Basecamp - the lively social hub of Killarney Mountain Festival
An integral part of the weekend long celebration is our ‘Basecamp’. This will act as the central social hub of the festival and host venue for many of the featured activities including FREE talks & lectures, FREE workshops & displays, food, refreshments & beverages, exhibits & demos and much much more. Daily pop up events at Basecamp & Crean Tent, Killarney House check out our event blackboards throughout the weekend.
Located inside the festival marquee, erected in a large designated area at the back of the Killarney Plaza Hotel, it will be ‘the’ place to hang out. It will be furnished & crafted out of reclaimed wood and dressed with Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags, cool Mountain images signifying our ‘village’ as the social hub of the Festival.
Many of the top outdoor brands will be joining us to offer creative insights and demonstrations of their latest gear. The ‘Mountain hut’ bar will be open all day so Festival-goers can browse, chill, relax and enjoy a beer or coffee (or even two) and the Basecamp Stage will host a FREE programme of music, speakers, and displays.
• Children’s Treasure Hunt
• Arts & Crafts Corner
• Mountain Search & Rescue dogs display
• Killarney National Park Ranger Activity
• Photography Workshop
On Saturday we would like to welcome children (accompanied by an adult) to partake in a Scavenger Hunt in the gardens of Killarney House. Follow the trail of clues to uncover the History and Geography of Killarney. At the end of the trail find a treasure chest filled with tasty treats!
On Sunday between 2 and 5pm unleash your creativity with a Mountain Themed Art and Craft Station. There you may sketch, colour and create inspired by our very own vista of The McGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range.
- Speaker Patricia Deane from MacGillycuddy’s Reeks access forum
- Speaker Pat Dawson from the NPWS
- White tailed Eagle reintroduction project
- Speaker Mike Shea
- Mountain Rescue display
- GearFest Swap’n’sell
Killarney House and Gardens is a treasure of the Killarney National Park that is located on the doorstep of Killarney town centre. The house and gardens offers a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town. Its weaving pathways through carefully manicured gardens provide an oasis of calm. Much more than that, Killarney House is an ideal starting point for a journey exploring the wonders of Killarney National Park. The ‘Golden Gates’ that stand guard at the main entrance form a portal to the wonders of the National Park beyond. As you pass through these (black!) gates, the sounds of the town fade away and the magic of the Park begins to wash over you with each step you take.
Killarney House (& extension)
In recent decades, the splendor of Killarney House & Gardens lay hidden behind high walls in one of the lesser visited parts of Killarney National Park. Although the grounds were always accessible, the house itself lay neglected and the surrounding gardens had long surrendered to the wild. The much-loved Cherry Walk was a popular local pathway to the Knockreer area of the National Park. Yet few veered far from the cherry blossom -lined avenue to explore the environs of Killarney House.
The relevant obscurity that befell the house and gardens was hard to comprehend given its proximity to Killarney town. Following the completion of extensive restoration and reconstruction work in 2016, the house and gardens have been restored to their rightful place as the gateway to Killarney National Park.
We, at the Killarney Mountain Festival, are honored to be able to centre our festival around Killarney House and Gardens, the epicenter of the outdoor capital of Ireland in Killarney National Park. Our base camp will be a hive of activity from our outdoor adventure speakers to our music stage, to our vendors and exhibitors, from our climbing wall to our children’s corner.