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It is said that ‘in Killarney, you will find a different walking route for every day in the year’. This may be an exaggeration, but only just !!. At any time of year, with or without guides, walkers can choose from low level parkland walks around beautiful lakes and through some of Ireland’s oldest Oakwoods, to higher level hill walks on old coach roads and bridle paths, or for the more adventurous, take on the 3000 feet + summits of the “iconic” MacGillicuddy Reeks. Long and short “linear” walks including some of the pioneering “waymarked” walks like the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way can be navigated in full or in part. Killarney has a plethora of “loop walks” where walkers return to the start point without recovering their steps – some can be completed in 30 minutes while others can take 4+ hours. Guided walking maps and brochures are readily available in the local Killarney Tourist Office.
Our three favourite hikes nearest Killarney would be Torc Mountain home to the famous Torc Waterfall. This would not be challenging for someone interested in a 5 – 15 miler. Torc Waterfall and Mountain are again only a 5 minute drive from our homes.
The second is Mangerton mountain. An up/down trek of about 4 – 5 hours depending on your speed.
The third is the Gap of Dunloe just 8 miles from Killarney town to the Black valley taking in a boat trip with Tangneys boat trips back to Killarney. For this trip it would be best to get a taxi out to Kate Kearneys cottage (8miles) walk from there to Lord Brandons cottage and from there boat back to Killarney.
Images courtesy of Richard Clancy, Nora O Sullivan, and Outdoors Ireland Manager Nathan Kingerlee and other images licenced to ourselves which are used throughout the site.