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Hiking - Dingle Way

Hiking - Dingle Way
North County Kerry Ireland

The Dingle Way is a circular route of 179 km (112 miles) circumnavigating the Dingle Peninsula west of Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland. It is one of the first national walking routes (Waymarked Ways) and follows minor roads, traditional access routes to turf cutting areas and forest paths. The only high ascent is 600m, crossing the shoulder of Brandon Mountain between Ballydavid and Cloghane.

Prepare for the vivid colours of purple loosestrife, scarlet fuchsia and orange montbretia. Drop in some wild yellow ragwort, the coconut honeyed scent of gorse and the shades of purple heather and you have a walking destination created by the Divine.

The Dingle Way walking route skirts the mountains of the Slieve Mish range, which form the spine of this 65-km long peninsula, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean. The mountains are rounded, not as high as their nearest neighbours on the Iveragh peninsula and formed from a beautiful old red sandstone, that is always visible in the area.

The peninsula is littered with remains from the early Christian period, oratories, beehive huts, megalithic tombstones, monastic enclosures, high crosses, to name a few.

The town of Dingle (An Daingean) retains its essential character attributed to a working fishing harbour. The steep streets have been reinvented with colourful tourist shops, craft outlets and a host of restaurants and pubs. It is also the centre of one of Ireland’s most popular Gaeltacht regions, where 43% of households are predominantly Gaelic speakers, which adds a wonderful flavour to the local supermarkets!
Otherwise small farming villages populate the peninsula. You will see sheep aplenty, some beef cattle and the occasional small dairy herds. The noticeable construction of new dwelling houses indicates a return to the area of many who left in the 1980’s for economic reasons.

Overnight stops (apart from Dingle) are in villages, allowing an opportunity to experience life with the locals and a chance to try Guinness and Gaelic! Early Christian sites, standing stones, burial mounds etc. will be all along the route – many are nameless clumps of stones and any of significance will be referred to in your route notes.

Tour Highlights
- Brooding mountains, lakes and beaches. Just fantastic scenery.
- Pre and early Christianity… Stones, rows, huts, churches, wells.
- Cloghane & Brandon villages, nestling under the hills and seas.
- Castlegregory & the Magharees, swept by Atlantic winds and tides!
- Fresh, fresh, fresh seafood!

Walking Tour
Meeting: Camp
Airport:   Kerry airport
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Hiking - Dingle Way
Tour Code: ZZ-OUT-38
10 days / 9 nights ~$1,040.00
Dates: April to October

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Difficulty Levels Explained
1. Easy
Easy pace and an average-to-sedentary level of fitness. You should be in good health and fit enough for full day of normal sightseeing and walking.
2. Easy to Moderate
An average level of fitness or some experience with the featured activity is recommended.
3. Moderate
Requires you to have performed the featured activity regularly, with some periods on challenging terrain. Activities are mandatory and you may be traveling at high elevations. You need to be in good health and physical condition to enjoy these trips, with adequate muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance.
4. Demanding
You must be extremely physically fit and are expected to hike or ride four to six hours over steep or more rugged terrain.
5. Strenuous
Prolonged hiking/biking on moderate to difficult terrain (five to nine hours a day).
May include high altitude, rugged terrain etc..
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