The Walks

Carrauntoohil

Departure time:  9am For Carrauntoohil June 23rd & 24th

Cost: €40pp

Climbing Carrauntoohil is a challenging day out with a choice of routes to the Summit total distance is 12km with 950m ascent. When we meet at the starting point, We discuss the route with you and the team in order to plan the most enjoyable route for your day trip.

We offer local experienced mountain guides. During your climb we will offer you local knowledge and information on this truly spectacular place. You will be provided with excellent stories and great encouragement and guidance during your ascent of the mountain , Climbing Carrauntoohil requires a good level of fitness as this a return hikes duration of 6/7 hours.You will require suitable footwear and clothing, a packed lunch and be ready for an adventure! All routes will be discussed on the morning of Climb and a decision will be made for best route for you.

Route Options

The Devils Ladder (Difficult/Strenuous): 
6/7 hrs, 12km. The direct ascent route to the summit of Carrauntoohil offers panoramic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks for your enjoyment.

Brother O’Shea’s Gully (Strenuous):
A Strenuous route – 6/7 hrs and 13km. This scenic and interesting routes takes you through over hanging valleys and mountain lakes. Recommended for more experienced walkers.

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Purple – Tomies

Duration: 6hrs Height: 832 metres. 9.30am Start. Moderate to Strenuous.

Cost: €25pp

A trek up the Purple Mountain (832m). One of Kerry’s best walking trails this guided walk promises to make an impression. Beginning with a steep climb up from the Head of the Gap in the Famous Gap of Dunloe where you will be greeted by a spectacular views from the Summit of Purple from there we climb to the summit of Tomies at 735m with views of the Killarney Lakes and valley where we decide our descent to the famous Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearneys Cottage for the Coffee!

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The Famous Reeks Walk

Duration: Approx 10/12 hours. 8am start.

Saturday Only

Cost: €60pp

This is a very Challenging Day Climbing!

This amazing hike starts in the Glencar area, Taking in 11 peaks with a 6000 ft accent during a long amazing day. With a few knife edge ridges and hands-on scrambling, finishing in the Gap of Dunloe on the door step of the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage where a well-deserved pint of Guinness or Irish coffee awaits you along with some hearty food.

First leg of the climb is Caher west (970m) then on to Caher Summit (1001m ), Carrauntoohil (1039m), Cnoc na Toinne (845m ), Choc na Chuillinn (958m) , Maolan Bui (973m) , Cnoc na Peista (983m), The Big Gun (939m), Chruach Mhoir (932m ). Cnoc na Phraca (760m ), Strickeen (450m ).

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Coomloughra Horseshoe

Duration: 6/7 hours. 9am start.

Cost: €55pp

Very Strenuous!

This Is a challenging climb but an amazing day out taking in the 3 highest peaks in Ireland. Firstly we climb Caher (1001m), then Carrauntoohil (1039m) and on to Beenkeragh (1010m). This is a classic Horseshoe Climb is situated in one of the remotest mountain locations in Ireland & UK.

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Ridge of the Reeks Experience

Departure time:  9.30am

Cost: €55pp

This hike is a challenging, strenuous experience. A good head for heights is required! Starting with the ascent of Cnoc na Peiste (988m) and also visiting the site of a World War 2 plane crash. Then experience the Ridge to the Big Gun 939m followed by the ridge to Cruach Mhor 939m and descend by Lough Cummeenapeasta with great views of Carrauntoohil & the Hags Glen area.

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Base Camp for 2018 Killarney Walking Festival

All our walks will commence from Kate Kearney’s cottage over this weekend. At ‘Kate’s’ you will enjoy the tradition of hospitality, nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe lies Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150 year old family-run establishment.

Summer Solstice Dinner


Saturday night 7.30 pm this evening which consists of dinner, traditional music and talk with local historian Tomas O’Sullivan followed by music.

  • Excellent food with choices of traditional dishes, various menus available.• Traditional entertainment with songs, musicians playing guitar and other stringed instruments including fiddle, mandola, Irish bouzouki, banjo and bodhrán, Irish accordian, uilleann pipes, low whistle and tin whistle.

Cost: Dinner €25 p/p.

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Hags Glen Loop Walk

This interesting walk starting from Cronin’s Yard is less strenuous, we follow the path for 1km to reach a footbridge over the Caol River. Then follow the Gaddach River and then ascend to our viewing point at 300m .We will descend to the scenic Lough Callee and onto Lough Gouragh. At this point we will enjoy excellent views of the entire Mc Gillycuddy Reeks mountain range.

This will be a guided walk lead by Tomas O’Sullivan a local historian with a vast knowledge of local History, Legends, Stories, Songs and Music of the Mac Gillicuddy Reeks … Na Cruacha Dubha.

Trailhead: Cronin’s Yard, Mealis, Beaufort, Co. Kerry

Services: Cronin’s Yard, Parking / Toilets / Tea Rooms

Dist/Time: 8km / 3 hours. Difficulty: Moderate

High/Ascent: 300m/ Terrain: paths and mountain tracks.

To Suit: All levels of fitness. Min. Gear: Hiking boots, rain gear, fluids, snack

Grid Ref: OS Sheet 78, V837 873

Cost : Adults €15, Under 18’s €10, Family price on request (Min. Age for this walk 10 years).

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