A Walking Tour around the Sneem Area

Posted : Monday, December 2, 2013

A Walking Tour around the Sneem Area

Sneem is a tiny picturesque village in Co. Kerry in the Southwest of Ireland. With a population of no more than 600 locals, everyone knows everyone in Sneem. It is a quaint village that attracts coach tours, walkers, cyclists and general tourists all year round. Even though it is small, there are a lot of options in and around the Sneem area for great walking tours.

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Best for Fit Walkers

Not for the faint hearted, The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest signposted walk at over 200km long. It takes walkers through the heart of Sneem village. It is best for those who are fit and well used of walking. It is one of Ireland’s most popular and well known trails and offers breath-taking views over Kenmare Bay, the Kerry Mountains and lakes. It starts and ends in Killarney and loops around the Iveragh Peninsula moving in an anti-clockwise direction. It moves through Torc Waterfall, the Black Valley, Glencar, Glenbeigh Mountain Stage, Cahersiveen, Waterville and Caherdaniel before you even reach Sneem. It is best done at different stages and Sneem is the perfect spot to stop and take a break before continuing on to Tahilla, the Blackwater Bridge, Templenoe, Kenmare, Galway’s Bridge and finishing in Killarney.

Best for Leisure Walkers

If the Kerry Way sounds too far out of your comfort zone then look to the beaches around Sneem for perfect leisurely walks. White Strand is only 10m minutes from Sneem and is a nice option. Going on a little further and taking in views on the spectacular Ring of Kerry, make for Carroll’s Cove in Caherdaniel, famed as Ireland’s only beach bar set right on the water. Nearby is the blue flag Derrynane beach, if you had to choose only one beach to walk, this is it.

Best for Strollers

If you want to keep it simple and stay closer to Sneem a stroll around the village will eventually bring you to the River Walk alongside Sneem’s Pier Road. Or you could try the Lomanagh Loop Walk, at slightly over 10km it’s a bit more than a stroll, but can be done in 3 hours. It brings you through farms and forests with views over Kenmare Bay looking onto the Beara Peninsula. As with any walking holiday, make sure to bring a GPS tracker, map, correct walking gear and inform someone of where you are going just to be on the safe side. Met Eireann is best consulted for the latest weather report, especially if you intend on taking any walk in mountain regions and off the beaten track.

If you are planning to visit the charming village of Sneem and need accommodation in Kerry, choose the Ard na Sidhe Country House Hotel for a truly unforgettable experience.

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