Walking the Kerry Way

The Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Uíbh Ráthaigh) is a 214 km long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. The track can be done in any direction and be started at any stage. " Teaser" options for individual stages would especially make sense when staying in Black Valley (with a variety of more walks), at Lough Acoose, Glencar (with the option to climb Ireland's highest mountain), in Waterville (with the option of a 30 kms Loop Walk) and in Sneem (with two additional Loop Walks)

Distance to walk

~200-220 kms (depending on the options you choose)
7-9 days of walking)

Old road to Kenmare

Shorter options

If you have just a few days take only the most beautiful stages between Killarney and Glenbeigh (60 kms, 3-5 days), the Loop between Caherdaniel and Waterville or, when walking the opposite direction, the stages between Sneem and Waterville (each of these options about 30 kms in 2 days)


The walk is easy to moderate on most parts and in dry conditions, but can get demanding on wet and muddy ground. Some excursions/additional walking options mentioned in the text on the following pages can also be very demanding. Short portions of the Kerry Way unfortunately follow major roads which are narrow and very busy. Extra care is needed there.

Who can walk

Suits only well equipped and well prepared walkers! Rain gear and waterproof hiking boots are essential. As the track is not always clearly visible it is strongly recommended to bring good topographical Maps (see below) and a GPS device (incl. spare batteries). Mobile phone reception is not always available!


Click here (Right click > save linked content to...) for a GPX Track map
Use at your own discretion!


Ordnance Survey Ireland no.78 & no. 83


Bus Transport (Bus Eireann) is available from the villages on the Ring of Kerry to/from Killarney and Kenmare. Most of the B&B owners of the mentioned B&Bs will pick you up on a pre arranged location on the walk.

Where to stay

All the recommended B&Bs on the following pages are prepared for walkers and provide luggage transfer, transport, lunch packages, evening meals, drying facilities!

Where to Stay in Killarney

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You're walking at your own risk! We - or your hosts - cannot guarantee the correctness of the information. All information is given by best knowlege and conscience. Make sure you have suitable, rainproof gear and only walk if you are physically in good shape!

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