KILLARNEY  - A WALKER’S PARADISE

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With 26,000 Acres of “free to roam” Killarney National Park surrounded by Kerry’s wonderful landscapes and wilderness, miles of nearby golden “blue flag” beaches and a choice of accommodation, dining and entertainment options second to none, there are few places elsewhere on this earth that can offer the outdoor enthusiast such wonderful choice within such an intimate and hospitable location.

It is said that ‘in Killarney, you will find a different walking route for every day in the year’. This may be an exaggeration, but only just !!.  At any time of year, with or without guides, walkers can choose from low level parkland walks around beautiful lakes and through some of Ireland’s oldest Oakwoods, to higher level hill walks on old coach roads and bridle paths, or for the more adventurous, take on the 3000 feet + summits of the “iconic” MacGillicuddy Reeks.  Long and short “linear” walks including some of the pioneering “waymarked” walks like the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way can be navigated in full or in part.  Killarney has a plethora of “loop walks” where walkers return to the start point without recovering their steps – some can be completed in 30 minutes while others can take 4+ hours.

Many of Killarney’s accommodation providers cater specifically for the outdoor enthusiast.
 
‘Route Maps’ and ‘Pocket Guides’ are available for the recognised established routes, but Killarney offers the pleasure of numerous walking options that are still very much in their ‘undiscovered’ state, presenting the walker with the opportunity to explore and discover at will !!.
 

For High level Mountain Climbs, we recommend that experienced and insured guides are used. For the ‘Longer Distance Walks’, fully organised / guided options are also available.

Killarney Chamber has two Guided Walks Operators, offering a wide range of options from leisurely strolls and historic treks (including lake crossing elements), moderate hill and mountain treks to strenuous and testing climbs of Ireland’s highest mountains and iconic peaks.
 

Remember when visiting the countryside and nature – “Leave No Trace”.

 

SELECTION OF MAIN WALKS

 

Short Walks/Strolls - Duration at Walkers discretion: 
( Many of these walks can be comfortably commenced and completed from the Town )
• Killarney Town Trail
• Knockreer Gardens
• Muckross Gardens commencing at Muckross House
• Boathouse Nature Trail commencing at Muckross House
• Cherry Drive, Demesne & River Walk
• Mossy Woods Nature Trail commencing at Muckross House

 

Moderate Walks - 2 hrs. (+/-):
(Some of these walks can be commenced from the Town or from along the route)
• Killarney to Ross Castle return via National Park.
• Ross Island commencing from Killarney.
• Arthur Young Nature Trail commencing at Muckross House.
• Blue Pool Nature Trail commencing near Muckross Park Hotel
• Muckross House & return commencing at Jaunting Car entrance
• The Fossa Way Start from Killarney


Medium Distance Walks & Mountain Hikes - c. half to full Day : 
( Usually commenced from a ‘Start Point’ some distance from the town ).
• Mangerton Mountain Trail
• Torc Waterfall & Mountain Trail
• Old Kenmare/Killarney Road - Mountain Trail
• Tomies/Shehy/Purple Mountain Trail (testing trek/climb to 3000ft+ peaks)
• Tomies & O’Sullivan’s Cascade Forest Walk
• Muckross & Dinis Island - commencing from Killarney Town.
• Mangerton Forest Walks
• Killarney - Gap of Dunloe - Derrycunnihy - return.
• McGillicuddy Reeks including Corran Tuathail (testing trek/climb to 3300ft+ peaks)

 

 

Long Distance Walks - 5 + Days :
• The Dingle Way - 179 km - 5/6 days.
• The Kerry Way - 215 km - 6/7 days.
• The Beara Way - 197 km - 6/7 days.
• The Blackwater Way - 188 km - 6/7 days.

 

Killarney Chamber has two Guided Walks Operators, offering a wide range of options from leisurely strolls and historic treks (including lake crossing elements), moderate hill and mountain treks to strenuous and testing climbs of Ireland’s highest mountains and iconic peaks.
 

Remember when visiting the countryside and nature – “Leave No Trace”.