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Irish Country Rambles Launches 2013 Programme Of Guided Walks 

Celebrate the June Bnk Holiday with a visit to Inisfallen Island or cruise and walk through "Heaven's Reflex"

Killarney Chamber’s Walk Killarney announces Irish Country Rambles Walking Programme for Public Holidays 2013

Killarney Chamber has announced a choice of two very interesting Walks for the bank holiday weekends.  The walks are being organised by Chamber member – Irish Country Rambles and will be repeated on all Public Holiday Sunday’s throughout the year. Both Walks feature boat trips as well as treks through Killarney’s beautiful landscapes.

WALK 1: Lakes & Foothills Wilderness Experience (Category “B” moderate walk of c.9.2 miles) – Cost €20.

10.00.a.m. – Boat departs from Old Boathouse at Dundag(Muckross), via Muckross & Upper Lakes, to Lord Brandon’s Cottage.  Walkers then set out on trek via the Kerry Way Trail, ascending to c.800ft on Old Kenmare Road, and returning to Muckross House car park.  The total duration of this outing is c. 4.5>5 hours.

(NB: Minimum 24 hour advance booking required on LowCall Line 1850 566 466 – Pay the Guide on the day).

WALK 2: Killarney Lake & Island Explorer (Category “C” easy walk of c.3.5 miles) – Cost €20.

10.00.a.m. – Boat departs Ross Castle pier to monastic Inisfallen Island, then across Lough Lein and on return, walkers take a leisurely trek around Ross Island Nature and Bronze Age Mining Trails. The total duration of this outing is c. 3.5>4 hours.

(NB: Minimum 24 hour advance booking required on LowCall Line 1850 566 466– Pay the Guide on the day).

Since its inception in 2004, Irish Country Rambles has safely guided many thousands of walkers across the mountains and valleys of Killarney and South Kerry, offering participants a unique insight into the flora, fauna and heritage of this beautiful part of Ireland.

Speaking at the launch, Guide Leader Michael O’Connor said, “For the Public Holiday Sundays throughout 2013, we are offering two uniquely Killarney options of Guided Walks which will also include Lake Trips”.“To really appreciate the beauty and heritage of Killarney, you must include a lake boat experience, exactly as the early visitors did in the 18th century and as they did, hopefully have sightings of Killarney’s native Red Deer and the recently re-introduced magnificent White Tailed Sea Eagle”, he added. For these c. half-day outings, €20 will cover the cost of guide and boat. Bookings on walk@killarney.ie and 1850 566466.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

Walkers should wear weather and terrain appropriate footwear and clothing. In deference to Wildlife and Landowners, the organisers regret that dogs or other pets are not allowed on the walks. Walkers are asked to adhere to the “Country Code” and “Leave No Trace” of their visit.
ORGANISERS MAY CHANGE OR CANCEL WALKS OR ROUTES IN THE EVENT OF WEATHER OR ROUTE DIFFICULTIES

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS

GENERAL TERMS & BOOKING INFORMATION:

Minimum 24 hour advance booking required. Advance Booking on LowCall Line 1850 566 466 – (Groups can be facilitated at other times – enquiries to 087 2778828). Walkers should wear weather and terrain appropriate footwear and clothing. In deference to Wildlife and Landowners, the organisers regret that dogs or other pets are not allowed on the walks.

Walkers are asked to adhere to the “Country Code” and “Leave No Trace” of their visit. President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Michael Buckley said, “Killarney is one of Ireland’s finest walking destinations, with Ireland’s highest mountains, oldest oak woodlands, and beautiful lakes and of course the magnificent 10,000 hectare National Park, all within the beautiful compact Killarney Valley”. He went on to say, “All of this is supported by the best of hospitality and leisure options, with a warm welcome that has been Killarney’s trademark for the past 250 years”. Mr Buckley thanked Killarney National Park and Failte Ireland for their on-going support of walking in Killarney & South Kerry.

Important Notes:

All Walks must be booked at least 24 hours in advance on the Walk Killarney Booking Line 1850 566 466 or by e-mail on walk@killarney.ie - Places should only be considered as booked when Walk Killarney confirms bookings by return phone call or e-mail. Walkers must be properly attired in terms of proper walking boots and rainwear. Walkers are asked to bring a back-pack with food, refreshments, sunscreen and perhaps a change of clothing. In deference to Wildlife and Landowners, the organisers regret that dogs or other pets are not allowed on the walks. Finally, the organisers regret that the Full Day Walks are not considered suitable for children under 12 years. All intending walkers should make sure they are appropriately physically fit for the category of walk being undertaken. Walkers are asked to adhere to the “Country Code” and “Leave No Trace” of their visit.
NB: ORGANISERS MAY CHANGE OR CANCEL WALKS OR ROUTES IN THE EVENT OF WEATHER OR ROUTE DIFFICULTIES
Booking Line: 1850 566 466
E-mail: walk@killarney.ie
Don’t forget your Camera!

Other Options On Request:

Contact Michael O'Connor: 087 2778828
Email: killarneywalks@gmail.com

In addition to the above listed walks, Irish Country Rambles are also offering a wide range of walking and mountain trekking options on request at other times of the year, subject to level of interest, weather etc.

• 2.5>4 hour Category “C” low and medium level walks at €5 per head
• 3.5>4.5 hour Category “B” medium level mountain treks at €10 per head
• 5>6.5 hour Category “A” and “B” high level mountain treks at €25 per head
• 6.5>8.5 hour Category “A”++ and “B”+ high level & difficult mountain treks at €30 per head
 

Other Options / Routes:

• CATEGORY “A” & “A”++ - Difficult to Strenuous Climbs Requiring a High Level of Mountain Climbing Fitness
o Mangerton & Stoompa – Grade “A” – 5.5 to 6.5 hours
o Shehy & Tomies – Grade “A” – 5.5+ hours
o Purple & Tomies – Grade “A” – 5.5 to 6.5 hours
o (Reeks) Cruach Mhor / Big Gun / Cnoc na Peiste – Grade “A”++ Very strenuous & exposed – 6.5+ hours
o (Reeks) Cnoc na Peiste / The Bone – Grade “A”+ - 6.5 hours
o (Reeks) Toinne / Corran Tuathail (Zig Zag return) – Grade “A” – 6.5 to 7.5 hours.
o (Reeks) Corran Tuathail / O’Shea’s Gully / Heavenly Gate – Grade “A”+ - 6.5 to 7.5 hours
o (Reeks) Coomloughra Horse Shoe – Grade “A”++ - 7.5 to 8.5 hours


o CATEGORY “B” – Moderate to Good Climbs Requiring Good Level of Hill/Mountain Walking Fitness.
o The Paps of Danu – Grade “B” – 4.5 to 5 hours
o Mangerton Mountain – Grade “B” – 3.5 to 4.5 hours
o Drishna, Tarbh & Strickeen – 5.5 to 6.5 hours
o Torc Mountain Summit – Between a Grade “B” and a Grade “C” moderate hill climb from the upper car-park – 2.5+ hours

o CATEGORY “C” – Low Level to Foothills Walks – Requiring Normal Level of Fitness.
o Muckross & Dinis returning via new trail running parallel / above the N71. 3.5 hours
o Muckross & Torc Waterfall returning down the southern trail 3.5 hours
o Mangerton Lowlands – 3+ hours
o Tomies Woods & O’Sullivan Cascades – 2.5+ hours
o Muckross – Boat to Dinis Cottage – return via Muckross Peninsula or via new trail running parallel / above the N71. 3.5+ hours

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