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Kerry Walking Trails – Make A Break For it Holiday

Our Kerry Walking Trails is our feature holiday package for 2021. It has has 3, 4 and 5 nights options, consisting of a fully guided holiday perfect for solo travellers, friends, couples and groups. We provide luxury ensuite accommodation at Álaind Lodges, Sneem with full breakfast and packed lunch. Sneem offers a good choice for quality evening dining. Including many of my favourite walks, it is suitable for everyone with a love of walking. The daily guided walks follow sections of the Kerry Way, local loop trails and the Dunkerron Mountains.

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Enjoy a luxury Kerry Walking Trails Guided experience while holidaying at Álaind Lodges in Sneem

Our Kerry Walking Trails package includes professionally guided walks, Álaind Lodges luxury ensuite accommodation, full breakfast, packed lunch and transport to the trail-head.

2021 Holiday Tour Dates

We understand that you want more flexibility and peace of mind in these uncertain times. In the event that Government restrictions prevent you travelling for your holiday, we will cancel your booking for free.

Thursday to Monday – 4 Nights
22nd April (Thursday) – 26th April (Monday)
29th April (Thursday) – 3rd May (Monday)
27th May (Thursday) – 31st May (Monday)
3rd June (Thursday) – 7th June (Monday)
24th June (Thursday) – 28th June (Monday)
1st July (Thursday) – 5th July (Monday)
Late Summer, Autumn and Winter dates will be added later.

What To Expect on Our Kerry Walking Trails Holiday

We offer guided holidays walking in Kerry on trails that will appeal to all tastes and abilities. You’ll relax and unwind while discovering some of the best Kerry trails and you’ll quickly understand why Sneem is a top hillwalking destination in Ireland.

While exploring the wonderful Ring of Kerry on foot, we’ll follow sections of the Kerry Way walking route, jump onto the loop Walks in Sneem and traverse the majestic Kerry mountains, called the Dunkerrons.

You’ll Stay in our Álaind Lodges Luxury Accommodation

You’ll base yourself at Álaind Lodges in Sneem for the duration of your walking, where you’ll find it easy to relax. This will be your home from home as you settle into your private luxury bedroom and our spacious lounges complete with real fireplaces – wonderful in the autumn & winter seasons.

Our luxury rooms have comfy beds, pressurised power showers, satellite TV and wifi and tea/coffee facilities. Furthermore, we have drying rooms onsite for your boots and wet gear so you can start each day in comfort.

Our Kerry Walking Trails holiday package includes all guided walks, transport, breakfast, packed lunch and exclusive luxury ensuite bedroom. 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.

Small Walking Groups

Our small group walking holidays are popular with couples but also very suitable for singles travellers too. Whether you are a seasoned trail walker or this is your first such holiday, you’ll be in great company on our tours. Our typical small group size is between 6 and 12 and usually includes a mix of couples, friends and solo travellers.

The walks consist of easy to moderate walks of 12-14 KM each day of your holiday. We decide the exact walking routes depending on the weather forecast and whether the holiday includes two, three or four days of walking.

Holiday Itinerary Day 1: Arrival in Sneem

One of Álaind Lodges’ cosy lounges – perfect for apre-walk unwinding.

On Day 1 our guests on the Kerry Walking Trails Walking holiday arrive at Álaind Lodges on Sportsfield Road, Sneem, Co. Kerry. You’ll find directions and a map on our website. In the evening our small group of walkers gathers for a welcome drink and a holiday briefing.

What better than a blazing real fire stove on a cool evening
Álaind Ensuite Room
One of our Luxury Double Ensuite Bedrooms

Day 2: Kerry Trail #1 – Derrynane Loop including the Kerry Way, Derrynane Beach, Mass Path and Abbey Island.

Derrynane Trail Description: 13km with 340m Height Gain. Maximum height 150m. Approx. 5 hrs Easy to Moderate difficulty.

