Visit Ireland for its natural beauty

This article was written by freelance writer Aimee Claire.


Ireland is steeped in myths and legends having a magical landscape. Hikers adore its many miles of rugged, challenging walking trails. Photographers enjoy Ireland’s uncanny ability to change colour by the hour, depending on the weather and the light.

The fact that most visitors come to Ireland for its scenery is not really much of a surprise: dramatic, rocky coastlines, green hills and mountains and castles ranging from ancient strongholds to stately palaces. Ireland is situated on the very edge of Europe and has a character all its own.

To the south of County Clare lies County Kerry where the Killarney National Park is located. This is known for its lakes, the largest of which is Lough Leane and its mountains, including the highest in Ireland, Corran Tuathail in the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, which is 3,406 ft at its highest point.

Killarney boasts 26,000 acres which make the region a walker’s paradise. There are many excellent options for dining and accommodation as well as plenty of sandy, blue flag beaches along the coast and visitors are sure of a hospitable Irish welcome all across the region.

Other attractions in Killarney include Ross Castle on the edge of Lough Leane, built in the late 15th century and the ancestral home of the O’Donoghues. It was among the last Irish strongholds to surrender to Cromwell’s troops in the 1600s. From the castle, it is possible to make out Innisfallen Island, in the middle of the Lough, known for its monastic ruins from the 6th century. Nearby are the ancient copper mines at Ross Island, the earliest known copper mines in Britain and Ireland.

No booking is required for the two-hour guided walk in Killarney National Park offered by Killarney Guided Walks; all you need to do is just turn up at 11am to find yourself walking in the footsteps of Queen Victoria, President de Gaulle, and the Hollywood star Robert Mitchum, who filmed Ryan’s Daughter in the area, as well as the chance to spot two types of deer and a great number of bird species. The walks are offered all year round allowing both experienced hikers and those new to walking to spend a couple of hours or the entire day out in the hills.. Note that booking is necessary from November to April.

2 hour Walk at 11am all year 12 euro, children 6 euro Killarney National Park Co. Kerry South-West Ireland

NO BOOKING REQUIRED just turn up at 11am May to October
Booking required November to April

Corran Tuathail (Carrauntoohil) Irelands highest mountain 60 euro per person.

Ross Castle and Old Copper Mines all year Killarney Co. Kerry

Meet at 11am at oSullivans Bike Shop opposite the Cathedral for a half day walk which includes Ross Castle and the ancient copper mines which ceased operations in 1828. It employed 500 people earlier in the 19th century but flooding from Loch Lein forced its closure. The 15th century castle was the last  to surrender to Cromwellian forces on the 22nd June 1652 who used a special design of boat  to attack it from the lake . General Ludlow their commander also had 4000 men on foot plus 2000 on horseback..

                                                       16 euro  children half price agus failte romhat

                                                                                                                                                 087 6394362

Old Kenmare Road Full Day Walk Killarney. Co. Kerry Ireland

                                  Meet at oSullivans Bike Shop Lower New Street Killarney (opposite Cathedral) at 11am  Total cost 25 euro

                   Walk through a beautiful valley of  fairly level terrain for about five hours.Spend some time in the lovely  town of Kenmare before returning home about  7pm.        Contact Richard                           087 6394362




Mount Brandon Dingle Co. Kerry full day walk sa Gaeltacht

  Full day walk please join us in the heart of the Gaeltacht, agus labhair Gaeilge linn. Beidh failte romhat. This is an ideal walk for groups as its suitable for most ages.If the day is clear you can enjoy a truly breathtaking view out over the Blasket Islands and Atlantic Ocean  from the most westerly point in Europe. 30 euro per person contact  087 6394362 


Corrán Tuathail (Carrauntoohil) 50 euro children half price Irelands highest mountain

  50 euro  children half price meet at 9am home about 5pm.          087 6394362

Climbing boots essential .

Failte romhat    

Contact Richard

087 6394362

Walks 365 days of the year Killarney. Co. Kerry South-West Ireland

2 hour walk at 11am  9 euro, children 5 euro meeting point oSullivans Bike Shop opposite Cathedral

No booking May – October

Booking required November- April                 Loads of half and full day walks in Irish and other languages if required contact Richard    087 6394362



Walk / Boat Trip to Ross Castle and Inis Faithleann Killarney. Co. Kerry

 meeting at 11am at Deenagh Lodge tearooms cross the bridge opposite the Cathedral.Walk to Ross Castle where we will get the boat to Inis Faithleann (Inisfallen). Labhair i agus marfidh si.  Total cost 18 euro advance booking required.        087 6394362



Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. Kerry, South West Ireland

Gap of Dunloe full day walk 25 euro per person. 087 6394362 Failte romhat

Climbing Carrautoohil in Winter

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