In former times Dingle was one of the departure points in Ireland for boats which took pilgrims to the Northwestern Spanish port of A Coruña. 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 travelling 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. Let us know if you would like to complete the Celtic Camino from Ireland to Santiago.