The Dingle Way

The Dingle Way is a beautifully scenic long distance walking trail on the world famous Dingle Peninsula, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Walk Overview

At approximately 176 km (109 miles) long, the hiking route officially begins and ends in Tralee, the county capital, and takes in some of the world’s most breath taking scenery.   The walk takes 8 days to complete but may take longer depending on your level of fitness. You can join the trail at any number of points along its length as it hugs the coast along the Wild Atlantic Way. There are also many short loop walks and many mountain hikes and trails off the main Dingle Way offering excellent walking alternatives to cater for all interests.

The Dingle Way has been broken into 8 sections with each one feasible to do in a day. Of course you can break it down further for yourself where you can also incorporate some of the amazing looped walks on the peninsula along with many of the tourist experiences available.


The walk is a  moderate to strenuous  walk on most parts and in dry conditions, but it  can get demanding on wet and muddy ground. Short portions of the Dingle Way unfortunately follow minor  roads which are narrow and very busy. Extra care is needed there

Trail Grading Info

The Dingle Way offers walks of varying levels, with different requirements


Flat smooth trails, suitable for all users including people with reduced mobility, wheelchair users, people with a vision impairment, using crutches, with a buggy, with small children, older people and so on. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn


Generally flat trails with a smooth surface and some gentle slopes or shallow steps. These trails are generally suitable for family groups including children and the elderly. Normal outdoor footwear can be worn


These trails may have some climbs and may have an uneven surface where the going is rough underfoot with some obstacles such as protruding roots, rocks etc. The routes are appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness and some walking experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing is recommended


These are physically demanding trails, which will typically have some sections with steep climbs for long periods and the going underfoot can be extremely rough including many obstacles. Suitable for users accustomed to walking on rough ground and with a high level of fitness. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required

Very Difficult

These routes are predominantly in remote upland areas. They will typically include steep slopes and very variable and rough underfoot conditions on sometimes indistinct trails. They may be unmarked so the use of a map and navigational skills will be required. Suitable only for the very fit and competent mountain walkers with a high level of experience. Specific outdoor walking footwear and clothing required

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