Travel & Tourist Guide to The Dingle Peninsula (Corca Dhuibhne) - Ireland


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Dingle Peninsula Walking & Trecking

No other area in Ireland offers the variety and quality of walking trails and routes as the Dingle Peninsula on Ireland's mountainous south west coast. The Dingle Peninsula is paradise for walkers. Most of the routes in the region are on small, quiet roads and trails, far away from traffic. You can walk for hours along these lanes and roads, in peace and quiet. There are routes that will take you up and down mountains and hills, along beaches and strands, and across seaside cliffs. All walks in the area will give you the time and peace to enjoy the awesome beauty of the area.

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One of Ireland's most renowned walks is The Dingle Way, a 112-mile trail that winds up and down the peninsula via beaches, cliffs, and hedged livestock paths. Like all recognised and plotted walks, The Dingle Way is well signposted. The Way starts at Blennerville, just outside Tralee, and passes near the villages of Camp, Annascaul and Dingle, before the final stretch from Dingle to Slea Head.

Another good walk is the ascent up Mount Brandon. The approach from the west is a more gradual climb, but the walk from the eastern, Cloghane side is far more interesting and passes the pastoral beauty of the Paternoster Lakes. The road to the trail head is signposted just past Cloghane on the road to Brandon town; drive about 5km (3 miles) on this road to a small parking lot and the Lopsided Tea House. Be sure to bring plenty of water and food, gear for wind and rain, and a good map. The trail climbs through fields, past an elaborate grotto, and along the slope of an open hillside where red-and-white poles clearly mark the way. As you round the corner of the high open hillside, the Paternoster Lakes and Brandon come into view. The walk through this glacial valley toward the base of the mountain is the most beautiful part -- if the weather's bad, you won't have wasted your time if you turn around before reaching the summit.

The only seriously strenuous leg is the climb out of this valley to the ridge, a short but intense scramble over boulders and around ledges. Once you reach the ridge top, turn left and follow the trail another .4km (.25 mile) or so to the summit. You can return the way you came or continue south along the ridge, returning to Cloghane on the Pilgrim's Route, an old track that circumnavigates the Dingle Peninsula. Although this is a day hike (about 4 hr. to the summit and back), and very well marked, it shouldn't be taken lightly and certainly isn't for amateurs -- bring all necessary supplies and let someone know when you expect to return. Information on routes and weather conditions is available at the Cloghane visitor center.



CELTIC NATURE EXPEDITIONS are organised by Claire Galvin and Kevin O'Shea, both life-long residents of County Kerry. We at Celtic Nature are commited to the development of environmentally sustainable tourism.

Our Commitment to you. We will do everything we can to ensure your holiday exceeds your expectations, both before you arrive and while you are walking in Kerry. We have personally chosen each B&B in which you will stay and are acquainted with its owner. They are all warm, friendly people, genuinely interested in ensuring that you enjoy your stay with them. Celtic Nature Expeditions is a member of Dingle Peninsula Tourism, Cork / Kerry Tourism and Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board.

Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland. - Tel: +353-66-9152095

Hillwalk Ireland

Hillwalk Ireland will take you to hiking heaven! With great value walking itineraries from Kerry to Connemara and Dingle to Wicklow, our tours have been carefully designed to meet your specific time, fitness and financial requirements. Hillwalk Ireland will reserve your accommodation, transfer your luggage, provide detailed maps and route notes and look after any other details - all you have to do is show up! So, whether you are looking to recharge your batteries or simply spend quality time with friends and family Hillwalk Ireland has the holiday for you. Go ahead - escape to nature!

Lower Grange, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland +353 87 6545056

Irish Adventures - Walking & Mountaineering

Adventure tours, Walking, Mountaineering, Cycling, Horse Riding, kayaking, Mountain Skills courses and more.... Our Aim is to provide quality outdoor adventure and training in some of the most beautiful untouched areas of Ireland and further a field. With small groups you get great value for your money and still get that personal touch from our experienced qualified guides, which allows you to relax and enjoy the local culture and get to know about history, geology, archeological sites and even the mystical legends of each area you visit. We offer a variety of tours and training that are aimed at all levels and abilities, Adventure tours, Walking & Hiking tours/Holidays in Ireland, Cycling tours, Horse riding tours, Hill walking, Mountaineering, kayaking, Mountain Biking, Guides for Carrauntoohil, Mountain skills in Kerry or other locations and can personalise a tour to suit your needs. All activities are run by experienced, qualified and knowledgeable staff, we go that bit extra to give you that personal touch and an experience / adventure to remember. Customise your tour: If there are two or more of you, then we can design a tour to suit your needs. Whether you want to stay in family run bed and breakfasts or stay in 5-star hotels then all you have to do is contact us, tell us which area you would like to visit and what activities you would like to be involved in.

Ballinaboula, Dingle, Co. Kerry - Tel: 00 353 (0) 874190318

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The Pilgrims Route covers some 48 km (30 miles) and connects many of the early Christian sites for which the Dingle Peninsula is renowned. It begins in Dingle, turns south in Ventry, then north to Riasc, wandering over to Kilmalkedar Church along the older Saints Road, and then by green track and minor road to Cloghane.

The Dingle Way begins in Tralee and circles the peninsula, covering 153km (95 miles) of gorgeous mountain and coastal landscape. The most rugged section is along Brandon Head, where the trail passes between Mount Brandon and the ocean. The views are tremendous, but the walk is long (about 24km/15 miles, averaging 9 hr.) and strenuous, and should be attempted only by experienced walkers and in good weather. The section between Dunquin and Ballyferriter (also 24km/15 miles) follows an especially lovely stretch of coast. For more information, see The Dingle Way Map Guide, available in local tourist offices and shops.

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