8-daagse wandelvakantie Dingle Way

A walking holiday on the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, the northernmost of the promontories in the southwest of Ireland. This 8-day walking tour is a circular route starting and finishing in Camp village and includes the best of the waymarked Dingle Way walking route.

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Dag 1

Arrival to Camp Village. Travel to Camp via Tralee on scheduled bus service or by taxi. Camp is situated overlooking Tralee Bay to the north with the majestic Gearhane and Caherconree peaks to the east. It has been an historic crossing point of the Slieve Mish Mountains since the first settlers were here in 1700BC . Camp is a small settlement, with plenty of local colour and a short circular walk to limber up for the kilometers ahead! 

U overnacht in: Camp

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Dag 2

Camp to Anascaul via Inch Strand. Leaving Camp hike to the south through the glorious bogland of Slieve Mish Mountains, on turf cutting roads, the wilderness of the blanket bog is punctuated with conifer forest and the stacks of drying turf. The walk climbs the side of Ardroe Hill overlooking the magnificent 8km of sand dunes and beach at Inch, with views south to the Ring of Kerry and Ireland's highest mountain range. Follow the "Maum" (pass) down to Annascaul village.

Distance 17km. Ascents 430m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Optional extra hike over Brackaloon Hill, 5km (2 hours)
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U overnacht in: Annascaul

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Dag 3

Anascaul to Dingle. From Annascaul, skirt Acres Hill to the staunch remains of 12th century Minard Castle, mostly destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1650. Turn inland again on minor roads to the railway village of Lispole. All the way you are within scent of the seas of Dingle Bay and encircled by the Kerry Mountains. From Lispole, the Way follows mostly sheep farming country before climbing An Cnoc Maol Mor and descending the old green droving road into Dingle town.

Distance 19km. Ascents 410m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.

U overnacht in: Dingle

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Dag 4

Dingle to Dunquin. Minor roads take you from Dingle to Ventry; beyond is some of the most spectacular scenery you could hope to find. Cross the magnificent Ventry harbour, weave through fuchsia hedges and climb an old track on the foothill of Mount Eagle past the early Christian beehive huts at Fahan. Behind are views south to the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island. Ahead the route opens up to Slea Head and the Blasket Islands. This is the most westerly point in Europe, beyond is North America!

Distance 22km. Ascents 350m. Approximate walking time 6 hours.
Optional route over Mount Eagle add 5km and 2 hours.
We include notes for this climb, only advisable in good weather conditions.

U overnacht in: Dunquin

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Dag 5

Dunquin to Ballydavid. We recommend a visit to the Blasket Island Interpretative Centre before departing Dunquin. The centre illustrates the harshness of life on the Blasket Islands, until the last inhabitants resettled to the mainland in 1953. Other than fishing, and sheep farming on the wind blown hills, there is little else to maintain the local communities. The walking route follows the Norse named Smerwick Harbour and a detour takes you to Dun an Oir, the Fort of Gold, where Italian and Spaniard soldiers were besieged by troops of Elizabeth 1 in 1580. Ballydavid is a thriving fishing harbour and a Gaelic speaking community.

Distance 14km. Ascents 180m. Approximate walking time 4 hours.
Optional route over Cruach Mharthain add 1 hour with an opportunity to see the 5th c. monastic site at An Riasc.

U overnacht in: Ballydavid

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Dag 6

Ballydavid to Cloghane. You are in the cradle of early Christian civilization here, with as many as sixty notable sites of cultural and religious development from the 5th to 9th centuries. Today's hike takes you up; up to the saddle of Mas an Tiompain (the Pass of the Drum) below Mount Brandon, Ireland's second highest mountain at 950m. The scenery is superb - Tralee Bay, the Magharees against the hues of the Slieve Mish mountains. The descent to Cloghane is nothing short of thrilling on a clear day, and well-earned respite is available in the village!

Distance 18km. Ascents 750m. Approximate walking time 7 hours.

U overnacht in: Cloghane

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Dag 7

Cloghane to Camp. Back at sea level, today's walk follows the coast, all the way around the Castlegregory promontory if you desire, or across the neck of the spit via Lough Gill, home to Bewick swans and Natterjack toads. From Castlegregory village, mudflats and turf cuttings give way to farmland and a climb through Gleann na Gealt "The Valley of the Mad" back to Camp.

Distance 22km or 32km. Ascents 30m. Approximate walking time 6 or 8 hours.

U overnacht in: Camp

Dag 8

Departure from Camp. Scheduled bus services from Camp to Tralee (20 minutes) for onward connections.

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