Walking Hiking

Kerry – Walking Short Break

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Walking Short Break – Kerry – Carrauntoohil

“The Matterhorn of Ireland”

Almost in the centre of the spine of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Carrauntoohil stands proud as the highest mountain in Ireland at a height of 1.039 m/3.123 ft, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in County Kerry in the South-West of Ireland.

The climb up and back from Carrauntoohil,  offers some of the best views to be found anywhere in Ireland. While the walk is demanding, it is achievable once you have a reasonably good level of fitness and the invigorating thrill of reaching the summit will sooth away any ill effects that the climb may have caused you.


Tour Pricing & Dates

3 Day Short Break €240 per person sharing
Single Supplement +€75
Tour Dates 2019 April 3rd to April 5th (This Tour Is Now Fully Booked)
Tour Grade Difficult
Accommodation Guesthouse




Day 1 / Drive Dublin to Killarney Co. Kerry

Our route sees us leaving the east coast at 12.00 noon for Killarney. The journey takes us west across the country in the direction of Limerick, then south-west to Killarney. Driving time will be approximately 4 hours 30 minutes. Once we have checked into our accommodation in Killarney, we will take a short walk around the town.

Killarney (Cill Airne in Gaelic) which means the Church of the Sloes. Sloe is the fruit of the blackthorn bush, used mainly nowadays for the making of sloe gin or wine. The town is over 250 years in existence as a travel destination and in that time has gained a wealth of experience in looking after its guests.

Day 2 / Carrantuohill

From Killarney, our drive takes us in a loop around the MacGillycuddy Reeks passing the Gap of Dunloe to reach Lough Acoose. Our walk starts following The Hydro Road past Lough Eighter in the Coomloughta Glen to join the spur of Caher and onto Caher Mountain (1001 m/3000 ft). The view from here on a clear day is simply beautiful. The final section of our walk, to reach the summit of Carrauntoohill, takes us along the Caher Ridge which once again offers superb views in all directions.

After a small celebration for reaching the summit of Ireland’s highest mountain, we will start our descent back along the Caher Ridge to Caher. Here we will join a spur that leads us to Curragh More Mountain (822 m/2470 ft) and down to join the Kerry Way and back to our bus at Lough Acoose.

Distance: 17km/10.6 miles, Ascent: 875 m/2625 ft

Day 3 / Muckross House & Gardens and depart for home

After a hearty Irish breakfast, we will depart from our accommodation and take a short drive to Muckross House & Gardens. Muckross House is situated close to the shores of Muckross Lake amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park. There are many interesting things to do here, like visiting the magnificent Muckross House, amble around the gardens or take a stroll down memory lane to visit a Traditional Working Farm. We will depart for home at 15.00 hrs.


  • 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
  • Guided walk
  • All transport is included: Pickup and return from Dublin Airport or elsewhere and to and from walks

Not Included

  • Packed lunches
  • Evening meals


  • Dear Christopher,
    And thank YOU, our fearless leader!   You did a great job tending your flock!
    I had a most wonderful time, albeit a little more challenging than I had expected.
    But, I am grateful that the wind only knocked me down on some Valencia heather and not over a cliff! ;
    The scenery was stunning and the lodgings (particularly Casey’s and The Grand) and meals were superb!!
    And the icing on the cake was the pleasure of your company and great sense of humor!
    A perfect package all together!!
    I have more compliments to pay, but I will save them for the next time we connect.  Perhaps you, Teresa and I can
    chat via Facetime after the New Year.  I’d also like to talk a little bit more about the Wicklow Mountains Tour.
    Hope you have a wonderful and well earned holiday in New Zealand!!
    Take care and all the best,
    Wild Atlantic Way South West
  • Dear Christopher, thank you for another wonderful vacation! I really enjoyed seeing another area of your beautiful country. Thank you for leading us on some amazing hikes, and for taking care of everything while we were here. It was a very relaxing week, and we’re going home renewed and rejuvenated. Until we meet again!

  • Christopher, as the official Irish Tourism Board’s representative, it gladdens me to award you the Golden Shamrock, our top tourism award. That last part was bullshit. I had an amazing experience and I am so glad that I got to see Ireland’s most intimate spots. Thank you for a wonderful trip and all of your knowledge and humour. Looking forward to doing another trip together!

  • Christopher, thank you for a second tour through your beautiful Ireland. It was another amazing experience of hiking and food and laughter. What a wonderful week and I can’t wait to return soon for another Footfalls tour. Thank you for everything!

  • Dear Christopher, thank you so much for another beautiful journey in your Ireland. We loved our first walking holidays with you, so much that we couldn’t wait to do it again! And this second time in Connemara and the Burren Way didn’t disappoint. You make each trip so special with your warmth, quick wit and what I like to think of your Irish spirit. Thank you for another week of memories that I will always treasure, for your friendship and coring.


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