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Sneem to Kenmare

Hiking Route · Southwest Ireland
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This section of the Kerry Way is long but relatively easy with only minor rises and falls, with two scenic hill towards the end, of just 120m and 150m. This stage often touches the busier Ring of Kerry route and enjoys yet more fantastic views of the Beara Peninsula.

moderate
Distance 30.8 km
8:30 h
512 m
510 m
193 m
7 m

Along the way, you will pass Dromore Castle, built in the 1830s before the Irish famine, and then pass by the ruins of Cappanacush Castle from the 13th century. After descending from Gortamullin Hil and crossing the Finnihy River into Kenmare you may like to walk to the ancient 4,000-year-old Reenagoppul stone circle, situated just 0.5km outside of the town centre. Kenmare is a pretty market town with a host of great pubs and restaurants.

Author’s recommendation

Keep your eyes peeled for seals in Kenmare Bay!

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Author
Heleen Bosch
Update: July 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
193 m
Lowest point
7 m

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Safety information

Parts of this route follow minor roads and 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.

Tips and hints

Food & Drink:

There is nowhere en route to buy food so it's best to speak to your B&B host to arrange for a packed lunch to be made for you or to purchase it locally in Sneem before setting off. Please give them plenty of notice to do this. On arrival in Kenmare, there are many restaurants, bars & cafes.

Start

Sneem (9 m)
Coordinates:
OSI Grid
V 69105 66760
DD
51.838280, -9.899828
DMS
51°50'17.8"N 9°53'59.4"W
UTM
29U 438004 5743434
w3w 
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Destination

Kenmare

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OSI Grid
V 69105 66760
DD
51.838280, -9.899828
DMS
51°50'17.8"N 9°53'59.4"W
UTM
29U 438004 5743434
w3w 
///fleshy.oceans.earthly
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Equipment

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.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
30.8 km
Duration
8:30 h
Ascent
512 m
Descent
510 m
Highest point
193 m
Lowest point
7 m

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