Walking & Hiking

Whether going for a short walk or a 7 hour climb there is a huge variety throughout the Hidden Valleys of The Reeks for all levels and types of walking and hiking. The main attraction is of course Carrauntoohil being Ireland’s highest mountain at 1039 metres.

We give you a small taste below but there are so many more options including Mangerton Mountain, Tomies Mountain, The Fossa Way, The Cooper Mine Trail , Tomies Wood as well as many more.


Carrauntoohil at 1049m is the highest point in The MacGillysuddys Reeks and Irelands highest Mountain. You can start the hike from Cronins Yard or Lislebane car parks , In total depending on fitness levels it takes on average between five to seven hours and is graded as strenuous. The route most often taken to climb Carrauntoohill is from the north-east, along the Hag’s Glen and up the steep Devil’s Ladder between Carrauntoohil and Cnoc na Toinne, and then north-west to the summit. Take caution while climbing as their can be loose rock.

Strickeen Mountain

Strickeen mountain  located in the Gap of Dunloe is a 440m  high mountain and can be completed in two to three hours with an easy to moderate grade.

You begin the walk from the car park at the world famous Kate Kearneys Cottage for approximately 2km before ascending Strickeen Mountain on your right hand side with an easy zig zag track. After the finish of this track you continue right for the summit where the view is spectacular looking over the Gap of Dunloe.  Across the passage through the gap you will also see the mountains of Tomies and Purple .

The Fossa Way

The Fossa Way is a new route connecting the village of Fossa to Killarney town and the National Park. You can start across the road from the Golden Nugget Pub in Fossa Village with Killarney Golf Course to the south of you. It is a flat tarmacked path that is used by both walkers and cyclists and you are sure to find plenty of locals along the way. From the starting point it is 4km to St. Marys Cathedral in the town of Killarney and you can continue on as far as Ross Castle and the Copper Mines on Ross Island. You will see many dear in sections of the park.