Explore the Killarney National Park and the South West Coast...
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The stunning sea-cliffs of the Atlantic coast, snug local pubs, and a backdrop of high mountains and rolling moor. Welcome to the South-West of the Emerald Isle!
Join us on a 4 night walking adventure seeing some of the best sights the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. Based just outside Killarney we will have easy access to both the local mountains of the Killarney National park or just short drive will find us walking the incredibly dramatic coastline, looking out over islands and admiring the cliffs and local wildlife.
The walks will be suitable for all abilities, and you’ll quickly settle into life here, enjoying our hostel accommodation, relaxing with a hot drink on the sofa, or maybe a pint of Guinness down at the local pub!
In a nutshell:
- Explore the beauty of the Atlantic coast of Ireland, home to 5 peninsulas, and Ireland’s highest mountains.
- Wander out on 3 days of guided walks to discover the best of the scenery and local sights.
- Relax in our 5 star hotel apartment with full free access to a luxury spa.
- Enjoy freshly prepared food and relax with the excellent local hospitality on meals out or in the pub.
- Make some fantastic new friends on this adventure to the very edge of Europe.
About the area
The Wild Atlantic Way
South West Ireland is famous as a land where mountains meet water, where dramatic sea cliffs and mountain crags stand before the swell of the great Atlantic, with tranquil islands dotted in the bays. The area spans the counties of Kerry and Cork, and is home to 5 peninsulas, the highest mountains in Ireland, and hundreds of lower hills and mountain lakes. Along the coast, there is some excellent walking, with well-maintained trails taking the adventurous hiker around the peninsulas on the Wild Atlantic Way. Alongside these natural wonders, there are tiny seaside villages and welcoming larger towns to explore, as well as castles, ruins and ancient sites.
Day 1 – Wednesday 14th March 2018
We’ll collect you from Cork airport at around midday and transfer you in our minibus to our 5 star luxury hotel and spa. We’ll head out on an afternoon walk nearby, giving you a taste of the local area and getting into the mood for our excursions further afield over the next few days.
Our first evening will be spent having dinner out at a great local restaurant, and we’ll have a discussion about what’s coming up over the next two days.
Days 2, 3 and 4
These are our full days out and we’ll definitely be making the most of them! We begin with a sit-down breakfast and then prepare packed lunches before heading off to explore. Possible walk options include:
St Patrick’s Day
The celebration of the life of Ireland’s patron saint is a custom that now happens around the world, but we’ll be doing it right here in his homeland! So come with your best green, grab a drink or two and we’ll head out into town for a fantastic meal and a night out.
You’ll quickly get carried away in the festive atmosphere and experience one of the most famous holidays where it all started. Perhaps we’d better save one of the pilgrims walks for the next day!
Today is sadly time to leave Ireland behind. We’ll pack up and leave the hotel after a final breakfast and then if there is time head our for a short final walk.
This will be a farewell to the spectacular coastal scenery we’ve been enjoying for the last few days and a great way to get a dose of the invigorating Atlantic air before having to head home. We hope you’ve seen enough to want to come back to this very special part of the world.
For this trip we have hired out a number of apartments at the luxury Muckross Park Hotel and Spa. These are self catering apartments and we will be eating breakfast and preparing our packed lunches here.
We have a variety of rooms available, our standard ticket will be based on sharing a same sex room with a max of three. We also have a number of private doubles, twins and triples available.
Relax in the Spa:
As part of this trip you will have full access to the Muckross Hotel Spa, what better way to relax after a days walking in some of Ireland’s best scenery.
4 nights accommodation at the 5 star Muckross Park Hotel and Spa including full spa access, breakfasts (continental style served in the apartment), packed lunches, airport transfer and of course your guided walks. Bedding and towels are included, don’t forget your spa outfit.
What’s not included:
Evening meals and alcoholic drinks, any additional activities including spa treatments, travel insurance, flights.
Travelling to our St Patrick’s Day Trip:
Arrivals: Please arrive no later then 11am on the first day, the Large Outdoors minibus will be out the front to collect you. From here its around a 3 hours drive to Cork.
Departures: We will aim to enjoy a short walk on the Sunday morning to freshen and help recover from the post St Patrick’s Day hangover. Then its a 3 hour hop to the airport, please aim to book your flights after 4pm.
Arrivals: Depending on your flight time we maybe able to collect you. However, there are regular buses from the airport direct to Killarney and our hotel. You should aim to arrive around lunchtime so we have time to meet up and head out for our first gentle walk.
Departures: On the last day we can drop you at the airport for around 10am, if you wish to stay later then again there is a direct bus service.
What our members have to say...
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008