Killarney Walking Festival, by nature of it’s location provides the most natural setting in the world to host any walking festival- now it’s 2nd year, and well rooted in the local calendar of events, the organisers will celebrate the Summer Solstice in a series of walking events.
The Summer Festival takes Friday June 19th – 22nd, 2015. A weekend of long relaxing guided walks. The Festival Head Quarters is The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
Discover the hidden valleys, mountains, reeks, lake shores and all that is beautiful and untamed about Killarney and it’s famed National Park. Walk where Druids and Na Fianna once roamed the mountains.
This year’s Signature Walk involves climbing the ancient sacred summit, of The Paps of Danu’ on the border of Cork and Kerry. The Paps are associated with mythology, mystic and majesty. The Goddess Anú representing all that is earthly fertile, abundant and protective. Departing Killarney in the dead of night in order to capture the first light of the Summer Solstice sunrise. Keeping the theme of the Summer Solstice, there is also a sunset walk on Strickeen Mountain, Other Signature walks include, The Coomloughra Horseshoe trek along the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Summit of Carrauntoohil, Sunset on Strickeen Mountain on the Eve of the Mid-Summer, Old Kenmare Road, Mangerton and Torc Mountain Paths, Hidden Valleys of the Reeks, and Kerry Way, Gap of Dunloe Boat Trip, Walks in Killarney National Park.
And the fun doesn’t stop there. The Gleneagle Hotel, which is the festival’s headquarters, has a jam packed programme of post walk entertainment lined up so the festival feeling can carry on late into the night.
John O’Sullivan, Reeks Lodge and Guiding said “This festival is for everyone – families, walking clubs and anyone who loves the great outdoors. The schedule of walks has something for all ages and abilities, from strenuous category three hikes to easy low level category one walks. From the challenging McGillycuddy’s Reeks hike to the leisurely Wood trails and Innisfallen Island by boat. there are 13 guided walks to choose from in all”. Also guiding are Ray and Mary Walsh, Walk with Me’ and Valerie O’Sullivan, along with experienced local guides all ready host the series of walks and treks.
For more information and registration www.killarneywalkingfestival.ie.