Out and About at Beaufort
Bicycles may be hired from O'Sullivans Cycles www.osullivanscycles.com
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
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
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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