Kerry Way

The Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Uíbh Ráthaigh)[2] is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214-kilometre (133-mile) long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Kerry Way Committee.[3] The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers' version of the Ring of Kerry road tour.[4] It is the longest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails.[5]

Kerry Way
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Length214 kilometres (133 miles)[1]
LocationCounty Kerry, Ireland
DesignationNational Waymarked Trail[1]
Elevation gain/loss5,310 m (17,421 ft)[1]
Highest pointWindy Gap (385 m (1,263 ft))[1]
Hiking details
SightsIveragh Peninsula


The Kerry Way was first proposed in 1982 and developed by members of the Laune Mountaineering Club and the Kerry association of An Taisce, under the chairmanship of Seán Ó Súilleabháin.[6] Ó Súilleabháin was inspired by a history lecture he had attended given by Father John Hayes on the subject of old roads and paths in the southwest of Ireland.[7] Realising that "there was a spider's web-like network of roads and paths that could be combined to form a route around Kerry", he began devising the trail that would become the Kerry Way.[7] The first section—from Killarney to Glenbeigh—was opened by Tánaiste Dick Spring in 1985.[8] It was the second long-distance trail to be opened in the Republic of Ireland, after the Wicklow Way.[9] The full route was completed in 1989 and opened by Frank Fahey, T. D., Minister of State for Youth and Sport.[6] The trail was constructed by workers on FÁS social employment schemes at a cost of IEP £60,000 and involved the provision of over 200 stiles and six footbridges as well as waymarkers.[6]

A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found the Kerry Way to be one of the most heavily used of the trails.[10] It recommended that it be one of five National Waymarked Trails that should be prioritised to be upgraded to a National Long Distance Trail, a proposed new standard of trail in Ireland, intended to meet international standards for outstanding trails.[11]

The name in Irish is Slí Uíbh Ráthaigh, meaning the Iveragh Way, called after the Iveragh Peninsula.


The trail originally started at the River Flesk, 1 kilometre (1 mile) from Killarney,[12] but has since been extended to start in the centre of Killarney.[13] The initial stage passes through the grounds of Muckross House, the gateway to Killarney National Park, passing the shores Lough Leane and Muckross Lake to reach Torc Waterfall.[12] From Torc, the trail follows the Old Kenmare Road and crosses Esknamucky Glen to reach the Black Valley.[14] The Way passes through the Black Valley below MacGillycuddy's Reeks, including Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain.[15] It then follows a road through Cummeenduff Glen to reach Bridia Valley.[16] It then follows the Lack Road over another mountain pass into Derrynafeana Glen to reach Lough Acoose where it then follows a road to the village of Glencar.[17] From Glencar, the trail follows the Caragh River valley before circling Seefin Mountain to reach Glenbeigh.[18] There are two marked routes around Seefin: a shorter route to the west of the mountain via Windy Gap or a longer route to the east above Lough Caragh and overlooking Dingle Bay.[19] The Way then climbs and follows the hills overlooking Dingle Bay until it reaches Drung Hill, where it turns inland to Foilmore.[20] An 11-kilometre (6.8-mile) linking spur provides a connection from Foilmore to Cahersiveen.[21] From Foilemore, the route traverses two ridges to reach the village of Waterville.[22] From Waterville, there are two possible routes to Caherdaniel: a coastal trail around Farraniargh Mountain or an inland trail, crossing Capall River and crossing mountains via Windy Gap to Caherdaniel.[23] An old coach road brings the Way to Sneem.[24] Sneem and Kenmare are connected by a trail that follows the coast above Kenmare River.[25] The final stretch crosses the mountains between Kenmare and Killarney via another Windy Gap rejoining the outbound route of the Way at Galway's Bridge retracing the route through Muckross to the end in Killarney.[26]

Intersecting and connecting paths

The Kenmare to Killarney section of the Kerry Way forms part of European walking route E8 which runs from Dursey Island in County Cork to Istanbul in Turkey.[27] The E8 continues along the Beara Way from Kenmare and joins the Blackwater Way via an unmarked link section between Killarney and Shrone.[27]



