The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail will host its annual walking festival on the 9th,10th and 11th of March in Co. Mayo. The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is a non profit community based organisation and this year the proceeds of the festival will go to Croi, the registered heart and stroke charity. The linear trail is 61 km in length and is a National Way Marked Way graded as moderate to hard in difficulty. It starts in the town of Balla and finishes in the village of Murrisk at the base of Croagh Patrick; the guided walk includes information on the local folklore and heritage sites. Walkers will be transported from the meeting point to the start point of the trail each morning so your personal transport will be at the end of the route each day. There will be water and refreshment stops along the way provided by local businesses and the communities that the trail passes through. The walk is guided and the cost is €20 per day or €50 for all three days. Individuals, groups and clubs are all welcome. Registration is available online at https://www.croi.ie/heritagetrail or you can register on the day. See www.croaghpatrickheritagetrail.com for more details.
The inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival will take place from March 9th-11th. This fantastic spectacle and celebration of all things mountain related will take place over the weekend of March 9th/10th and 11th and will aim to serve as the biggest and most impressive social event for outdoor enthusiasts in Ireland. The festival will take place in the vibrant and bustling town of Killarney, County Kerry – Ireland’s true adventure capital. The festival will be run in close association and with the support of the Kendal Mountain Festival in the U.K and be aligned, organised and run along this very same vein. It will feature a multitude of exciting weekend long activities including : Award winning Adventure movies & documentaries Informative & Interesting Workshops Exhibitions & Family fun activities Featured hikes, scrambles and climbs Musical entertainment Wide varied programme of interesting & inspiring guest speakers. Just some of the renowned and inspirational speakers confirmed are – Andy Cave, Stephen Venables, Cameron McNeish, Dermot Somers & Dawson Stelfox, Jasper Winn and Justin Anderson. central and integral part of the weekend long celebration is our ‘Basecamp’ which will act as the central social hub of the festival and host location for much of the featured activities including FREE talks & lectures, FREE workshops & displays, food, refreshments & beverages, exhibits etc. Located inside the festival marquee erected in a large designated area at the back of the Killarney Plaza Hotel, it will be ‘the’ place to hang out and will be furnished & crafted out of reclaimed wood and dressed with Tibetan Buddhist prayer flags, cool Mountain images and signifying our ‘village’ as the social hub of the Festival. Many of the top outdoor brands will be joining us to offer creative insights and demonstrations of their latest lovely gear. The ‘Mountain hut’ bar will be open all day so Festival goers can browse, chill, relax and enjoy a beer or coffee (or even two) and the Basecamp Stage will host a FREE programme of music, speakers, and displays. See https://killarneymountainfestival.com/ for full details.