Embark on a slow-travel walking adventure on this 6-day Kerry Camino route and see rose gardens, gold-sand beaches, and fishing towns along the way.
The Kerry Camino is a 57km (35.5 miles) walking trail from Tralee to Dingle in the wonderful southwest of Ireland. This route forms the first three walking days of the 179km Dingle Way, a circular route of the Dingle Peninsula which starts and finishes in Tralee, the capital of Kerry.
This popular and well-signposted trail offers a variety of landscapes from walking in the foothills of Slieve Mish to the tranquil setting of pastoral farmland, passing through many picturesque villages and the remote golden sands of Inch Beach. This trail is steeped in history with many archeological sites along the way and references to the local Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
- Scenic Tralee Town
- The 35-acre Tralee Town Park with its beautiful rose gardens
- Stunning views overlooking Tralee Bay from Slieve Mish mountain
- Golden sands of Inch beach
- Antarctic explorer Tom Crean’s Irish Pub in Annascaul
- Charming fishing town of Dingle
- Dingle boat tour to visit Fungi, the resident dolphin
- Traditional music sessions in Dingle town
- Collecting stamps along the way in the pilgrim passport provided
This rural Camino is regarded as a moderate difficulty level ranging from sea level to 250m and is recommended for walkers with mountain walking experience.
As part of this trip, you’ll find featured 1 night in a 4-star Hotel in Tralee and 4 nights in comfortable locally-owned 3 & 4 star B&Bs/guesthouses with breakfasts and luggage transport between accommodation. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the detailed walking notes that cover landmarks, distances, and things to see over the course of your walk.
Alongside the sense of achievement and numerous chances to taste the local Irish food and experience the traditional Irish culture, this walking trip entitles you to receive the Kerry Camino Certificate in Dingle and a Celtic Camino Compostela from the Camino Society of Ireland.
Link to the Camino de Santiago in Spain
St. James Church in Dingle was the starting point for medieval pilgrims before they set sail from Dingle Port to the ports of A Coruña and Ferrol in northwest Spain where they continued on the English Way to Santiago de Compostela. These Irish pilgrims arrived at A Coruña in English merchant ships after a stopover in Plymouth or Bristol, the trading ports that connected with today’s northwestern Spain. For this reason, this Camino route would be known as the English Way, although it was traveled by people not only from England but also from Ireland and Scandinavian countries.
To recognize this tradition, the Cathedral of Santiago in Spain will grant a Camino de Santiago Compostela to pilgrims who have completed a certified 25km (15.5 miles) in Ireland plus 75km (46.5 miles) of the English Way. This provides a great opportunity to walk part of a Camino in Ireland as well as in Spain.
Seasonal Notes: You can walk the Kerry Camino from April to mid-October. The best months are during the Mid-Season in April, May, June, and September as the weather is mild, ideal for walking and it is less busy than the High Season summer months of July and August. For details about weather including average temperatures, rainfall, sunshine hours, etc. please click on this link: Weather – Ireland.
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