Mountain Walks

You can view our suggestions on the most popular mountain walks in Kerry. Please be aware these walking trails are very challenging

Beara Way

197 km (122.3 m) low level walk on old roads and tracks around the rugged and scenically spectacular Beara Peninsula. Great sea panoramas particularly rugged at the western end.
Route: Glengarriff to Adrigole (16.1 Km), Adrigole to Castletownbere (21.7 Km) and onwards to Allihies (13.6 Km), Allihies to Dursey (14.4 Km), Dursey Island (11.2 Km); Allihies to Eyeries (11.2 Km) and onwards to Ardgroom (12.8 Km); Ardgroom to Inchiquin Lake (22.5 Km), Inchiquin Lake to Kenmare (14.4 Km); Kenmare to Glengarriff (24 Km).

Carrantuohill

Takes about six hours.
Follow the same route (as outlined in Hag's Glen walk) to the end of the Hag's Glen. Climb the rock-strewn Devil's Ladder straight ahead. Be very careful not to upset the loose rock and hit somebody behind you - or that somebody in front doesn't hit you. At the top of the ladder (Christ's Saddle) turn right and follow the cairns or bundles of stones to the cross on top of Ireland's highest mountain (1,039m). Danger - extremely easy to lose direction at top. If you lose your way do not move until the bad weather has cleared.

Dingle Way

150 km low-level walk around the Dingle Peninsula. Route: Tralee - Camp (17.5kms); Camp - Annascaul (17kms); Annascaul - Dingle (19kms); Dingle - Dunquin (22kms); Dunquin-Bothar (28kms); Bothar - Cloghane (21kms); Cloghane - Castlegregory (29kms); Castlegregory - Tralee (25kms). (Mainly paths and unsurfaced roads, superb scenery, historical and archaeological sites.)
(The Dingle Way Companion by Tony O'Callaghan; Dingle Way Guide Map, Cork/Kerry Tourism), detailed information and advice, contact Killarney Tourist Office.

Kerry Way

200 km low-level walk around the 'Iveragh Peninsula'.
Begins in Killarney National Park. Nine stages: Killarney to Black Valley (22 kms), Black Valley to Glencar (20 kms), Glencar to Glenbeigh (13 kms), Glenbeigh to Caherciveen (28 kms), Caherciveen to Waterville (30 kms), Waterville to Caherdaniel (28 kms), Caherdaniel to Sneem (19 kms), Sneem to Kenmare (30 kms), Kenmare to Killarney (25 kms).
Mainly paths and unsurfaced roads, superb scenery, historical and archaelogical sites. For necessary map (Kerry Way Guide Map, Cork-Kerry Tourism), detailed information and advice, contact Killarney Tourist Office.

Mangerton

Takes about 3.5 hours.
Take N71 south of Killarney for 5 kms. Turn left on the unmarked Mangerton Road immediately beyond (south side of) Muckross Park Hotel. After 1.6 kms take sharp turn right (Mangerton car park signposted) - 1.5 kms to cul-de-sac sign. Park here. Cross over stream on cement slab. Follow track along western side of the Finoulagh River gully. Through gate in stone fence. After a few hundred metres, cross stream to the left-hand or eastern side - continue to follow the stream gully. Remember the name of the mountain is Mangerton - in Irish An Mhangarta, meaning 'deceiver' - so don't head for the first peak. Path leads around to the right of this and up to the Devil's Punchbowl.
Cross over stream outlet (known as Bachelor's Well). Follow the path up to the left - with the Punchbowl on your left - to the top of the mountain. Long views over the Killarney lakes, also Lough Guitane, Kenmare Bay and Dingle Bay. Continue past the highest point (The top of Mangerton is plateau-like, covered in two square miles of blanket bog which varies little in height). Descend along centre ridge, with Punchbowl on left and Horses' Glen on right - picking your steps carefully on the steep descent - back to the point where you first saw the Punchbowl. Come down the same path.

Torc 

Follow the N71 south of Killarney for 7 kms (approx). Unmarked surfaced forest road on the left at bend on N71, a few hundred yards after the car entrance to Muckross House and Gardens. This is Queen's Drive - a route developed for Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. Drive to a large car park. Walk straight ahead (on the road that goes by the carpark). Cross the Owengarriff River. Left at the T-junction. Shortly out on open mountain. After a few hundred meters look out for pathway onto mountain on the right. Follow the pathway to the top of Torc. Very dramatic views over Killarney lakes. Return by the same route.

Purple, Tomies & Shehy Mountain Ridge

Takes about five hours.
Two cars needed. Leave one car as on O'Sullivan's Cascade walk. Drive second car to the head (highest point) of the Gap of Dunloe. Leave second car here. Leave road and head north-east to the peak of Purple Mountain - by Glas Lough. From the scree-topped peak of Purple dramatic view over Gap of Dunloe, MacGillycuddy Reeks (west), Upper Lake and Kenmare Bay (south) and Dingle Bay (north-west). North-east along ridge to Tomies South. From this point great panorama of Lower Lake.

Then ridge north to Tomies. Retrace route to Tomies South then ridge east to Shehy Mór and then to Shehy - on eastern slope aerial view over Upper, Middle and Lower Lakes. Below you is one of the three most extensive areas of natural oakwood in Ireland. Holly is the understorey, great carpets of bluebells, primroses, orchids, and other Hiberno-Lusitanian plants. Come off lower peak north-west - take a careful zig-zag course. On low ground go north to woodland - join forest road.

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