Guided Walking

Guided Walking in Kerry

What better way to get the most out of a day in the Irish hills and mountains than to hire your own local walking guide.

KerryClimbing will show you the very routes, and bring the experience to life by sharing with you a wealth of local knowledge, information and stories gained from over 20 years walking and climbing these magnificent peaks and valleys. We will ensure that you truly experience and make the very most of your time spent in this most beautiful part of the country.

You may already know or have an idea of which area you wish to explore. Maybe you have always wanted to climb Corrán Tuathail, the highest mountain in Ireland, some of the other majestic surrounding peaks or perhaps you’ve your sights on a much more relaxing gentler stroll through some of the ancient oak forests of the Killarney National park.

Guided Walking Kerry

Whatever your preference, we can devise the perfect walk for you – just tell us what you would like. If you don’t know the area well, why not take a look at our list of suggested walks below. We are always happy to chat on the phone to help plan your perfect guided walking day.

We grade our walks Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous and Challenging. Some favourites of each grade are:

Moderate

Good basic level of fitness needed. Trail may include informal paths and rough or boggy terrain. Possible rocky and steeper ground in parts. Difficult weather conditions may be experienced. Time 5-7hrs.

  • Circuit of Muckross Lake, Killarney. A gentle walk on forest trails and paths.
  • Torc mountain – Affording truly spectacular views over Muckross demesne, the lakes of Killarney, the National park and the rugged high summits of the Reeks.
  • Strickeen (Struicín) mountain is one of the more accessible mountains of the McGillycuddy’s Reeks and is an ideal introduction to mountain climbing for the young or uninitiated. Stunning panoramas in all directions and  a lot packed into its 440 metres.
  • Circuit of Lickeen Woods, Glencar, Reeks District. A gentle hike amongst ancient forest affording spectacular views of wild, rugged unspoiled scenery. Up to 2 hours and suitable for all the family ( Grade: Easy ) .

Difficult

Prior hiking experience advantageous but a good level of fitness certainly is an absolute must. Difficult weather conditions to be expected with underfoot conditions at times poor, rough and uneven in sections. Possibility of longer sections of steeper ground with rocky terrain / scree at times. Time 6-8hrs.

  • Climb Carrauntoohil by the Devils Ladder. The more straight forward route of ascent of Ireland’s highest mountain.
  • Brandon by The Saints Path. The final section of the Saints Path (Cosán na Naomh) starting from Baile Breac this is the easier way to summit Mount Brandon.

Strenuous

Prior hiking experience advantageous but a good level of fitness certainly is an absolute must. Difficult weather conditions to be expected with underfoot conditions at times poor, rough and uneven in sections. Longer sections of steeper ground with rocky terrain / scree at times requiring easy scrambling on exposed terrain. Time 8-10hrs.

  • Carrauntoohil by Brother O’Shea’s Gully. A fantastic and popular route in a truly magnificent setting.
  • Brandon by The Patternoster Lakes route. Amazing and beautiful rugged trek providing spectacular views of the Dingle Peninsula.
  • Circuit of Muckross Lake taking in the summit of Torc Mountain (535 mtrs.) overlooking the Lakes of Killarney and the beautiful oak forested National Park.
  • Purple Mountain & the Gap of Dunloe. A stunning high trek above the Gap of Dunloe affording spectacular views to the lakes of Killarney to the north, the stunning Black Valley to the south and the magnificent high jagged peaks of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the west.

Challenging

A high level of mountain fitness gained from regular hikes of duration min. 5hrs + is essential. Previous scrambling experience necessary as this grade may involve prolonged scrambling on precarious terrain. Being completely comfortable on exposed ground is essential as terrain may involve ridge or traverses or scrambling on exposed cliffs. All of this may be in adverse weather conditions. Time 8-11hrs.

  • The Coumloughra Horseshoe. This classic trek takes in Ireland’s 3 highest peaks – Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh and Caher!!!
  • Stumpa an t-Saimh (Hags Tooth) Ridge taking in Ireland’s 2 highest mountains.
  • These are just a sample of some of our walks but there are lots more, in fact no end to the number of possibilities, so contact us for more info or have a look at our upcoming events to see what scheduled ascents are coming up.