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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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  • This is a review on the Kerry Way, which is a walking route, and not the "Ring of Kerry", which refers to a motor route around the Inveragh Peninsula. My wife and I did a 12 day itinerary, which... 
    This is a review on the Kerry Way, which is a walking route, and not the "Ring of Kerry", which refers to a motor route around the Inveragh Peninsula. My wife and I did a 12 day itinerary, which...  more »
  • We did the Ring of Kerry while on a motorcycle trip and it was one of the favourite spots in the south of Ireland. Spectacular views and plenty of pullouts along the way. Nice to go when it is... 
    We did the Ring of Kerry while on a motorcycle trip and it was one of the favourite spots in the south of Ireland. Spectacular views and plenty of pullouts along the way. Nice to go when it is...  more »
  • This was just one of the view that we saw on our scenic drive on the Killarney Ring of Kerry. History abounds. 
    This was just one of the view that we saw on our scenic drive on the Killarney Ring of Kerry. History abounds.  more »
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  • Stayed here for one night. Clean room. Comfortable beds. Friendly staff. In comparison to other comparable places that we have stayed in this holiday, it seems expensive especially since breakfast was not included or even available. The room’s TV had one working channel and the shower had poor water pressure and took forever to warm up even on max setting.
  • Popped in on spur of the moment. Thought prices were a bit steep until the food arrived. Fabulous food, beautifully presented and a little more than enough of it. Plenty parking. However we spoke with a woman in a motorised wheelchair and she was having difficulty gaining access.
  • Stopped on the way back to Killarney. Good service, nice food. Went for the chicken goujons and chips, were €16 so expensive, portion was small. Food was nice however. Also had wings for starters, were good and served with garlic dip. One star taken for small portions compared to price.
  • Stayed here for a few nights, absolutely lovely, tried probably half the menu, was not disappointed by a single thing on it, absolutely delicious. The staff where very friendly and accomodating, there was daily housekeeping. Lovely quite location, the rooms where spacious and nice and cool despite 30°C heat, showers had lovely pressure and where nice and clean. If your planning a holiday and need somewhere to stay highly recommend here. It was cheap, great food, great craic, just an all around lovely place to stay 10/10.
  • Great spot for a bite to eat after a day out in Killarney! I was part of a group of ten and everybody really enjoy their meals both kids and adults alike We got a wide range or options from Fish and chips, burgers, sunday roast to steak and everybody felt the same way, the food was delicious. There is more than enough Parking outside for large groups or even buses and the staff were very friendly and looked after all our needs. It was a busy lively spot and I recommend it here. The chips and pepper sauce were especially good

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