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.HistoryThe 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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  • There are great views along this path, but make sure you go when it's nice weather and good visibility, and have time for you. Traffic is generally quite slow when there are small roads and many tourists who want to take the time to see the amazing scenery.
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  • An adventure through beautiful and often quiet scenery I won't forget. 210 km of camping, staying in hostels and mostly walking.  more »
  • An amazing adventure, we started in Killarney and had a 12 day experience 9 walking days 210 kilometres, the B&B's were great our luggage was always ahead as expected, the hospitality was great. Walki...  more »
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  • Great friendly Irish pub. Always a warm welcome, and great food. Would recommend without hesitation.
  • Delighted...had enough left over for next days dinner
  • Absolutely fabulous food! The chicken goujons were absolutely beautiful! Really really fantastic! Beef and the turkey&ham were also raved about at the table. Incredibly friendly staff and beautiful interior! Definitely worth stopping by!
  • Easy to drive right past it but turn around and check it out. Good food and welcoming staff.
  • A fine pub for a pint or some good food.

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