Welcome to the KILLARNEY MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
In association with KENDAL MOUNTAIN FESTIVAL
Cead Míle Fáilte to the Killarney Mountain Festival in its inaugural year. The idea to create this festival, to celebrate the very best of our wonderful surrounds, was born from a twinning initiative and we are delighted to host the festival in association with Kendal Mountain Festival.
We are thrilled to present to you a programme of over forty outstanding events, running throughout the weekend, including outdoor adventure film, guest speakers, guided walks, park run, photography exhibits, children’s activities, Ireland’s highest climbing wall and an interactive exhibition with SARDA Search Dogs and Kerry Mountain Rescue Team.
The main hub of the festival is Basecamp and we invite you to join us there each day.. sit, relax, have a drink, soak up the atmosphere.. check out our timetable for scheduled events and keep an eye on the blackboards for exciting pop-up events taking place each day at Basecamp…
A festival such as this would not be possible without the generous support of our headline sponsors O’Donoghue Ring Hotels, O’Sullivan Cycles & Outdoor Shop, The Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Kerry County Council, National Park & Wildlife Service. Special thanks to Valerie O’Sullivan Photographer and Kerry Film Festival. To all our patrons, sponsors, venues, accommodation partners and businesses who support the festival, thank you for your generosity. To all the people of Killarney and surrounds, to all our visitors, we would like to thank you and look forward to welcoming you over the weekend.
Finally, I would like to offer a sincere thank you to our small, but very hard working committee. Your work and dedication has made this festival possible. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
Maureen Hegarty, Chairperson Killarney Mountain Festival
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The closest international access to Killarney is via Kerry Airport which is located only 15 minutes’ drive from Killarney town. A rapidly developing facility, Kerry Airport provides Killarney with direct daily access to the UK and Germany with developing routes to Portugal, France and other EU & UK destinations. It provides multiple daily commuter connections to Dublin International Airport and onwards to the wider world.
Cork Airport is only c.75 minutes’ drive from Killarney and provides a range of UK and EU connections. Shannon is approximately 110 minutes’ drive from Killarney and in addition to UK and EU connections it offers direct flights to the USA with pre-clearance facilities for US bound travellers. Dublin Airport provides significant international access to Killarney via Kerry Airport but also through its connections with Cork and Shannon Airports and of course also by linking to Killarney by road (c. 5 hours), and by rail from Dublin City direct to Killarney in c. 3 hours + depending on schedule.
There are multiple daily services between Ireland and the UK, operating between Rosslare (Southeast Ireland c. 3.5+ hour’s drive from Killarney) and the southern Welsh ports of Fishguard and Pembroke. These services are provided by Irish Ferries and Stena Line. Both ferry companies also provide frequent UK services between Dublin/Dun Laoghaire (c. 5 hours drive from Killarney) and Holyhead in North Wales. Services also run between Dublin and Liverpool and in the North of Ireland between Larne and Stranraer in Scotland. Stena Line also operates regular routes to France and is a gateway to many European locations. A full listing of these locations can be found on their website.
Killarney is directly linked by railway to Cork & Dublin and currently has 7 to 8 daily services serving both cities from its award winning rail station. Through its line via Mallow and Limerick Junction it also connects to other cities and counties including Limerick City. Full Train Schedule Information available from the Irish Rail website.
Ireland’s national bus service, Bus Eireann, links many parts of Ireland on a scheduled multi-time per day basis.
A relatively new service connection to Dublin, Dublin Coach, operates regular daily routes from and to Killarney and Dublin via Limerick.