Hiking and Climbing
An Abundance of Options in Killarney
It doesn’t get better than Killarney if you enjoy hiking or climbing. With 25,000 acres of national parkland, you are free to stroll or scramble across heath and bog, around rivers and lakes, and up hills and mountains. The homely welcome and exceptional luxury of the Killarney Park Hotel mean you can relax and refresh yourself after a strenuous day's exercise and the proximity of some of the country's most attractive hiking and climbing routes means the keen walker will never run out of options.
One of the most appealing aspects of walking in Killarney is that there is a range of routes that you can follow without any guides, maps, or specialised equipment. The Killarney Park Hotel is within easy reach of several entrances to Killarney National Park, where you can follow riverside paths through beautiful forests past herds of native red deer to Ross Castle and the serene Lower Lake. Other easy walks wind through Muckross Gardens, around the Blue Pool, past Dinis, and a number of other stunning locations.
For climbing enthusiasts, Killarney is the closest town to the McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest peaks in Ireland. Unless you are experienced in the mountains and are used to reading maps, you should use an insured guide for ascending peaks such as Carrauntouhil. At 1,039 metres (3,414 feet), Carrauntouhil is a beacon for walkers, and with views from the summit extending up to 160km in fine weather, it’s well worth the trek. There are at least eight ways to climb this majestic peak, so an expert guide will match the route to your own fitness levels.