Difficulty Rating : 5 Start: Cahersiveen Finish: Killarney Daily Average: 17 - 22.5km Weekly Average: 78.5km Tour Type: Self Guided,Walking Teaser: The Kerry Way trek combines the stately MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range scenery with stunning coastal views out across Dingle Bay.
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The Kerry Way trek combines the stately MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range scenery with stunning coastal views out across Dingle Bay. Starting in the west of Kerry you have an opportunity to walk on the beautiful Valentia Island before following old turf and coaching roads through the villages of Glenbeigh and Glencar to the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Walk over passes to the Black Valley, around the Killarney Lakes and through the National Park to Muckross House and Killarney.

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Day 1

Arrival in Cahersiveen

You make your own way to Cahersiveen where the tour starts. Taxi transfers available on request from Killarney, Kerry Airport or Cork Airport. The guest house we normally use enjoys superb views across to Valentia Island and there are many short walks in the vicinity to instantly sweep aside your journey.

Day 2

Valentia Island

The day starts with a walk down to the pier and a ferry out to Valentia Island with its many standing stones and ruined forts. Your walk takes in the Skellig Experience Visitor centre as well as Bray Head Signal tower where you will enjoy glorious coastal views. Alternatively, you could always hire a bike and cycle around the island.

Day 3

Filemore to Glenbeigh (17 km, 420m ascent)

The day starts with a transfer to Filemore. Your walk follows an old coaching road as the route cuts high across the hillside, offering views across Dingle Bay to the mountains of Dingle. As you walk over the hill of Rosbeigh you will have a magnificent view of the famous strand projecting far into Dingle Bay before descending in to the village of Glenbeigh. There are opportunities to walk over the top of the hill or take an easier option going around.

Day 4

Rest day in Glenbeigh

Enjoy a day doing nothing if that is what you wish but that may be difficult, however, with so many tempting activities so close at hand! Enjoy a beach walk out to the sand spit, an important nature reserve; walk up to the Coomsaharn Lake rewarded by fine mountain scenery; take a pony trek for a canter along the beach or a gentle trek through the hills; or enjoy a round of golf at the nearby Dooks golf course with its wonderful setting.

Day 5

Glenbeigh to Glencar (19km, 410m ascent)

An easy walk leads along a quiet lane high above the beautiful Caragh Lake. It descends down to the Blackstones Bridge then through the woods to Glencar, a tiny settlement nestled in the middle of the peninsula in the shadow of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. The day finishes a little further past Lough Acoose.

Day 6

Glencar to Black Valley (12 km, 430m ascent)

The walk heads for a memorable circuit of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntuohill. Continue by quiet farmlands to walk up through the Reeks on the old back road and into the isolated Bridia Valley. Climb out of the valley via a second mountain pass through wild and rugged hills descending into the Black Valley directly underneath Ireland’s highest mountains.

Day 7

Black Valley to Killarney (22.5 km, 360 ascents)

On this final day you have the option of taking a boat trip from Lord Brandon’s Cottage to Ross Castle, or walking the full route. The walk leads out of the Black Valley towards Killarney National Park. You walk past the Upper Lake of Killarney, a site of one of Ireland’s unusual flora, the Strawberry Tree. Continue to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, where you may take a boat trip through the lakes to shorten the walk. If you choose to walk on to Killarney, you will pass Lord Brandon’s Cottage and into the Derrycunnihy Forest, an ancient oak woodland that is currently fighting a battle with the Rhododendron that is threatening to choke out the indigenous flora. The last part of your walk is on the old Kenmare road back past Muckross house into Killarney.

  • Seven nights accommodation: A mixture of guesthouses & farmhouses 
  • All breakfast
  • 2 dinners (in Lough Acoose and Black Valley)
  • 3 packed lunches (Cahirsivee, Lough Acoose & Black Valley )
  • Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
  • Full route details with a map of the tour

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€840 per person sharing
€50   per person high season supplement (July & August)

€255 Single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€395 Solo tour supplement (if travelling alone)

Self Guided Tour Information

Tours can start any day from April to October

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Cul Draiochta B&B is an example of the type of guesthouse you will stay in.


Towers Hotel is located in the heart of Glenbeigh village and where we typically stay in the village

Lough Acoose

Lough Acoose House is perfectly located as a welcome pitstop on your walk!

Black Valley

Hillcrest Farmhouse is a traditional style farmhouse situated amidst Killarney lake and mountain district. 100m off Kerry Way walking route and five minutes walk to National Park and upper lake. A welcoming peat and log fires await all guests to relax and enjoy. All bedrooms are ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities, TV and hairdryers in all rooms. Hillcrest Farmhouse has a drying room for wet boots and clothes.


