The Kerry Camino is a walk modelled on the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and follows a three day walking route from Tralee to Dingle along the spine of the Dingle Peninsula which has some of the most dramatic scenery and coastline in Ireland.
Beaumont Hospital Foundation's fundraising trip on the Kerry Camino takes place from 19th to 23rd September and offers an opportunity to anyone interested in walking through the countryside which National Geographic has called "the most beautiful place on Earth".
St James Church in Dingle is believed to have been built by Spaniards to honour St James and the town was a popular departure point for pilgrims of old heading to Santiago de Compostela. And in keeping with tradition, our Kerry Camino commences after receiving our first stamp here on day one.
Total Trip Costs €700 to include €300 charitable donation to BHF and:
Thursday 19th Sept - Bus Departing from Dublin mid-afternoon
- 4 nights bed and breakfast in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
- Luggage transfers daily - you walk with just a small daypack.
- Return transport Dublin to Tralee
- Some great company and a wonderful experience!
We travel to Tralee where we will overnight before commencing our walk the following day.Friday 20th Sept - Tralee to Camp, 18km, Ascent: 200m, Time: 5 – 7 hrs
The Kerry Camino starts at St Johns Church in Tralee from where we get our first stamp of our journey. Leaving the town, we pass Blennerville, before ascending the Slieve Mish Mountains and out into open mountainside. The trail passes the entrances to several impressive glacial valleys with a number of streams make their way towards the sea. These are easily crossed by either bridge or stepping stones. Features of interest to keep an eye out for include an old Victorian-era reservoir and the preserved ruins of Killelton Oratory. The final section of the walk comes down into a valley, crosses the Finglas River and heads downhill to Camp Village.
Saturday 21st Sept - Camp to Annascaul, 17km, Ascent: 270m, Time: 3 – 4.5hrs
Leaving Camp Village, the next section of the Kerry Camino follows minor roads that are so rarely used it would come as a surprise to see a car on one! Rejoining the trail to the west of the Finglas River crossing, the Kerry Camino follows a straight south-westerly direction for 2km, gradually rising out from the valley offering fabulous views.
The trail gradually descends towards a small plantation of coniferous trees - the only sizeable forest on the entire Kerry Camino and continues for 2km before emerging and joining a minor back road heading south. The trail gradually swings around to the west and reveals a spectacular view of Inch Beach where the continuous stream of frothing waves come crashing ashore. There is a welcome opportunity to take a break at Inch Beach with a café, shop and a pub nearby serving lunch. This famous setting is where parts of Ryan’s Daughter was filmed at the end of the 1960s. Between Inch and Annascaul the majority of the route is on small roads, with the exception of a small excursion across a field.
Rounding the small summit of Knockafeehane, there is a spectacular view of Lough Annascaul as it rests in the arms of a dramatic u-shaped glacial valley with the final 2km bringing us into the heart of Annascaul - the birthplace of Tom Crean the South Pole explorer and his home lies on the site where the South Pole Inn is now located (Aptly named).
Sunday 22nd Sept - Annascaul to Dingle, 22km, Ascent: 340m, Time: 4 – 7 hrs
Departing Annascaul, the Kerry Camino briefly joins the busy Tralee-Dingle road before finding a quieter road that twists and turns for a little over 4km before finally descending to sea level beside the magnificent ruin of the 16th century Minard Castle. This lonely beach makes a great break for enjoying the views across Dingle Bay towards the Iveragh Peninsula.
Leaving the strand, the Dingle Way rises steeply up a narrow path and goes on to follow some classic Irish boreens and minor roads that weave around the surrounding farmland for the next 6km. After following a minor road for around 2km the path cuts across farmland and rises onto the lower mountain slopes. This part of the Kerry Camino lasts for around 5km and can get quite mucky. Walkers would be well-advised to wear a pair of gaiters.
A bridge crossing the Garfinny River sees the Kerry Camino realigning itself in a south-westerly direction and heading straight for the town of Dingle. The trail traverses the popular motorist drive through Conor’s Pass heading to the North. This final 4km is a downhill road section into Dingle.Monday 23rd Sept - Leisure time in Dingle before return bus journey to Dublin
We can supply you with all the advice, materials and any other assistance you may require to generate the funding for the Camino. Download the 2019 Registration Form here To talk to us about the challenge, contact us on 01 - 809 2927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org