dingle Way Hiking trip, Start Self Drive

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the morning before saying goodbye to the wilds of the Dingle Peninsula. Head back to the town of Tralee where Denis will drop you off and you will pick up your rental car, set of to explore farther south, to Kenmare on The Iveragh Peninsula, or more well known as The Ring of Kerry.

Your driving route will take you through Killarney National Park where we recommend stopping to explore some of its highlights including Muckross House, Torc Waterfall, Ladies View and the bustling town centre before continuing on The Ring of Kerry.

 

Overnight: Kenmare | Brook Lane Hotel
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 10 - Car Rental Pick Up Details Read More +

Car Rental Company: Enterprise Ireland
Booking Reference: 1559575147
Pick Up Location: John Joe Sheehy Road, Tralee, Kerry Ireland V92 R583 | Pick Up Time: 10:00 am
Phone: (066) 711 9304

Day 10 - Directions Read More +

Driving Route: Tralee to Kenmare with suggested stops 

Killarney Town
Muckross House
Ladies View – Lovely Cafe up here for lunch
Brooklane ( Accommodation)

Day 10 - Dinner Details Read More +

Restaurant: Brook Lane | Location: Kenmare
| Booking Reference: Room reservations: 082657
Phone: +353 (0)64 6642077 | Website: https://www.brooklanehotel.com/

Dinner is included in your overnight rate, please get in touch if you would like us to pre book a time or you can let them know when you check in.

Day 11 - Saturday 27th April - The Beara Peninsula

Today you are free to explore The Beara Peninsula. In this breathtaking region, there are plenty of options for short walks, taking in some quiet coastal landscapes or the widening expanses of the Caha Mountains with views to Kerry’s Iveragh Peninsula and beyond. Spend time in the wee coastal village of Bantry where the spectacular views and the 17th century Bantry House are worth a visit. Perhaps you might take the ferry out past the seal colony to the exotic, paradisal gardens of Garnish Island where world-renowned garden design fuses with native West Cork plants.

Overnight: Baltimore | Caseys of Baltimore
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 11 - Directions Read More +

Brook lane to Casey’s of Baltimore with recommended stops. 

Ballaghboy- Cable car to Dursey Island
Garnish Island
Mannings Emporium – lunch/ coffee stop
Bantry
Baltimore

Day 12 - Sunday 28th April - Hiking the Sheep's Head Way

The meandering emerald landscape in which you are staying is so impressive it has been named a European Destination of Excellence in the development of sustainable tourism. West Cork’s Sheep’s Head Way is a community undertaking allowing access to some of the most beautiful and unspoilt landscapes in Ireland. Today you will meet with a local guide, who will tailor the day’s walking on the Sheep’s Head Way according to your ability and preferences. The Atlantic is never far away and options include ridge and shoreline walking along borreens, empty beaches or windswept heathery uplands.

Overnight: Baltimore | Caseys of Baltimore
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Guide Details - Julie Reeves Read More +

Name: Julie Reeves
Contact Number: +353 86 8035754
Meeting Place: Casey's of Baltimore | Meeting Time: 9:00 am

Julie will meet you in the lobby of your hotel. You can pre order a packed lunch the evening before from Caseys or pick up provisions that morning from a local bakery/ deli.

 

 

Day 13 - Monday 29th April - Cork and Kinsale

Cork, Ireland’s second city, has a vibrant centre and is a fun place to wander around. Ireland may once have been known for spuds and cabbage, but this little island has come a long way. The English Market, one of Europe’s oldest food markets, is a perfect place to discover fresh, local delicacies, from farmhouse cheeses and fresh seafood for which West Cork is world-famous, to locally-blended spices, and everything in between. Or hop in the car and head straight to the wee colourful town of Kinsale on the sea to breathe in the salty air. Relax to the crash of waves while enjoying a seaside lunch overlooking Kinsale’s marina before driving the coast road to your accommodation.

Overnight: Baltimore | Caseys of Baltimore
Room Type: Double
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 13 - Directions Read More +

Baltimore to Cork, Kinsale and return 
We recommend stops in Cork city, particularly The English Market, the Butter Museum,

Day 14 - Tuesday 30th April - Cork to Dublin

Heading back to Dublin, take your time travelling through Ireland’s hidden heartlands. Stop and visit the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland’s most iconic collections of medieval buildings. Perched on a precipice of limestone in the Golden Vale, it offers over 1,000 years of fascinating history and folklore.
Kilkenny Castle with its medieval castle is another fantastic stop on route to Dublin.

Overnight: Dublin | TBC
Meals Included: Breakfast

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Day 15 - Wednesday 1st May - A free day in Dublin or beyond

Spend the day in Dublin with plenty of sights to explore. There may be some places you missed when you first got here that you would like to cicle back to or, as you have the car at your disposal, you may want to explore a little further afield.

An hours drive out of the city will take you to the Heritage site of Brú na Bóinne Visitors Centre. Brú na Bóinne is famous for the spectacular prehistoric passage tombs of Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth which were built circa 3200BC. These ceremonial structures are among the most important Neolithic sites in the world and contain the largest collection of megalithic art in Western Europe.

Alternatively, travel an hour and a half south to Glendalough Monastic City. In a stunning glaciated valley in County Wicklow, in the sixth century, one of Ireland’s most revered saints founded a monastery. The foundation of St Kevin at Glendalough became one of the most famous religious centres in Europe. The remains of this ‘Monastic City’, which are dotted across the glen, include a superb round tower, numerous medieval stone churches and some decorated crosses.

Overnight: Dublin | TBC

Day 16 - Thursday 2nd May - Return to Dublin

Dropping your rental back to Dublin airport check in to your onwards flights to Scotland where your adventure continues.  We do hope your time in Ireland has been memorable and we once again have the opportunity to welcome to our shores.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 13
  • Breakfast only on unguided days, Breakfast lunch and dinner on guided Dingle Way trip
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified guide from Day 4 to Day 10
  • Ground transportation from Day 4 to Day 10
  • Car rental day 10 to 16 inclusive with pick up in Tralee Airport and drop off in Dublin Airport
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Full Dingle Way Itinerary from 20-26 April
  • Guided Hike Day Sheeps Head Way 28th April
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
Exclusions Read More
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Activities and entrance fees not mentioned in the inclusions
  • Gratuities for the main driver guide
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Meet Your Guide

Julie Reeves

Contact Number: +353 86 8035754