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Killarney’s Best Hiking Trails

Killarney’s Best Hiking Trails

Killarney’s Best Hiking Trails

Looking for Killarney’s Best Hiking Trails? Killarney National Park is in the heart of Kerry and is where you will find endless hiking trails. The dramatic terrain, which consists of mountains, lakes, forests, and waterfalls are worth the hype. The MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range, the highest mountain range in Ireland, is in the National Park. At the foot of the mountains lies woodlands and lakes which are picturesque and will be sure to take your breath away. Being at the base of the Ring of Kerry, makes Killarney the perfect spot to put your hiking boots on and start exploring. At Kerry GAA, we have put together 3 of the best hiking trails in Killarney for you to enjoy in your own company, with friends or family.

Ross Island Walk

If you are looking for a shorter walk of only 5km, the Ross Island Walk is the perfect choice for you. With its stunning views on the MacGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range, Ross Castle is still intact from the 15th century. This castle is one of the most popular places to visit in Killarney National Park, due to its location and interesting architecture. The walk only takes 1.5 hours and will take you to a limestone rock formation called Library Point, which is located at the edge of Lough Leane. Make sure to also look out for the trees and plants along the trail, some of them are very rare! On a warmer day you can also get a boat ride from the castle to Innisfallen Island, so why not bring a picnic to enjoy as well?

Muckross Lake Loop Walk

There are numerous walks in Killarney National Park that begin from Muckross House, however, the Muckross Lake Loop Walk is one of the best. It’s a 15km trail which takes about 3-4 hours to complete.  The trail brings you on a scenic walk which starts at Muckross House, and then takes you all the way out to Muckross Peninsula. After that, you’ll stroll into the Reenadinna Woods which is a wonderful place to look out for Ireland’s only wild herd of red deer. By doing a small detour you will arrive at the viewing point of an 18m high waterfall. Get your phones ready to snap up a good picture!

Old Kenmare Road Walk

If you like hiking and are eager for an even longer walk, then the Old Kenmare Road walk is ideal. As the route is one-way, we recommend that you drive up to the upper car park of the Torc Mountain. After this you will follow the Old Kenmare Road across the Owengarrif River, before turning down a wooded trail. This 16km walk will take you through woodland, over hills, along boardwalk, river steppingstones, and the occasional muddy path (don’t forget your hiking boots!). It is the perfect walk if you are in the mood to walk in peace and quiet where you can feel close to nature. You will end up arriving at the church car park, so if you have two cars you could leave a second one here before driving back up to the start.

If you are in Killarney, then head over to Killarney National Park where you can enjoy being at one with nature. There are endless hiking trails for you to enjoy in your own company, with friends or family.  And, if you think Killarney is the place for you, then why not enter the draw to Win a House in Killarney with Kerry GAA? You’ll be able to explore the scenic beauty of Killarney National Park which is the home of 26,000 acres of lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and Ireland’s highest mountain range MacGillycuddy Reeks at any time of the year. What more could you want?