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Coastal Views Ring of Kerry Walking Holiday

Fully guided Walking Holiday with luxury ensuite accommodation at Álaind Lodges, Sneem. The guided hikes are on sections of The Kerry Way, beachfront, open moorland and mountain tops. Your two guided walks will give you sublime views of the Kenmare Bay Coastline and bring you to the Atlantic waters at Derrynane Beach. Good fitness and off-trail walking experience is required.

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Highlights Include Invigorating Coastal Views from mountain tops, beach & shoreline walks.

This Coastal Views Walking Holiday includes luxury ensuite accommodation and breakfast at Alaind Lodges, Sneem with professionally guided walks, packed lunch, briefing and apre-walk refreshments.

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These highly rewarding walks are of easy to moderate difficulty on waymarked trails and off-trail upland areas. The guided walk on Day 2 sees us initially following the Kerry Way before veering onto 450m tall mountains for amazing sea views. Day 3 is spent exploring the beach, shoreline and low hills on the edge of the Wild Atlantic waters.

We will walk approximately 12-14 km per day, with a maximum height gain of 550m and maximum spot height 460m. What you may be glad to learn is that most of the height gain is accomplished on the gradually inclining Kerry Way trail. I’m happy to report that most of our guests find it quite manageable. Slow and steady gets us all to the walk’s high point.

Holiday Itinerary Day 1 – Arrival in Sneem

Álaind Lodges Accommodation for Coastal Views Walking Holiday
View of both Álaind Lodges Countryside Accommodations

On Day 1 our Álaind walking guests on the Coastal Views Walking holiday arrive at Álaind Lodges, Sportsfield Road, Sneem, Co. Kerry. In the evening our small group of walkers gathers for some light food, a beverage and a holiday briefing.

Álaind Ensuite Room
One of our Luxury Double Ensuite Bedrooms

Walking Itinerary Day 2 – Mountain Top Coastal Views

Today’s walk starts out on the Kerry Way, where we begin a gradual climb to the windy gap. We take plenty of short breaks along this 3 KM stretch to turn around and soak up the spectacular views. When we reach the Windy Gap we’ll have climbed 300m in height.

Coastal Views from The Kerry Way
The Beautiful Kerry Way stretch to the lofty Windy Gap.

An hour or so into our walking we set out onto the open mountainside. Immediately you’re thrust into Kerry’s wild side as we wind our wind around the numerous high points along this broad ridge. You’re unlikely to meet anyone else now for a while, it’ll be just the group and the spectacular scenery. Trust me, walking with coastal views doesn’t get much better than this.

View across Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula
View across Kenmare Bay to the Beara Peninsula

Having traversed what seems like the top of the world for a wondrous 4 km, we turn an face the Atlantic waters and begin our descent. The descent is gradual and pleasant and before too long we’re back on The Kerry Way. With only a short walk along the Kerry Way remaining, we’re soon at the end of today’s walk.

I’ll bet you’ll have built quite an appetite upon completing this walk. The clean sea air contributes particularly to this for some reason, so you’ll be looking forward to enjoying an evening meal in Sneem village.

Walking Itinerary Day 3 – Beach, Shoreline and low hills

Today our walking will be closer to sea level with our maximum height of 150m being some 300m lower than the high point on yesterday’s walk. Again, we’ll be starting out on the beautiful Kerry Way as it winds through the hills. Once again you have the sense of having this beautiful private walking experience, far away from the outside world.

In fact, although you might not be aware of it, you’re never too far from the nearest village while walking the Kerry Way. So here it’s not long before we catch our first sighting of the Atlantic ocean and the beach ahead, which marks our impendig arrrival in the village of Caherdaniel.

From Caherdaniel, we’ll make our way to the stunning Blue Flag Derrynane Beach. We’ll be completing a loop walk of this area, taking in mature woodland, a stunning sandy beach, dunes and the seashore nature trail. At the end of 12KM walk, we’ll stop for a refreshment in one of the local hostelries.

View from hills above Derrynane to the beach and Atlantic
View from hills above Derrynane to the beach and Atlantic

Later in the evening our guests can enjoy an evening meal in Sneem village.

Why You Should Book the Coastal Views Walking Holiday with Álaind Walking

Expect to be invigorated while exploring Ring of Kerry coastal trails; beach & shoreline walks, coastal hills and open countryside with a small group of walkers.  You will enjoy stunning beachfront and coastal walking with views of the Wild Atlantic, the island and the Kerry Mountains. Your luxury accommodation is at Álaind Lodges, Sneem, where you will relax for the duration of your stay.

Who Should Book This Alaind Walking Holiday

Walking participants should at least be regular walkers, preferably have some experience of upland trails and be of good health with a reasonable level of fitness. Waterproof boots or trail shoes and waterproof gear are recommended.

Each holiday requires four or more to take place.

What’s Included in the Holiday Cost:

Transfers to and from Killarney can be arranged at additional cost.  Please inquire with us.  Guided walks are led by Fergal Harrington, qualified Mountain Leader and professionally insured.

Not Included:

  • Any pre-tour or post-tour accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Evening meals.

What is the Cost of The Coastal Views Walking Holiday?

The cost of the holiday is from €335 per person sharing. €75 single supplement applies.

What You Need to Bring:

The minimum is waterproof boots, waterproof jacket & over trousers, backpack, gaiters & walking poles, hat, gloves and thick hiking socks; water bottle & lunchbox; small torch, personal first and sunscreen / insect repellent.  Upon completion of booking, we will detail the full list of essentials.

How to Book Your Place on The Coastal Walking Holiday:

Have you a question about Álaind Walking’s Coastal Walking Holiday? Send us a message!

Want to know more about what type of walking to expect? Read our Guide to Walking in Kerry. This will give you a feel for whether this wonderful coastal walking experience is for you.

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