On Day 1 guests for the Wild Atlantic Coastal Walks walking holiday arrive at Álaind Lodges on Sportsfield Road, Sneem, Co. Kerry, V93AC80.
You’ll find directions and a map on our website. Please contact us if you require collection from Killarney Airport or Train Station.
In the evening our small group of walkers gathers for a welcome drink and a holiday briefing.
Luxury Double Ensuite Bedrooms
Blazing real fire stove – relaxing end to a day
Today’s walk starts out on the Kerry Way, where we begin by walking down to the water’s edge near Blackwater Bridge on the Sneem to Kenmare Ring of Kerry Road. This will be our first close encounter with the Atlantic Waters of Kenmare Bay and provides excellent photo opportunities.
Water’s edge near Blackwater Bridge
From Blackwater Bridge we set out on the Kerry Way trail, gaining height as we leave the Ring of Kerry Road behind. The landscape soon opens up with beautiful sea views to our left and hills and moorland to our right. This is beautiful territory and conveniently we’ll come across a well positioned bench seat from which to relax and soak up the views.
The Kerry Way now descends again and the trail narrow as we approach Long Lake or Loch Fada as its known in the Irish language. The trail becomes a green grassy path as it skirts its way through woodland and sections of farmland. It maintains its peacefulness until we exit the trail at Tahilla Church where we cross the road and find it again.
Soon we’ll be passing through what was once Tahilla Village, which has long since been deserted. Tahilla was once a thriving village and likely rivalled Sneem in its size but suffered through emigration during the famine years. The remains of the buildings are visible today and one can’t help but imagine what life here used to be like.
We have time for one more view over Kenmare Bay as we detour onto the Glashnacree walk and begin a short climb to the viewing point, where we’ll grab a seat and savour the views. Finishing this loop will bring us to the end of our walk for the day, from where we’ll take a ride back to Álaind Lodges.
I’ll bet you’ll have built quite an appetite upon completing this walk. The clean sea air builds up quite a hunger, so you’ll be looking forward to enjoying an evening meal in Sneem village.
Today our walking will again be close to sea level with a maximum height of 150m. We’ll start out on the beautiful Kerry Way as it winds through the hills. Once again you have the sense of having this beautiful walking experience to ourselves, 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.
It’s not long before we catch our first sighting of the Atlantic ocean and 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 sometimes stop for a refreshment in one of the local hostelries.
Today our walking will again start from the little village of Caherdaniel but this time along the Kerry Way in the direction of Sneem. This trail is also the Dark Skies planetary trail that runs as far as Coad Church.
Leaving Caherdaniel we’ll begin one of the few climbs of today’s walk, gaining 80 metres over a kilometer. Very quickly we’ll be at ease and immersed in the quiet landscape as the trail winds it way through the hills and craggy outcrops. Cahernageeha and Mullach Bog Mountains impose themselves to our left handside. As on so many walks, it’s worth keeping a rear view for the wonderful views of Derrynane arising behind.
Soon we reach the highest point on our walk at 200m and with it come beautiful views of Kemare Bay and its islands. We pass the old Coad Church and graveyard and make a quick detour to take a look around and visit Saint Crohan’s holy well.
Now we’re following quiet country lanes towards Staigue Fort belived to be 1500 years old and amazingly preserved. If time allows, we’ll detour a little here to catch a view of it in the distance.
At this point the trail leaves the tarred road behind again and we continue to follow it until we reach the main road 6 km from Sneem. This is the end of today’s walk and we’ll take a ride back to Álaind Lodges.
A €100 per person deposit will be charged on all guided walking holiday bookings. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before arrival date, your deposit will be refunded.
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, Kenmare Bay, the islands and the Kerry Mountains.
Your luxury accommodation is at Álaind Lodges, Sneem, where you will relax for the duration of your stay.
Everyone who loves walking on way-marked trails but also likes to spice it up with a few hills and grassy or rough tracks.
Rest assured we take plenty of stops to take in the views and chat. We keep the group together, so everyone has a rewarding experience.
