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Frequently Asked Questions about our Walking Holidays

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Answers to Questions you need to know when PLANNING a WalkING HOLIDAY with us

When is the Best Time to Book My Walking Holiday?

We get asked this question frequently and the simple answer is All Year Round! Yes any time of year. Thankfully, in Ireland and particularly at our base in Kerry, we experience little of what one might call extreme weather. Our Summers are warm and our winters are mild.

The average weather temperatures are between 7 °C (45 °F) in January and February, and 15.5 °C (60 °F) in July and August. In fact, even in winter, the weather is largely frost free thanks to the warm Atlantic Gulf Stream. Thanks to it, even semi-tropical vegetation thrives here.

Why Should I Book a guided walking holiday?

By booking a guided holiday, you are assured of experiencing the best walking routes and trails. Much of the walking here in Kerry happens in remote and wild areas with no trail markings. For this reason, you need maps and the ability to navigate by them.

As well as this you’d likely have to spend a lot of time planning and this is time you may not have. Instead you can leave all the logistics to your expert guide, while you concentrate on enjoying your holiday.

What About Self-Guided walking holidays?

When considering self-guided walking holidays you can either choose to plan your own walks entirely using your own research and maps etc. or you can choose one of our mini-breaks.  You can choose the Kerry GeoPark self-guided holiday or the Kerry Way self-guided holiday.  For your convenience both are on a three night basis including two days of organised walks and transport (if required) to the start of your route.  We provide you with a packed lunch, maps, route information.  We can also organise your evening meal bookings and walking poles.

What Choice of Holidays Do I have?

This is another frequently asked question we get when site visitors are planning their walking holiday. We understand that everyone has their own preference for the type of walks that they like to do.

With this in mind, we collated our favourite walks and which ones our guests would like most. When we were happy with the list, we grouped walks together into our tour packages. All holiday pages include detailed itineraries.

Guided Holiday with Scheduled dates:


Self-Guided Holiday Tours (Choose Your Own Dates):


Guided Holiday we offer upon request:

What is the Cancellation Policy?

Walking Holidays:

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.

Day Walks:

Payment for all guided day walks or hikes is required at time of booking. 

Cancellations made 7 or more days before the scheduled walk will be refunded 50%.

Cancellations made within 7 days of the scheduled walk will not be refunded.


How do I Book A Walking Holiday?

  • Choose the Holiday Package you want or talk to our expert using the contact us form.
  • Choose one of the upcoming tour dates or contact us using the contact form if no upcoming dates are listed.
  • To proceed with the booking either click on your desired date to book instantly. You will be directed to the booking part of our website, where you can confirm your dates and choose from our selection of bedrooms.
  • Click the show rates button to choose the Walking holiday option.
  • Complete your booking and let the countdown to your holiday begin.


 Can I Hire You As A Private Guide Only?

Yes, we also provide guiding services and private walking tours,  whereby we tailor a day’s walking activity to your requirements.  The great news is that Sneem offers excellent walking for all levels and interests.  

As this is a bespoke service you can use our contact page to get in touch and we’ll take it from there.

Our Guides to nearby walks and our Holiday package descriptions will give you inspiration for your private walking tour.


What About The Need for Social Distancing?

Covid-19 & Social Distancing protocols are central to our holidays and to ensuring everyone stays safe and well. We have put in place precautionary measures so that you can enjoy your holiday to the fullest while, keeping safe.

Although it’s much easier to keep 2m apart while walking across the countryside, our measures also apply to transport, relaxing and dining arrangements. The good news is that we have a number of indoor and outdoor seating areas, where’ll you’ll be comfortable during your downtime.

Where Is the Accommodation and What is It Like?

Our guest stay at Álaind Lodges, Sportsfield Road, Sneem in Kerry for the duration of the holiday. This is our base for all our walking activities, so you can begin relaxing as soon as you check into your room. We hope you’ll consider it your home from home. 

Álaind Lodges Accommodation where our guest stay

The name Álaind (pronounced ‘All-ind’) means splendid place in our native Irish language. We believe our luxury en suite bedrooms and our beautiful countryside setting at the foot of the Dunkerron mountains, lives up to this standard. Our peaceful generous rooms at Álaind Lodges feature wooden floors, power showers and fluffy towels, all of which will contribute to the enjoyment of your stay.

Some cool tips you should know


Sneem Has Something for everyone. You’ll find a good selection of restaurants and pubs offering great entertainment.

Sneem caters daily for a great number of daily tourist visitors. In fact it is quite a food hub with 10 restaurants or casual dining outlets and 5 pubs. During the summer season, live music rotates between the pubs on different nights.


Sneem’s Beaches Are Open All Year and Even in Winter they are Perfect for A Stroll or a Swim if you are Brave Enough.

Thanks to its situation on the shores of the Atlantic, the fabulous Sneem beaches are just a short drive away. 


Many Famous People have come from, or are Connected with Sneem.

Within the village itself you can follow Sneem’s Sculpture Trail with 14 different points of interest.  In addition to honouring the memories of a number of high profile Sneem residents, the trail showcases artistic and nature installations.


Catch a falling Star in Sneem’s Dark Skies.

In 2014 The International Dark Sky Association Awarded the region west of Sneem Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve Status. On a clear night in Sneem you will see more stars and heavenly bodies than you ever thought possible. Enhance the experience with a pair of binoculars and some warm layers.


Be Polite and Patient. Try to Enjoy the People and the Atmosphere of Sneem.

The Local people in Sneem are friendly, chatty and witty. Making their acquaintance is part of the experience and what memories are made of.

Kerry Donkey

Smile and enjoy sneem. take a long walk around and Meet the Locals.

Even better still, why not extend you stay in Sneem by a few days and explore its many charms. You can book extra nights online with us and find inspiration in our top things to do in Sneem.