Glencar and the famous 'Reeks District' is a renowed area of adventure set close to the Killarney Valley. From the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the Gap of Dunloe, to Killarney National Park and lakes, you will be spoiled for choice no matter how long your visit to the region is for.
Climb Ireland’s highest peak, Corrán Tuathail (1039m) with an experienced local guide who can offer you a choice of varied routes to the summit. Or if you prefer a different type of adventure, the Gap of Dunloe has traditional rock climbing routes to suit the novice to the most experienced. Kerry Climbing provide rock climbing courses and days out to suit all grades and interests.
From Glencar, the closest route to the summit of Carrauntoohil (but by no means the only!) is the famous Coomloughra Horseshoe. A strenuous 7+ hours over 12km, this is one of Ireland's finest walks, taking in its 3 highest peaks, Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh and Caher.
Other routes on Carrauntoohil include the Devil's Ladder and Brother O'Shea's Gully. All require a decent level of fitness, and if you intend climbing without a guide, good navigational skills and experience are a must!
Go Rock Climbing
For the more agile, give rock climbing a go!
The nearly Gap of Dunloe has a rich local climbing history with routes of all grades established here down the years.
When being 'shown the ropes' by experienced professionals, rock climbing is a very safe pursuit and you can challenge your abilities in confidence and safety. Within the beautiful surrounds of the Gap of Dunloe, this is an ideal individual or family pursuit for a full or half days outing. Local guides can provide all the equipment you need.
Looking for something in between? We then scrambling might be the thing for you. Easy rock climbing, generally not requiring any ropes, but definitely requiring a high degree of caution and a mountain guide to take care of you!
Scrambling makes for a great day out, be it on Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh or the Eastern MacGillycuddy Reeks, there are a number of routes providing airy scrambling that you won't forget! Contact a local guide for the best recommendations.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park comprises 26,000 acres of mountains, lakes and woodland... and all only 20 minutes from the Climbers Inn. Enjoy easy strolls along a variety of terrain from paved walkways through the grounds of Killarney House and the famous Muckross House to more involved hikes up Torc Mountain and along the Old Kenmare Road. There a miles of great walkways to explore.
- Knockreer. Start across from St Mary's Cathedral.
- Torc Waterfall. Situated beyond Muckross House on the Kenmare road out of Killarney.
- Muckross Gardens and Arboretum. Drive to Muckross House.
- The Boathouse Nature Trail. Starting near Muckross House.
- Mossy Woods Nature Trail, near Muckross House.
- Ross Island and Coppermines. Start from Ross Castle, outside Killarney town.
- Arthur Young Nature Trail. Start at Muckross House.
- Muckross/Dinis lopped walk. Start at Muckross House.
- The Fossa Way. Start across from St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney.
- Carrauntoohil - various routes.
- Killarney - Derrycunnihy via the Old Kenmare Road - Lord Brandon's Cottage - Gap of Dunloe
- Tomies / Purple mountain
- Torc Mountain
- Mangerton Mountain