Killarney and its surrounds possess some of the very finest wild mountain landscapes and spectacular scenery in Ireland. Marvelous peaks, wild and remote mountain valleys, high lonely coums and wondrous tranquil lakes. The entire area is steeped in fascinating human and geological history as well as having a wide and varied wildlife. The Killarney Mountain Festival is a fantastic opportunity to just get away for a few days, sample this awe-inspiring area and enjoy this spectacle of mountain related festival events.
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.
Festival Club - Café du Parc
Café du Parc is the ideal place to watch the world pass by, bringing an exciting new concept in cafe & bar culture to Killarney. Serving healthy and hearty food from 8am – 5pm daily and delicious cocktails every night, Café du Parc also boasts an exciting brunch experience each Sunday from 10am – 3pm at the heart of Killarney. Café du Parc DJs hit the decks with funk, soul, hip-hop and disco beats every Friday night, Saturdaynight and Sunday.
Café du Parc will host ‘Festival Club’ for Killarney Mountain Festival on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March.
Crean Tent - Killarney House & Gardens
Killarney House and Gardens is a treasure of the Killarney National Park and is located right on the doorstep of Killarney town centre. The house and gardens will host the festival “Base Camp” and Exhibition centre and will offer both a sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the busy town together with a hive of goings on, inspiration and adventure.
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With Its weaving pathways through wonderfully manicured gardens this will not only provide an oasis of calm but will also play host to various workshops, music, information, family fun, outdoor climbing tower, food & refreshments, as well as photography, historical and fascinating mountain and adventure related exhibitions. 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 and its backdrop of spectacular rugged mountains stretching beyond. As you pass through these gates, the sounds of the town fade away and the magic of the Park begins to wash over you with each step you take.
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.
St. Mary’s, Church of the Sloes, Killarney
This wonderful town centre church is famous for its wonderful acoustic and will play host to some of the festivals programme of exhibitions, film screenings, narrated photographic displays and exciting and inspiring guest speakers.
There is evidence as far back as the 1200s of a Church here. The name of the Town itself – Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne) meaning “Church of the Sloes”. The Irish word for wood (coill) could easily have been adopted in an altered form to describe the wooden huts the early hermits would have built for themselves. Thus, the word “cill” becomes associated with a spiritual place of prayer: ie a church. This suggests that there was an ancient church built in this area and the presence of the Blackthorn tree was significant to the local’s and their pre-Christian religion. Blackthorns sometimes grow near wells; and there is a Holy Well just across the road from this Church. This current church was built in 1870; on the site of previous churches. It was adorned by the Herberts of Muckross House and houses a fabulous pipe-organ and has a renowned acoustic. It is decorated in a most attractive and unusual stenciled design and has sacred texts written in the high arches.
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The fantastic Killarney Cineplex will be the main screening venue for our super cool programme of Mountain and Adventure films, documentaries and features. Witness the exploits of some of the outdoors most wild & adventurous spirits and be captivated by films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Boasting the latest in projection and digital sound technology, Cineplex Cinema has become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities. Stadium seating in all five screens with superbly comfortable seats and more than comfortable leg room will provide festival goers with a relaxed first class environment to sit back and enjoy a host of award-winning movie screenings, leaving you at the end feeling inspired and hyped and most probably not that relaxed!
Freshly made Popcorn, Ice-Cold Drinks and a huge variety of treats available here to purchase.