Walking and Hiking
Mountains, trails, river walk, lake walks — whether it’s a gentle stroll among the trees or conquering Ireland's highest peak, Killarney has a walk for all walks of life.
Tomies Wood is a natural oak woodland within Killarney National Park, on the western shore of Lough Leane. This is a loop walk around the wood and within the area you will see O'Sullivan's Cascade, a beautiful waterfall flowing into Lough Leane. Give yourself approximately two hours to complete this walk. Proper outdoor walking shoes are advised and expect to glimpse the native Red Deer or Sika Deer. Free parking available.
Cronin’s Yard Loop Walk
Cronin’s Yard, at the entrance to Hag’s Glen, is the traditional start point for those taking on Carrauntoohil — Ireland’s highest mountain. The Cronin’s Yard Loop however is a much easier trail, taking 2.3 hours to complete and takes place over relatively flat terrain.
You will see breathtaking views of the Hag’s Glen, Devil’s Ladder and Lough Callee, as well as the north-eastern face of mighty Carrauntoohil. At the start of the walk is Cronin’s Yard, which has café and bathroom facilities.
Give yourself 2 hours 15 minutes to complete this walk. There is parking available at a cost of €2 per car.
Old Kenmare Road
This moderate walk follows the original road to Kenmare. The total length of the old road is 10 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. There is free parking available.
Trust us – it is just as much fun as it sounds! Cardiac Hill is named because it is an excellent cardio workout. It is a stonework path up the side of Torc Mountain, rising steeply up hundreds of steps. It provides stunning views of the lakes of Killarney – a great excuse to stop and catch your breath. Allow yourself 1 hour and 30 minutes. Free parking available.
The Kerry Way
A distance of over 200 km, the Kerry Way is one of Ireland's longest signposted walking trails 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