Day 1; Arrive Tralee
Day 2; Tralee – Camp: 17.5Km (11miles) Starting at the Ashe Memorial Hall.
Terrain: Road side and canal side paths, minor roads, open mountain, moorland path and boreen (small laneways).
Summary: Easy walking from Tralee to beyond Blennerville, then a long lower scenic transverse on the slopes of Slieve Mish with excellent views across Tralee and Brandon Mountain.
Day 3; Camp – Annascaul: 17Km (11miles) – 270m Ascent
Terrain: Old disused Road across moorland and through smaller conifer plantation; short road walk, the boreens and minor roads through farmland and 3Km road walk to Annascaul.
Summary: Low pass to the south side of the peninsula with superb views of Inch Strand, (A great place for a swim and enjoy the views), Castlemaine Harbour and the surrounding mountains.
Interests: Annascaul is the home town of the great Irish Explorer Tom Creen who travelled with Shackleton to the South Pole. (Unsung Hero is a great book to read of his exploits) The South Pole is a wonderful pub in Annascaul where you can enjoy a drink and see some of the artefacts from his travels.
Day 4; Annascaul – Dingle 19Km (12miles) – 340m Ascent
Terrain: Minor roads through some farmland to Lispole; farm boreens and field paths across hillsides; vehicle tracks and roads to Dingle.
Summary: Quite country roads lead to a picturesque cove and Castle ruin; more scenic quite roads inland to Lispole then north towards the mountains and excellent wide views. Final descent into Dingle,
Interests: Dingle is a beautiful small fishing port town, full of restaurants, craft shops, cafes and of course pubs which have live Irish music in most of them each evening.
I recommend a days rest here to take in the sights and take a tour to the Blasket Islands, visit Fungi (famous friendly Dolphin who has been in this harbour for over 20 years)
Day 5; Rest day Dingle
Day 6; Dingle – Dunquin 20Km (12miles) – 370m Ascent
Terrain: Small roads to Ventry, then beach walking; vehicle tracks and boreens across shoulder of Mt Eagle; main road past Slea head and minor roads into Dunquin.
Summary: From tranquil Ventry, a fine beach walk leads up to a varied traverse of the shoulder of Mt Eagle. Here you have some of the most spectacular views across Slea Head and the Atlantic towards the Blasket Islands.
Interests: You can visit the Blasket Island Centre (These Islands are famous for their Gaelic speaking writers) You are now in the traditional Irish Speaking region of this Peninsula know as a “Gaeltacht” region.
Day 7; Dunquin – Ballydavid 22Km (13 miles) – minimal Ascent
Terrain: Minor roads and boreens lead to a coastal path, then minor roads to fine beaches, cliff top path and more minor roads.
Summary: an outstanding scenic day with superb cliff-top stretches with long beach walks and a rugged coastline. Louis Mulcahy pottery craft centre is well worth a visit and you can watch the professionals throwers and even have a go yourself.
Day 8; Ballydavid – Cloghane: 27Km (14miles) – 780m Ascent.
Terrain: Minor roads, moorland, hillside trails boggy in places, minor roads and finally a field path to Cloghane.
Summary: This is the most dramatic and challenging day, crossing the shoulder of Mt Brandon, descending to Brandon Bay and easier going to the village of Cloghane.
Interests: Mount Brandon is a sacred mountain named after the famous explorer Saint Brandon, there is a pilgrimage up this mountain every year.
Day 9; Cloghane – Castlegregory: 29Km (18 miles) minor Ascent.
Terrain: Quiet country roads, extended beach walks along the shores of Cloghane and Tralee bay, quiet roads into Castle Gregory.
Summary: A long but not hard walk, mainly along Ireland’s longest beach, with fine seascapes including the Maherees.
Interests: If you would like to try some horse riding along a wonderful sandy beach then this is the perfect location. There are mainly local stables to facilitate this for you.
Day 10; Casrlegregory – Camp / Tralee (Camp 11Km) Tralee 29Km (18miles) Ascent 300m
Terrain: Quiet Roads, Beach walking, boreens, rough moorland track and canal walk back into Tralee.
Summary: After a long beach walk, the way winds inland via Camp to cross the lower slopes of Slieve Mish, down to Blennerville and back to Tralee.
On day 10 you have the option to be transferred to Tralee for departure or walk to Tralee and pick up luggage ready for departure.