This wonderful loop walk begins and ends in the village of Caherdaniel. Described as a timeless walk through the grounds of The Liberator Daniel O’Connell’s Home, it offers a wonderful mix of quiet green lanes, stunning sea views, native woodland, beautiful beach and wild Atlantic shoreline.

Álaind Walking Group passing native woodland on Kerry Trails Walking Holiday
Álaind Walking Group passing native woodland on Kerry Trails Walking Holiday

Reaching a maximum height of 150m, this relatively low level seaside walk still rewards with fabulous panoramic coastal views. Descending from here affords spectacular sea views all the way to the shores of Derrynane harbour and Derrynane beach.

Walking the Derrynane Hills in Kerry
Derrynane Beach on Álaind Kerry Trails Walking Holiday

Derrynane Beach, one of the finest beaches in Ireland, has achieved the internationally recognised blue flag award. Derrynane’s Abbey Island and Burial ground at the North end of the beach makes for a lovely extension to our walking trail due to its beautiful views of the Atlantic and Skellig Michael in the distance.

After an exhilerating walk along the beach we’ll cross over the dunes and pick up the Kerry Way once again to take us back to our starting point at Caherdaniel and our return journey to Sneem.

After relaxing for a while with a drink at Álaind Lodges, you’ll retire to your rooms to freshen up and get ready for your chosen evening dining option.

Day 3: Kerry Trail #2 – Sneem Loop Trails Combination of Lománagh Loop and Fermoyle Loop in Sneem.

Sneem Loop Trail Description: 14km with 345m Height Gain. Maximum height 180m. Approx. 5 hrs. Easy to Moderate difficulty.

The Loop Walks in Sneem are a mix of tarred road, gravel track and hillside meadow. Due to their low lying nature (total height gain of 345m) this Kerry Walk can be done in all seasons. What’s more, you’ll encounter many animal and wildlife as you progress through the GeoPark area.

The Kerry Mountain Hare is one of our frequent wildlife visitors.
The Kerry Mountain Hare is one of our frequent wildlife visitors.

Kerry GeoPark incorporates Sneem village and its environs, which experts widely recognise as one of the most geologically significant locations. Why, you may ask? Because its old red sandstone mountains, glaciated features, ancient archaeological sites, Irish Language, history and culture all combine to enhance the attractiveness of this remarkable region. You simply have to venture into its heart to really appreciate its splendour.

Lománagh Loop Walk Trail Sneem
Approaching Lománagh Hill on Álaind Kerry Trails Walking Holiday

We’re combining both loop walks into a one day trail of about 14km which allows us to enjoy the most interesting sections of these two loops in one day.

Day 4: Kerry Trail #3 Dunkerrons Experience – A Walk Across the Rugged Slopes of Knocknagantee, Coomnacronia and Finnararagh

Dunkerrons Trail Description: 12Km with a height gain of 380m; height loss of 450m and a maximum height of 400m.

Today’s walk is all about traversing the lower slopes of Sneem’s Dunkerron Mountains. Although these mountain are between 600m and 700m high, we’ll be keeping to a maximum height of approximately 400m. This means that we’ll get up close to the beautiful geological features of the Kerry Geo Park.

Coomanassig Lake in The Sneem Dunkerrons
Coomanassig Lake in The Sneem Dunkerrons

Today we venture higher into the Dunkerrons of Sneem, which colliding continental plates formed over 100 million years. Before this, shallow tropical seas previously covered the land giving rise to their old red sandstone rock makeup.

The weather and ice movements eroded the sandstone over millions of years and today you’ll find a geological wonderland of sheer rock faces, rugged ridges and deep walled cooms. Traversing Finnararagh, Coomnacronia and Knocknagantee – the mountain backdrops of Sneem – we’ll encounter three coom lakes and a 100m tall waterfall.

