Walking the hills and mountains of Killarney
The mountains that have become so famous as the backdrop of Killarney, are knows as the Macgillycuddy reeks, or as they are known in Irish Na Crucha Dubha (the black tops). Carved from glacial movement in to highly defined cliffs and ledges, and lakes situated high in the mountains know as carns. It really is a mountain walkers paradise around Killarney.
The Macgillycuddy Reeks top walk
The Reeks have 9 of Irelands 12 munros, that is mountains over 3000ft.
For those that have experience in using a compass and map, and are properly attired and experienced. You could consider taking the ridge walk across the Macgillycuddy. This walk takes 7 hours and is a 13km walk with incredible views. This route covers 6 3000ft mountains and has an ascent of ever 3100ft.
This is a walk that very much depends on weather conditions and should not be attempted during windy conditions or poor weather. It is possible to have snow and ice at the top for most of the year and only walkers with winter mountaineering experience should try it when snow is on the ground.
The walks starts at Cronin’s Yard and crosses the mountain ending at Hag’s Glen.
That said if you do have that experience, there is some great alpine style climbing to be had. If you are in to Ice climbing, then you should have a look at this video from Carrantuohill.
There are several ways up to the top of Carrantuohill. Some require moderate ability while others require good scrambling skills. All should be treated with respect. The most difficult route is via the Devil’s ladder, an eroded gulley, where good scrambling and sure foot work are required.
If you are looking for more relaxed walk in Killarney then you should have a look at the Killarney Guided Walks company. They given an excellent 2 hour guided walk .They can be reached at 064 663 3471 or 087 639 4362or by visiting Killarneyguidedwalks.com. Rísteard, knows the area intimately and gives a fascinating talk throughout the walk. The walks start daily at 11am from opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral at the Western end of New street. The tour takes in Knockreed gardens, then to Charles de Gaulle’s favourite holiday spots.
A map and compass, ability to use them, water proof clothes and footwear are required at all times of the year. This is exceptionally true.