Killarney’s Backyard Gets Attention

Southwest Ireland and Incentives

As a golfer touring Ireland, Killarney serves as an excellent base from which to explore the southwest. An area famed for its numerous and highly ranked golf courses — Killarney is a major vacation destination for those looking to play a round or two. Courses like Waterville and Tralee, or Ballybunion-Old Course offer challenging play; paired with beautiful views of Irish landscapes, and all roughly an hour from Killarney’s city center.

However, Killarney captures both locals and tourists alike for a range of activities and interests. Situated near lakes, and mountains, the surrounding area is dotted with castle ruins, and cascading streams — nudging anyone with an adventurous soul to explore a little further. Sailing, fishing, climbing, and hiking are just a handful of the amazing activities offered and this year Killarney showcased these activities and more during the first Killarney Mountain Festival, March 9th-11th.

Killarney Mountain Festival 

The festival will host a variety of events (some free) including guided hikes and walks, special guest lectures, film screenings, live music and children’s activities. The central meeting point of celebration has been appointed as “Basecamp”, featuring an array of free daily events, options for food and drink, workshops and displays, all located within the Killarney House & Gardens grounds in Killarney National Park.

Several walks, hikes and climbs are scheduled throughout the weekend. Through Kerry Climbing, there are three different guided walking tours that must be pre-registered for in advance and range from 40-65 Euros in price. Or, for the runners, Sunday will hold the 10k forest Trail Run, with registration beginning Sunday morning at Basecamp. With something for every fitness level, there is an opportunity for anyone to find the outdoorsman within.

Furthermore, those more inclined to respect the outdoors in a passive capacity can view several exhibitions, film screenings and guest lecturers, as well as a photography contest focused on outdoor adventure. Entry for the contest is free and will showcase talent across all age ranges, divided into three appropriate categories.

Killarney Mountain Festival is sure to crown Killarney as outdoor capital of Ireland!  For more information about the festival visit

– Kelsey Powers

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