This final stage of the Kerry Way takes you along the Old Kenmare Road through farmland and over a high saddle before reaching the leafy woodlands.
Enjoy a scenic walk through Killarney National Park and pass through old oak forests rich with lichens and home to native Irish deer. See the verdant moss-covered forest surrounding Torc waterfall and Muckross Estate. With views across the Killarney Lakes, you’ll soon find yourself back in the bustling small tourist town of Killarney itself.
Upon arrival in Killarney, raise a glass at one of the many pubs or bars to have completed the Kerry Way!
Today's hike involves a steep climb across Strickeen Hill, as well as a steady climb up Windy Gap. Please take extra care in wet and windy weather.
Part of this route follows country roads with no pavements so take good care. Although the roads and lanes can be quiet it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.
There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body on arrival in Killarney.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink:
There is only one spot on the route to buy refreshments which is at Muckross House, which has a small cafe. Speak to your B&B host to arrange for a packed lunch to be made for you or buy it locally in Kenmare before setting off. On arrival in Killarney there are many restaurants, bars & cafes to refuel after a long day on your feet.
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Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills, you should consider packing gaiters, poles, and an extra layer along with a solid good-quality pair of waterproof boots of course.