Walking & Hillwalking

Carrig House is adjacent to some of the finest hillwalking in Ireland…

Following reasonably closely the route of the Ring of Kerry but taking in even more tranquil areas and breathtaking scenery is the Kerry way. This is the longest way-marked trail in Ireland, taking in Killarney National Park, mountain passes, and coastal paths. Its circuit of the Iveragh Peninsula is 215k (135 miles). At Carrig, we can provide you with maps, guides and advice on walking the Kerry Way as well as the Kerry Mountains.

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With the magnificent backdrop of the ‘Reeks’, Carrig Country House Hotel is within a stones throw of some of the finest walking and climbing in the country.

The Killorglin/Killarney area is a haven for walkers of all ages and levels. From an exciting hillwalk on the soaring McGillycuddy Reeks to a pleasant stroll through the world famous Killarney National Park, there is something for everyone.

Walking is one of the best ways to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Gap of Dunloe and McGillycuddy Reeks up close. Start early in the day to make the most of the rugged mountain scenery with vistas opening on each side of dramatic cliff faces and pristine lakes.

We highly recommend you hire a guide if planning a hike in the McGillycuddy Reeks. There are a number of local professional guides available.

The Kerry Way

The Kerry Way is one of Ireland’s most popular long distance national waymarked walking trails and at over 200km (125miles) in length, Ireland’s longest. The well signposted Kerry Way consists mainly of ancient paths, old highways, coach roads, Butter Roads and Mass Paths connected by stretches of new trails and of back-roads still in use.

Walking advice
Plan your walk and be prepared for Ireland’s changeable weather. Some essential items may include suitable clothing and footwear, water, food, sun screen and a fully charged mobile phone in case of emergency and also consider a backup battery pack.