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Steeped in history and full of unique character whether your interest is in history, culture, wildlife or simply walking and indulging in the breath-taking scenery, The Killarney Walking Festival has it all. A two day walking programme is offered with hikes, treks and hill walks to suit all interests and fitness abilities with The Gleneagle Hotel and Apartments as your walking festival base.

Where to Stay

All walks and treks will start from The Gleneagle Hotel with its perfect vantage point and easy access to The National Park. We are perfectly placed to offer you a luxurious 3 star experience with a selection of deluxe bedrooms and spacious apartment accommodation. Walkers will enjoy an evening of entertainment in the Festival headquarters with BBQ music song and dance long into the night!

What to Do

An experience like no other, for some of the best hikes, trails and mountain walks in the country look no further than Killarney National Park one of Ireland’s premier tourist attractions with over 1.5 million visitors annually.

Boasting three world famous lakes, the park today covers an area of over 26,000 acres with dramatic landscapes, rivers teaming with life, mountains, valleys and forests. Fifteen of Ireland’s twenty highest peaks can be found in Kerry and the McGuillycuddy Reeks, on Killarney’s doorstep, are the largest mountain range in Ireland.

So if you fancy an active weekend out and about in the hills and mountains of Kerry enjoying the beautiful scenery, The Killarney Walking Festival is the perfect opportunity!

The choice of walking trails on offer cover a range of walking abilities from the challenge of The Reeks and Carrantuohill to ambling through the National Park. All our walks are led by experienced walk leaders who are there to ensure that the correct routes are followed and carry all necessary equipment for the safety of the group. They have a great wealth of knowledge about the mountains and hills as well as providing interesting information on the beautiful scenic landscape. Click the Title to read more

Follow the leaders instructions at all times and do not detach yourself from the group. Check the weather forecast but be prepared for all types of weather as the mountains are often unpredictable. Leave no litter. All food including orange peels, banana skins etc should be taken away Pick up litter that you see. Avoid erosion by walking in the centre of a path so as not to widen the damage. Do not disturb plants and animals. Click the Title to read more

Severe weather can occur at any month and mountain weather will certainly keep you on your toes. It is easy to become separated in bad weather on mountains and hills and a walker must always be capable of acting independently. Many of the trails will be over rough broken hillside where you can easily slip and twist an ankle without the support and grip of good hiking boots. Click the Title to read more