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Hiking the Kerry Camino

Tralee to Dingle Town

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In former times Dingle was one of the departure points in Ireland for boats which took pilgrims to the Northwestern Spanish port of La Coruna. From here the pilgrims set off on foot to Santiago de Compostela. In order to get to Dingle in the first place, the pilgrims would have made their way from all over Ireland and the final part of their journey would have taken them from Tralee and across the Dingle Peninsula. As you follow this path you will not only be walking in the footsteps of these pilgrims, you will be traveling through an area which was home to St Brendan, also known as Brendan the Navigator, in the early 6th century. He used this part of Kerry as a base from which he set sail to spread the word of God along the coasts of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Brittany. It is also widely believed that Brendan was the first European to reach America.

While the route pays homage to these explorers it is also recognised as being one of the most scenic walking routes in the country. With breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of Kerry, the walk will bring you through areas of stunning natural beauty and small villages with cosy pubs and friendly locals. If you are looking for a short walking break in Ireland, this should be top of your list.

The Kerry Camino follows the route of the Dingle Way from Tralee to Dingle. If you wish to continue your walk from Dingle you should take a look at our Dingle Way packages.

Trip highlights

  • Wander the colourful streets and harbour of Dingle
  • Visit 'The South Pole Inn' home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean
  • Collect your passport stamps and get your Camino Certficate in St James Church in Dingle
  • Follow in the footsteps of the early pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela

1 Tralee

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You will start The Kerry Camino in the busy town of Tralee, famous for its annual Rose of Tralee festival, an international competition celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. Tralee is the starting point of the Dingle Way which takes walkers in a loop around the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula.

2 Tralee to Camp - 19km

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5H | +325m / -251m

On the way from Tralee to Camp the way passes the entrances to several impressive glacial valleys, a number of streams make their way towards the sea. These are easily crossed by either bridge or stepping stones. Features of interest to keep an eye out for along this mountain section are an old Victorian-era reservoir that used to supply water to Tralee. Towards the end of this section the trail descends onto a hedge-lined stone path which used to be the old Tralee-Dingle road in the distant past. The preserved ruins of Killelton Oratory can be found alongside the trail here to the left of the path. This part is often used as a cattle drove which means it can get quite mucky. Several stiles have to be crossed before finally reaching a tarmac road.

3 Camp to Annascaul - 17km

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4H15 | +307m / -349m

You will have a short transfer to the village of Camp after breakfast (the transfer is not included but there are regular buses to Camp). The walk from Camp to Annascaul is very gentle, predominately along quiet boreens which wind through the countryside, offering views of the mountains and the North Atlantic ocean. When you reach Annascaul you can take a walk on Inch Beach. This is one of the longest beaches on the Wild Atlantic Way and offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

4 Annascaul to Dingle - 22km

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5H | +397m / -420m

Today is a long day walking along rural roads and coastal tracks until you turn inland, gradually gaining altitude as you climb. After turning back on yourself it is all down hill to the picturesque fishing village of Dingle. This is one of the top villages to visit along the Wild Atlantic Way route. There are plenty of cafes, pubs, restaurants and other places of interest to explore.

Extra day: Add an extra day to your itinerary, allowing yourself a sleep in and late breakfast before taking a day off your trek to arrange a boat tour to The Great Blasket Island. The highlights of this area include a boat tour of Dingle Harbour, dive/swim with Fungi the dolphin, drop in to see the good work being done at the Dingle wild life and seal sanctuary. Try horse trekking on either mountain trails or sandy beaches, feeling energetic and adventurous? visit Ireland’s largest indoor climbing wall or just enjoy a day off to relax and explore the town at your leisure.

5 Dingle

Take some time to stroll around the beautiful narrow streets of this popular seaside town.

Our hotels will be rated 3 stars or equivalent, offering the best possibility to relax during your walking tour. Accommodation displayed may not be available at the time of booking.

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We have chosen a modern hotel in the heart of Tralee town centre as your accommodation at the start of your walking tour with us, along The Dingle Way. Our hotels will be rated 3 stars at least, offering the best possibility to relax before your week of walking.

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Your accommodation for tonight will be in a lovely family-run guesthouse overlooking Fenit Harbour.

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This evening you will be staying in a recently refurbished family-run Bed and Breakfast situated in the heart of Annascaul village, a popular choice with hikers and families who wish to explore the beautiful Dingle Peninsula.

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A popular tourist town we have a selection of guest houses and hotels to choose from depending on your requirements and whether you wish to add a rest day into your itinerary.

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How to Get There

Live information on Rome2Rio. We can also arrange private transfers if you prefer, just ask us.

 

Tralee

 

Kerry Airport 20km:

Kerry Airport to Tralee | Taxi | Travel time 0H30 taxi from outside the terminal | Fare €40 approx.

OR

Kerry Airport to Tralee | Bus No.285 | Travel time 0H30 from outside the terminal | Fare €9 return approx.

 

Cork City 118km:

Cork City (Cork Kent Station) to Tralee | Irish Rail | Travel time 1H15, leaving every 4 hours | Fare €30 each way approx.

OR

Cork City (Cork Bus Station) to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 2H00, leaving every 2 hours from mid morning to mid day | Fare €40 return approx.

 

Dublin Airport 305km:

Getting to Tralee from Dublin Airport

Dublin Airport to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 6H00, leaving every 2 hours from mid morning to evening with a change in Limerick | Fare €50 return approx.

Dublin Airport to Tralee | Dublin Coach | Travel time 4H05, leaving Dublin Airport to Red Cow every 30mins from 03:15 to 23:45.  Change at Red Cow for Tralee, 9 daily services, every 2hrs from 07:35 to 23:35 | Fare €20 each way -Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

Getting to Tralee from Dublin Airport via Dublin City Centre

Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Aircoach | Travel time 0H30, leaving every 15-30min | Fare €6 approx. one way.

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Step 1: Dublin Airport to Dublin City Centre | Dublin Bus – Bus No.747 | Travel time 0H40, leaving every 15min | Fare €6 one way. (NOTE: This bus also stops at Heuston Train Station).

Step 2: Once on O’Connell Street it is a short walk, tram or taxi ride to Heuston Train Station or Busaras Bus Depot.

Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Heuston Train Station) to Tralee | Irish Rail | Travel time 3H50, leaving every 2 hours | Fare €20-€40 return approx.

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Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Busaras Bus Depot) to Tralee | Bus Éireann | Travel time 3H40, leaving every 2 hours from morning to mid day | Fare €50 return approx.

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Step 3: Dublin City Centre (Burgh Quay) to Tralee | Dublin Coach | Travel Time 4H25, 9 daily services from 07:15 to 23:15 | Fare €20 one-way.  Online booking advisable; http://www.dublincoach.ie/index.php

 

Dingle

Dingle to Tralee:  Bus Éireann  | Travel Time 1H10, 5 daily services (4 on Sundays) | Fare €14 one-way

 

More Information:

Irish Rail – Train.

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus.

Dublin Coach -Intercity Bus

 

From Tralee follow the above directions