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Killarney Walking Trips

Killarney National Park uses a self guided nature trail which follows in the footsteps of the English agriculturist Arthur Young who visit Muckross in 1776. You start and finish at Muckross house it is about 5kms/3mls and takes about 2-3 hours. The terrain is manly level paths and roads.
The information booklet in Muckross house gives great details as well as Kerry Gem page 102 gives a great map of the historical trail.

Walking in Killarney will bring you to Nature and unique Wildlife where ever you go. 2007 saw the start of a re introduction programme of the white Tailed Sea Eagle in Killarney. Today you can regularly see these eagles in Killarney/Kerry and beyond.
A walk to Torc Waterfall from Muckross House will include Muckross Abbey, Working Traditional Farms, with boathouse & Arthur Youngs walk in under 6 miles. You can walk to Muckross Abbey in 1 mile.

You can walk around inside the Abbey and you will find some of it closed while renovations are being carried out.

Walking the Kerry Way & Old Kenmare Road Killarney. This includes a visit to Lord Brandons Cottage.

Top 10 walks in Killarney:  

1. Walks around the Muckross Lakes, Abbey & House. Dinis Cottage, Meeting of the waters and Torc Waterfall
2. Ross Castle and the Mining Trail
3. The Gap of Dunloe
4. O’Sullivans Casade
5. Old Kenmare Road
6. Derrychunnihy to Lord Brandons cottage
7. Walk around Muckross Lakes
8. Knockreer House and Gardens Walking Trail
9. Blue Pool Walking Trail
10. Devils Bit and Trails on Manerton/ Torc

You can also cycle to Kate Kearneys Cottage and thought the Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandons Cottage. Here you can put your bike on a Boat and do the 22km Journey through the Upper Lake, Lon range River, The Meeting of the Waters, the Middle Lake, Bricin Bridge and into the Lower Lake. You will travel along the Mountains shore, pass by Innisfallen Island and finish up at Ross Castle.

For maps and more info please look at:


For the Public Holiday Sundays throughout 2012, Killarney Walks are offering two uniquely Killarney options of Guided Walks which will also include Lake Trips. To really appreciate the beauty and heritage of Killarney, you must include a lake boat experience, exactly as the early visitors did in the 18th century and as they did, hopefully have sightings of Killarney’s native Red Deer and the recently re-introduced magnificent White Tailed Sea Eagle. For these c. half-day outings, €20 will cover the cost of guide and boat. Bookings on and 1850 566466. The two options available are: 

Killarney Lake & Island Explorer (Category “C” easy walk): 

Sunday March 18th, April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd, August 5th and October 28th. 
At 10.00.a.m. - Depart Ross Castle by traditional lake boat across Ross Bay to Inisfallen Island. Spend c. 45 minutes exploring the 11th century monastic ruins and learning of the Island’s amazing history. Depart on a c. 30 minute boat trip across Lough Lein to the mountain shore and O’Sullivan’s Cascade and returning to Ross Castle pier. After a short break, set out on a c. 90> minute trek of the Nature & Bronze Age Mining Trails of Ross Island, returning to Ross Castle. The total duration of this outing is c. 3.5>4 hours. €20 will cover the cost of guide and boat. Bookings on and 1850 566466. 
NB: At the end of the Ross Island trek, if the Castle is open, walkers may decide to take a guided tour of the wonderfully restored Ross Castle (not included in the walk programme or cost). 

Killarney’s Lakes and Lowlands Wilderness Experience (Category “B” moderate walk): 

Sunday March 18th, April 8th, May 6th, June 3rd, August 5th and October 28th. 
At 10.00.a.m. Depart Old Boathouse at Dundag, Muckross by traditional lake boat, travelling across Muckross Lake, under Bricin Bridge and via the Back Channel to The Meeting of The Waters at Dinis. Then on under The Old Weir Bridge and passing underneath the Eagle’s Nest Mountain, via Long Range up through the Upper Lake to Lord Brandon’s Cottage – arriving at c. 12.00 noon. After a c.30 minute refreshment break, walkers will then follow the Kerry Way Trail via Derrycunnihy and the Old Kenmare Road, descending Torc Waterfall Trail and returning to Muckross House car park. The total duration of this outing is c. 4.5>5 hours. €20 will cover the cost of guide and boat. Bookings on and 1850 566466. 
NB: Upon return to Muckross, walkers may decide to visit Muckross House, visit the Mucros Craft Shop or visit the Muckross Traditional Farms (not included in the walk programme or cost). 

President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce, Michael Buckley said, “Killarney is one of Ireland’s finest walking destinations, with Ireland’s highest mountains, oldest oak woodlands, and beautiful lakes and of course the magnificent 10,000 hectare National Park, all within the beautiful compact Killarney Valley”. He went on to say, “All of this is supported by the best of hospitality and leisure options, with a warm welcome that has been Killarney’s trademark for the past 250 years”. Mr Buckley thanked Killarney National Park and Failte Ireland for their on-going support of walking in Killarney & South Kerry. 

Other Options on Request: 

In addition to the above listed walks, Walk Killarney is also offering a wide range of walking and mountain trekking options on request at other times of the year, subject to level of interest, weather etc. Full details of these options are contained on and they include: 

• 2.5>4 hour Category “C” low and medium level walks at €5 per head 
• 3.5>4.5 hour Category “B” medium level mountain treks at €10 per head 
• 5>6.5 hour Category “A” and “B” high level mountain treks at €25 per head 
• 6.5>8.5 hour Category “A”++ and “B”+ high level & difficult mountain treks at €30 per head 

1. All these walks must be booked at least 48 hours in advance on and on 1850566466. Bookings are not valid until confirmation is issued by Walk Killarney. 
2. Special Group and Corporate Rates are available. 

Contact: Walk Killarney c/o Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce – 1850566466 or E-Mail - Web: 

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