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.
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.
Keep your eyes peeled for seals in Kenmare Bay!
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.
Book recommendations for this region:
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.