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Kerry Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Kerry Way". Placenames Database of Ireland. Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  3. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 38.
  4. ^ Bardwell 2010, p. 4.
  5. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 144.
  6. ^ a b c Vaughan, Tim (6 October 1989). "Wheezing politicians stop talking". The Kerryman. p. 11.
  7. ^ a b Avery, Roberta (22 June 2006). "The Kerry Way takes the path of ancient kings". Toronto Star. p. H6.
  8. ^ "Kerry Way opening". The Kerryman. 27 September 1985. p. 1.
  9. ^ "The Kerry way—for the serious walker". The Kerryman. 10 August 1984. p. 9.
  10. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 18.
  11. ^ National Trails Office 2010, pp. 24–25.
  12. ^ a b Fewer 2010, p. 146.
  13. ^ Bardwell 2010, p. 7.
  14. ^ Bardwell 2010, pp. 26–27.
  15. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 150.
  16. ^ "Black Valley to Bridia Valley". Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  17. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 152.
  18. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 153.
  19. ^ Bardwell 2010, p. 34.
  20. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 156.
  21. ^ "The Linking Spur to Cahersiveen". Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  22. ^ Bardwell 2010, p. 40.
  23. ^ Bardwell 2010, pp. 44–50.
  24. ^ Fewer 1996, p. 165.
  25. ^ Bardwell 2010, pp. 54–58.
  26. ^ "Kenmare to Galway's Bridge". Retrieved 13 August 2011.
  27. ^ a b "E8". European Ramblers' Association. Retrieved 12 August 2011.


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Lists of long-distance trails in the Republic of Ireland

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Long-distance trail

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Many trails are marked on maps. Typically, a long-distance route will be at least 50 km (30 mi) long, but many run for several hundred miles, or longer.

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North Kerry

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North Kerry Way

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Pilgrim Paths of Ireland

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Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry (Irish: Mórchuaird Chiarraí) is a 179-kilometre-long (111-mile) circular tourist route in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. Clockwise from Killarney it follows the N71 to Kenmare, then the N70 around the Iveragh Peninsula to Killorglin – passing through Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh – before returning to Killarney via the N72.

Popular points include Muckross House (near Killarney), Staigue stone fort and Derrynane House, home of Daniel O'Connell. Just south of Killarney, Ross Castle, Lough Leane, and Ladies View (a panoramic viewpoint), all located within Killarney National Park, are major attractions located along the Ring. A more complete list of major attractions along the Ring of Kerry includes: Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Dunloe Ogham Stones, Kerry Woollen Mills, Rossbeigh Beach, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, Derrynane House, Skellig Experience, Staigue Fort, Kenmare Lace, Moll's Gap, Ballymalis Castle, Ladies View, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Ogham Stones, St Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, Franciscan Friary, Kellegy Church, O’Connell Memorial Church, Sneem Church and Cemetery, Skellig Michael, Beehive Cells and the Stone Pillars marking an important grave.There is also an established walking path named The Kerry Way, which takes its own route, and a signposted Ring of Kerry cycling path which uses older quieter roads where possible. The Kerry Way roughly follows the scenic driving route of the Ring of Kerry.

There are numerous variations to the route taking in St. Finian's Bay and Valentia Island which the official driving ring misses (the official cycling route takes in Valentia Island). As well as beaches, it also offers the Gap of Dunloe, Bog Village, Derrynane House, the Skellig Experience Valentia Island, Moll's Gap, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, and Ross Castle.

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South Leinster Way

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The Black Valley

The Black Valley or Cummeenduff (from Irish: Com Uí Dhuibh, meaning "Black Glen") is a remote valley at the southern end of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range in Kerry, situated south of the Gap of Dunloe and north of Moll's Gap; it is used as a southerly access into the Gap of Dunloe.The valley is usually accessed by driving to Moll's Gap and then continuing east on the R568 road until a small side-road (at V853774, labelled "Gearhasallagh" after the townland), descends steeply north into the valley. The Black Valley is part of the Kerry Way, a walkers version of the Ring of Kerry beginning and ending in Killarney, and is also part of a 55–kilometre loop of the Killarney–Gap of Dunloe–Black Valley–Moll's Gap area, popular with cyclists. The Black Valley is also a southerly access route to the Head of the Gap in the Gap of Dunloe, and to Lord Brandon's Cottage. The Black Valley is also noted for being one of the last places in mainland Ireland to be connected to the electricity and telephone networks due to its remoteness, which happened in 1976.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall (from Irish: Easach Toirc, meaning "cascade of the wild boar") is a 20 metres (66 ft) high, 110 metres (360 ft) long cascade waterfall formed by the Owengarriff River as it drains from the Devil's Punchbowl corrie lake at Mangerton Mountain. The waterfall, which lies at the base of Torc Mountain, in the Killarney National Park, is 4.3 miles (7 kilometres) from Killarney in Kerry, Ireland. The waterfall is a popular site on the Ring of Kerry and the Kerry Way tours.

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