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Derrynane Woods and Mass Path

On this 9 km easy to moderately difficult 3.5 hr experience, you’ll explore a taste of the Kerry Way, The Derrynane Mass Path, beach, shoreline and native woodland trails. Be prepared for awe-inspiring views of Derrynane Harbour, Atlantic waters and islands. Suitable clothing and waterproof footwear are required.

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Typically we’ll meet at MACE, South Square, Sneem at 9.45 AM or 10.15 AM in Caherdaniel Village. All scheduled walks will proceed once two or more people have booked. 

Derrynane Wood and Mass Path Highlights:

  • Scenic ancient woodland trails.
  • Wild Atlantic Views.
  • Semi-tropical Rhododendron passages.
  • Best sights of the Ring of Kerry.
  • Unmatched panoramas including Skellig islands.
  • Pristine white sandy beaches.
  • Historical Abbey Island.
  • Visit the Derrynane Mass Rock.
  • Finish with a dip in the Wild Atlantic (optional of course!)
Ring of Kerry Walking holiday
Derrynane Harbour View
Abbey Island and Derrynane Beach

What You’ll Experience on this trail around Derrynane

This wonderful loop walk begins and ends near the village of Caherdaniel.  It’s a timeless walk through the grounds of the Liberator Daniel O’Connell’s Home, offering a wonderful mix of quiet green lanes, stunning sea views, native woodland, white sandy beach and Wild Atlantic shoreline.

Trail skirts the shores and cuts its way through the rhododendron swathes

Reaching a maximum height of 150 metres, near where the Kerry Way joins the Mass Path, this relatively low level walk still rewards you with fabulous panoramic sea views. As you begin the descent from this height, the spectacular views continue until you reach the shores of Derrynane Harbour and beach. After a visit to Abbey Island, a swim at Derrynane with its Blue Flag status is a wonderful experience.

Derrynane Beach Walk
Walking along the sand dunes overlooking Derrynane’s Blue Flag Beach
Derrynane Mass Path Walk
Descending the Carved Rock steps of the Derrynane Mass Path

What To Wear for Sneem Walks?

  • Quick-drying loose or stretchy pants.  Avoid wearing jeans and cotton tee-shirts, which can get uncomfortable when warm and very cold when wet.
  • Waterproof walking boots with good grips and good laces.
  • Good Walking Socks
  • 100% waterproof shell type jacket.

What to Pack for this Walk?

  • A walking pole or better still two poles
  • Spare warm fleece type top (a couple of thin layers).
  • Small backpack for food, spare clothes and other supplies.
  • Hat & Gloves.
  • Gaiters – keep your ankles / calves dry in wet long grass.
  • Waterproof over-trousers.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Smartphone for contact and for fantastic photos.
  • Water bottle – preferably a reusable one.

Booking Conditions:

Scheduled walking experiences will proceed once two people have booked. Private experiences are subject to minimum number of 3 or the equivalent in charges.
Full payment required at booking: This secures your spot and helps with planning.


By you (guest):

  • Full refund: Up to 7 days before the walk.
  • Partial refund: 3 days before the walk.
  • No refund: Within 2 days of the walk.
By Fergal Harrington, Álaind Walking (organizer):
  • Full refund: In case of cancellation due to inclement weather (e.g., heavy rain, strong winds, thunderstorms). You’ll have the option to reschedule for another date.

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