Celebrate the Summer Solstice at the Killarney Walking Festival

Solstice Paps of DanuKillarney Walking Festival, by its’ very name and location ‘Killarney’ – is the most natural setting in the world to host a walking festival – In it’s first year, the organisers will celebrate the Summer Solstice in a series of walks events.

The Summer Festival takes Friday June 20nd to Sunday June 22nd, 2014, is a weekend long adventure complete with spectacular guided walks, nightly entertainment including the Summer Solstice night of fun and traditional music, there will also be a series photography workshops and boat trips on the Lakes of Killarney.

Caher Mountain Upright view1Discover 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 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 Tomies Wood trail, there are twelve guided walks to choose from in all. Experts John O’Sullivan, Lodge and Reeks Guiding and Ray and Mary Walsh, along with experienced local guides will host the series of walks and treks

This year’s Signature Walk is called ‘Capturing the Light’ and 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. This walk will be led by award-winning photojournalist Valerie O’Sullivan.

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.

For more information log onto www.killarneywalkingfestival.ie.

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