Killarney and Kerry Nature Walks and Trails
“Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house in city walls.” (Kahil Gabran, The Prophet)
- Get beyond mainstream tourism and gain an insight into a world apart.
- Explore the ecology, history, folklore, music, geology and magic of the region.
- Enjoy a diverse range of activities including walking, cycling and boating at a medium pace.
- Share a night of home cooking, music and fun.
Killarney – the beauty and the beast!
Killarney, with its majestic mountains, lakes, rivers and relatively unspoilt natural world, is deservedly the most popular rural tourist destination in Ireland. It is home to Ireland’s largest National Park, old Oak woodlands, expansive moors and last remaining native Red Deer population, along with a wealth of other wildlife. Its beauty has been celebrated for generations.
Unfortunately, some that visit the area may only experience this beauty from the confines of a car or bus; or do not venture past the tourist centres. For these people, they may never get beyond the standard tourism package. Other tourists may deliberately avoid Killarney because of the large number of tourists and its commercialisation.
Why choose a guided holiday
A little beyond the mainstream tourism is a vast unspoilt natural beauty, where many visitors do not venture. AND…. you do not need to climb to the top of the Kerry mountains to access this world! Much of it is within relatively easy walking distance from Killarney town and its immediate environs.
This guided holiday can show you these places in the hands of an Ecologist who can interpret and enhance your experience. It will give you a greater appreciation of the locality, and bring you to places you would likely not visit and view it from a more intimate perspective. You do not need to research, plan and organise what best to do while in the area. We can do this for you in a way that you are unlikely to match. Hopefully we will glimpse the magic all around us!
What does this holiday entail?
This guided holiday is neither specialised nor intensive. The natural world, heritage, inner peace and joy are integral to what we offer. The outings, although not necessarily easy, are not intended as a “get fit” exercise, but to be active, healthy and most of all enjoyable. This we believe can be achieved by a guided activity holiday including walking, cycling and boating in groups of 5 -15 people.
Entertaining the group is not the responsibility of the tour guide – you must bring your own spirit, wonder and awe. However, friendliness and openness to people is the foundation of our holidays. We are, and will remain, a small outfit, so as to preserve the sense of intimacy and enjoyment. As part of the holiday we offer you to share in a home cooked meal, relaxation, music and fun in our home facing the majestic Gap of Dunloe (glaciated valley) and mystical MacGillycuddy Reeks (Ireland’s highest mountains). We can also direct you to the more intimate social gatherings in the locality, and to other destinations worth visiting.
Finally, you can be in the most beautiful setting in the world, but you can be in your own hell if you are not present to it. A key aim of our guided holiday is to raise awareness of the beauty around us in nature and ultimately within us all.