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For assistance with your booking or receive more information, please call or email Fergal.
On Day 1 our guests on the Dunkerron Walking 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 walkers gathers for a holiday briefing.
The first of our two walks 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 walk and gain over 500m in height across wild open mountain side.
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.
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.
At the end of our walk, we’ll enjoy some apres-walk refreshments before getting ready for your chosen evening dining in Sneem village.
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.
One final push to reach Mullaghanattin Summit
If you are enjoying a three night walking 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 walking break or longer, you’ll be preparing for another excitement filled day of hiking or walking in Sneem.
A small deposit of €100 per person is required to book this walking holiday package (or full payment if you are booking within 4 weeks of arrival).
The balance of the payment is due 4 weeks before the start of the trip.
The itinerary of all our holidays will be tailored to meet the expected weather conditions and the duration of each holiday.
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 if you want to discuss your holiday requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Had a great weekend here with Alaind Walking Sneem. The accomodation was excellent and the personal, warm and homely welcome and attention was second to none.
The walks were so enjoyable - Part of The Kerry Way & the Derrynane Mass Path Loop Walk was the first walk. A nice lead in to the next walk in The Dunkerron Mountains taking in Eagles Lake, Coomanassig Waterfall and Coomnacronia. Knocknagantee could be seen clearly, Loch Cluain Eachlainn and Kenmare River in the distance. The visibility on both days was excellent as the weather was magical allowing for amazing views well into the distance.
A sea swim was even taken in on the first day which was a lovely finish to the walking on the first day. Thanks Fergal.
On the second day we ended the walk both myself and another fellow walker with a gorgeous hot soak in a Seaweed Bath overlooking the South Kerry Mountains and Sneem Estuary.
Fergal is an exceptional guide and his knowledge of the area and walks was superb. He made every walk very enjoyable taking time out to enjoy all the spectacular views and giving time for those camera shot memories. In such a small area there was lots to do but not enough time to do it all which is a great complaint.
Patrica & Chris a great team looking after the Bed and Breakfast and making sure I was well set up for day. Thanks everyone for making my trip ever so enjoyable.
Have just returned from a fabulous 3-day mini break with Alaind . Fergal is both a professional and friendly guide. The lodge - just outside Sneem village - is a great base for walks .Trish and Chris will make you very welcome here. This area is a hidden gem on the Ring of Kerry.>
We did the Derrynane Loop and Lower Dunkerrons - super hikes with coastal and mountain views of Kerry Geo Park .
Fergal allowed plenty of time for photos as it was hard not to stop and gaze in wonder! Transport is well organised and he even managed to fit in a swim at the end of one of the walks.
I hope to return