To Celebrate the Celtic Festival of Samhain, Killarney Walking Festival, will host three walks on Saturday 11th, October 2014. The Autumn Series is called the ‘Call of the Wild,’ and includes three signature guided walks that promise to capture the magic and beauty of this special time of year in Killarney.
‘Ancient Celtic Sites Walk,’ This guided walk and boat trip, by Ray and Mary Walsh, ‘Walk with Me,’ explores the ancient world of Celtic and Historical sites in Killarney National Park. It begins at the medieval 15th Century Ross Castle, stopping off at Innisfallen Island, and continuing through Lough Lein and Bricin Bridge to Muckross Lake and arrive at The Old Boathouse at Muckross House. A guided walk of the gardens and the grounds of Muckross and Killarney National Park continues. The Duration of the walk is 6 hours.
‘Land of the Fianna Carrauntoohil’, is the second guided walk, by John O’Sullivan, ’Reeks Lodge and Guiding’ Carrauntohil, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain is steeped in mythical folklore and ancient place names that hint at a colourful history in pre-Christian Ireland. The Duration of the walk is 5-7 Hours and rated strenuous, but, with a wonderful sense of adventure and pleasure.
‘Call of the Wild’ is the third walk, by Valerie O’Sullivan and Tim Long, it explores the wonders of our beautiful colours and wildlife in Killarney National Park’s hillsides and valleys during the most incredible time in nature – the autumn season, when our native Killarney oak, yew, ash and Arbutus trees are glorious, and Red deer roam freely on Mangerton Mountain. The walk rated Moderate to strenuous, takes the walker, along Mangerton, and Fertha Mountains, and further along the paths of the Old Kenmare Road. Duration of the day trip is 5-6 hours.
Killarney Walking Festival is a new Festival, formed in April 2014, as well as the Annual Walking Festival (Solstice) which will take place in June 2015, it will also celebrate Mid-Winter with a Solstice Walk on the ancient Paps of Danú, between the Cork and Kerry Border, on Sunday, 21st December, 2014. The Head Quarters for the Festival is The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
To book for your favourite guided walk, Visit www.killarneywalkingfestival.com for more information. 06406671531