The North Kerry Way

National Waymarked Trail of linear format starting in Tralee, County Kerry

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The North Kerry Way is a 48 km linear walking route through the northern part of County Kerry in the south west of Ireland, starting in the county town of Tralee and ending in the town of Ballyheigue. While not as well known as the Iveragh or Dingle Peninsulas of the same county, North Kerry has much to offer, including spectacular seascapes, the finest beaches in Ireland and a multitude of ancient sites, churches and field monuments. The route heads out of Tralee with the Dingle Way to Blennerville with its fine traditional windmill: there the routes part and the North Kerry Way heads north west along a sea wall at the back of Tralee Bay. From the village of Spa it goes cross country onto the white sands of Banna Strand to reach the village of Ballyheigue and the beginning of a scenic mountainous area on Kerry Head, which it loops around before finishing at Ballyheigue. The terrain consists of mainly quiet country roads, firm beach sand (except at high tide), tracks, bog roads and field paths. The route is flat except for the last 18 kms where there are some short ascents, with an aggregate climb of 370 metres. There are some short loop walks which link with the main route of the North Kerry Way.


Directions to North Kerry Way - Tralee

The route starts in Tralee and ends in Ballyheigue. Waymarking is a yellow arrow on black background.

Text and Maps courtesy of Irish Trails.

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Tralee Accommodation Listings

Tourism IrelandBleach Farmhouse, B&B

Bleach Farmhouse is a traditional farmhouse set on a working beef farm. This homely bed and breakfast is scenically located beside the village of Blennerville at the start of the Dingle Way Walking Route. Bleach Farmhouse is in an ideal location for touri

Season: March - October    Occupancy: Bed and Breakfast

Tourism IrelandThe Forge , B&B

The Forge is a purpose built, family run bed and breakfast, which provides a high standard of accommodation and is approved by Bord Failte.located in Tralee Town

Season: All Year    Occupancy: Bed and Breakfast

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Hillcrest Farmhouse, Killarney

Hillcrest Farmhouse is a traditional homely farmhouse, scenically situated in the heart of Killarney’s Lake and mountain area, with picturesque views of the Mac Gillicuddy Reeks.Located off the Kerry Way Walking Route and the Kerry Cycle Route...

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The Croke Park Hotel, Drumcondra

In a world of bland offerings, service by numbers and generic experiences, the 4-star Croke Park Hotel bucks the trend. Our family roots certainly help, as we offer each of our guests a personable and memorable stay.Our location makes us a unique destinat

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Bleach Farmhouse, Tralee

Bleach Farmhouse is a traditional farmhouse set on a working beef farm. This homely bed and breakfast is scenically located beside the village of Blennerville at the start of the Dingle Way Walking Route. Bleach Farmhouse is in an ideal location for touri



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