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Kenmare to Killarney

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  • Kenmare to Killarney section Kerry Way
    Kenmare to Killarney section Kerry Way
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This final stage of the Kerry Way takes you along the Old Kenmare Road through farmland and over a high saddle before reaching the leafy woodlands. 

moderate
Distance 25 km
7:30 h
627 m
585 m
323 m
7 m

Enjoy a scenic walk through Killarney National Park and pass through old oak forests rich with lichens and home to native Irish deer. See the verdant moss-covered forest surrounding Torc waterfall and Muckross Estate. With views across the Killarney Lakes, you’ll soon find yourself back in the bustling small tourist town of Killarney itself.

Author’s recommendation

Upon arrival in Killarney, raise a glass at one of the many pubs or bars to have completed the Kerry Way!

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Macs Adventure
Update: July 14, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
323 m
Lowest point
7 m
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Track types

Asphalt 9.98%Dirt road 0.12%Forested/wild trail 29.22%Path 9.23%Road 19.51%Unknown 31.92%
Asphalt
2.5 km
Dirt road
0 km
Forested/wild trail
7.3 km
Path
2.3 km
Road
4.9 km
Unknown
8 km
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Safety information

Today's hike involves a steep climb across Strickeen Hill, as well as a steady climb up Windy Gap. Please take extra care in wet and windy weather.

Part of this route follows country roads with no pavements so take good care. Although the roads and lanes can be quiet it's always best to walk on the right to face any oncoming traffic and make yourself as visible as possible.

There is a risk of ticks in the grass. Use insect repellent and check your body on arrival in Killarney.

Tips and hints

Food & Drink:

There is only one spot on the route to buy refreshments which is at Muckross House, which has a small cafe. Speak to your B&B host to arrange for a packed lunch to be made for you or buy it locally in Kenmare before setting off. On arrival in Killarney there are many restaurants, bars & cafes to refuel after a long day on your feet.

Start

Kenmare (7 m)
Coordinates:
OSI Grid
V 90852 71002
DD
51.881061, -9.585797
DMS
51°52'51.8"N 9°35'08.9"W
UTM
29U 459678 5747971
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Destination

Killarney

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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Coordinates

OSI Grid
V 90852 71002
DD
51.881061, -9.585797
DMS
51°52'51.8"N 9°35'08.9"W
UTM
29U 459678 5747971
w3w 
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Equipment

Along with your usual gear for a day in the hills, you should consider packing gaiters, poles, and an extra layer along with a solid good-quality pair of waterproof boots of course.


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
25 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
627 m
Descent
585 m
Highest point
323 m
Lowest point
7 m

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