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Hiking the Dingle Way

Tralee & Ring of Dingle

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Prepare to fall in love with the Wild Atlantic Way in the West of Ireland. The town of Dingle, one of the main stops along The Dingle Way and The Wild Atlantic Way, was once named as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’ by National Geographic and Trip Advisor rated it among the top 100 destinations in the world.

The town’s most famous resident is a bottle nose dolphin named Fungi who made Dingle harbour his home in 1983. The terrain of the The Dingle Way is greatly varied from rural roads to coastal paths and low level mountain trails, accessible to all levels of fitness but, with a little tweaking (shortening the walking distance some days) it could be perfect for families also. From Tralee to Dingle, you will be following the trail known as the Kerry Camino, enjoying fantastic views of the ocean and Inch Strand.

The route passes through Gaeltacht areas (Irish-Speaking region), making it a wonderful place to discover authentic Irish culture, music and entertainment. From Dingle you can then continue along The Dingle Way, hiking one of Ireland’s most scenic regions: the Dingle Peninsula.

Home to stunning landscapes, The Dingle Way is also full of important cultural and historic sights from Celtic Ogham stones to Fahan Beehive huts, ring forts and dolmens, standing stones, holy wells… Another place you shouldn’t miss is the village of Annascaul, birthplace of famous Antarctic explorer Tom Crean (1877-1938). You can learn more about the Dingle Way route in our blog.

The Kerry Camino is a short break from Tralee to Dingle which travels along the same route as the Dingle Way. Have a look at our Kerry Camino package here.


Trip highlights

  • Wander the colourful streets and harbour of Dingle
  • Visit 'The South Pole Inn' home of Antarctic explorer Tom Crean
  • Discover archaeological monuments dating back over 6,000 years
  • Be amazed by incredible views of The Great Blasket Islands from Dunquin

1 Tralee


You will start The Dingle Way 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 Kerry Camino, joining the towns of Tralee and Dingle which are popular towns along the Wild Atlantic Way.

2 Tralee to Camp - 19km


The first day on the Dingle Way passes along the Tralee Canal before passing the windmill in Blennerville. From here the route travels along a track sandwiched between Tralee Bay on the right and the mountains on the left.

NOTE: This track is quite rocky in places so can be difficult underfoot. If you wish to avoid this you should start your walk in Camp.

3 Camp to Annascaul - 17km


4H15 | +307m / -349m

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


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 to Dunquin - 20km

5H | +381m / -338m

A fantastic day’s walking on a mixture of boreens and coastal paths on The Dingle Way today. You will have the best views of The Great Blasket Islands and this dramatic coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way. In either good or bad weather experiencing the landscape and scenery will be breath taking.

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 (weather dependent).

6 Dunquin to Feohanagh - 21km


5H30 | + 119m / -155m

Today’s route on The Dingle Way will lead you on a mixture of boreens, coastal paths and beaches along headlands, peninsulas and secluded coves. This section has plenty of little side tracks to beauty spots and historical sites. It is definitely worth your while familiarizing yourself with some of the local points of interest to make sure you get the most from your time in this historic area. If the weather is favourable why not have a picnic by the monument at Fort del Oro or on the beach just after?

7 Feohanagh to Cloghane - 25km


5H30 | +691m / -686m

Turning inland once more and gaining altitude as you walk in the foothills of Brandon mountain (this will be the highest point on your trip), you will be walking along mountain trails as you descend and enter the Brandon Head nature reserve; best known for its blanket bogs and heather. You can follow the trail to the viewing point at Brandon Point. From there you will moving back on boreens, looking down onto Lady’s Island and Illanduff.


Cloghane is the end of our ‘Highlight’ tour.

8 Cloghane to Castlegregory - 28km


7H | +87m / -88m

A long day ahead of you on this section of the Wild Atlantic Way but the very mild ascent and decent will help it feel shorter. You will spend a larger part of the day walking along beaches and coastal trails. This section of The Dingle Way, like some of the others is dotted with great picnic spots. If you have a packed lunch with you, you can just have a picnic on the beach. If not there are a few cafes and restaurants in the villages of Faramore and Kilshannig.

9 Castlegregory to Tralee - 27km (or to Camp 11km)


7H30 | +384m / -390m

Your last day on The Dingle Way is long, however relatively flat, with stunning coastal views of the bay of Tralee. You will be walking along rural roads and coastal trails before taking on a low level mountain trail on your walk back into Tralee. Alternatively, if you want to have a more relaxed day, you can catch a bus or taxi from the village of Camp (11km).

10 Tralee


After breakfast your walking tour on The Dingle Way finishes.

Why not talk with our reservations team about adding an extra evening to your itinerary so that you have some time to explore Tralee, the Siamse Tíre (The Folk Theater of Ireland) or the Kerry Country Museum.

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.

Tralee - Standard

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.

Annascaul - Standard

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.

Dingle - Standard

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.

Dunquin - Standard

You will be welcomed at your guest house tonight a traditionally renovated farm house, set amongst a working farm out on the Dingle peninsula. A family run guest house established 1991.

Feohanagh - Standard

This guest house is ideally situated on The Dingle Way, just off the Slea Head and close to the foot of Mount Brandon, All on the rooms are en-suite. Guests are invited to explore the original Irish artwork which adorn the walls of the house, several of these paintings are scenes from around the Dingle Peninsula.

Clogane - Standard

Your guest house for tonight is located on the main street of the quiet village of Cloghane, right on The Dingle Way.

Castlegregory - Standard

Your lodgings this evening are a real treat, a family-run hotel with 15 individually styled bed rooms all en-suite, The hotel has an indoor heated swimming pool, gym, sauna, two spacious lounges, two lecture rooms, drying facilities, bar and restaurant.

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How to Get There

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




Kerry Airport 20km:

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


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.


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;

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.


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.


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.


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;


More Information:

Irish Rail – Train.

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus.

Dublin Coach -Intercity Bus