We use a variety of Muckross Road is one that we use and images are left and right. It is in a fantastic location, very close to the town centre as well as the National Park and Ross's Castle.

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Irish Cycling Safaris Ltd (“the Company”) accepts bookings subject to the following conditions:

  • The contract is between the Company and the client, being any person travelling or intending to travel on a tour operated by the company. The contract, including all matters arising from it, is subject to Irish law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts. A booking is accepted and becomes definite only from the date when the company sends a confirmation. It is at this point that a contract between the company and the client comes into existence. Before your booking is confirmed and comes into existence the company reserves the right to increase or decrease brochure prices. The company or their agents reserve the right to decline any booking at their discretion.
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  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients whilst on a tour organised by the Company. Clients are wholly responsible for arranging their own insurance. Clients are responsible for ensuring that they are in possession of private Travel insurance with protection for the full duration of the tour in respect of at least medical expenses, injury, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment, with adequate cover.
  • An administration fee of €25 per booking plus any additional costs incurred will be charged if a confirmed booking is changed or transferred to a different departure date or tour, up to 60 days prior to departure. Thereafter all changes will be treated as cancellations and subject to the relevant charges. Changes are subject to availability. For an administration fee of €25 you may request a credit voucher. This must be redeemed within 12 months of issue and must be used against a new booking. The voucher is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash. In certain circumstances, which the Company considers reasonable, the booking may be transferred to another suitable person; however the tour arrangements must remain the same and will only be allowed if all suppliers agree to accept the name change. If a transfer is allowed an administration charge of €25 per person will be charged plus any extra charges levied by suppliers.
  • Should the client wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:

    > 60 days before departure – retention of deposit

    60-14 days before departure – 50%

    < 14 days before departure – 100%

  • Clients are responsible for arranging, and must be in possession of, a valid passport and any visas and vaccination certificates required for the whole of their journey. Information about these matters or related items (climate, clothing, baggage, personal items etc) is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of the company.
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    Provided that the major change is not as a result of situations outside the company’s control or consolidation, compensation will be paid as follows:

    Notification Period Given / Compensation Per Person

    More than 30 days: Nil

    14-30 days: €40

    Less than 14 days: €50

  • Force Majeure. We regret we cannot accept liability or pay any compensation where the performance or prompt performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected by reasons of circumstance amounting to “force majeure”. In these conditions “force majeure” means any event which we the supplier of services in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid. Such events include war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, fire or adverse weather conditions, epidemics or health risks and all similar events outside our control.
  • The company reserves the right to cancel a tour in any circumstances but will not cancel a tour less than 4 weeks before departure except for “force majeure”, consolidation, or the client’s failure to pay the final balance. Unless the client fails to pay the final balance, the company, upon cancellation will return all monies paid to it, or offer the client an alternative holiday of comparable standard if available (if less expensive than original we will refund the difference, if more expensive, the client will have to pay the difference). Compensation will not be payable (1) where the company is forced to cancel as a result of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which we could not have avoided even with all due care or (2) where an insufficient number of people book the clients chosen holiday and we notify we are cancelling for this reason not less than 28 days before departure. In all cases our liability is limited to offering the above choices and the compensation payments (where applicable) set out in clause 11. No compensation is payable if we notify you of cancellation more than 8 weeks before departure. We cannot be held responsible for any costs or expenses you may have as a result of cancellation.
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    The Client undertakes not to misuse the equipment and to return it with all accessories in the same condition as when received (ordinary wear and tear accepted). The company shall be entitled to charge the client for any damages caused to equipment during the period of hire. In event of a breakdown, other than a result of the Clients misuse, the company will use its best endeavours to repair or procure repair of the equipment.

    The company will not be liable for any damage or loss whatsoever, through breakdown or other defect in the equipment or other circumstances beyond the company’s control. The Client shall indemnify the company with respect to all costs, claims, expenses and demands suffered or incurred which arise directly or indirectly out of the use of the equipment during the period of hire. The company reserves the right to charge the client for partial or full settlement of any claim. In the event of the equipment being stolen or lost, the company reserves the right to call upon the client to indemnify the company the replacement of the equipment. However, should the equipment subsequently be returned in a satisfactory condition, the company undertakes to refund the clients indemnity within 14 days.

    The Client will ensure that the equipment is adequately secured when not in use, will not use the equipment whilst under the influence of drink or drugs and will immediately notify the company in the event of breakdown or loss of equipment.

  • Clients bringing their own bikes do so on the proviso that their equipment is in a suitable condition for participation in a tour. Responsibility for maintenance of bicycles brought by clients rests with the client. The company will endeavour to accommodate such clients, but cannot guarantee that correct tools and spares will be available, given the wide range of possibilities that exist.