When to go
All year round
The best way to truly experience the Dingle Peninsula is to grab a coat and some boots and get out and walk it. You can choose from a number of walks including a stunning section of the Wild Atlantic Way or a challenging but rewarding ascent of Mount Brandon.
Kevin and Claire can organize a number of guided walks on the Dingle Peninsular in Kerry, on the south west coast of Ireland, with exact routes and timings designed to suit you.
For example, you could choose to walk a section of the Wild Atlantic Way, where the rugged coastline, fabled off-shore islands, West Kerry Hills, western skies and the great Atlantic all conspire to make this magic stretch of coastline, one of the crown jewels of the Wild Atlantic Way. This Wild Atlantic Way Walk was the movie set of Ryan’s Daughter and, more recently, Star Wars. This is prime gaelteacht (Irish speaking area), fully connected to tradition and rich in story both historic and imagined. Pagan goddesses, early Christian monks, marauding Vikings, wrecks of the Spanish Armada, rebel Norman poets and Blasket Island storytellers all contribute to the story of a landscape that never fails to inspire.
Timewise this is a flexible walk and can be shortened or lengthened. Generally with a ten o’clock pick up in Dingle we are back in Dingle circa 4.30pm.
Alternatively, you could choose to ascent Mount Brandon, Ireland’s second highest mountain standing at 952 metres or 3000 feet. Approximately a 5/6 hour return trip, this looming, glorious mountain offers 360 degree spectacular views from the summit of lakes, islands, valleys, other mountains and sheep galore!
Claire Galvin & Kevin O’Shea
Claire Galvin and Kevin O’Shea run Celtic Nature Expeditions, organising guided and self-guided walking adventures on the Dingle Peninsular, south west Ireland. Claire has run Celtic Nature for over 16 years while Kevin is an experienced and Failte Ireland approved local guide who enjoys relating the local story to visitors. Claire and Kevin are passionate about the natural world and the heritage and culture passed down from our ancestors who went before us. They believe walking the landscape is a great way of fostering this reconnection.
Walks generally start in Dingle.
- Bespoke adventure for you or your group.
- Personal activity insurance
- Transport to adventure start point
How to get there
Driving to Dingle from Cork
Dingle is a 50 minute drive from Tralee and a 2 hour 20 minute drive from Cork.
The hike up Mt. Brandon was a highlight of our trip to Ireland. Taking a tour guide (Kevin) was new and we probably could have figured it out without a tour guide but booking Kevin and the hike got us off the beaten tourist path (literally) and exposed us not only to the beautiful Mt. Brandon but the hike up and the conversation with Kevin on Irish history and the culture of the people of the Dingle peninsula was worth every penny.