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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  • 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!
  • Lovely food and a good atmosphere. The price was great too.
  • Nice stop off before or after leaving Killarney. Nice food. Quaint decor, friendly staff and very affordable meals to boot.
  • I love this place. The food is lovely. The decor is quaint and homely. A huge car park all around. Seperate room for parties or dinning. A great way to relax in the countryside. Just off main road. A few miles from killarney town.
  • Food excellent, great service, very friendly staff. Overall very pleasant experience.

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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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