Distance: 22km | Ascent: 340m | Time: 4 – 7 hrs
Departing Annascaul, the Kerry Camino briefly joins the busy Tralee-Dingle road before finding a quieter road that twists and turns for a little over 4km before finally descending to sea level beside the magnificent ruin of the 16th century Minard Castle. This lonely beach makes a great break for enjoying the views across Dingle Bay towards the Iveragh Peninsula.
Leaving the strand, the Dingle Way rises steeply up a narrow path and goes on to follow some classic Irish boreens and minor roads that weave around the surrounding farmland for the next 6km. Walkers should be particularly careful in following the directions from the Ordnance Survey Map along this section as there have been reports of people getting confused with signposts for the Tom Crean Trail.
Before reaching Lispole an awe-inspiring vista of the mountain range to the north comes into view with Croaghskearda (608m)and An Cnapán Mór (649m) being the more dominant peaks. Having crossed the main N86 road the trail heads north in the direction of Croaghskearda Mountain.
After following a minor road for around 2km the path cuts across farmland and rises onto the lower mountain slopes. This part of the Kerry Camino lasts for around 5km and can get quite mucky. Walkers would be well-advised to wear a pair of gaiters. Also, expect to be passing farm animals such as sheep and cows.
A bridge crossing the Garfinny River sees the Kerry Camino realigning itself in a south-westerly direction and heading straight for the town of Dingle. The trail traverses the popular motorist drive through Conor’s Pass heading to the North. This final 4km downhill road section will seem to draw out for an eternity for those with tired legs as the town is visible from such a distance.The wait however is well worth it as you will be entering one of the great towns in West Kerry famous for its dolphin, pubs and restaurants.This will prove a fitting end to what will have been a unique and enjoyable three day experience.