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On Day 1 our guests on the Kerry Walking Trails 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.
We’ll combine the best sections of these two walks in Sneem, taking in a mix of moorland, tarred road, forest 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 animals and wildlife here in what is part of the Kerry GeoPark .
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; and 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.
We’re combining both loop walks into a one day trail of about 12km which allows us to enjoy the most interesting sections of these two loops in one day.
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 in Sneem village.2
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, no matter the weather.
Venturing higher into the Dunkerrons of Sneem, we experience the ruggedness of these mountains which colliding continental plates began forming over 300 million years ago. Before this, believe it or not 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.
On this walk we’ll visit the wonderful Eagles lake, Coomanassig 100m tall waterfall and the vertical cliff walls of Knocknagantee. Next we’ll traverse across Sneem’s mountainous backdrop for a lunchstop at Coomnacronia lake.
If we’re lucky, we might even catch sight of the Kerry white-tailed sea eagles which regularly visit the area.
At the end of our walk, we’ll enjoy some apre-walk refreshments before getting ready for your chosen evening dining in Sneem village.
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.
If you want an exciting escape from your routine, this mini-break 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.
Everyone who loves walking on way-marked trails but also like to spice it up with some off-trail mountain routes on lower hills.
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. We will also traverse slopes through sometimes long grass and bracken. Waterproof boots are recommended when walking in the mountains.
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.
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.
As we may be walking through long wet grass, I recommend gaiters and a walking pole.
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.
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.
You will also be able to reschedule your booking without charge.