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Kerry Way
Sandra Bardwell   John G O’Dwyer  
23 July 2021
UK price £15.99
88pp, 130 x 220mm, 195g

Kerry Way

(3rd ed)


Sandra Bardwell John G O’Dwyer

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"An eye-catching, colourful publication with clear directions" - Irish Mountain Log

The Kerry Way runs for about 130 miles (210 km) through Ireland’s most spectacular mountain landscapes, starting and finishing in the town of Killarney. Dramatic peaks and glens, wild moorlands, lakes and windswept passes blend magnificently with extensive coastal panoramas. The complete walk takes about nine days, but it can easily be shortened. The third edition of our guidebook was fully revised in 2021 with updates to the route options and the step-by-step directions. It has customised mapping at 1:45,000, which is a better scale than the OSI Discovery maps, and it contains 100 colour photos, many of them new.

This book is in our lighter, more pocket-friendly format, with perfect binding instead of concealed wiro.


This guidebook contains all you need to plan and enjoy the Kerry Way:

  • the Way in sections, with summaries of distance, terrain and where to find food and drink
  • concise background on geology, scenery and wildlife
  • a special feature on Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak
  • planning information for travel by car, train, bus or plane
  • in full colour, with 103 photos
  • detailed mapping of the Kerry Way on 27 pages (1:45,000)
  • on rainproof paper throughout.
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Planning (pp4-9)
2.3 Habitats and wildlife
3.8 Sneem to Kenmare

Reviewed by Irish Mountain Log

The authors are the experienced guidebook writer Sandra Bardwell and the well-known columnist and broadcaster John G O’Dwyer who knows the Kerry Way very well and rewalked much of it this year  …

The next sixty pages go through each of the nine sections of the Way in some detail, including 1:45,000 maps for the whole hike. These maps and the step-by-step route description in this excellent guide, particularly with the updates, should certainly be sufficient to allow anyone to complete the Kerry Way.

From Patrick O'Sullivan's review on p62 of IML Autumn 2021

Reviewed by Bootprint (Outdoor Writers' Guild)

The layout is refreshingly different, with over 60 fine colour photos showing flora and fauna as well as the panoramic mountain and coastal views. There is good background information on geology, wildlife, travel and where to eat and drink … It’s a nice walk, and a superb book.

John Gillham in Bootprint Dec 2005 p10

Reviewed by Irish Mountain Log (1st ed)

“An eye-catching, colourful publication with clear directions, extensive background information and superb photographs … Text panels give interesting ‘asides’ on Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Derrynane and the Skelligs, and a Killarney street map, are welcome additions. The most important thing, however, the walking directions are detailed and clear.”

From John Monaghan's review on p46 of IML Spring 2006

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