Killarney is a walker’s paradise, with 26,000 acres of ‘free to roam’ Killarney National Park surrounded by Kerry’s wonderful landscapes, wilderness and miles of nearby golden ‘blue flag’ beaches. There is a choice of accommodation, dining and entertainment options in this outdoor enthusiast’s haven.
At any time of year, with or without guides, walkers can choose from low level parkland walks around tranquil lakes and through some of Ireland’s oldest oakwoods to high level hill walks, bridle paths, or the summits of the MacGillicuddy Reeks.
Long and short linear walks including Kerry Way and the Dingle Way can be navigated in full or in part. Killarney also has ‘looped walks’ taking from 30 minutes to four plus hours.
Route maps and pocket guides are available for the recognised established routes but Killarney offer the pleasure of numerous walking options that are still very much in their undiscovered state, presenting the walker the opportunity to explore and discover at will.
For the high level mountain climbs, an experienced and insured guide is recommended.
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 peaks.
Walk Killarney & Kerry have two guided walks on offer on public holiday Sunday’s throughout the year. Walk one: Lakes and foothills wilderness experience, category B, four and a half to five hours in duration. Boat departs at 10am from Old Boathouse at Dundag, via Muckross and upper lakes to Lord Brandon’s cottage. Walkers then trek via the Kerry way trail ascending to c.800ft on Old Kenmare road and returning to Muckross House car park. Walk two: Killarney lake and island explorer, category C, three and a half to four hours in duration. Boat departs 10am from Ross castle pier to Inisfallen island then across to Lough Lein and on return walkers trek around Ross island nature and bronze age mining trails.
All guided walks must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Lowcall line 1850 566 466, firstname.lastname@example.org. Walkers must be properly attired in terms of proper walking boots and rainwear and should 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. Full day walks are not considered suitable for children below 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. Routes are subject to change. Further information is available by phone, email and on the website www.killarney.ie/what-to-do/walking/irish-country-rambles.