Out and About at Beaufort

Cycle Hire

Bicycles may be hired from O'Sullivans Cycles www.osullivanscycles.com

Cycle Tours

Padraig Sayers of Green road Cycle Tours – www.greenroadcycletours.com arranges amazing cycle tours of the area.

Kerry’s Best Walks

Beaufort is a wonderful base for a walking holiday. Only minutes from the National Park and the Lakes of Killarney it has a wide variety of walks nearby to suit all ages and abilities

Tomies Wood, the largest oak natural oak forest in Europe, is only a few minutes away. A circular route of about 6 miles easy walking along the otherwise inaccessible southern shore of Lough Leane, crossing O’Sullivan’s Cascade, a legendary waterfall.

The Gap of Dunloe, also only minutes away, is a spectacular glacial breach valley. You can walk through the gap to the Black Valley and take a boat through the Lakes and back to Killarney.

Muckross House, a Victorian Mansion, formerly the home of the Herbert and Bourne Vincent families, is now the centre of the Bourne Vincent Memorial Park and has many intriguing walks including the Arthur Young Walk, during which you can retrace the steps of an 18th century botanist and see many of the same sights he observed, and the Dinis Walk around the Lakes.

The Demesne Walk
For more relaxed walking a beautiful circular walk has just been opened in the Demesne in Killarney National Park, only 5 minutes drive from the House.

If you want professional guides for the mountains we recommend:

Kerry Climbing - www.kerryclimbing.ie

Con Moriarty - www.hiddenirelandtours.com

John O’Sullivan - john@lodgeandreeksguiding.com


McGillycuddy’s Reeks offers a fine array of hill climbing from Strickeen Mountain (440 metres high) at the mouth of the Gap which can be scaled in less than 2 hours to Carrauntooohil (1038 metres), Ireland’s highest mountain which is a 4-7 hour climb depending on your chosen route. 20 minutes away on the other side of Killarney Torc and Mangerton offer excellent walking routes.

Further afield Mount Brandon in Dingle, the most westerly mountain in Europe offers spectacular views of the Blasket and Skellig Islands.

Kerry’s Best Days Out

Beaufort is centrally located for the many scenic beauties of South West Ireland.

Gap of Dunloe and the Lakes of Killarney Two of Ireland's most famous beauty spots, the Gap of Dunloe and the Lakes of Killarney are only minutes away. Day trips can be arranged going through the Gap of Dunloe by pony and trap or on horseback to the Black Valley and coming through the Upper, Middle and Lower Lakes by boat.

One of the really special days out. Guests can be collected by Vintage Bus from the House and taken to Kate Kearney’s Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe. From there they can either take a pony and trap, ride a pony or walk through the Gap to Lord Brandon’s Cottage where a boat will take them through the Upper, Middle and Lower Lakes to Ross Castle where the bus will collect them and return them to the House. Rates are €30 for the bus and boat and €25 for the ponies per person.
O’Connors Tours - www.gapofdunloetours.com
For smaller chauffeured tours we recommend Dan Coffey who has a luxury 7 seater Mercedes people carrier www.danchauffeurkillarney.com

The Ring Of Kerry The famous Ring of Kerry is a 104 mile drive around the coastline of the Iveragh peninsula, and includes Derrynane, birthplace of the Liberator, Daniel O'Connell, Valentia Island, terminus for the first Trans Atlantic telegraph and the beautiful market town of Kenmare. About 5 hours.

The Inner Ring A wild and beautiful drive which skirts the foothills of McGillycuddy's Reeks and Lough Acoose and traverses the Ballaghbeama Pass, one of the most remote and spectacular landscapes in Ireland, before joining the Ring of Kerry road at Moll's Gap and returning to Killarney. About 2 1/2 hours.

The Dingle Peninsula is less than forty miles away and was the setting for the films Ryan's Daughter and Far And Away. The Slea Head drive around the western most tip of the Dingle Peninsula brings one to Dunquin, the most westerly village in Europe, and the splendid Kruger Kavanagh's bar where you can drink the most westerly pint of Guinness in Europe, before visiting the 7th century Gallarus Oratory, a drystone chapel still waterproof after a thousand years. About 4 - 5 hours

The Skellig Rocks If the weather is fine a trip to Skelligs, a spectacular pair of Rocks rising vertiginously from the sea 10 miles off the coast is a must. Taking a boat from Valentia or Portmagee, the trip passes Little Skellig, a bare rock which contains the largest gannet colony in Europe, and lands on Skellig Michael, which has the amazingly well preserved ruins of a seventh century monastic settlement on one of its two peaks. The climb of six hundred steps is not recommended to the very young or very old or the faint hearted. Day trip.

The Beara Peninsular is a wild and beautiful drive starting in Kenmare and ending in Glengarrif. At the southwestern tip is Dursey Island, accessible only by Cable Car, and there are the attractive villages of Allihies and Castletown Bearhaven. It is a much less frequented than the Ring of Kerry and equally as attractive. About 4 - 5 hours .

Muckross House for guests exhausted by driving a visit to Muckross House, just the other side of Killarney, is recommended. Apart from the walks mentioned on the Walking Page, there is the Victorian Mansion, built in 1840 by the Herbert family and given to the nation in 1932 by the Bourne and Vincent families. The house contains fine examples of Irish furniture, craft shops and a restaurant. The estate includes beautiful gardens, the ruins of Muckross Abbey and a fascinating re creation of three Kerry farms showing how life was lived in rural Ireland fifty years ago. Nearby is Ross Castle, the last castle in Ireland to resist Oliver Cromwell.

Kerry’s Best Riding Experiences

The traditional riding experience in Kerry is the trek through the Gap of Dunloe. This can be undertaken either as part of an all day trip coming back to Killarney by boat or alternatively as a one or two hour ride. The Killarney Riding Stables (064 31686)  and the Muckross Stables (064 32238)  both offer rides through the National Park.

Burke's Horse Trekking in Glenbeigh (066 976 8872) offers spectacular seaside riding along Rossbeigh Strand.

Spas and Fitness

Killarney has a range of excellent spas for a day of indulgence. Among the best are the Spa at the Aghadoe Heights, the Killarney Park Hotel Spa, the Angsana Spa at the Brehon Hotel, ESPA at the Hotel Europe and the Cloisters Spa at the Muckross Park Hotel

Donald and Rachel Cameron,
Beaufort House, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
T: +353 (0) 64 6644764 - E: info@beaufortireland.com