What’s more, our holidays are ideal for couples, groups and single guests.
Walking participants should have experience of upland walking and be of good health with reasonable level of fitness.
This is important as you can expect moderate ascents & descents at the start and end of walks.
Waterproof boots are recommended as we will be walking on rough and often wet trails.
You can walk year round in Sneem as winter consitions are mild with snow and ice being uncommon. The average weather temperatures are between 7C degrees (45F degrees ) in January and February, and 15.5C degrees (60F degrees) in July and August. In fact the weather is largely frost free thanks to the warm Atlantic Gulf Stream that allows even semi-tropical vegetation to thrive here.
You’ll base yourself at Álaind Lodges in Sneem for the duration of your walking holiday, where you’ll find it easy to relax.
This will be your home from home as you settle into your private luxury bedroom. You can relax in our spacious lounges complete with real fireplaces – wonderful in the autumn & winter seasons.
Our luxury rooms have comfy beds, pressurised power showers, wooden floors, satellite TV and wifi and tea/coffee facilities.
Furthermore, we have a drying room for your boots and wet gear so you can start each day in comfort.
Our Kerry Walking Trails holiday package includes all guided walks, luxury bed & breakfast, packed lunch and apre-walk refreshment.
We’ll happily organise your evening meals in Sneem village for you.
Reassuringly we and our supplier partners take Covid-19 precautions to ensure you feel safe and protected. We participate fully in Fáilte Ireland’s Covid-19 Safety Charter.
The minimum you should have includes waterproof boots, waterproof jacket & over trousers and backpack.
I recommend a walking pole which you can attach to your rucksack when not in use.
You should also have a hat, gloves, extra thin warm layers, thick hiking socks, water bottle & lunchbox.
We can supply walking poles. You may also wish to bring a personal first aid kit and sunscreen / insect repellent.
We can arrange transfers to and from Killarney Airport or Train Station with the cost shared equally among those travelling. Please inquire directly with us.
Cancellations made 60 days or more before the start of the trip will receive a full refund of all payments with no charge applied.
Cancellations made 29-59 days before the start of the trip will be charged the €100 per person deposit.
Cancellations made 15-28 days will receive a 50% refund.
Cancellations made within 14 days of arrival will not be refunded.
Had a great weekend here with Alaind Walking Sneem. The accomodation was excellent and the personal, warm and homely welcome and attention was second to none.
The walks were so enjoyable - Part of The Kerry Way & the Derrynane Mass Path Loop Walk was the first walk. A nice lead in to the next walk in The Dunkerron Mountains taking in Eagles Lake, Coomanassig Waterfall and Coomnacronia. Knocknagantee could be seen clearly, Loch Cluain Eachlainn and Kenmare River in the distance. The visibility on both days was excellent as the weather was magical allowing for amazing views well into the distance.
A sea swim was even taken in on the first day which was a lovely finish to the walking on the first day. Thanks Fergal.
On the second day we ended the walk both myself and another fellow walker with a gorgeous hot soak in a Seaweed Bath overlooking the South Kerry Mountains and Sneem Estuary.
Fergal is an exceptional guide and his knowledge of the area and walks was superb. He made every walk very enjoyable taking time out to enjoy all the spectacular views and giving time for those camera shot memories. In such a small area there was lots to do but not enough time to do it all which is a great complaint.
Patrica & Chris a great team looking after the Bed and Breakfast and making sure I was well set up for day. Thanks everyone for making my trip ever so enjoyable.
Have just returned from a fabulous 3-day mini break with Alaind . Fergal is both a professional and friendly guide. The lodge - just outside Sneem village - is a great base for walks .Trish and Chris will make you very welcome here. This area is a hidden gem on the Ring of Kerry.>
We did the Derrynane Loop and Lower Dunkerrons - super hikes with coastal and mountain views of Kerry Geo Park .
Fergal allowed plenty of time for photos as it was hard not to stop and gaze in wonder! Transport is well organised and he even managed to fit in a swim at the end of one of the walks.
I hope to return