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Walking Trails in Kerry

Also known as “The Kingdom”, Co Kerry is viewed as the most stunning and picturesque location in all of Ireland and is loved by locals as well as those from further afield. From Killarney National Park to all Kerry’s blue-flag beaches, it is easy to understand how the county got its nickname. In fact, one of the most appealing aspects of Kerry is it’s large variety of walking and hiking trails which can be suitable for families or those who want to challenge themselves. Whatever area you choose to explore, there is an unforgettable trail for every level of hiker: from beginner to experienced. Here we include 3 of the best hikes in Kerry, so lace your hiking boots up and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

The Kerry Way, Iveragh Peninsula: Over 200km long, the Kerry Way is one of the longest signposted walking trails in Ireland, and one of the most popular. This trail starts and finishes in the busy tourist destination of Killarney. The trail loops around the Iveragh Peninsula and is an anti-clockwise trail which takes you through some of the most stunning and scenic views in all the country. Although Kerry is well known for some of the highest mountains in Ireland, this trail avoids the higher peaks, making it a good walk for those with less experience. The trail takes you through a variety of different landscapes, giving the walker a great appreciation for what Kerry has to offer. The trail can be joined at any point and is broken into 9 main stages which allows you to do the hike over several days.

The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney: The Gap of Dunloe is located around 12km west of Killarney and has an 11km hiking trail which is situated between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Purple Mountain. During this hike make sure to look out for the Black Valley, and the old-wishing bridge. The scenery is quite remarkable and no matter how experienced of a walker you are, you are guaranteed to have a magical journey. You should appreciate the spectacular views as you walk through this area of Killarney National Park as this is one of Kerry’s most popular tourist destinations on account of its gorgeous scenery.

Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks: As Ireland’s tallest mountain, Carrauntoohil is popular with more experienced hikers, who most frequently ascend via the Devil’s Ladder Route. Nevertheless, this mountain can also be climbed as part of longer mountain hiking routes in the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range. Once you start your hike in Devil’s Ladder the hike does become quite challenging and is certainly not for the faint hearted. Up to 25,000 people try it out each year as the view from the top of the mountain is certainly one you will never forget. There are stunning lakeside, seaside, and mountain edge views to enjoy.

Fancy a walk in County Kerry? There are a huge variety of walking and hiking trails throughout the Kingdom, with paths suitable for every level of hiker. Whether you are looking for a family walk or are an experienced hiker, the Kingdom has everything to offer. And, if you think Kerry is where you belong then why not enter the draw to Win a House in Killarney with Kerry GAA. You will be at the heart of the most stunning location in all of Ireland. What more could you want? We will also be running bonus draw’s up until the final draw in July, so get your ticket now to be included in the next one.