It’s time to brush the winter cobwebs off your walking boots and get ready for the inaugural Killarney Mountain Festival. Held in association with Kendal Mountain Festival from March 9th through March 11th, this exciting new event celebrates the role of mountains in our lives. Book a holiday home at Killarney’s Holiday Village for the most convenient accommodation for your stay.
Highlights of the 2018 Killarney Mountain Festival
The walks and treks are the heart of this festival and cover all abilities. Enjoy the wild scenery of the Old Kenmare Road, Killarney National Park, and Torc Mountain on a moderate hike on the Saturday (€40) or take it up a notch with a strenuous hike of Brother O’Sheas Gully on the same day (€55), which is only for regular hill walkers who are comfortable scrambling over steep, challenging terrain.
The jewel in the crown is the 12km trek of Coumloughra Horseshoe (€65), which takes in three of Ireland’s highest mountains (Corrán Tuathail, Beenkeragh, and Caher) and gives you a true flavour of what Kerry mountains are all about. You’ll need to be comfortable with heights, steep drops, and having to use your hands to clamber over rocks. Booking is required for all walks.
Fill your head with dreams of the wild outdoors and attend one of the exciting speaker sessions at the 2018 Killarney Mountain Festival. It’s not just climbing either, the figures selected will talk about their adventures in kayaking, discover, and exploration. The line-up of renowned adventurers includes Stephen Venables, Dermot Somers, Andy Cave, Cameron McNeish and Jasper Winn, with more speakers to be added.
Film screenings give you a glimpse of the big wild world of adventure out there. A programme of short and feature films along with award-winning exceptional adventure documentaries is scheduled to be screened at Cinema Killarney. The festival brings together productions by a plethora of extreme athletes, explorers, adventurers and adrenaline junkies. Features include Planet Earth II: Mountains, Psycho Vertical, The Silver Branch, and Magic Mountains.
Mountains of Fun
Base Camp for the festival is Killarney, a town known for the quality of its restaurants and entertainment. The Killarney Mountain Festival is also bringing a line-up of quality traditional musicians to the festival stage, so you’ll have plenty to entertain you if you have the energy to keep going after all the fresh air and exercise. Then you can wrap yourself in the comfort and convenience of your Killarney’s Holiday Village accommodation, with all the facilities to dry your boots and outdoor gear, before you head out again to enjoy the mountains the next day!