Below our suggestions on some of the more comfortable walks in Kerry.
Arthur Young Nature Trail
- Distance: 7.5 kms long
- (2.5 hours walking, also shorter version 1.5 hours, 4.5 kms).
Begins and ends near Muckross House. One of the most extensive natural Yew Woods in Europe (great varied carpet of mosses and liverworts underneath), oak, fern, lichens, arbutus, sika deer, holly, old copper mines. Along Muckross Peninsula between Lough Leane and Muckross Lake. Fine views of surrounding lakes and mountains.
Blue Pool Nature Trail
Take the N71 from Killarney for 4 kms. Left on southern side of Muckross Park Hotel/Molly Darcys. Entrance on left after 200 metres. Large variety of conifer and deciduous woods, round horse-shoe shaped lake, greeny-blue colour from copper deposits.
Cloghereen Nature Trail
- Part of the Blue Pool Trail.
The first nature trail in Ireland for the visually impaired. The trail is marked with a guide rope and a recorded commentary and cassette player can be hired at the Killarney National Park Visitor Centre and at Muckross House - emphasis on touch, sound and scent.
- Dundag, 300m from Muckross House.
- Less than 1 km. Comfortable 45-minute walk.
19th C. wet and dry stone boathouse, oak, yew, arbutus (Killarney strawberry tree), bog myrtle (by the lake), great headland panorama of Middle Lake, Devil's Island, Torc Mountain.