Hiking Ireland’s Southwest

For travel in 2026 - dates to be agreed

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights

Overview

A green grade hiking journey starting with a Dublin tour, then exploring Ireland’s scenic southwest peninsulas from Cork to the Ring of Kerry. Each day blends relaxed hiking with enriching cultural encounters, offering an immersive exploration of Ireland’s vibrant heritage. The trip concludes at Shannon Airport, with an optional drop-off in Limerick.

Day by Day

Day 1 - Dublin's Fair City

A private transfer will meet you at the airport and take you to your Dublin hotel.  In the afternoon, embark on an city walking tour. You’ll explore Dublin’s historic streets, taking in the stunning architecture, visiting famous landmarks, and discovering hidden gems. Along the way, the guide will share fascinating stories and insights about the city’s past and present, giving you a deeper understanding of Dublin’s unique character and charm. This evening get to know your guide and your group over a welcome drink followed by dinner at a popular Dublin restaurant.

Overnight: Dublin | Camden Court Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2 - Rock of Cashel

Transfer to West Cork, enjoying a scenic journey that includes a stop at The Rock of Cashel. This historic site, perched atop a limestone hill, boasts ancient fortifications and iconic medieval architecture, offering a glimpse into Ireland’s rich cultural and religious past. Explore the intricate Celtic crosses, majestic round tower, and the well-preserved medieval buildings that dot the landscape. As you continue your journey towards West Cork, soak in the picturesque countryside views, with rolling green hills and quaint villages passing by. The scenic drive sets the stage for the natural beauty and tranquil charm that awaits in this captivating region of Ireland.

Overnight: Glengarriff | Eccles Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 - Hike near Glengarriff and visit Garnish Island

Embark on a scenic hike near Glengarriff, a picturesque village nestled at the foothills of the Caha Mountains in West Cork. As you traverse the trails, you’ll be surrounded by lush woodlands, babbling streams, and panoramic views of Bantry Bay and the rugged Beara Peninsula. This tranquil setting provides the perfect backdrop for a relaxing and rejuvenating outdoor adventure.

After your hike, visit Garnish Island, a hidden gem known for its stunning gardens and exotic plants. Accessible by a short boat ride from Glengarriff, Garnish Island is renowned for its Italianate gardens, meticulously designed with rare plants and vibrant blooms. Take a leisurely stroll through the winding paths, marveling at the intricate sculptures, peaceful ponds, and breathtaking vistas overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Savor the serenity of Garnish Island, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and botanical wonders that make this island a true horticultural delight. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a garden lover, or simply seeking a tranquil escape, the combination of hiking near Glengarriff and visiting Garnish Island promises a memorable and enchanting experience in Ireland’s southwest.

Overnight: Glengarriff | Eccles Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4 - Hike the Beara Peninsula

Embark on an unforgettable hiking expedition on the enchanting Beara Peninsula, renowned for its rugged coastline, sweeping vistas, and pristine natural beauty. As you traverse the trails, you’ll be immersed in the untamed wilderness, surrounded by heather-covered hills, dramatic cliffs, and tranquil lakes that reflect the ever-changing Irish skies.

After your hike, delve into the heart of Irish tradition with a visit to Molly Gallivan’s Cottage and Traditional Farm. Nestled in the picturesque countryside near Kenmare, this historic site offers a genuine glimpse into rural Irish life. Experience a hands-on demonstration of traditional turf cutting, where you’ll learn the ancient art of harvesting peat for fuel, a practice deeply rooted in Ireland’s cultural heritage. Next, indulge in a bread-making demonstration, where you’ll knead and shape dough before watching it bake to golden perfection in an open hearth.

Overnight: Killarney | Killarney International Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 - Killarney National Park

Experience a day of exploration and discovery in Killarney National Park, with a serene boat trip across the tranquil waters of Lough Leane. As you glide along, surrounded by the park’s verdant landscapes and mirrored reflections, take in the peaceful ambiance of this pristine natural setting.

Upon reaching shore, embark on a picturesque hike through Killarney’s diverse terrain. Wander along well-defined paths that wind through ancient woodlands, where towering trees and lush vegetation create a serene atmosphere. Along the way, be captivated by the sight and sound of Torc Waterfall, its cascading waters tumbling gracefully into a crystal-clear pool below. Pause to soak in the natural beauty and capture the moment amidst moss-covered rocks and vibrant foliage.

