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Ireland’s fabled County Kerry consists of a series of spectacular mountainous peninsulas divided by deep-sea inlets. Weaving between these peninsulas is a network of ancient paths that are nearly as old as the land itself, many of which form part of a long-distance track known as the ‘Kerry Way’.

The name ‘Kerry’ comes from the Old Irish word Ciarraige meaning the people of Ciar, an early Celtic tribe that settled in the area around 300 BC. In fact, Kerry has an outstanding collection of historical and archaeological sites that date back over 7,000 years, with several ancient forts and numerous early Christian churches. Impossibly green pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, completely empty save for small herds of sheep or goats, and at almost every turn there are spectacular views of mist-covered mountains and wild stretches of uninhabitable coastline where deep fissures have been carved, over the eons, by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

Here and there along the coast, pretty fishing villages, such as Caherdaniel and Portmagee, have successfully withstood the elements and offer a picturesque contrast to the verdant hills that surround them. The Skellig Islands lie 8 miles off the tip of the peninsula, two rocky peaks rising sheer out of the Atlantic Ocean. Skellig Michael is a world heritage site on account of its 6th century monastic site, with beehive huts, oratories and inscribed crosses. Little Skellig is home to over 40,000 gannets, the second largest colony in the world. This is a delightful one-week walk and along the way you’ll enjoy plenty of good Irish cheer!

Trip Outline
This trip takes us on a circular route from Killarney, unveiling some of the most beautiful scenery in the region, exploring both the southern and northern coastlines of the Iveragh peninsula. After spending two nights at Killarney, we move onto Derrynane on Kenmare Bay, where we also stay for two nights. Here you will find Derrynane National Park and Derrynane House, the ancestral family home of Daniel O’Connell, ‘The Liberator’, a 19th century politician.

Moving on we spend the last 3 nights in the market town of Caherciveen, across the water from the famed Valentia Island. On your “free day” you have the opportunity, weather permitting, to take a boat to the Skellig Monastic Rock – an experience of a lifetime and not to be missed. Caherciveen is a market town in transition, being part of the “old Ireland living in the new”. Our walks in the area reflect the Peninsula at its best. After our farewell evening and morning breakfast we transfer to Killarney for onward journeys …. and memories to be cherished.

GUIDED
Dates: (7 nights) March 30 – April 6, April 13-20, April 27-May 4, June 15-22, July 6-13, Aug. 10-17, Aug. 31-Sept.7, Sept. 28-Oct. 5, Oct. 12-19
May – Sept. Rate:  $1,465.00 USD
Oct. – April Rate:  $1,310.00 USD
(Single Supplement: $360.00 USD)

SELF GUIDED
Dates: leave any Saturday for 7 nights, subject to availability
Rate: $975.00 USD
(Single Supplement: $340.00 USD)

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