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The itinerary of all our holidays will be tailored to meet the expected weather conditions and the duration of each holiday.
On Day 1 our guests on the Mountains, Coast and Hidden Lakes Walking holiday arrive at Álaind Lodges (postcode V93AC80) or another nearby B&B in Sneem. 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 holiday briefing.
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.
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 swim and/or 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.
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 wonderful bed & breakfast accommodation at Álaind Lodges, Sneem or nearby highly rated B&B.
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 a 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 even winter conditions 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 or other highly rated B&B 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’ll easily relax here. At Álaind Lodges, you’re free to enjoy 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 walking holiday packages 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.
No problem! Simply contact Fergal at Álaind Walking directly and he’ll get right back to you with details and answers to any other questions you may have.
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.