This exciting spectacle and celebration of all things mountain and adventure related will run over the weekend of March 9-11 next year and the aim is to welcome & provide the biggest and very best social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the whole of Ireland.
As Ireland’s adventure capital, Killarney is home to the biggest mountain range in the country, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, and it is a natural and obvious location for Ireland’s only Mountain festival.
The festival will be run in close association and with the support of the hugely successful and renowned Kendal Mountain Festival in the UK and it will be aligned, organised and run along the same vein.
It will celebrate, excite and inspire and it will feature a multitude of exciting weekend-long activities, from adventure movies and documentaries, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions, competitions, family fun activities, cultural interest, sample and featured hikes, scrambles and climbs, musical entertainment and inspiring guest speakers.
The will be special cinema screenings of mountain and adventure movies and documentaries, a photographic competition with categories for all ages and a weekend programme of trekking the magnificent mountains and valleys with us at KerryClimbing.
Guest speakers at the Mountain Festival include:
Stephen Venables, Andy Cave, Cameron McNeish, Jasper Winn, Dermot Somers and Dawson Stelfox
Other free talks will be by local historian and traditional musician – Thomas O’Sullivan, who will present a virtual journey exploring legends, stories and mythologies of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.
Another fascinating lecture will be by Richard Hilliard of Killarney, one of the crew that rowed a currach from Derry to Iona in 1963 to mark the 1400th anniversary of St Columba’s journey.
Further details on the festival web site at killarneymountainfestival.com