Welcome to Sneem

The Knot in the Ring of Kerry

Walking and Hiking

Walking and hiking are supreme here in such a magnificent scenic setting. Here is a glimpse of some of the wonderful experiences that you can enjoy……

Way Marked Ways:

The Kerry Way, one of Ireland’s most popular Way Marked Ways, makes its way through Caherdaniel, which provides the ideal overnight stop for those enjoying this extraordinary 200+km trail. Caherdaniel offers a choice of coastal or inland paths in this section of The Kerry Way.


Loop Walks:

The Derrynane Mass Path is a “Timeless Walk through Our Liberators Shores”.

This walk over the hillside and shoreline and through the grounds of Our Liberator, Daniel O'Connell's home, tells the history of our people in a time when catholics were banned from celebrating Mass. The people of Caherdaniel parish living in Farraniaragh, Coomatlauckane, and the islands of Scarriff and Deenish (who rowed in by curragh to Beal-trá-pier) walked this Mass Path during the Penal Times (in the 17th Century) to attend Mass at the Mass Rock which you will visit on your walk. It is fitting indeed, that Daniel O'Connell, one of Europe's greatest Statesmen, led the Irish people and achieved Catholic Emancipation for our country and that during this walk you will visit his home, the Gardens and Derrynane National Park which his family left to the State.


The Sneem Loop 13 route is a “a geological and scenic wonder.... a unique landscape”.

South Kerry has been identified as one of the most significant geological areas in Europe due to its abundance of geological and historical features. In order to translate the significance of the landscape to visitors, the communities of South Kerry, have for a number of years, been developing the region as a Kerry Geopark. The colourful town of Sneem which is steeped in history is best appreciated by exploring the surrounding hills as mapped out in the Fermoyle loop walk. It is waymarked throughout (white walking man symbol) and takes in features such as a standing stone, rock art, fullacht fia (ceremonial cooking site) and a cillin (unconsecrated graveyard).


Downlaod 'Walking in Kerry' Maps 11, 12 & 13

Derrynane Mass Path Map on Pages 5 & 6 (out of 34)

Sneem Loop Map on Pages 27 & 28 (out of 34)


Local Walks:

The Derrynane Nature Trail – a wonderful walk across Derrynane Beach and the National Park Walk with all the flora and fauna of the seashore around you. Watch out for the Mass Rock and Smugglers viewing point.

Derrynane Fairy Trail – a treat for younger members of the family. Follow the trail and say “Hello” to the fairies! Perfect for all the family.

Coomnahorna Mountain and Valley - with lots of walks and scenic viewing spots here.

Lambs Head -  with spectacular views of the wild ocean, especially in a storm!