Day 1: Arrive in Killarney, which is a beautiful small town in Kerry full of small pubs and restaurants with Irish music available in most of them.
Day 2: Killarney to Black Valley, Distance 22Km, Ascent 400m
Leaving from Killarney the trail takes you into the truly wild and isolated Black Valley, through Killarney National Park. This gives you an opportunity to visit Muckross House and Torc Waterfall along the way.
Day 3: Black Valley to Glencar, Distance 20Km, Ascent 500m
From the Black Valley the trail travels south of the MacGillicuddy Reeks through Lough Acoose and finishes in Glencar for the night.
Day 4: Glencar to Glenbeigh, Distance18Km, Ascent 340m
Today’s walk, a mixture of beautiful forestry trails and riverside meandering paths, starts by following the Caragh river and then through Lickeen Forest to finish in Glenbeigh, known as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry”, hidden away in the surrounding horseshoe of the and Seefin Mountains.
Day 5: Glenbeigh to Caherciveen, Distance 23Km, Ascent 450m
The hiking trail for this stage of the Kerry Way, covers a mixture of woodland, quiet minor roads and trails on the slopes of Drung Hill, with unrivalled views across to Dingle Bay and the Atlantic ocean.
Day 6: Caherciveen to Waterville, Distance 22km, Ascent 270m
Most of the walking trail for this section of the trail follows the rolling tops of small ridges with stunning views of the Kerry mountains as far as the tip of the Iveragh peninsula to Valentia Island, finishing on very minor roads to the town of Waterville.
Day 7: Waterville to Caherdaniel, Distance 13km, Ascent 300m
Coastal paths and woodland tracks which pass the ancient ruins of many stone forts, from early 9th century. You will be rewarded with views of Ballinskelligs Bay, the Skelligs and Derrynane bay, eventually bringing you through Derrynane National Park, finishing in the charming village of Caherdaniel.
Day 8: Caherdaniel to Sneem, Distance 19km, Ascent 400m
Today’s walk again is steeped in ancient history, the most impressive of which is Staigue Fort. Along the way you will get your first glimpse of Kenmare Bay as you wander the paths following this beautiful stretch of coastline, finishing your day in Sneem.
Day 9: Sneem to Kenmare, Distance 23km, Ascent 520m
Crossing bog land areas and lovely wooded tracks, today’s trail leads you to the abandoned 19th century fishing village of Tahilla. The route then follows the Blackwater River on an old bog road, passing Dromore Castle (19th century) and Cappanacush Castle (13th century) along the way.
The Kerry Way route climbs Gortamullin Hill (205m) rewarding you with fantastic views of the Caha Mountains on the Beara Peninsula. Next on is the town of Kenmare, again steeped in ancient history with its 4,000 year-old Reenagoppul Stone Circle near the town centre.
Day 10: Kenmare to Killarney, Distance 26km, Ascent 630m
Starting from Kenmare you will follow the Old kenmare Road, a path leading you to the Windy Gap with unrivalled views of the MacGillicuddy Reeks Mountains. passing Mangerton Mountain, Torc Mountain and Waterfall you will be lead to Muckross House and Gardens, finishing in the lively town of Killarney.
Day 11: Depart Killarney