North Kerry Way

The North Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Chiarraí Thuaidh)[2] is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is 45 kilometres (28 miles) long and begins in Tralee and ends in Ballyheigue. It is typically completed in two days.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by North Kerry Walks Limited.[3]

The trail follows the coastline of Tralee Bay, beginning at Tralee and following the towpath of the ship canal to Blennerville and then along the coast to the village of Spa.[4] It then crosses Banna Strand to reach Ballyheigue where a looped trail brings the route around Kerry Head and back to Ballyheigue.[4]

A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found medium multiday usage and high day usage of the trail and recommended consideration be given to developing the trail as a National Long Distance Trail, a proposed new standard of trail in Ireland, intended to meet international standards for outstanding trails.[3]

North Kerry Way
Length45 kilometres (28 miles)[1]
LocationCounty Kerry, Ireland
DesignationNational Waymarked Trail[1]
TrailheadsTralee, Ballyheigue
Elevation gain/loss450 m (1,476 ft)[1]
Hiking details



  1. ^ a b c d e "North Kerry Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b National Trails Office 2010, p. 41.
  4. ^ a b "The North Kerry Way". Discover Ireland. Fáilte Ireland. Retrieved 7 August 2011.


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Lists of long-distance trails in the Republic of Ireland

These are lists of long-distance trails in Ireland, and include recognised and maintained walking trails, pilgrim trails, cycling greenways, boardwalk-mountain trails, and interconnected national and international trail systems. Access is noted as the greatest obstacle to developing trails as Ireland has weak supporting legislation.

There are 43 National Waymarked Trails by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council. Each trail is waymarked with square black posts containing an image, in yellow, of a walking man and a directional arrow, a symbol reserved for use only by National Waymarked Trails. The oldest trail is the Wicklow Way, which was opened in 1980, and there are now over 4,000 kilometres (2,500 miles) of waymarked trails Ireland. The most frequented trails are the Wicklow, Sheep's Head, Kerry, Dingle, Beara, Burren and Western Ways. The standard of many of these trails are below international comparison, with access noted as the greatest obstacle.

In 1997, the Heritage Council, started developing a series of walking routes based on medieval pilgrimage paths, and there are now 124 kilometres (77 miles) of major penitential trails: Cnoc na dTobar, Cosán na Naomh, St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Path, Saint Kevin's Way, and Tochar Phádraig. These pilgrim trails, and seven others, are supported by Pilgrim Paths of Ireland who follow the same guidelines for developing National Waymarked Trails.

In 2017, the 46-kilometre Waterford Greenway was opened for cyclists, and many others are planned or in development. Many of the National Waymarked Trails form part of larger long-distance and transnational trails such as European walking route E8, the Beara-Breifne Way and the International Appalachian Trail.

North Kerry

North Kerry or Kerry North may refer to:

The northern part of County Kerry, in Ireland

North Kerry (UK Parliament constituency), former UK Parliament constituency

Kerry North (Dáil constituency), former constituency for elections to Dáil Éireann, Ireland

Pilgrim path
Cycle greenway
Boarded mountain

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