Kerry Way

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KERRY WAY

This world-famous long-distance (214 km) walking trail is the on-foot version of the Ring of Kerry, a huge looped route around the Iveragh Peninsula taking in some of the Reeks District and Kerry’s finest sights on the way.

In the Reeks District, you can pick up the Kerry Way in the Black Valley and walk toward Glencar, or even choose to start from the Climbers Inn or Glenbeigh. Although the trail goes through many remote locations, walkers can book accommodation in guesthouses along the trail or in nearby villages close to the route.

While the Reeks District is home to Ireland’s highest mountains, the Kerry Way avoids the higher peaks and takes walkers on the lower reaches of mountain ridges offering a variety of landscapes on the way. Reeks highlights on the trail include the Black Valley, Lough Acoose, Glencar and Cahersiveen, while other notable stops are Killarney National Park and the town of Waterville that overlooks Ballinskelligs Bay.

THE CHALLENGE

Day 1
Black Valley to Glencar
Day 2
Glencar to Glenbeigh
Day 3
Glenbeigh to Coars
Day 4
Coars to Waterville
Day 5
Waterville to Staigue
Day 6
Staigue to Blackwater Bridge
Day 7
Blackwater Bridge to Kenmare
Day 8
Kenmare to Killarney
Day 9
Killarney to Black Valley
Dramatic scenery

Looping around the Iveragh Peninsula, the Kerry Way passes through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside in Ireland.

Gaeltacht areas

Certain parts of Kerry are Irish speaking (Gaeltacht) so you may see signs with different spellings for place names depending where you are on the route.

Varied walking

Boggy farmland, long-abandoned coach roads, soft trails and ancient paths – the terrain on the Kerry Way is as varied as it comes.

Supplies and stays

Despite its remote nature, the Kerry Way passes through enough towns and villages to make refeshment and overnight relaxation easy to find.

Kerry Way

Reeks District

FAQ

The following are recommended: comfortable walking/hiking boots and socks, head covering, gloves, fleece, waterproof jacket and over-trousers.

Yes, but a guidebook and maps are recommended. Maps numbered 78, 83 and 84 in The Discovery Series produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland are the best ones.

Reception on high ground is pretty good, but less so in the valleys. Don't rely on a map on your phone to always work.

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