It seems everyone is flocking to its sandy beaches and towering mountains this summer, and now there's even more reason to visit Kerry, as its dramatic Dingle Way walk has been named one of the most beautiful walking trails in the world.

Walking has boomed in popularity in the last year, with more people reconnecting with the great outdoors and making the most of the scenic parks, walks and greenways we have in Ireland.

With that comes an ever renewing search for off-the-beaten-track trails and spots, and this Kerry walk might just be the one for you.

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The Dingle Way is a remote walk that spans 179km around the breathtaking Dingle Peninsula, starting and ending in Tralee, and is one of only 30 long-distance walking trails in Ireland. According to Instagram data, it is the 34th most photographed trail in the world, with 96 photos per mile.

Research carried out by fashion and outdoor gear specialist Zalando found that it was one of the world's most photographed hiking routes after they analysed nearly five million Instagram hashtags from the world's most famous trails.

Our own Dingle Way is in good company as the top three hiking routes were named as the Inca Trail in Peru, followed by Spain’s Camino de Santiago and the Refugio Frey and Cerro Catedral trail in Argentina, according to The Independent.

The Inca Trail is indeed spectacular, as it brings visitors right past the historical site of Machu Picchu, an abandoned 15th century Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains, racking up a total 42km in length.

The Camino de Santiago is one of the most renowned hikes in the world, as legions of walkers take on the pilgrimage each year, and spans an impressive 790km. It winds up at Santiago de Compostela Cathedral in north-western Spain.

With travel off the cards for many of us still, especially to far-flung places like Peru, we're more than happy to bask in the beauty of the Dingle Way.

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According to the official Dingle Way website, the trail takes an average reasonably fit person between eight to nine days to complete, and the scenic route has many villages and refreshment stops along the way so you don't have to be too weary a traveller.

Taking on this epic walk will bring you to the foothills of Slieve Mish, Mount Brandon, the golden beaches on the Maharess and acres of verdant farmland and rolling hills. Angled alongside the Wild Atlantic Way, it truly is one of the best ways to see the most of what the country has to offer.

There are also many historical and ancient sites, including standing stones, ogham stones and a multitude of beehive huts, while many travellers make time to stop off at South Pole Inn in Annascaul, which is a shrine to local Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.