The Kerry Way, Killarney

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The Kerry Way is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is a 214km long circular trail that begins and ends in Killarney. It is typically completed in nine days. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Kerry County Council, South Kerry Development Partnership and the Kerry Way Committee. The Way circles the Iveragh Peninsula and forms a walkers' version of the Ring of Kerry road tour. It is the longest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails.
The Kerry Way was first proposed in 1982 and developed by members of the Laune Mountaineering Club and the Kerry association of An Taisce, under the chairmanship of Seán Ó Súilleabháin. Ó Súilleabháin was inspired by a history lecture he had attended given by Father John Hayes on the subject of old roads and paths in the southwest of Ireland. Realising that "there was a spider's web-like network of roads and paths that could be combined to form a route around Kerry", he began devising the trail that would become the Kerry Way. The first section – from Killarney to Glenbeigh – was opened by Tánaiste Dick Spring in 1985. It was the second long-distance trail to be opened in the Republic of Ireland, after the Wicklow Way. The full route was completed in 1989 and opened by Frank Fahey, T. D., Minister of State for Youth and Sport. The trail was constructed by workers on FÁS social employment schemes at a cost of IEP £60,000 and involved the provision of over 200 stiles and six footbridges as well as waymarkers.
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  • Beautiful vistas, a lovely drive and scenery everywhere. Having been to Kerry a few times before, this is definitely a must for anybody travelling here. Take your time on the narrow roads and make...  more »
  • Probably the best part of our trip. Cant wait to get back in the spring. Will bring my own bike this time!  more »
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  • This is a fabulous amenity for anyone who enjoys hill or off road walking. Spectacular views, on some sections, which are mostly moderate to difficult terrain for the casual walker. Proper footwear and clothing advisable as weather can change fast. Mobile phone possession a necessity, in case of accident , as some section quite remote, not easily accessible ( and signal black- spots may occur). There is a NORTH and a SOUTH Kerry way section, and both are magnificent.
  • Service good, food poor, steak sandwich on 1 thin slice of ciabatta cooked to oblivion, and cooked for an while before I got it, I assure you, on top of fridge cold coleslaw, not a nice way to serve it! Big chips undercooked, when my son had nice French fries, would have been better with them! Goats cheese salad, bland.
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