25 Miles of Ireland's Best Island Hikes Between Cork and Kerry

25 Miles of Ireland's Best Island Hikes Between Cork and Kerry

1,750.00

CORK, IRELAND

This seven-day trip takes you to the remote and wild side of Ireland, where rugged coastlines intersect with ancient history, colorful villages are met with backdrops of lush green countryside, and wildlife is abundant if only you know where to look.

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25 MILES OF IRELAND'S BEST ISLAND HIKES BETWEEN CORK AND KERRY

CORK | DINGLE | KERRY

This seven-day trip takes you to the remote and wild side of Ireland, where rugged coastlines intersect with ancient history, colorful villages are met with backdrops of lush green countryside, and wildlife is abundant if only you know where to look.

 

Join expert guides as you walk 25 miles over the course of six days on tiny islands, movie magic sites, and windy headlands. Tales of pirates and literary legends punctuate your hikes and remind you that not only are you in one of the most beautiful areas on earth, but the most storied. And don't worry, you'll even get to go on a pub crawl in some of Ireland's most locals-only areas.

While you won't be setting any records for total mileage in a week, the slower pace of this trip ensures you'll have time to enjoy yourself and feel good at the same time. You might just return home with a slight accent and wishing you'd stayed as a castaway on one of the wild islands you'll visit during your stay. Keep in mind mileage may vary depending on weather and the desires of your group.

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Days 1, 2

WALK KINSALE, BALTIMORE, AND CAPE CLEAR ISLAND

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You'll start your Ireland walking adventure with a visit to the historical fishing town of Kinsale. Stretch your legs and explore the vibrant and colorful town, replete with tales of conquests, wine smugglers, and tales of many exotic visitors from over the centuries. Then, get your soles dirty on some of Ireland's finest hiking trails out of the West Cork village of Baltimore. The couple of miles you'll walk today is just a taste of what's to come!

On the second day, hike across Cape Clear Island, the southernmost inhabited island in the country. At only about three miles long and just over a mile wide, this is an Irish speaking area with plenty of charm. Explore ancient sites, admire the spectacular bird life, and perhaps even visit a herd of goats. Treat yourself to some homemade ice-cream and views of the iconic silhouette of Fastnet Rock Lighthouse. Today you will have hiked 4.5 miles.

 
 
 
 

Day 3

EXPLORE THE WORLD FAMOUS SHEEP'S HEAD WAY

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On day three, rise early for a fantastic day. You'll be spending time exploring and hiking around the famous Sheep's Head Way, a quintessential Ireland scene: a vast, unspoiled rolling green landscape that is is so impressive it has been named a European Destination of Excellence. After soaking in the area, stop at a local market to sample some of their best wares. Take in breathtaking views of the Atlantic before continuing on to your home for the night in the town of Kenmare. All in all, today's mileage will be around five miles.

 
 
 
 

Day 4

BIG MILEAGE ON BEARA PENINSULA AND DURSEY ISLAND

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On the fourth day in Ireland, you'll explore the Beara Peninsula, an area rich in cultural and natural heritage. Take Ireland's only cable car to Dursey Island, another incredibly small and remote piece of Ireland's landscape. You'll hike around the sparsely populated island enjoying the stark and wild beauty of the rugged coastline, high cliffs, and patchwork of fields divided by stone walls and ditches. Birds are the name of the game here, so remember to bring your binoculars! Today is the biggest day yet with eight miles covered.

 
 
 
 

Day 5

THE RING OF KERRY AND SKELLIG MICHAEL

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Day five comes with a surprise—movie famous stairs! You'll follow in the footsteps of a group of seventh-century Irish monks to their dramatic island retreat, Skellig Michael. These two rock pinnacles that make up the iconic setting form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and you might recognize them from a scene in Star Wars. Monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts centuries ago, weathering the battering elements of the Atlantic below. The small Skellig is home to the second largest colony of gannets, seabirds resembling seagulls, in the world (over 27,000 pairs call this area home). While you won't cover a lot of ground today you will climb up the impressive 618 ancient stone steps with plenty of time for photo ops.

 
 
 
 

Days 6, 7

FINAL TREK AROUND THE GREAT BLASKET AND A GENUINE IRISH PUB

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Your final hike will be a great one. Explore the trails and tracks that criss-cross the largest of the Blasket Islands—the Great Blasket or An Blascaod Mór. You'll walk about four miles total, taking it all in. And keep an eye out for wildlife! The cliffs of these islands are home to a myriad of seabirds and down below, the ocean is frequented by whales, dolphins, seals, and even sharks. That evening, kick back in Dingle, one of the most classic places to hear traditional Irish music. Join the locals in one of the pubs to experience some real ‘craic agus ceol’ to celebrate the end of a sensational walking experience with a glass of fine Irish whiskey or GuinNess in hand.

After a week's worth of hiking throughout Ireland's most remote locations, it's time to depart. Enjoy a breakfast then head on to your other arrangements,whether it's heading home or going on to check out Dublin, or dare we suggest, stopping over in Iceland? 

 
 
 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Walk an agreeable 2-8 miles per day on some of Ireland’s best hiking trails
  • Explore the tiny islands of Ireland, such as Cape Clear and Dursey
  • Take Ireland’s only cable car from Beara Peninsula to Dursey Island
  • Watch for birds and marine life, like whales and sharks, along Ireland’s cliffs
  • Sip Guinness and whiskey in a local pub where Irish music is played
  • See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael
  • Hike famous Sheep’s Head Way, a European Destination of Excellence
 
 

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