The discovery channel was on last night while I was making dinner. The guy was in a place called Milford Track in New Zealand. That place is so on my list of things to do now.
Anyway, I am going to be in Ireland May of 2007 and started looking for some thing similar. What I found was the Kerry Wat walking track. WOOHOO!
Now, the question...is it possible to do this walk as an independent...or does one have to book all accommodation through a tour operator.
I was attempting to find hostel type accommodation in all the towns/villages listed as stops but am having a hard time.
Killarney, Black Valley, Glencar, Glenbeigh, Foilmore, Waterville, Catherdaniel, Sneem, Kenmare back to Killarney
If I can pull of the Kerry Way. I will add the Dingle Way to my list of things to do.
by the by ~ what would be the best time of year (weather wise) to visit the Ring of Kerry? My schedule is flexible.
Thanks oodles for the help
ohhhh-great place to start!!!Just back from a week in caherdaniel(in wetween kenmare & waterville). Beein going there for 13 years. Beauuuuuuuutiful place. Weather in Ireland is completely undependable and unpredictable. The mist closes in very quickly in kerry but you will always get a clear couple of hours to do your outdoorsy stuff in.
So far my fave time of the year is sept. Its manic in july and august but if you are looking for a bit of craic as a lone traveller this is the best time to meet peeps. Kenmare has loads of great restaurants and spas as well as great fishing. Caherdanial where i go is just 2pubs and a hostel but go see freddie in the pub and he will chat the ear off ya. Beautiful beach down the road in derrynane. Watervill has v famous (&expensive golf course). Killarney lakes are great and pretty full hostels all year round.
The walks are spectacular especially the view between Caherdaniel & waterville (make sureit is a clear day). Take a trip to the skelligs iof you can (only open in the summer). You will definitely feel queasy on the boat journey and exhausted after the climb up but the monks beeshuts are incredible (and the story of their determination to build em). Second largest colony of gannets in the world on the small skellig i think).
Dingle is also a travellers haven, good food and great pubs.
Love the place so could yap for ages...Hope this helps!!!
Thanks oodles for the reply.
Sounds like I picked a nice spot. I don't so much need crowds of people around to have a grand time. I just soon have a chat with the locals.
The timing is going to be May or June. I keep thinking there will be loads of people around in June and don't so much cotton to that.
I am having trouble finding anyplace to stay in several of the overnights along the "way".
You mentioned a hostel in Caherdanial, what is the name?
Any other sugestions for hostel or inexpensive accommodation along the Kerry Way route?
Thanks for the help.
and the I found
everything you ever wanted to know
excited I am now.
Everything Eefs said! She's spot on.
You definitely dont need a tour operator to do the Kerry Way, it's much more satifying on your own. Something you might find really adds to your trip is that you can literally stop by random houses in County Kerry and the locals might give you a bed for the night. Most of them are extremely friendly and they are well used to trekkers in those parts.
In Dingle, check out the Rainbow hostel. Its situated down a little road about 5-10mins walk from the town. Dingle is just a great spot. If you want to see some pictures check out my blog...go back to last year...and you can see what's it like in the middle of the summer! But as Eefs said, the weather is schizo in Ireland, and you can never really bank on a heatwave! But as Billy Connelly says, "It's not the weather thats bad, its just the clothes you are wearing!" and how right he is!
Indeed, the weather here can be wacky as well though I dont believe we get as much WET as you do. The year we put a porch in the house here. Mom and i were in shorts and t's in the morning by 3p it was snowing.
Alrighty, does Billy Connelly have a list of clothes one should take while treking the Kerry Way in May or June.
Wow, locals will just let you drop in? What fun that could be!
Rainbow Hostel in Dingle ~ got it!
Thanks oodles, the help and conversation are grand.
My granny lived in Kerry all her life, until she died at 100 years old. I never had to book hostels, in Kerry, because i could stay with her. But i can comment on the weather and best time of year.
The weather is very unpredictable. Rain is frequent. The warmest weather is in july and august, but that cant be relied upon either. Really, it is best to tolerate whatever weather u get in the Ireland weather lottery. In the Summer months, Kerry will be swarming with tourists. Personally, i would prefer to go in winter. It will be colder in winter, but maybe walking(on the walking tour u are going on) would keep one warm. However, it does not get very cold. Daytime temperatures are aboved 0C at all times of the year.
Anyway, i will look up information for u, about hostels.
Kilarney town hostels
To phone Ireland from the US drop the 0 from the phone number, dial the code for Ireland, and then dial the phone number
1. An Oige Hostel. 3 miles West of the town. Phone: 064 31240
The following hostels are in Kilarney town
2. Four Winds Hostel. Phone: 064 33094
3. The Sugar Kitchen. Phone: 064 33104
4. Bunrower House. Phone: 064 33914
5. Park Hoste. Phone: 064 32119
Let me know, if u also want the addresses.
Pauls Place Hostel. Phone: 066 947 4608
The Failte Hostel. Phone: 064 42333
All the hostels are not open at all times of the year. Some are only open for the warmer half.
I could not find any information for hostels in the other places, on your list