After your hike, continue your journey with a visit to Muckross House, a splendid Victorian mansion set amidst sprawling gardens and scenic vistas. Step inside to explore the lavishly furnished rooms adorned with period furnishings and exquisite artworks, gaining insight into the lives of its former inhabitants, the Herbert family. Stroll through the meticulously maintained gardens surrounding the estate, where manicured lawns, colorful flower beds, and tranquil lakeside paths invite peaceful contemplation.

Overnight: Killarney | Killarney International Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 - Inch Strand and Dingle

Enjoy a leisurely morning with a scenic beach walk along Inch Strand, a stunning stretch of sandy coastline nestled between the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged mountains in the distance, while keeping an eye out for local wildlife such as seabirds soaring overhead or dolphins playing in the surf.

After your beach walk, indulge in a delightful lunch at The South Pole Inn, a historic pub with a cozy atmosphere and a rich maritime history. Named in honor of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean, who once owned the pub, The South Pole Inn offers a menu of hearty Irish dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.  Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the region with an authentic traditional music session at a local pub. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the lively tunes of Irish musicians playing fiddles, tin whistles, and bodhráns.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 - Slea Head and the Blasket Centre

Hike along Slea Head, one of the most picturesque and dramatic parts of the Dingle Peninsula. The trail offers breathtaking views of the rugged coastline, with the Atlantic Ocean crashing against the cliffs below and the distant Blasket Islands dotting the horizon. As you hike, take in the stunning scenery, including rolling green hills, ancient stone walls, and quaint farmhouses. The path will lead you to scenic overlooks where you can pause to capture the beauty of this wild and unspoiled landscape.

After your hike, visit the Blasket Centre, a fascinating heritage and cultural museum dedicated to the history and legacy of the Blasket Islands. The centre offers a deep dive into the lives of the islanders who lived on the Blaskets until they were evacuated in 1953. Through engaging exhibits, multimedia presentations, and personal stories, learn about the unique Gaelic culture, the challenges of island life, and the rich literary heritage that emerged from this small community.

Overnight: Dingle | Dingle Benners Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8 - Adare Village and return to Dublin

Today we will depart Dingle and head back to Dublin for trip finale. We will stop in the quaint Adare village where you will have the chance to browse local craft boutiques.  Check in to your Dublin hotel where you will bid farewell to your guide and rest before your onward journey tomorrow. 

Overnight: Dublin | Camden Court Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 9 - Farewell!

A private transfer will take you to Dublin airport for the end of a memorable trip.

Trip Details

Inclusions Read More
  • All accommodation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • Most meals as detailed above
  • Services of an experienced and knowledgeable qualified (ML / LL, REC3, SPSV) at 1:8 guide to client ratio from Day 1 to Day 8
  • Ground transportation from Day 1 to Day 9
  • All guided hikes and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personalised trip design and delivery
  • Snacks throughout the trip
  • 24 hour in-country support from the Wilderness Team
  • Gratuities for third party providers (hotels, included meals and experience guides)
  • Private airport transfer on arrival and departure
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
  • Additional services at hotels (eg. laundry, bar)
Pricing Read More

The price for this itinerary is:
  • 6 – 12 pax – €2650 pp sharing
  • 13 – 16 pax – €2550 pp sharing

Get in Touch


Accommodation

Camden Court Hotel

Camden Street Lower | Saint Kevin's | Dublin |
D02 W086 | Ireland
Phone: (01) 475 9666
Web: camdencourthotel.com

Eccles Hotel

Harbour, Reenmeen West | Glengarriff | West Cork |
P75 A072 | Ireland
Phone: (027) 63003
Web: eccleshotel.com

Killarney International Hotel

Kenmare Place | Killarney | Kerry |
V93 PXK3 | Ireland
Phone: (064) 663 1816
Web: killarneyinternational.com

Dingle Benners Hotel

Dingle | Kerry |
Ireland
Phone: +353 (0)66 915 1638
Web: dinglebenners.com