Events 2017

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Killarney Walking Festival

Dates   Jun 9 2017  to  Jun 11 2017

A weekend of long relaxing guided walks and spectacular hikes awaits in Killarney – one of the most beautiful and natural locations in the world.

Explore some of the best walking areas…

Do you remember your first time in the great outdoors and the sense of freedom it gave you? Killarney is full of perfect places for exploring on foot and the following will help you find some of the best places to go.

Killarney is a haven for walkers of all ages and levels. From an exciting hill walk on the soaring MacGillycuddy Reeks to a pleasant stroll through the world famous National Park, there is something for everyone.

Some suggested walks around Killarney are as follows:

EASY WALKS

Aghadoe and Fossa Way:
From the medieval monastery on the ridge of Aghadoe overlooking the Killarney Valley, descend Botharín na Marbh (the little road of the dead) before following the Fossa Way into the Cnoc na Rí estate and into Killarney. Easy – two to three hours walking on paved trails.

Muckross Peninsula / Killarney National Park:
From the gardens of Muckross House, this nature walk explores the beauty and natural history of the Muckross Peninsula and Dinis Island. Two to three hours walking on paved trails.

Cnoc na Rí and Ross Island / Killarney National Park:
From Killarney town centre and St Mary’s Cathedral, the majesty of the National Park is immediate! This route takes you through the Cnoc na Rí Estate and onto Ross Castle and Island. Two to three hours walking on paved trails.

MODERATE WALKS – WALKING BOOTS REQUIRED

Torc Mountain / Killarney National Park:
Standing tall amidst the Killarney National Park, Torc provides an exhilarating and easy hill walk with stupendous views of the Killarney Valley. Three to four hours walking with four hundred metres of ascent covering six kilometres on constructed rocky trails.

The Old Kenmare Road / Kerry Way:
From Galway’s Bridge near Ladies View on the Ring of Kerry, this route follows the ancient road linking the settlements of Killarney and Kenmare, cutting through wild glens before emerging alongside Torc Waterfall. Three to four hours walking with two hundred metres of ascent covering eight kilometres on rough tracks.

Tomies Woods / Killarney National Park
Situated along the southern shore of Loch Léin, the wild woods of Tomies are reminders of our great oak-past. This circuit explores the depths of the forest. Visit O’Sullivan’s Cascade and follow a track around Tomies. Three to four hours walking with two hundred metres of ascent covering eight kilometres on forest trails.

Black Valley / Gap Of Dunloe
From Galway’s Bridge on the Ring of Kerry road near Ladies View, this route follows the Kerry Way into the Black Valley. Here at the head of the Killarney lake system and beneath the MacGillycuddy Reeks, swing north through the pass of the Gap of Dunloe to finish at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Four to five hours walking with two hundred metres of ascent covering twelve kilometres rough tracks and paved road.

The following walks are on the rugged mountains surrounding Killarney and extreme care should be taken when venturing into the hills.

Killarney’s mountains are low by international standards, but contain much steep and dangerous terrain. There is competent local guide for your day’s hike.

DIFFICULT – WALKING BOOTS, MAP, COMPASS, RAINWEAR AND SOUND MOUNTAIN SENSE ESSENTIAL!

Mangerton Mountain:
The great bulk of Mangerton Mountain dominates the horizon south of Killarney. This hill walking circuit takes in the Devil’s Punch Bowl and overlooks Gleann Na gCapall (the Horse’s Glen). Four to six hours walking with one thousand metres of ascent covering ten kilometres over rough open hillside and rugged tracks.

Purple and Tomies Mountains:
Forming the western edge of the National Park and the eastern flank of the Gap of Dunloe. Purple and Tomies are located in the heart of it all! This walk takes you through the Gap and onto the slopes of Purple before following an elevated ridge to Tomies and descent to Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Four to six hours walking with one thousand metres of ascent covering ten kilometres over rough open hillside.

VERY DIFFICULT – TO BE UNDERTAKEN BY EXPERIENCE WALKERS ONLY

Corrán Tuathail (Carrantuohill) :
Corrán Tuathail is Ireland’s highest and most rugged mountain, situated amidst the MacGillycuddy Reeks range just 10km from Killarney. This is a very difficult hike over very tough terrain for competent hill walkers only, suitably attired. Five to six hours walking and scrambling with one thousand metres of ascent and covering twelve kilometres over rough and rocky mountain slopes and exposed ridges…no trails.

 

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RACING FESTIVALS 2017

 

A cracking line up to kick start Ireland Folk Fest Killarney July 8th, 9th & 10th 2016. 

Legendary folk singer Christy Moore headlines Saturday night at Folkfest 2016, signalling a return to his roots having recorded the famous “Ride On” album in Killarney July 1986.

We are also delighted to have Damien Dempsey headline Friday night. Other confirmed acts over the weekend include traditional flute genius, Mike McGoldrick who has just completed a World Arena Tour with Mark Knopfler; fiddle player and composer, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, formerly of the Frames; The ethereal Maria Doyle Kennedy; and Sean-Nós singer Iarla O Lionáird of the Gloaming, who has recently been the subject of great acclaim for his cameo appearance in the Irish Blockbuster ‘Brooklyn’. This first announcement is a sign of what is to follow. There are many more quality acts to be announced, for what guarantees to be a great weekend!

 

Jul

27

Killarney Festival of Music and Food

Time: No time set
Location: Killarney

Jul

04

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

Time: No time set
Location: Killarney

Aug

19

Killarney Races August Meeting

Time: No time set
Location: Killarney Racecourse

Jul

13

Killarney Races July Meeting

Time: No time set
Location: Killarney Racecourse

May

10

Killarney Races May Meeting

Time: No time set
Location: Killarney Racecourse

May

01

Killarney Rally of the Lakes

Time: No time set
Location: Gleneagle Hotel

May

29

Ireland Bikefest Killarney

Time: No time set
Location: No location set

Jul

18

Run Killarney Marathon

Time: 7.00am
Location: INEC

Sep

04

Kerry Way Ultra Marathon

Time: 6am
Location: The Kerry Way

Oct

03

Killarney Adventure Race

Time: 7.00am
Location: Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park