About Kerry Climbing
KerryClimbing is renowned for and prides itself on offering a warm & personal approach. The first thing we like to do is listen to you. We like to plan activity days to match your own personal expectations, whether you would like to learn how to rock climb, wish to climb or hike up Carrauntoohil by its most difficult or more straightforward routes. Perhaps you just fancy an informative and interesting guided stroll or hike in the beautiful Killarney National park or up some smaller oak forested rugged hill. Local knowledge is the essential factor in making the most of your visit and we will give you a head start in exploring this wonderful area. If you are planning a walking or climbing holiday in the South West of Ireland we have the flexibility to tailor days to suit you whether you are on your own, with a group of friends or as a family.
We are an award winning company and are extremely proud to be awarded Ireland’s “Adventure Tour Operator of the Year 2017” by the prestigious publication – Luxury Travel Guide. The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify the very best and most reputable service companies in the field of tourism and they signalled out KerryClimbing as being truly exceptional in what we do.
We are also delighted to be ranked #1 on TripAdvisor out of ALL outdoor activities in Killarney for 3 years running and spend a day climbing or trekking with us and you will understand why!!!
Your mountain guide, Piaras Kelly can’t wait to meet you and show you the many delights of the mountains he knows and loves so much. He has extensive knowledge of all of Munster’s mountains, but in particular the wild remote mountains of Kerry and the South West. Kerry Climbing have extensive experience of running safety and rescue backup for a variety of charity events, mountain events and challenges and organise the annual Ultimate High Peaks Challenge, which traverses sixteen of Ireland’s highest summits in one day. Piaras has a deep love and passion for the history, geography, ecology and folklore of the Reeks. He is a highly experienced mountaineer and climber and spent many years as an instructor with a cliff and coastal rescue unit of the Irish Coastguard and is currently a member and training officer with the volunteer Kerry Mountain Rescue team. He is a walking, scrambling and rock-climbing guide and has been climbing these mountains for over 20 years with notable impressive first ascents to his name. He treks and climbs in all seasons in the Himalayas, Europe, Britain and Ireland.
KerryClimbing is a family run business and Piaras works alongside his wife Catherine Kelly, a Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA) instructor and a keen walker and mountaineer. They live with their two children, Orlaith and Tiernan in the shadow of the Reeks.