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11. Posted by Wonkerer (Respected Member, 591 posts) 17 Jun '08 21:50

I don't know for sure but I would expect there to be good hiking in the general Dingle area. And I absolutely LOVE the Dingle Peninsula, so if you go there and end up hopping the very short distance to the Kerry Way it wouldn't be a bad deal at all. Cheers!

12. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member, 571 posts) 19 Jun '08 03:53

Hey again Snatterand,

The Wicklow way I recommended onlyl because it's close, but I think you're probably right to straight for the rugged beautiful stuff around Dingle. The Wicklow way is also very beautiful but because it's so close to Dublin it tends to be a teensy bit, let's say busier.... not thouroughly accurate though.

As for hitching in Ireland, by all means try it, there may just be one person left in the country who'll give you a lift.... Personally I wouldn't recommend it at all, at least not if you don't want to waste a lot of your time standing at the side of a road breathing the stench of diesel fumes.

I've just been on the bus eireann website trying to find busses for you. It's all very confusing I'm afraid, but it does say you can get a bus from Dublin Airport to Dingle for E29 single or E48.50 Return. I wouldn't depend on there being a bus every hour or every three hours for that matter but you can check it out yourself on www.buseireann.ie.

Sorry I'm a little short on time to delve much further but with a little searching of Bus Eireann and also maybe 'Kavanagh Bus/Coach' you'll find something appropriate.

Have fun planning whatever you do, it's part of the journey.

Zaksame

13. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 19 Jun '08 05:18

I believe you have to get to Newcastle to get to the Mournes. That's a really nice seaside town, too. I'm guessing you can catch a bus there from Belfast. Apparently they have a magnificent hotel there called the Slieve Donnard--I keep bugging Neal to take me but so far no go...

14. Posted by Monkey74 (Budding Member, 65 posts) 19 Jun '08 07:46

Hi Susanna

Yeah would recommend booking in advance as its gets busy in Kerry in Aug(plus you normally get better price,especially on transport)
Getting here from Dublin is easy enough, bus is cheaper than train, most prob easier to head to Killarney first, or you can fly into Kerry airport from Dublin quite reasonably.
Loads of accomadation especially in Killarney, as for campsites there four I know of...Campail Teach An Aragail,which is in Dingle..Flemings White Bridge Caravan and Camping,which is just outside Killarney..Glenross Caravan and Camping,which is by Glenbeigh(might be abit out of way for Dingle) and Woodlands Park Caravan and Camping Park(In Tralee which is between Killarney and Dingle) dont know what any are like but not heard bad reports. Not sure if you can just put up tent anywhere, think you need land owners permission, but not certain.
As for hikes there is loads! especially mountains. If you let me know exactly type of hikes and how long you plan to be here I can suggest which ones I feel are best, I know a couple of mountain guides and Kerry rescue so I can get their input to for you.
You'll ave a crackin time here hiking, Ive been here six weeks and lovin it

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