Killarney Walking Festival Winter Solstice Series

Winter Solstice walk1As we approach the depths of  Winter and the Christmas Season, Killarney Walking Festival are hosting a series of walks to co-inside with the Winter Solstice on Sunday December 21st 2014.  To celebrate this ancient ritual,  the first walk, is to honour the ancient rituals of the  Paps of Danú.  The Paps of Danú, (694 m (2,277 ft) are situated between the Cork and Kerry Border,  on top of each hill is a prehistoric cairn. Anú or Danú is the oldest celtic goddess and is associated with abundance, growth and fertility.  The walk commences by bus transfer from the Walking Festival Headquarters at the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, departing at 6,00am, to the entrance of the Claddagh Valley. The sunrise from the east is due at 8.40am, and like all great Irish traditions, being in the heart of Sliabh Luachra, a few tunes and even a set dance will be part of the celebration on the summit. Bus transfer back to the headquarters, at 10.00am,  an optional hearty Winter Solstice breakfast would be a great welcome. The walk will be led by Valerie O’Sullivan.

The second walk is the Summit of Carrauntoohil, guided by John O’Sullivan, ‘Lodge and Reeks Guiding’. Ireland’s highest mountain, ‘Land of the Fianna’ steeped in mythical folklore and ancient place names that hint a colourful history of pre-christian Ireland. Departure and Bus Transfer from the Gleneagle Hotel to Cronin’s Yard at 9.00am, Summiting and taking in the wonderful views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and Kerry, before descending, back to Cronin’s Tea Rooms, a staple stop off for all hikers. Then back to the Head Quarters at about 4.30pm

The third walk is the Old Kenmare Road, guided by Ray and Mary Walsh, ‘Walk with Me’, departing from the Gleneagle Hotel, headquarters at 10.00am, with bus transfer from trailheads and return. The Old Kenmare walk, is one of Ireland’s popular routes, with spectacular views of Killarney National Park, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Lakes of Killarney, passing along Torc and Mangerton Mountains, with steady inclines, and ancient paths of oak forests.

All Walks include bus transfers to Trail heads and Return to Gleneagle Hotel – Head Quarters Killarney Walking Festival


Winter Solstice The Paps of Danú
Departure:6.00am Gleneagle Hotel
Level: Moderate/Strenuous
Date:Sunday 21st December
Guide:Valerie O’Sullivan

Climb 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.

The Summit of Carrauntoohil
Departure:9.00am Gleneagle Hotel
Date:Sunday 21st December
Guide:John O’Sullivan ‘Lodge and Reeks Guiding’

‘Land of the Fianna Carrauntoohil’, 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 Old Kenmare Road
Departure:10.00am Gleneagle Hotel
Date:Sunday 21st December
Guides:Ray & Mary Walsh ‘Walk with me’

One of the most favourite walks in Ireland, with specular views of Killarney National Park, The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Lakes of Killarney, passing along Torc and Mangerton Mountains, with steady inclines, ancient paths and oak forests.

For Further information:Valerie O’Sullivan 087 2629 375
Maureen Cournane: +353 (0)64 667 1531

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