‘The scent of the wildflowers, the spray of the ocean. It's nature's own beauty, we're watching the world go around.’ The Irish band, Wolf Tones, raves about the beauty of Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula in their song, ‘Dingle Bay'. What makes the region so special? Waves roar against rugged, steep cliffs, green meadows with grazing sheep blanket the hilly landscape and high mountains tower in the distance. Cosy fishing villages welcome their guests and invite them to a convivial evening in the pub. Sounds dreamlike? It is! Experience the peninsula’s magic in the southwest of Ireland for yourself on the Dingle Way. The best way to explore this magnificent landscape is on foot.
The Dingle Way is a 180-kilometre (111 mi) long-distance hiking trail that circles the peninsula once. In this Collection, we’ve divided the route into eight stages, starting in the town of Tralee. The trail reveals the wild, romantic charm of the west coast of Ireland. You hike through marshy moorland, walk across gentle meadows, enjoy the view over the water from the steep cliffs and feel the salty sea air on your cheeks as you look across long sandy beaches. You can fully enjoy the peace and beauty of the landscape – sometimes sheep are your only companions. Again and again, the path leads you past archaeological sites, relics from the time of the Celts.
The best way to reach Tralee, the starting point, is by bus. The journey takes about six hours from Dublin. In Tralee, you can either book a B&B or pitch your tent at a campsite. We planned the hikes in this Collection to end in a place where you can find accommodation. If you camp, check in advance with the village residents where you can pitch your tent.
The entire route is well signposted. If it’s too long, you can also catch a bus in between. Check bus times and connections at the tourist information in Tralee as buses are often infrequent. By the way, Gaelic is still spoken on the Dingle Peninsula. But don’t worry, you can get by with English.
The weather in Ireland is special: The warm Gulf Stream provides a moderate climate all year round. Therefore, you can theoretically do the walk at any time. However, the best chances for good weather are from May to September. Be sure to pack clothes that will protect you from the wind, cold and rain. The weather can be rough on the Atlantic Coast. Even in the rain, Ireland is spectacularly beautiful. After a long day hiking, a Guinness at the pub tastes even better. In Dingle, you also have a good chance of experiencing Irish folk music live – a wonderful part of an Irish holiday.
Let yourself be enchanted by the beautiful landscape of the Dingle Peninsula and experience the originality of the Emerald Isle. After eight intense days of hiking, you will definitely share Wolf Tones' opinion about the region: ‘To a place where my heart has found greater fortune.’
Your first stage on the long-distance hiking trail around the Dingle Peninsula begins in the pretty town of Tralee. The almost 20 kilometer long starts very easily - perfect to get you started for the coming days of hiking. The best way to get to Tralee, the capital of Kerry County, is by bus (it's just under five hours from Dublin).
On the second stage of the Dingle Way you cross the peninsula on a small pass to reach the south side. You start in camp and hike almost 17 kilometers in a relaxed up and down through the Irish landscape to Anascaul.At the beginning of the hike, the first step is uphill. On a road closed to traffic, the …
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Stage 3 on the Dingle Way takes you almost 23 kilometers from Anascaul to the small port town of Dingle, which gives the peninsula its name. A varied hike awaits you on quiet back roads, green meadows and dirt roads. On the way you pass the ruins of Minard Castle and some dilapidated stone houses that are embedded in the gentle landscape.
The fourth stage on the Dingle Way always takes you along the water - sometimes on quiet back roads, sometimes directly along the sandy beach. So pack some provisions in your backpack in Dingle for a picnic in the sand. On your way to Dunquin you can look forward to a fantastic panorama over green hills, rugged cliffs and the wide sea - typically Irish.
A wild lake, a rugged coastline, flat meadows and towering mountains in the distance - the fifth stage on the Dingle Way is arguably the most scenic. With its 20 kilometers, the stage from Dunquin to Feohanagh is quite relaxed. So take enough time to fully enjoy the wonderful landscape.You climb the few meters of altitude of the day …
The sixth stage on the Dingle Way is arguably the most challenging. On your way over the shoulder of the Brandon Moutain you will cover a few meters, of course you will be rewarded with wonderful views over the beautiful coastal landscape. And after several days on the long-distance hiking trail, you're already in the best of training.You leave …
The seventh stage of the long-distance hiking trail is long with a good 27 kilometers, but you hardly have to master any vertical meters and you can hike along the coast in a very relaxed manner. Your companion today: the miles of fine sandy beaches. Sounds good right? Well then, backpack on, shoes on and off we go towards Catlegregory.
Final spurt: Today you will cover the last 30 kilometers on the Dingle Way. The eighth stage takes you to your starting point Tralee - but before that you can once again enjoy the beautiful landscape of the peninsula that you have circled in the last few days. Today there is another longer stage, but you still master it.At …