Guided Walking at Kenmare

Kerry & Cork, Ireland

Code: KNLCL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Flora
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £829.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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Discover Ireland’s charms for yourself. Focusing on the highlights of the Beara Way and Kerry Way we explore the rugged open countryside overlooking Ireland’s glorious coastal outline. Cheerful locals welcome you to their vibrant colourful towns which are dotted along these two peninsulas.

Holiday Highlights

  • Kerry and 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

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Services of experienced leaders
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board - buffet breakfast and evening meal 

Accommodation

Kenmare Bay Hotel

Kenmare hotel exterior

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.

Kenmare bedroom Kenmare reception area Kenmare Bar

HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016

Silver Award for Dining.      

Silver Trophy
Bedrooms

The hotel has 127 bright and spacious en-suite bedrooms, all with direct dial telephone, flat screen TV, and hairdryer.

 

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Facilities

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).

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Food

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

Breakfast

The hotel offers a 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. 

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 two evenings, meals will be taken in local restaurants.  One entertains our guests with storytelling and traditional Irish dancing and the other serves sumptious dishes.

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

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.

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Evening

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.

 

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Itinerary

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  • Our experienced leaders offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next, or just explore independently or relax around the resort
  • Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable

Discover the magic of southwest Ireland on our carefully chosen guided walks. Each day you’ll have the choice of two different walks:

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) with some short steep ascents and some sections on quiet country lanes. Up to 1,500ft (450m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks level 3 mediumHarder Walks: 7 to 9 miles (11-14km) with some rough terrain and some short sections on country lanes. Up to 1,800ft (540m) of ascent in a day.

 


Day 1: Arrival day

For those arriving on the HF Holidays’ flights to Cork, the onward journey to Kenmare is by coach. In the afternoon your leaders will organise a stroll around the town pointing out the sights, and the shops you may require for your packed lunch. On your first evening your leaders will explain more about the walks.


Day 2: Sneem and its surroundings

The beautiful village of Sneem on the Ring of Kerry is a wonderful introduction to our walking 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.

Easier Walk: 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. On this walk we will have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views of the Kerry Mountains, the Beara Peninsula and Kenmare Bay. 7 miles (11km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: This walk starts from Sneem too but follows the Fermoyle Loop which covers a distance of 14 Kms 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent.


Day 3: Gleninchaquinn

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.

Easier Walk: We start our walk near Red Trout Lake and, after climbing onto the Beara Way, we walk just below Knocknagorraveela Mountain enjoying views towards Gleninchaquin Park. We descend from a small cairn looking towards Dromoghty Lake and Kenmare River. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 still offering great views of the Cloonee Loughs, Lough Inchiquin and Gleninchiquin Park. 8 miles (13km) with 1,600ft (480m) of ascent.


Day 4: Beara Peninsula

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 the old copper mining town of Allihies for a drink.

Easier Walk: 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. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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 Garnish pier and finish with the easier walkers. 8 miles (13km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent.


Day 5: Free day

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. On your free day you may relax in Kenmare, or travel the Ring of Kerry before taking a cruise round the awe-inspiring Skellig Islands, home to an 8th century hermitage and large puffin and gannet colonies.


Day 6: Glengarriff

Easier Walk: 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. 5 miles (8km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: 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. 7 miles (11km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.


Day 7: Killarney National Park

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.

Easier Walk: We walk from Galway Bridge along the Kerry Way passing through Esknamucky Glen, 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. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

Harder Walk: We walk along the Kerry Way from Galway Bridge passing through Esknamucky Glen, 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,000ft (600m) of ascent.


Day 8: Departure day


Please note that the itinerary outlined is provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will talk to you every evening about the following day’s walks.

Local area

The "Emerald Isle" offers a multitude of interests for the visitor.  If you are fascinated by ancient relics and their accompanying legends of fairies and leprechauns, or looking to uncover the past history of your ancestors, this is the place to visit.  The countryside is green and lush and the area we visit is the home to the famous circular tourist trail; the Ring of Kerry.  

The counties of Kerry and Cork are located on the wild southwest tip of Ireland and has an abundance of lakes and mountains creating a beautiful landscape to explore.

Kenmare: Kenmare is located between the Kerry Way and the Beara Peninsula and is a friendly town, full of colourful shops and pubs.  The town is full of cultural interests making it worth exploring.

Seafari: There is a seal watching cruise that goes from Kenmare pier with the commentary of a marine biologist, a 2 hour cruise.  There are complimentary hot drinks and cookies.  

Gardens of Derreen: One of Ireland’s oldest and most established gardens, Derreen is regarded as one of the ten best gardens in Ireland. The gardens are full of rare and exotic plants many of which were brought back from hunting expeditions in the Himalayas and beyond. 

Travel

We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.

 

‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham flights to Cork airport.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel.

The coach transfer takes approx 1 hour 30 Minutes to the Kenmare Bay Hotel.

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

 

‘Without flight’ holidays the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, below are some suggestions to help you reach your destination:

-          We can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Cork airport.

This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £25.00.

-          Why not let us book you a private taxi transfer at a cost of £120.00 per single taxi journey?

-          If it would be more convenient we can also arrange transfers from Shannon and Kerry airport.

Shannon taxi transfer: £200.00 per single journey.

Kerry taxi transfer: £70.00 per single transfer.

Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

 

 

* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance. 

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
2 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 2 Jul 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Jul 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 9 Jul 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Jul 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
2 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
9 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 9 Jul 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Jul 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 16 Jul 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jul 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
9 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 16 Jul 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jul 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 23 Jul 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Jul 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 16 Jul 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Jul 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 23 Jul 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Jul 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,074.00 Book Now
16 Jul 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
27 Aug 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 27 Aug 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 27 Aug 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 3 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Sep 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
27 Aug 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
3 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 3 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Sep 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
3 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 3 Sep 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 3 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,074.00 Book Now
3 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
10 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,074.00 Book Now
10 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 10 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 10 Sep 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
17 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
17 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 17 Sep 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 17 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,074.00 Book Now
17 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now
24 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 9:05 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 10:40 a.m.
  • Depart from: Manchester International
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2017, 2:50 p.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2017, 4:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: Manchester International
7 £1,074.00 Book Now
24 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 24 Sep 2017, 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 24 Sep 2017, 10:50 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Cork

Flight - Return

AER LINGUS

  • Depart: 1 Oct 2017, 4 p.m.
  • Arrive: 1 Oct 2017, 5:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Cork
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,029.00 Book Now
24 Sep 2017 KNLCL - Guided Walking Kenmare - Without Flights 7 £829.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £15 per night
  • All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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