North Kerry Way

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North Kerry Way
Length 45 kilometres (28 miles)[1]
Location County Kerry, Ireland
Designation National Waymarked Trail[1]
Trailheads Tralee, Ballyheigue
Use Hiking
Elevation gain/loss 450 m (1,476 ft)[1]
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Moderate[1]
Season Any

The North Kerry Way (Irish: Slí Chiarraí Thuaidh)[2] is a long-distance trail in County Kerry, Ireland. It is 45 kilometres (28 miles) long and begins in Tralee and ends in Ballyheigue. It is typically completed in two days.[1] It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by North Kerry Walks Limited.[3]

The trail follows the coastline of Tralee Bay, beginning at Tralee and following the towpath of the ship canal to Blennerville and then along the coast to the village of Spa.[4] It then crosses Banna Strand to reach Ballyheigue where a looped trail brings the route around Kerry Head and back to Ballyheigue.[4]

A review of the National Waymarked Trails in 2010 found medium multiday usage and high day usage of the trail and recommended consideration be given to developing the trail as a National Long Distance Trail, a proposed new standard of trail in Ireland, intended to meet international standards for outstanding trails.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e "North Kerry Way". IrishTrails. Irish Sports Council. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Home". Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b National Trails Office 2010, p. 41.
  4. ^ a b "The North Kerry Way". Discover Ireland. Fáilte Ireland. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 


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