Whether you wish to trek to the top of Ireland's highest mountain range, explore Killarney's ancient woodland glens and valleys or just stroll around the beautiful lake shore, Killeen House Hotel is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors.
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Here is our pick of must do walks around killarney
- The Kerry Way... At over 200km, the Kerry Way is one of Ireland's longest signposted walking trail and also one of the most popular. The trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney. Looping around the Iveragh Peninsula, the Kerry Way goes anti-clockwise, passing through some of the most isolated and dramatic countryside in the country.
Whilst Kerry is renowned for having the highest mountains in Ireland, the Kerry Way avoids the higher peaks and opts for the lower reaches of mountain ridges. The trail is intended to quickly progress through a variety of different landscapes and experiences, giving the walker a wider appreciation for the county. The trail is broken up into many bite size pieces so you can pick and choose which stage you do. read more on the Kerry Way website
- The Old Kenmare Road... This moderate walk follows the original road to Kenmare. The total length of the old road is ten miles (16 kilometres) to Kenmare and will take about five hours. This delightful walk takes you along mountain meadows where herds of Red Deer frequently graze. In Esknamuky Glen, the furrows and stone walls of a pre-famine village are still visible, providing a stark reminder of harsher times. There are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains throughout with plenty of pleasant spots to picnic.
- Carrauntoohil... The highest mountain in Ireland at 3414 feet. The route takes you up the Hag's Glen to the Devil's Ladder, a rock scree which can be treacherous in wet weather, and then up to the summit. This can be a dangerous walk if the weather is less than perfect, but on fine days the effort is well worth it for the splendid views up to the Shannon Estuary.
- Muckross House & Killarney National Park... Those who enjoy the Nature Trails will find a most interesting selection at Muckross House in Killarney National Park. Also, check locally, as many towns have fine walking trails.