County Kerry, Ireland

Dingle Way Trail Run

Pam Brophy / Cliffs along the Dingle Way towards Slea Head / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Dingle Way is a worthy rival or companion to the Kerry Way as heaven for trail runners. This 179 km signposted walking trail looping clockwise around the Dingle Peninsula features spectacular countryside scenery. Compared to the Kerry Way, there’s somewhat more ocean walking, more distance on paved surface, and overall easier terrain, except for area around Mount Brandon.  The Dingle Way starts and ends in Tralee.

Inland section of Dingle Way. CC: Sharon Loxton

This is a long-distance walking/hiking trail that’s also terrific for trail running. Many people do this as an 8-10 day ‘walk’. The trail includes easy, moderate, and difficult sections, with some mountainous terrain. But the footing is never overly technical, and the signage is good.

This trail description page breaks the route into eight sections, with detailed descriptions and information on distance, elevation, and level of difficulty.

There are sections of the Dingle Way incorporated into Dingle and Slea Head route.

Essentials
  • Full trail is 179 km - but is broken up into 8 sections
  • Some sections easier, others very hilly. Overall trail is 2,300m ascent
  • Depends on section chosen. The official start is in Tralee.
  • Numerous access points

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Essentials
  • Full trail is 179 km - but is broken up into 8 sections
  • Some sections easier, others very hilly. Overall trail is 2,300m ascent
  • Depends on section chosen. The official start is in Tralee.
  • Numerous access points