Often regarded as the most rewarding mountain region in Ireland, Kerry offers walks, hikes and climbs for all grades.
Ten out of Ireland's twelve munros are found in Co. Kerry, nine of which are located in the Reeks. Situated on a geological fault line, the nine mountains are tightly packed in. Although mutiple summits are possible during the same day, hill walkers will find themselves returning to this fantastic area. With more routes than you can shake a stick at, I intend on listing the routes I have embarked on and describing these routes.
It has to be remembered that these mountains are for the experienced hill walker and should only be attempted after completing other lower mountains around Ireland, especially the Wicklow mountains. Most routes take 4.5 hours plus and are quite demanding. The weather in the Reeks is changeable and low cloud can drift in and obscure visibility in minutes so unless you can use a map and compass it is advised to climb with a guide or an experienced hill walker.
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View from Cnoc Toinne
The traditional start point for a Reeks trek, Cronin's yard is situated at a farmyard 5km from the Beaufort crossroads. Equipped with a shop, tea room, car park hot showers and toilets, this yard has all you could need before setting out for a day's hiking for a small fee of €2. Over the last few years, two bridges spannig the river Claddagh have been erected facilitation an easy crossing over its many tributaries. A gravel track and a signposted looped route have also been recent additions. A map of the area including the looped track are available here.
A steep start from Glencar, park in a lay by near an ESB sub station. A concrete track known as the Hydro Route is a calf bursting 40 minute trail that leads up to the two lakes at the foot of Caher.
Kate Kearney's Cottage
Located at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe, this pub, restaurant and car park has everything to offer from walking supplies to a nice cool drink following a long walk. Be warned, this is a popular start point so get there early to avoid the coached-in tourists and to get a car park spot.