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Wild & Wonderful Western Ireland

Kerry & Cork Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £1,149pp £1,009pp without flights FLIGHTS AVAILABLE

Walk in some of Ireland's wildest and most beautiful landscapes in the counties of Kerry and Cork to discover colourful villages and glorious coast. Top walking spots including Killarney National Park where mountains plunge down to the shores of numerous pristine lakes, and the Beara Peninsula with its Bronze Age standing stones and sweeping views across the sea. There's a walk along the famous Kerry Way and a boat journey to Garnish Island to discover the fabulous gardens which thrive in their own micro-climate. Whether you’re fascinated by the ancient relics and their accompanying legends of fairies and leprechauns or simply want to enjoy great walking in this lush green land, Ireland will deliver.

Holiday Highlights

  • Kerry & Cork – everyone’s romantic dreams of Ireland come true
  • Relax in the picturesque little town of Kenmare brimming with Irish character
  • Join an Irish homecoming evening and boat to magical Garnish Island
  • Spectacular views of the Killarney National Park from Ladies View
  • Travel the Ring of Kerry or enjoy a seal-watching cruise on your free day

What’s included

A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
All transport to and from the walks
The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
Half Board – 7 breakfasts & 7 evening meals

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

Welcome to Kenmare Bay Hotel. Unpack and settle in.

The beautiful village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry is a wonderful introduction to our week. Nestled between mountains and wild rugged coast it offers some of the best views of the country. Both walks explore the historical and geographical features in the area.

Option 1 - The Lomanagh Loop

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: Starting from Sneem we follow the Lomanagh Loop walking on minor roads, forest tracks and across fields until we join the Kerry Way to make our descent into Sneem where we can sample some Irish hospitality. 

Highlight: The views of the Kerry Mountains and the Beara Peninsula.


Option 2 - Blackwater Bridge to Sneem

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: This walk starts from Sneem too but follows the Fermoyle Loop which covers a distance of 14km on minor roads, farm tracks and way marked paths across hillsides and through farmland. We pass features such as a Standing Stone, turf cutting and a cillin (unconsecrated graveyard). This walk also provides spectacular views of the mountains and the sea. We make our way into Sneem to meet up with the easier group.

Highlight: Spotting the Macgillycuddy's Reeks - Ireland's highest mountains.


Today’s walks will take us through the rolling hills of the Gleninchaquinn Park, offering great views over the Kenmare River. Along the way we will discover one of the many stone circles scattered around this area as we follow part of the famous long distance path, the Beara Way, back towards Kenmare

Option 1 - Gleninchaquin to Dunkerron

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: We start our walk near Red Trout Lake and, after climbing onto the Beara Way, we walk just below Knocknagorraveela Mountain enjoying views towards Dromoghty Lake and Kenmare River.

Highlight: Discover a neolithic stone circle overlooking Lough Inchiquin.


Option 2 - Drombohilly Upper to Dunkerron

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: This walk takes in the Beara Way but rises gently towards a gap on the northern side of Knockagarrane and an open valley with views back to the Kenmare River. Our route runs parallel with the river offering great views of the Cloonee Loughs, Lough Inchiquin and Gleninchiquin Park.

Highlight: The idyllic shores of the Cloonee Loughs make a wonderful sandwich stop.


Today both walks start at the tip of the Beara Peninsula, a stone’s throw away from Dursey Island. It’s mostly coastal walking, finishing at the old copper mining town of Allihies for a drink.

Option 1 - Garnish Pier to Allihies

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In summary: This walk leaves the active fishing harbour of Garnish and goes along the shoreline of Ballydonegan Bay. We traverse below Lackacroghan where we can enjoy fabulous views back to Dursey before dropping back down towards Allihies and its beautiful beach ending in Allihies itself. The landscape has scattered remains of the once thriving copper mining industry.

Highlight: Taking in the scattered remains of the copper mining industry around Allihies.


Option 2 - Dursey to Allihies

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: Starting near the Dursey cable car station, we ascend Ballaghboy and straddle the ridge with fine views across the north and south of the peninsulas. We soon view lofty sea cliffs before we finally descend back to the Garnish Pier and finish with the easier walkers.

Highlight: On a clear day you can see out to the World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Kenmare: Spend the morning visiting the colourful town of Kenmare. Walk the Heritage Trail and visit the Lace & Design Centre. For the afternoon, relax in the hotel’s swimming pool, sauna and spa facilities.

Seal watching: Join a seafari from the pier at Kenmare to view seals and sea eagles. Times vary according to the tides. Refreshments are served and are included in the price.

Car hire: Local car hire is available to explore the surrounding areas including:

Derreen Gardens: Derreen Garden (60 acres) lies on a promontory in Kilmakilloge Harbour on the Beara Peninsula and is well worth a visit. There are a number of marked walks within this large area.

Killarney: Visit the interesting town of Killarney, located in the Killarney National Park. The town boasts many fine churches and art galleries.

Lakes of Killarney: Enjoy a boat trip from Ross Castle across the lakes to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, lunch in the café there and take a short walk to Galway Bridge. Please consult your leaders who can pre-book transport to pick you up at this bridge to take you back to the hotel.