Coomanassig Waterfall above Eagle’s Lake in The Dunkerron Mountainsof Sneem
Coomanassig Waterfall above Eagle’s Lake in The Dunkerron Mountains of Sneem

If we’re lucky, we might even catch sight of the Kerry whitetailed sea eagles which regularly visit the area.

Day 5 (Five Night Holiday Package Only): Kerry Trail #4 The Kerry Way Experience – A Walk Along A Section of the Kerry Way Returning to Álaind Lodges

Kerry Way Trail Description: 14-16 Km with a height gain of max 460m; height loss of 473 m and a maximum height of 195m.

For this day’s walking we can choose to walk The Kerry Way trail from Catherdaniel to Sneem or Blackwater Bridge to Sneem. When deciding on which to take, we’ll take weather and walking duration into account. Whichever we chose you’ll be assured of wild countryside, sea views and easy going walking. These are two of the nicest sections of the Kerry Way.

Kerry Way Walking Trail with coastal views
Kerry Way Walking Trail with Kenmare Bay coastal views

Why You Should Book the Kerry Walking Trails Holiday with Álaind

If you want an exciting escape from your routine, this holiday is for you. You’ll feel invigorated while exploring trails, open countryside and rugged mountains with a small group of walkers. 

You will enjoy stunning Ring of Kerry views of the Kerry Mountains, the wild Atlantic and beautiful lakes & waterfalls.  Afterwards you’ll relax in your luxury accommodation at Álaind Lodges, Sneem – your base for the duration of your holiday.

Who Should Book This Álaind Walking Holiday

Everyone who loves walking on way-marked trails but also like to spice it with some off-trail mountain routes. 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. We will also traverse slopes through sometimes long grass and bracken.

Each holiday requires four or more persons to take place.

What’s Included in the Holiday Cost

  • Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
  • Welcome Drink and Briefing on Arrival Evening
  • Professionally Guided Trail Walking
  • Breakfast and packed lunch
  • Route details and map
  • Transport to start of walk
  • Drying Room

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
  • Evening meals (although we’ll gladly make reservations for you)
  • Travel insurance

The Cost of The Kerry Walking Trails Holiday including luxury ensuite bedroom

  • Four Nights / Three Days Kerry Trail Walking – €450 per person sharing.
  • Five Night / Four Days Kerry Trail Walking – €560 per person
  • €30 per night single supplement applies.

What You Should Bring:

The minimum you should have includes waterproof boots, waterproof jacket & over trousers, backpack, gaiters & walking poles, hat, gloves and thick hiking socks; water bottle & lunchbox; small torch, personal first aid and sunscreen / insect repellent. 

How to Book Your Place on The Kerry Trails Walking Holiday

Let us take care of the logistics and all your accommodation needs, so you can focus on enjoying your walking holiday. So if you like what you see here, simply click the booking link of you desired dates. Then select your desired bedroom, number of persons, the dates of the weekend and be sure to select the walking holiday extra.

Are you ready to book the 2021 Kerry Trails Walking Holiday? Select your desired date below:

Thursday to Monday – 4 Nights
22nd April (Thursday) – 26th April (Monday)
29th April (Thursday) – 3rd May (Monday)
27th May (Thursday) – 31st May (Monday)
3rd June (Thursday) – 7th June (Monday)
24th June (Thursday) – 28th June (Monday)
1st July (Thursday) – 5th July (Monday)

Cancellation Policy

In the event of Covid-19 official travel restrictions requiring cancellation of your booking, Álaind Holidays will not charge any fees. You will also be able to reschedule your booking without charge.

At all other times, if your booking is cancelled up to 5 day before the date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later 100 percent of the first night will be charged. In the case of a no-show, the full amount of the booking will be charged.

Have a question about Álaind Walking’s Kerry Trails Walking Holiday? Send us a message!

Want to know more about walking in Sneem? Read our Guide to Walking in Kerry.

If you’re thinking about holiday ideas for 2021, why not take a look at some of our other holiday packages and contact us with your desired dates.

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