The great Outdoors at Carrig

A visit to Carrig Country House is framed by the backdrop of the great outdoors and the majestic landscape of Kerry’s Reeks District. Your stay with us is a great opportunity to explore many of the local pursuits and activities, so let’s start with Caragh Lake, as we sit on her shores.

Wild Swimming at Carrig

From the jetty here at Carrig you can enjoy a swim in Caragh Lake, an incredible way to start your day, even if it’s just for a short dip you are guaranteed to feel refreshed and ready for the day.

Kayak Tours of Caragh Lake

Caragh Outdoors offer kayak tours on Caragh Lake, an incredible way to explore the lake with a certified instructor. This glacial lake provides for a spectacular backdrop and an experience you will never forget.

Walking & Hiking

From Carrig there is a wealth of walking and hiking routes to enjoy, one to suit all abilities, from a gentle stroll to an adventurous day climbing Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Some of our favourite walking routes close by include, the Caragh Lake trail, at just 1.7km this is a great route to immerse yourself in the Kerry landscape. Lickeen, a short drive from Carrig, is on the Iveragh Peninsula in the Glenar Valley, and offer three looped waymarked trails. The Kerry Way is Ireland’s longest signposted walking trail and from Carrig you can enjoy both inland and coastal trails on this iconic route.

For those who enjoy hiking and mountaineering, climbing Carrountoohill is often top of the wish list and there are guided hikes and summit climbs available throughout the year.


Carrig sits on the Ring of Kerry and this touring route stretches over 180km on the stunning Iveragh Peninsula. There are many highlights on a trip around the rRing: the market town of Killorglin, the coastal village of Glenbeigh or the panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula from Cahersiveen and the Beara Peninsula from Caherdaniel.

Iconic sights along the route include the UNESCO World Heritage site of Skellig Michael, which you can visit between mid-May and the end of September, with boats departing regularly from Portmagee marina. In under an hour, you will arrive at the 6th century monastic site which became world famous when it used as a location for the Star Wars movies.

So lets get planning, join us here at Carrig and we will help you plan the perfect stay.

Photo credits: Caragh Outdoors & Reeks District