Southwest of Ireland Guided Walking Tour

Southwest of Ireland Guided Walking Tour

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Out at the very edge of Europe, on South West Ireland’s wild Atlantic seaboard, The Iveragh Peninsula, The Dingle Peninsula and The Sheeps Head Peninsula offers a walk into the extraordinary that takes visitors through magnificent natural beauty.  Ireland’s highest mountain range towers over an ancient glacial landscape that ranks among the best in Europe and West Cork is rich in history, folklore and archaeology.

Have you ever wondered how people in the past knew so much without any technology? How are places like Stone Henge associated with the Summer Solistice on June 21st?? Why were stone circles put in place & why are there so many standing stones?? Ireland is known so famously as the Island of Saints and Scholars – but why??

This Kerry and Cork walking tour sets about answering some of those questions and your local guide will help you to explore & engage with the healing energies of these ancient sites from Celtic & early Christian times.

ProviderMaurice Whelan.

Location (see map below): West Cork & Kerry, Ireland

Duration: 5 – 8 Days

Availability: All year round.

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What your trip includes:

·      7 nights bed in room with private shower/ bathroom.  Full Irish breakfast  each morning.

·      Picnic lunch (on hike days only)

·      7 Evening Dinners

·      6 days walking with expert Irish Guide who accompanies the group for the duration of the holiday

·      Transport to/from each days walking locations and luggage transfers when required. 

 

Day-To-Day Overview:

Day 1

Arrive to Killarney town – once called Kill Airne – the Church of the Sloe (berries). An evening together to chat about the coming week – your hopes & dreams will set us all in a “mindset” perfect for your holiday. Dinner & overnight in Killarney

Day 2

A short drive to the largest of the famous Lakes of Killarney is where our first day starts as we set off by boat to the glorious Inisfallen Island – once a university for many of our early saints & scholars. After lunch we continue on to the heritage town of Kenmare to visit a prized Stone Circle set in one of the most dramatic landscapes of the region. Return to Killarney for dinner & overnight.
Walk Details:Distance – 8kms; Highest Point on walk 150m
Description of terrain – Some wet & muddy stretches – walking boots advisable

Day 3

The Dingle Peninsula has the greatest wealth of pre-historic remains in all of Ireland. As we walk part of the “Cosán na Naomh” route – your guide will explain why. Visiting some of the wonderful sites along the way such as the famous Gallarus oratory we return to Killarney for our dinner & overnight.
Walk Details: Distance 12kms; Highest Point 250m; Aprx Duration of walk 4 hours
Description of terrain – Some beach & road walking. Cross-country with stoney & muddy sections – boots essential.

Day 4

Skellig Michael is probably the most famous early Christian site in Europe. Now a UNESCO World heritage Site – the 6th Century monastic remains have to be one of the most spiritual places you can visit. If weather does not permit our journey there – we will stay on land – discovering the delights of Ballinskelligs, Derrynane & Staigue Fort – all on the spectacular Ring of Kerry route. We return to Killarney for Dinner and overnight.
Walk Details: Distance 10kms; Highest Point; 250m; Aprx Duration of walk 3 hours
Description of terrain – The alternative walk is across wet & muddy ground. Boots essential.

Day 5

We begin our adventure into Cork by visiting the home of St. Gobnait, the spiritual mother of Ballyvourney, followed by a walk in the captivating Gougane Barra landscape taking in a visit to the oratory of St. Finbarr. Dinner and overnight in the bustling market town of Bantryand enjoy an evening sun set over Bantry Bay.
Walk Details: Distance 10kms; Highest Point 500m; Aprx Duration of walk 4 hours
Description of terrain Open mountain, wet, muddy & stoney at times. Boots essential.

Day 6

Today we venture forth into the wild and rugged landscape of the Beara Peninsula, take the ferry to Bere Island where a tangible sense of the past is ever present. Here we enjoy a walk that helps us to reconnect to the ancient heritage of this enigmatic island and its people. We return toBantry for dinner and overnight.
Walk Details: Distance 8kms; Highest Point 200m; Aprx Duration of walk 3 hours;
Description of terrain Grassy tracks, some road & uneven surfaces. Boots essential.

Day 7

This morning we have an optional walk on Sheeps Head/Whiddy Island or take in the colourful local Market in Bantry town. This afternoon we make our final pilgrimage to the hallowed ground of “The Druid’s Altar” and tonight we enjoy our farewell evening meal together in Bantry.
Walk Details: Distance 6kms; Highest Point 200m; Aprx Duration of walk 2 hours
Description of terrain Grassy tracks, some road & uneven surfaces. Boots essential.

Day 8

Departure after breakfast.