Carrauntoohil and Walking in Kerry
Sept 14th – 16th 2018

Cost: €295pps, Hilltoptreks Members: €255
Single Supplement: + €100 (If you want your own room)
Transport avail from Dublin: €40rtn
Deposit: €35 required at the time of booking.
(There is a 3% booking Fee)

Walking Weekend in Kerry

Tour Description

We will be staying in Killarney which is known for it’s natural beauty as well as its lakes and National Park. Killarney is also a very lively town with many restaurants, cafes and bars that you can enjoy some music in.

The MacGillycuddy’s Reeks sit in the south west of Ireland near Killarney in Co Kerry. They are the highest mountain range on the Island of Ireland with its highest point being Carrauntoohil. They offer incredible amounts of varied walks from picturesque rambles through beautiful valleys, lakes and forests to more demanding hikes of wild mountain tops wit h steep ascents. On this weekend there will be a choice of walk to ascend Ireland’s highest point and summit Carrauntoohil.

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 09:30am

If you are making your own way down we will meet you at the Killarney Inn hotel at 14:00

Includes:

  • 2 nights BB with breakfast, staying at the KIllarney Inn Hotel.
  • 3 Course evening meal.
  • Guided walk with qualified guides on Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s highest point
  • Guided walks with choice of walk

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 09:30am

If you are making your own way down we will meet you at the Killarney Inn hotel at 14:00

Cancellation policy
  • A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than one month in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made one or more months in advance.
Itinerary

Itinerary:

Day 1) Transfer from Dublin, Killarney and Torc Mountain.
Make our way to Killarney with a stop along the way in Adare.

On arrival into Killarney and after settling into our accommodation we can enjoy a walk close by on Torc Mountain

Walk on Torc Mountain: This is a great 2.5hr walk and approx 7Km with great views across the lakes and town of Killarney, Muckorss House and the National Park. Torc waterfall is also at the base of this mountain.
Grade: moderate Length 7 km, Duration: 2.5 hrs, Ascent: 400m

Afterwards we will return to our accommoadtion to freshen up before exploring the town of Killarney and enjoy a bite to eat in one of it’s many restaurants or bars.

Day 2) Choice of Walk today
Carauntoohil (1038m) or Mangerton (839m)

Walk on Carauntoohil
For those doing Carrauntoohil we will leave accommodation at 09:30am and drive across to Cronin’s Yard for our walk.
We will be taking the most popular route up Carrauntoohil for those who have not walked this peak before. Although this is a popular route it is still a hard walk and not to be taken lightly and would still be seen a great challenge for most people. We follow a track through what is called the Hag’s Glen and onto the Devil’s ladder bring us close to the summit, we will be returning the same way.
Grade: Strenuous, Length 13.4 km, Duration: 6+ hrs, Ascent: Approx 920m, Terrain:Stoney track and open mountain

Walk on Mangerton:
For those doing the Mangerton walk we will travel out back towards Torc Waterfall for the start of this walk.
This walk starts at the end of a forest track and out onto some open mountain track. The land here can be quite wet so gaiters are advised. Although seen as the easier of the walks today it may still be a challenge to some. It is a more gradual climb and should be managble for most people. The walk has spectacular views of the Devil’s Punchbowl, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Horses Glen, Killarney National Park and on a good day south west to Kenmare Bay.
We will be returning in the same direction.
Grade: Strenuous  Length 10km, Duration: 4 hrs, Ascent: 750m, Terrain: track, and mountain track.

After returning to Killarney we can relax and freshen up at our accommodation before dinner.
There are many great bars to enjoy some live music in the town.

Day 3) Visit Muckross and Gardens before our return to Dublin
After breakfast this morning we can take some time to visit Muckross House and Gardens and walk near the lakes of Killarney.

We plan on being back in Dublin for approx 4pm.

N.B. ALL WALKS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND GUIDES HAVE FINAL SAY. If a walk is cancelled another more suitable one will be chosen on the day.

What to Bring

Here is a short list of extras you will need to bring along for this walking weekend.

N.B. Ireland’s climate is of a moderate type and suited to walking all year round. Although it is quite changeable so starting a walk on a fine clear morning may not be the case for the afternoon.

  • Hill walking Boots
  • Rucksack for walks (25L)
  • Walking Trousers (Not Jeans)
  • Waterproofs (Just in Case)
  • Walking Socks
  • Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
  • Sun Cream
FAQ

About the walks and fitness levels:

All the walks are taken at a pace to suit the group.
The groups can have a mixed level of fitness and age usually.
If the weather is to bad on a certain day to do the suggested walk, then the guide will suggest an alternative one.
The Guide will have the final say on the day of the chosen walk for the safety of the group.

The Accommodation: The Milltimes Hotel

• All bedrooms are en-suite with bath & shower, tea & coffee making facilities, iron & ironing board and hairdryer.
• A comfortable lounge area, fine dining restaurant with seasonal & locally sourced food produce..
• There are live music sessions in Uncle Sam’s Café Bar every weekend.
• Award winning Temptations Restaurant, – has been recommended on Taste of Ireland for the excellent cuisine, using locally sourced produce and reviewed on Great places to stay and eat by Lucinda O’Sullivan
• Fresh breakfast is cooked to order with table service
• There are free limited basement car parking, otherwise there are very reasonable pay and display parking adjacent to the hotel.

Food:

1 evening meal is included as part of the tour

Breakfasts are included and there is a wide selection to choose from including a Full Irish, fruit, cereals etc.

Lunches for the walks: We will stop in the mornings at Delis or shops to get these.

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