WALKING & TREKKING
The Killarney Mountain festival takes place in the stunningly picturesque town of Killarney with endless walking and trekking options to suit all levels and all practically on your doorstep.
**NEW** EXCITING WALKING PROGRAMME FOR 2020 TO SUIT ALL LEVELS
Come, engage and truly immerse yourself in this amazing weekend spectacle & celebration of all things adventure and mountain related by partaking in our wide and varied festival programme of walking, trekking and climbing activities.
There is something to suit all levels and aspirations, from fun filled family treasure hunts to informative guided walks through ancient oak forests and along beautifully tranquil lake shores showing you the awe-inspiring delights of the spectacular Killarney National park. Should you be looking to try something a little more energetic and adventurous then why not book on one of our guided mountain treks and climbs with the award winning and leading guiding company of the region – KerryClimbing.ie
Killarney and surrounds possess some of the very finest wild mountain landscapes and spectacular scenery in Ireland. Marvellous peaks, wild and remote mountain valleys, high lonely coums and memorable rugged sea cliffs.
The entire area is steeped in fascinating human and geological history as well as having a wide and varied wildlife. The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains of Kerry are Ireland’s highest mountains and include the only three peaks in Ireland over 1000 metres, Corrán Tuathail at a lofty 1039 metres, Binn Chaorach at 1010mtrs and Caher standing at 1001 metres.
Trek, scramble and climb amongst these magnificent peaks and valleys during the day and then unwind, relax and be inspired by the exciting evening programme of workshops, lectures and mountain film screenings.
When you book on one of the scheduled treks and walks you will be looked after by a fully qualified, insured & highly experienced mountain guide who will share with you a wealth of information on the area, it’s ancient history, geology, flora and fauna, along with lots of entertaining & interesting tales from these mountains, gained through many years spent climbing their slopes along with all important local knowledge. You will be given assistance, encouragement, and guidance and will never have to worry about navigation or route finding.
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Festival Walks, Treks and Climbs
If you would like to get out and explore the hills of Killarney, we have arranged walks for all levels as part of the Killarney Mountain Festival. Please follow the link below to book:
Walking, Trekking and Climbing Gallery
Killarney National Park.
South and west of the town of Killarney in Co. Kerry is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rise to a height of over 1000 meters. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. Here where the mountains sweep down to the lake shores, their lower slopes covered in woodlands, lies the 10,236 hectares (26,000 acres), Killarney National Park. The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever-changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.
The nucleus of the National Park is the 4,300 hectare Bourn Vincent Memorial Park which was presented to the Irish State in 1932 by Senator Arthur Vincent and his parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn in memory of Senator Vincent’s late wife Maud.
The focal point of the National Park for visitors is Muckross House and Gardens. The house which is presented as a late 19th-century mansion featuring all the necessary furnishings and artifacts of the period is a major visitor attraction is jointly managed by the Park Authorities and the Trustees of Muckross House.
The former Kenmare Desmene close to Killarney Town is also part of the National Park and features Killarney House and Gardens and Knockreer House which is the education center of the park.
Killarney National Park contains many features of national and international importance such as the native oak woods and yew woods together with an abundance of evergreen trees and shrubs and a profusion of bryophytes and lichens which thrive in the mild Killarney climate. The native red deer are unique in Ireland with a presence in the country since the last Ice Age.
Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), part of a world network of natural areas which have conservation, research, education and training as major objectives.