Kerry is world-renowned for its welcoming hospitality and rugged natural landscape. It’s a fabulous combination for avid walkers.
We decided this year to celebrate the Annual Kerry Camino Festival (May) by putting together our definitive list of Kerry Camino Tips.
8 Hiking Tips for the Kerry Camino
1. Pack a lunch
The beauty old The Kerry Camino is that it is a secluded, unspoiled trail. This is perfect for when you want to immerse yourself in nature, but so not ideal if you get a hungry belly. Days’ one and three walking The Kerry Camino have little options for food. Make sure to pack a lunch!
2. Prepare for the Terrain
On the first day of The Kerry Camino, from Tralee to Camp, you will cross some rocky and uneven terrain. make sure that you are wearing comfortable walking shoes with robust soles. A set of walking poles will also help you sail over the trail!
3. Take a rest at Inch Beach
Day two on The Kerry Camino is an absolute treat. You leave behind the difficult terrain of day one and traverse quiet gentle country trails, enjoying mountain and ocean views. A few kilometers before you reach Annascaul you will pass Inch Beach. There is a lovely cafe here and on a nice day, you can take a dip in the ocean. It’s the perfect spot to recharge your batteries.
4. Get your Pilgrim Passport stamped
If you want to get your certificate of completion don’t forget to have your pilgrim passport stamped wherever possible. Local establishments are becoming more familiar with the trail and will be delighted to help out! You can collect your certificate at St James Church!
5. Say hello to the locals
Some sections of The Kerry Camino Trail pass through farmland and you are likely to encounter locals. Make sure you are respectful of their land and the trail at all times. Littering on the trail is never a good idea. Don’t be afraid to say hello though, Kerry people are famous for being great fun!
6. Spend an extra night in Dingle
Dingle is a gorgeous little town that has become well accustomed to welcoming tourists.
We’d recommend you spend an extra night here to fully explore. Say hello to local dolphin, Funghi, watch surfers on the beach, enjoy some fresh seafood and soak in authentic Irish culture.
7. Dress Appropriately
We don’t, mean dress to impress here. The Southwest coast is famous for its unpredictable weather.
Check the forecast a couple of days before you hit the trail. Always carry a rain jacket and sun protection. You may need both in one day!
8. Look out for the arrows
The Kerry Camino is extremely well marked and your chances of getting lost are very slim. It’s still important to keep an eye out for the markings on the trail that will guide you to your destination. They are colored green and yellow, like the flag of Kerry!
We’ve got a great Kerry Camino Short Hiking Break to suit hiking enthusiasts over a long weekend this Autumn.
For more information on any of our walking or cycling tours, please contact the travel specialists.