Quaint cottages in the popular town of Kenmare in County Kerry, southwest Ireland

Today we walk in the Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

Option 1 - Glengarriff Nature Reserve & Garnish Island

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In summary: Today this group walks within the protected area of Glengariff Nature Reserve, home to a multitude of wildlife, flora, fauna and ancient tales. We walk a short loop following the river and view some ancient oaks on the way. After crossing meadows, we ascend to “Lady Bantry’s Look Out” point. After enjoying lunch in Glengarriff, we take a boat to Garnish Island via Seal Island and then walk around this fabulous garden flourishing in its own microclimate. We return to Glengarriff harbour by the same boat.

Highlight: Keep your eyes peeled for seals on the boat ride to Garnish Island.


Option 2 - Holy Well to Glengarriff

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m) 

Total descent: 2,000ft (600m) 

In summary: From the little town of Adrigole, the harder walk follows the Beara Way and heads up the north side of the lofty Sugar Loaf Mountain to 500m with great views of Bantry Bay and Sheeps Head peninsula. Our path then descends towards Glengarriff Nature Reserve before heading down into Glengarriff.

Highlight: Catch a glimpse of Ireland's highest waterfall, the Mare's Tail, as it tumbles down Hungry Hill.


North of Kenmare takes us to the Killarney National Park and the majestic lakes amidst the surrounds of the abbey, castle and magnificent Victorian mansion of Muckross House.

Option 1 - Galway Bridge to Muckross

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m) 

In summary: We walk from Galway Bridge along the Kerry Way passing through Esknamucky Glen and Cores Cascade to follow the Old Kenmare Road to Torc Waterfall and Muckross Estate. Here we will have time to explore the gardens and visit the café.

Highlight: We'll have plenty of time to explore the house, its fantastic gardens and - of course - the cafe!


Option 2 - Torc Mountain

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We walk along the Kerry Way from Galway Bridge passing through Esknamucky Glen and Cores Cascade on good tracks to Torc mountain. The ascent is rewarding with panoramic views across the lakes and up the Black Valley and beyond. We make our descent and follow the Old Kenmare Road to Torc Waterfall and Muckross Estate to join the easier group.

Highlight: Walk along the beautiful Kerry way.


We hope to see you again soon.

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Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort - Kerry & Cork

The 3-star Kenmare Bay Hotel sits on the edge of the pretty little town of Kenmare, facing the hills of the Kerry Way. The hotel has a pleasant restaurant, cosy bar with outside seating, and a large indoor swimming pool with sauna and spa pool.


The hotel has 127 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with:

  • Direct dial telephone
  • Flat screen TV
  • Hairdryer


The hotel has a range of facilities including the Courtyard Bar, which has a cosy atmosphere. The courtyard terrace is a decked area off the bar where you can relax with a drink. 

There is also the Bay Health Club, which includes a spa pool and swimming pool, gymnasium and extensive selection of beauty and holistic treatments available (payable locally).

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Kenmare are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal. Three of your evening meals will be taken in local restaurants.


The hotel offers a self-service buffet breakfast each morning with tea, coffee and toast served at the table.

A typical Irish breakfast includes sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes, black & white pudding and soda bread. Should you prefer something a little lighter, you can choose from a selection of fresh fruit, croissants, cereal, and fruit juice. 

Lunch (payable locally)

You can buy packed lunches from the hotel (order the night before). Alternatively ingredients for your picnic lunch can be bought from local shops; your leaders will advise you of the options.

Evening meal

Dinner is served in the Bay Restaurant, which focuses on local Kerry produce combined with fine wines and attentive service whilst enjoying views of the Kerry Mountains. For vegetarian option and any other special dietary requirements we recommend that you spend a few minutes discussing these with the hotel staff. 

On three evenings, meals will be taken in specially selected local restaurants.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

Each evening your leaders will tell you about the next day's activities and answer any questions you may have.

During the evening you may like to join in an optional organised activity, such as a quiz.

Pictured at the Kenmare Bay Wedding on Sunday were from left,
Picture by Don MacMonagle

free pic from kenmare bay hotel

Getting to Kenmare Bay Hotel & Resort - Kerry & Cork

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
06 Jun - 13 Jun 2022
7 Itinerary £1,469 £1,369 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
13 Jun - 20 Jun 2022
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20 Jun - 27 Jun 2022
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27 Jun - 04 Jul 2022
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29 Aug - 05 Sep 2022
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05 Sep - 12 Sep 2022
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12 Sep - 19 Sep 2022
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06 Jun - 13 Jun 2022
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13 Jun - 20 Jun 2022
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20 Jun - 27 Jun 2022
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27 Jun - 04 Jul 2022
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29 Aug - 05 Sep 2022
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05 Sep - 12 Sep 2022
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12 Sep - 19 Sep 2022
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Important Information

  • Single room: From £161 (complete holiday)
  • With flight holidays include: Flights from London Heathrow to Cork included
  • Regional flights from Manchester & Birmingham from £80pp. Other UK connecting flights available on request
  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort. Taxis from Cork: £140 one way, taxis from Kerry: £75 one way
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Cork airport: £25 single.


7 nights
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:

7 nights from £1,149pp £1,009pp
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