Sneem Dunkerron Mountains Hiking Holiday

Hike in the wild and rugged Dunkerron Mountains with a qualified Mountain Leader. You’ll stay in a luxury bed & breakfast with ensuite rooms. The guided hikes are across rough trails and open moorland and mountain summits. The Dunkerron Mountains are part of Kerry Geopark an internationally recognised area of geological significance. The Dunkerron Mountains are home to a number of Ireland’s highest peaks. Exploring here is a delicious challenging and real adventure. Good fitness and mountain walking experience is required.

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Surrounded by wild nature at Eagles Lake and Coomanassig Waterfall in Sneem
Overlooking Ballaghbeama Gap and Lough Brin
View towards Lough Brin and Knocklomena

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Sneem Dunkerron Mountains Itinerary.

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 Dunkerron Hiking Holiday arrive at Álaind Lodges (postcode V93AC80) or a partner 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 hikers gathers for a holiday briefing.

Álaind Ensuite Room

Luxury Double Ensuite Bedrooms

Blazing real fire stove – a relaxing end to the day

Description: Moderate; 12Km; 4.5-5 Hrs; height gain 500m; max height 450m.

The first of our two hikes will take in one of the lower ridges in Sneem to get us warmed up and ready for the more challenging Day 2.

However, don’t be complacent, this is still a wonderful challenge. You can expect to spend 5 hours on the hike and gain over 500m in height across wild open mountain side.

A Well Earned Break. See you on the Sunny Side


Enjoying a Break on the Sunnyside of the Dunkerron Mountain Ridge

We set out initially onto a section of the Kerry Way, which is also a local pilgrimage trail. We pass a number of holy wells along the way before we set out onto the wide ridge.

Álaind Walking Sneem

To the one side we’re spoiled with views of mountains, valleys and lakes and to the other mountains stretching down to the sea. The coastal view are especially beautiful when the light is right and haze-free.

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


Sea-eagles are regularly seen above Sneem’s Dunkerron Mountains

At the end of our walk, we’ll enjoy some apres-walk refreshments before getting ready for your chosen evening dining in Sneem village.

Description: Moderate to Strenuous; 8-12 Km, height gain 500m+; max height 773m; 4.5-5 Hrs.

Today we’re setting out on to climb some of Ireland’s highest mountains. The highest in Sneem is Mullaghanattin at 773m, which some call Ireland’s Matterhorn due to its aspect. Second highest is Beann 775m, followed by Finneraragh 667m and Knocknagantee 636m. Whichever route we chose on the day, will reveal incredible wild, remote and rugged landscapes. Precipitous mountain walls, lakes and waterfalls are all around, which simply combine to make this an amazing place.

Approaching Mullaghanattin Summit One final push to reach Mullaghanattin Summit


 Views from Beann Ridge across Finneraragh and Knocknagantee


If you are enjoying a three night hiking holiday, you’ll be departing Sneem after hopefully a good night’s rest and a full breakfast.

If you are booked on a four night hiking break or longer, you’ll be preparing for another excitement filled day of hiking or walking in Sneem.

  • €345 per person sharing (690 total) for three night holiday
  • €475 per person sharing (950 total) for four night holiday
  • €25 per night single supplement applies

A €100 per person deposit will be charged on all guided hiking holiday bookings. If you cancel more than 4 weeks before arrival date, we will refund your deposit.

  • Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
  • Welcome Briefing on Arrival Evening
  • Professionally Guided Hiking
  • Breakfast
  • Packed Lunch
  • Trailhead Transport
  • Apres-walk Refreshments
  • Area for drying outdoor clothing and boots

Not Included:

  • Any pre-tour or post-tour accommodation
  • Evening meals (although we’ll gladly make reservations for you)
  • Travel insuranceHiking

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What to Know Before You Go

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 rugged Mountain scenery, wild Ring of Kerry landscapes and coastal views. 

Afterwards you’ll relax in your wonderful bed & breakfast accommodation at Álaind Lodges, Sneem or nearby highly rated B&B.

Everyone who loves to hiking and going off-trails in the mountains. 

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.

Participants should have experience of hiking in the mountains and must be of good health and fitness.

This is important as these hikes are classified as moderate to strenuous. You can expect extended ascents, exposed heights and steep or broken ground.

Waterproof boots and suitable clothing (no jeans or cotton tops) are essential. 

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.

The maximum number of guests is 6 persons. 12 persons can participate if a second mountain leader guide is available. Each holiday usually requires two or more persons to take place.

Please contact Álaind Walking’s Fergal Harrington at +353851422677 if you want to discuss your holiday requirements. Alternatively, you can send him an email.

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. 

Our luxury rooms have comfy beds, pressurised power showers, wooden floors, satellite TV and wifi and tea/coffee facilities.

Furthermore, we have a drying area for your boots and wet gear so you can start each day in comfort.

Our hiking holiday packages includes all guided hikes, luxury bed & breakfast, packed lunch and apres-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.

luxury ensuite room


Luxury ensuite double room

You should bring waterproof boots, waterproof jacket & over trousers and backpack.

As we may be walking through long wet grass, I recommend gaiters and walking poles too.

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. 

Fergal Harrington is the owner of Álaind Holidays and a professionally qualified Mountain Leader, who you can email or phone +353-85-1422677 directly to help you plan your perfect holiday.

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.

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