The Dingle Peninsula 8 Day Hike
This trip begins at Tralee, an excellent starting point for our exploration of the Dingle Peninsula. Walking west along the foot of the Slieve Mish Mountains, your next night is spent in the village of Camp.You then head south-west, crossing the peninsula to arrive at the village of Annascaul on Dingle Bay.
Your third day’s walking brings you to the pretty fishing port of Dingle, where you stay for two nights.From here you explore the spectacular promontory at Slea Head, with views towards the Blasket Islands at the western extremity of Europe.From Dingle you then cut back to the secluded village of Cloghane at the foot of Mount Brandon on the northern side of the peninsula.
The final walk brings you across the central mountain range back to the village of Annascaul.The daily stages take you cross-country, through landscapes that are hilly – and boggy at times.
During the week you’ll experience wild mountain scenery along with picturesque coastal villages.
Access for this holiday can be from Kerry, Dublin, Cork or Shannon Airports with bus and/or train connections available to Tralee all year round.
There is no other landscape in Western Europe with the same density and variety of archaeological monuments. This mountainous finger of land, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean, has supported various tribes and populations for at least 6,000 years. Because of its remote location – and lack of specialised agriculture – there is a remarkable preservation of over 2000 monuments. It is impossible to visit the Dingle Peninsula and not be impressed by its archaeological heritage, which ranges from prehistoric times through the Early Christian period to the Middle Ages.
Throughout the region there are magnificent views in all directions.Incredibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty save for small herds of sheep or goats. At almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the centuries, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The tip of the peninsula, west of Dingle town, is a stronghold of the Irish language and many traditions and customs have been preserved here along with the language.This is a delightful one-week walk and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer.