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North Kerry Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Moderate
Format: Linear + Circular
Trail Quality: ***
County: Kerry
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 45.00
Climb (m): 450
Estimated time: 2 days
Start point: Tralee
Start point grid ref: Q 835 141
End point: Ballyheigue
End point grid ref: Q 751 280 (Ballyheige)
Nearest town to start: Tralee
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheets 63 and 71
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Facilities: Parking
At Start - charge for street parking, off-street parking in car park opposite Brandon Hotel in Princes Street (not during Rose of Tralee Festival)
At End - in beach car park in Ballyheigue
Public transport: At Start: Bus and train to Tralee, Kerry International Airport 18 km from Tralee. At End: Very limited bus to Tralee, (not daily). Check with Bus Eireann.
Map guide available: N/A


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Description of Trail

The North Kerry Way is a 48 kilometre linear walking route through the northern part of County Kerry in the south west of Ireland, starting in the county town of Tralee and ending in the town of Ballyheigue. While not as well known as the Iveragh or Dingle Peninsulas of the same county, North Kerry has much to offer, including spectacular seascapes, the finest beaches in Ireland and a multitude of ancient sites, churches and field monuments. The route heads out of Tralee with the Dingle Way to Blennerville with its fine traditional windmill: there the routes part and the North Kerry Way heads north west along a sea wall at the back of Tralee Bay. From the village of Spa it goes cross country onto the white sands of Banna Strand to reach the village of Ballyheige and the beginning of a scenic mountainous area on Kerry Head, which it loops around before finishing at Ballyheigue. The terrain consists of mainly quiet country roads, firm beach sand (except at high tide), tracks, bog roads and field paths. The route is flat except for the last 18 kilometres where there are some short ascents, with an aggregate climb of 370 metres. There are some short loop walks which link with the main route of the North Kerry Way.

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16 kms or 36% of the Way follows local roads.
***Dogs on lead only***

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