Distance: 18km | Ascent: 200m | Time: 5 – 7 hrs
The Kerry Camino starts and finishes in Tralee at St John’s church. A sign for the official start of the route can be found at the church entrance. A quick stroll through the park will lead to Princes Street where a left turn continues through Princes Quay and on to a busy roundabout. Turning right here will set the Kerry Camino in motion as the trail quickly escapes the town traffic by joining the gentle curve of the canal path for 2km to Blennerville. The first of the stamping stations can be found at the town end of the canal.
The Kerry Camino follows the main N86 road to Dingle for a short distance when passing through Blennerville. After crossing the canal, the trail takes the second left turn and follows some quieter country back roads that gradually start to rise up into the flanks of the Slieve Mish mountain range. After around 3km, the trail eventually reaches Tonevane and sharply turns west and out into the open mountainside.