Beaufort is a wonderful base for a holiday based on walking and climbing in Kerry. 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.
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, the Gap of Dunloe 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. ‘The Gap’ is also a well known traditional rock climbing area which has garnered quite a reputation over the years. Hire a local guide for a day or half day and test your abilities!
The former home of the Herbert and Bourne Vincent families, this Victorian Mansion is now the centre of the Bourne Vincent Memorial Park and has many intriguing walks including the Arthur Young Walk (through 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.
For more relaxed walking, the Demesne in Killarney National Park has a beautiful circular walk, only 5 minutes drive from the House. Call into the newly opened Killarney House and browse its impressive exhibition on the Park.
McGillycuddy’s Reeks offers a fine array of hillwalking from Strickeen Mountain (440 metres high) at the mouth of the Gap of Dunloe 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.
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