Dingle Way walking holiday in Ireland
Description of Dingle Way walking holiday in Ireland
This eleven day walking holiday in Ireland follows one of the country’s most stunning coastal trails, The Dingle Way, part of the greater Wild Atlantic Way. A self-guided holiday, where your bags are transferred from one accommodation to the next, you have nine full days of walking from cove to cove, village to village. As well as through luscious and predictably emerald valleys and hills.
The Dingle Way is in County Kerry, Ireland’s south west corner, and clings to some of the country’s most idyllic and wild seascapes. A waymarked walking trail, it is 162kms long with this holiday taking you on a circular route, starting in Tralee and going through traditional old Irish towns such as Anascaul, Dingle, Dunquin, Cloghane and Castlegregory. Each with its own history and character. We also recommend taking a trip out to the Blasket Islands off the peninsula’s tip. Now sadly uninhabited, the island’s Blasket Centre celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the last of whom left in 1953.
A well marked trail this makes for easy walking in terms of finding your way from one place to the next, but the walking is considered moderate to challenging in some parts, with a mixture of mountain, bogland and coastal terrain. You can also walk the Dingle Way in either direction. As this is a tailor made trip, we are more than happy to facilitate your needs in terms of time, so if you only have a few days to spare, we can choose a good section for you to complete ensuring you have accommodation and eateries along the way.
How to get to Dingle, County Kerry
By plane to Kerry, Shannon or Dublin with a transfer to Killarney
By car to Tralee although parking can be tricky, so we will do our best to accommodate this for you.
By train followed by a connecting bus to Tralee
1 Reviews of Dingle Way walking holiday in Ireland
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2014 by Denise Kibby
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Meeting the local farm workers as we walked through or passed their farms...what a lot of amazing characters.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared to walk quite a distance before coming across somewhere that you could buy a drink or snack.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Most definitely as all stays were in local B&Bs, farms or small pubs, and most meals were in these places.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
One of the best walking trips we have had...great views, changing daily, friendly and interesting people.
PlanetWe are a family run business and are committed to operating a Responsible Travel Policy. We aim to provide a quality and positive experience for our customers while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment.
Whilst walking you are taking part in a healthy activity and visiting the area while reducing road congestion. The local authority encourages people to visit the area on foot using public transport in line with their desire to encourage sustainable tourism.
The Responsible Travel Code of Conduct which you receive with your information pack contains suggestions on how to be an ethical traveller by reducing water usage, recycling and properly disposing of litter, and reducing damage to the environment.
The majority of the accommodations we use are locally owned and operated and use local produce for breakfast, thus reducing "food miles" and sustaining the local economy. Wherever possible we use accommodations that are registered with the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
When transferring your luggage to your next accommodation we consolidate with others along the Dingle Way wherever possible to reduce energy consumption.
During the booking process for your holiday we reduce paper usage by corresponding by email wherever possible and only printing correspondence which is legally binding. We recycle our ink cartridges and envelopes, and use low energy light bulbs. Paper which cannot be recycled is shredded and composted.
Whilst on this holiday you will be walking at your own pace in your own group. We restrict group sizes on our self-guided walking holidays to a maximum of 12 to reduce impact on the community and the environment.
PeopleWhen walking on the Dingle Way we aim to provide a quality and positive experience for you while contributing to and enhancing the local economy and respecting the environment of countryside, towns, rivers and forests.
The locally owned accommodations give our guests a warm welcome and recommend local pubs, cafes and restaurants along the Dingle Way for lunches and dinners. All these issues make a great difference to the economic welfare of the local community by providing employment and sustaining the local economy.
By taking this holiday on the Dingle Way you are contributing to the community by providing income for accommodation providers, pub landlords, restaurant and cafe owners, luggage transfer drivers, and local farmers. There are a number of small local museums and entrance fees are used to restore and conserve Irish heritage, and provide employment for local people. Whilst walking on the Dingle Way we encourage guests to visit the Blasket Islands and take boat trips out from Dingle as this helps to support the local boatmen and this unique marine environment.
We encourage you to use this walking holiday as means to support your chosen charity by way of sponsorship.
All our used postage stamps are collected and used to raise money for local good causes.
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