Hiking in Kerry



The Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s longest signposted walking trails (200km+ or 124+ miles) and also one of the most popular. The trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney. It loops around the Iveragh Peninsula and goes anti-clockwise, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside inIreland.

Our Black Valley Hostel makes a good alternative start to the Kerry Way walking through the Gap of Dunloe on to our Killarney hostel. In addition, walking this alternative route avoids repeating the section between Killarney and Galway’s Bridge at the official start and end of the trail.

Hill-walkers staying an extra day in our Kerry hostels may wish to climb Carrauntoohil (1,039m) or Purple Mountain (832m). These mountains do not have sign-posted trails, so good navigational skills are essential to tackle these summits – ask when you’re booking about our free guides – An Óige volunteers are sometimes available to lead a small group on a hike!

Killarney International Hostel

Impressive hostel overlooking the mountains surrounding Killarney National Park

Opening dates: 1st March – 31st October, open all year for groups of ten persons or more!

SEE HERE for more information on Killarney International Hostel!

Black Valley Youth Hostel

Fantastic hostel near Killarney National Park and Beaufort village

Opening dates: 1st March – 31st October

SEE HERE for more information on Black Valley Youth Hostel!

 We also have a hostel in Dun Chaoin