Kerry Way

An 8-10 day, 230 km. walking trail around the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. A wonderful mix of scenic tranquil mountain valleys, boglands, and spectacular coastal scenery. Arguably the finest walk in Ireland. Can also include a side trip to Skellig Michael, the retirement home of Luke Skywalker.

Which Camino Should I Walk After Frances?

If you have walked the Camino Frances and dream of a repeat, it is certainly a viable option to walk Frances again. Why it is the best of the Caminos is explained at Why Frances Is The Best Camino. That said, if you are feeling a desire for something different, there are 17 alternative Caminos …

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WHICH IS THE BEST LONG WALK IN IRELAND?

Which Is The Best 7-10 Day Walk In Ireland? A question that has been nagging me for years. On any list of the top ten you will almost always find the 3 walks of County Kerry. For me the best of the best are the 3 Peninsula walks; The Dingle Way, The Beara Way, and …

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Kerry Way; Side Trip to Skellig Michael (Luke Skywalker’s Retirement Home)

On a sunny morning in June, I made my way down to a waiting boat at the harbor in Portmagee from Cahersiveen. Our destination on the tour was the Skellig Islands. There are two of them. The boat only stops at Skellig Michael which also happens to be famous as Luke Skywalker’s Retirement Home.  Though …

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Kerry Way; Day 6 Waterville to Caherdaniel-15K

After 2 long difficult days, we have a relatively easy 15K to Caherdaniel. Consequently, we took our time over an excellent Breakfast featuring Irish Salmon and all the usual accompaniments.   While it was cooler than previous days, the skies were blue and we had magnificent views of the sea and various islands including the …

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Kerry Way; Day 5 Cahersiveen to Waterville-27K

Our host suggested that most people take a cab back to Coars to keep the walk under 30K. After yesterday’s very tough day, I quickly agreed and accepted her offer to arrange our ride after breakfast. Mika was tired of my company I suppose and preferred an easier walk on the road so we agreed …

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Kerry Way; Day 4 Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen-37K

Our morning started with one of the better Full Irish breakfasts we have enjoyed as well as a nice chat with very friendly and accommodating Ann of Emir View B&B. We then had a delightful first kilometer passing through the Glenbeigh Fairy Forest. The trail then took us back towards the south side of the …

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Kerry Way; Fairy Forest stretch after Glenbeigh

    Glenbeigh Fairy Forest Following the Kerry Way just 1km out of Glenbeigh Only 1km from Glenbeigh we noticed a sign pointing us to a Fairy Forest.  will find the Glenbeigh Fairy Forest. What a wonderful way to start this long stretch to Cahersiveen. It was easy to let ourselves open our imagination and …

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Kerry Way; Day 3 Lough Acoose to Glenbeigh-22K

Enjoying an early morning tea in the cozy sitting room, I looked up to see a peacock looking in.  Today’s stage is relatively easier supposedly so we took our time getting started enjoying Mary Healy’s top notch Irish Grill breakfast and chatting with her until about 9.       We departed about 9:15 saying …

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Kerry Way; Day 2 Black Valley to Lough Acoose-22K

After a second delicious Full Irish Breakfast we said our goodbyes to our friendly hosts; Trevor and Nana. The morning was a bit cool and crisp but with more sun than clouds and continued grand scenery. Just when we got to the turn that Trevor suggested, taking the south side of the valley, a rainbow …

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Kerry Way; Day 1 Killarney to The Black Valley-27K

On September 17 my partner, Mika Yamanoue of Japan, and I set out from Paddy’s Palace in Killarney beginning The Kerry Way 215 kilometer loop walk around the Iveragh Peninsula in southwest Ireland.  We arrived the previous afternoon on the train from Dublin and made our way to Paddy’s Palace, dropping off our backpacks in …

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The Beara Way Day 1 Killarney to Kenmare

The Beara Way is a 200 km. Circular route around The Beara Peninsula in Cork and Kerry. Though I did is as the final part of a 800 km. walk along the European 8 Trail starting in Dublin. While the trail starts and ends in Kenmare, a nice option is to start in Killarney as …

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