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Killarney National Park

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A relaxing getaway in the stunning wilds of south-west Ireland

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  • Duration

    4 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

Join us in the Emerald Isle as we head to Ireland and County Kerry on the shores of the Atlantic, for a series of easy walks and time to explore the local area. As part of our small sociable group you’ll really ease into the surroundings and start to see why this part of Ireland is such a fantastic destination.

Kerry lies in the south-west of Ireland, where the highest mountains in the land rub shoulders with miles of rugged coastline and sandy beaches. There are sacred peaks, ancient castles, and an unmissable number of great pubs and tea rooms for us to sample.

In a nutshell:

  • Explore County Kerry on 3 easy to moderate guided day walks, seeing the best of the area’s natural beauty.
  • Relax in the evenings in our accommodation, with easy access to some brilliant pubs!
  • Enjoy escaping to Ireland with a friendly sociable group.
  • Gaze out over the Atlantic, look up at Ireland’s highest mountain, and feel the sands of the beach between your toes.

Dates:

  • Wednesday 13th May – Sunday 17th May 2020
  • Thursday 30th July – Monday 3rd August 2020 (Scottish Summer Bank Holiday)
  • Thursday 27th – Monday 31st August (Bank Holiday) 2020

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Day 1

We’ll collect you from Cork airport (1pm) and drive over to Kerry, stopping on route we have a chance to stretch your legs before we head to our accommodation.

After settling in, we’ll head out for the first meal, where you’ll immediately begin to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Over dinner we’ll discuss the plans for our adventure and make final decisions on some of the walks. This is your chance to say if there’s something you’ve always wanted to see!

Days 2-4

These are our 3 full days to get out and explore County Kerry. There are so many options that we’ll be spoilt for choice, and where we choose to go depends very much on the group and the weather. All of our walks will be easy or moderate, with plenty of chances to take photos and admire the landscape. Here are some ideas to get you excited:

Dingle – The Dingle peninsula lies to the north of Kerry and is famous for the holy Mount Brandon, the miles of sand on Inch Beach, and views west to the Blasket Islands. An option here could be to split a day into two, spending the morning walking some hill trails overlooking the coastline, have lunch in Dingle itself, and then spend more time down at the coast in the afternoon.

Killarney National Park – Just outside the town of Killarney stands the wooded Killarney National Park, complete with lake, mountain views and Ross Castle. A walk here would be an easy option on any of the days, and we can even venture as far as the Purple Mountain, a rounded hill overlooking the National Park and the last gasp of the high mountains before they give way to the central Irish lowlands.

Iveragh Coast – The entire coast of this central peninsula is one of the most dramatic places to walk in the country, and what better way to see it then to head right to the edge, gazing down on the jewel in the crown, the Kerry Cliffs. You never know, we may see all sorts of marine life out in the waters, and then take some time to explore the ruins of Ballinskelligs Castle.

Macgillycuddy’s Reeks – It’s definitely a good idea to spend some time in the company of Ireland’s highest mountains. Not only are they surrounded by myth and legend, but they are excellent places to walk. Even if we don’t head to a summit, there are a series of excellent low level trails so we can enjoy gazing up at the peaks from the shelter of the valleys.

Each afternoon we’ll return to the accommodation to freshen up before heading out to sample some great local food for the evening meal.

Day 5

On our final day we’ll pack up and leave the hostel to begin the drive back to Cork. On the way we’ll stop off and have a break going to a walk or seeing some sights along the way, such as Blarney Castle and the River Lee.

Please make sure you check the travel information below before booking your return flight.

About the Area

County Kerry

County Kerry lies in the south-west of Ireland, and is made up of several peninsulas that stick out into the ocean. This leads to the unique character of the region, an area of rugged mountains, rolling inland hills, and a long coastline. It is not unusual to spend a day exploring the serene mountain lakes before descending to dip your feet in the sea. The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest peaks in Ireland, lie in a long ridge on the Iveragh Peninsula, and over on the Dingle peninsula Mount Brandon stands proud above the village of Dingle, a sacred peak named after Saint Brandon. Killarney is one of the main towns and is a bustling centre, with easy access to the main walking areas and the scenic Killarney National Park. Besides the natural beauty, you’ll experience the very best in Irish hospitality in this county on the edge.

Good to know:

We’ll be staying in hostel accommodation near Killarney, County Kerry. Rooms will be private to Large Outdoors and will be allocated as single-sex shared rooms. Bedding is provided but please bring a towel.

Travel to/from Cork:

Collections from Cork Airport on Day 1 will be at 1pm.

Drop-offs on Day 5 at Cork airport will be at around 2pm. We do not recommend booking a flight before 5pm.

What’s Included/Not Included:

Included:
  • 4 nights of hostel-style accommodation.
  • 3 full days of guided walks
  • Breakfasts and packed lunches on each of the full days and breakfast on the final day.
  • Transport from Cork to the trip, during the trip, and a return to Cork.
Not Included:
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Evening meals.
  • Entrance fees to some historic sites if the group decides they want a visit.
  • One of the day walk options includes a boat trip, which is not included in the price as it depends on the weather. If we decide to do this trip it will cost 20 Euros per person.
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What our members have to say...

  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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