Gear up for The Killarney Walking Festival

Screenshot_3Killarney Walking Festival, by nature of its location provides the most natural setting in the world to host any walking festival. The Summer Festival takes place June 10th, 11th & 12th.

A weekend of long relaxing guided walks and spectacular hikes awaits! Walk where Druids and Na Fianna once roamed the mountains. Discover the hidden valleys, mountains, reeks, lake shores and all that is beautiful and untamed about Killarney and its famed National Park.

This year’s Signature Walks include a trek to the magnificent Caherconree an ancient Celebratory Fort at 2740 ft (835m). In Irish mythology this is the fort of Cú Roí Mac Dáire, who was able to make it spin around at night to stop any attackers from finding the entrance! Celebrate a bit of Kerry Rí-Rá and a little madness with an evening climb Friday the 10th and dance a Kerry set on the summit of Strickeen.

Other Signature walks include, The Coomloughra Horseshoe trek along the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Summit of Carrauntoohil, Mangerton and Torc Mountain Paths, Gap of Dunloe Boat Trip, Tomies and Purple and the Old Kenmare Road,

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, Lodge and Reeks 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. 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.

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