With lakes, forests, mountains and a National Park on its doorstep, Killarney is a top destination for those who love to enjoy the outdoors. So whether you’re after some action and adventure or just some fun, Killarney is the destination for you. Read on and find out what outdoor adventure sports can be enjoyed here…
With such a superb location at the base of the McGillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountain range) it’s no surprise that Killarney is a magnet for climbers and hikers. There is something in Killarney to suit all levels of climbers, whether you prefer gentle ascents such as Torc Mountain (1,764 ft), something a bit more strenuous such as Mangerton Mountain (2,800 ft) or if you’re up to the challenge Carrauntoohil (3,414 ft) the highest mountain peak in Ireland!
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There is no shortage of hiking opportunities in Killarney either. With a national park covering 25,000 acres of parkland, moorland and woodlands, Killarney is a hikers paradise. This is a great way to explore at first hand the beauty, nature and historical attractions that Killarney is famous for. There are lots of circular walks, dirt tracks and nature trails for you to explore within the National Park. If you prefer something a little bit more vigorous, then head for the Gap of Dunloe on the outskirts of Killarney. This hike will take you about 2 hours to complete as you wind your way along the floor of the glaciated valley from Kate Kearney’s Cottage to Lord Brandon’s Cottage.
You can pick up maps of walking routes in the National Park at the Killarney Tourist Office or Muckross House.
What better way to see the spectacular scenery of the area than to paddle along the beautiful Lakes of Killarney. You can avail of a half-day trip or a full day trip. Your kayaking adventure starts at Ross Castle just outside the town. From here you’ll paddle along Lough Leane and discover cosy inlets, limestone caves and little wooded glens. Stop off at Innisfallen Island and explore the remains of a 6th century monastery.
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Why not explore Killarney National Park by horseback? You can enjoy treks of one, two or three hours. These treks will take you on a horseback adventure through the beautiful National Park where you can see the some of the most spectacular scenery in the southwest and attractions like Ross Castle, Innisfallen Island and Kenmare Estate. For something a bit more challenging, you can also do the famous “Killarney Reeks Trail/Ring of Kerry Trail” which takes 5 days.
For more on horse riding in Killarney, visit the Killarney Riding Stables website
The Killarney National Park is ideal for cycling as it’s got lots of surfaced road networks which will provide you with some of the most stunning views of Killarney. For some gentle peddling, head for Knockreer Estate (5-10 km), Muckross House and Gardens (5-8 km), or Ross Castle (5-16 km) where the terrain is mainly flat. Cycling enthusiasts will love the Gap of Dunloe cycle. This is a little more difficult as the terrain is hilly and the route is about 25 miles. Cycle from Killarney to Kate Kearney’s Cottage in Beaufort, then continue through ‘The Gap’ until you come to Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can take your bike on the boat for a very enjoyable guided tour through the lakes and back to Ross Castle.
You can pick up maps of cycling routes in the National Park at the Killarney Tourist Office or Muckross House.
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