Killarney and the surrounding area has a wealth of cycle paths and byroads ideally suited to both the casual cyclist and the hardened professional. Killarney National Park and Muckross House grounds offers routes that vary from flat, undulating to mountainous. From Muckross House it is possible to cycle around Muckross Lake, a fairly flat route and a distance of about 21km. Or, for the more adventurous, a ride to the top of Torc Waterfall requires a little more effort. For those that like to venture further, take the Kenmare road to Molls Gap, and then through the Gap of Dunloe via the Black Valley and back to Killarney. Or maybe spend a couple of days cycling around the Ring of Kerry. Which ever routes you choose, you will be presented with the beauty and grandeur of Kerry, with lakes and mountains while passing ruined castles, ancient burial grounds, standing stones, sub-tropical plants and much more.
Killarney Guided Walks - An Bothán, Aghadoe, Killarney. Phone: +353 64 663 3471
From Muckross House there are numerous walks. Most are suitable for both walkers and joggers. Two walks of note are the Arthur Young Trail, which takes about 2 hours and the Old Boathouse Trail, a one hour walk. The trail around Muckross Lake, Dinis Walk, is 21km long, mostly flat and perfect for both walkers and joggers(good training for a half marathon). Experienced walkers may like to walk up Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntuhil. Reaching a height of 1039 meters you need to be fairly fit. For the inexperienced guides are available. For a longer walk consider the Kerry Way, 215km around the Iveragh Peninsula. It offers varied terrain and constant views of the sea.
Celtic Adventures - Caherdaniel. Phone: +353 66 9475277
Adventure Ireland - Pat Falvey, Beaufort, Killarney. Phone: +353 64 664 4181
IrishAdventures - The Mountain Man Shop, Dingle. Phone: +353 87 419 0318
Nathan Kingerlee ~ Outdoor Training - Killarney. Phone: +353 86 860 4563
Kerry is fortunate to be the home of Ireland's highest mountain range, the Macgillycuddy Reeks. These mountains offer climbs from easy thru' to those that only the fully experienced should tackle. There are around 39 summits reaching over 610 metres and 8 summits exceed 914 metres. Carrantuohill, Ireland's highest mountain reaches 1,038 metres. The 2 companies above provide guides as well as mountain walking and climbing courses.
John Lyne Fishing Tours - Woodlawn, Killarney. Phone: +353 87 278 9335
Fishing on the lakes of Killarney is free, while the river Flesk requires a permit, available from O'Neill's store, 6 Plunkett Street, Killarney(phone: +353 64 663 1970). The lakes are well stocked with wild Brown Trout and Salmon. The trout average about 0.5lb while the salmon about 11lb. Not to distant are mountain lakes artificially stocked with Rainbow Trout. Sea fishing is popular around Kerry's coast. For beach fishing try Rossbeigh, Inch, Castlegregory, Ballinskelligs and Brandon. Rock fishing from Valentia, Kells, Ballinskelligs, Dingle and Fenit. Deep sea fishing can be had at Dingle, Cahersiveen, Kenmare Bay and Fenit.
Jamie Knox - Castlegregory, Dingle Peninsula. Phone: +353 66 713 9411
Kingdom Waves - Inch Beach, Dingle Peninsula. Phone: +353 87 744 7958
Ballybunion Surf - Ballybunion, Kerry. Phone: +353 87 744 3732
Skelligs Watersports - Ballinskelligs, Ring of Kerry. Phone: +353 87 917 8808
Watersports here include surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing and kayaking. The 2 nearest beaches to Killarney, ideal for all these watersports, are Inch Beach on the Dingle Peninsula and Rossbeigh near Glenbeigh on the Ring of Kerry. Each is a long finger of sand dunes, opposite one another, protecting Castlemaine harbour. Here the Atlantic Ocean meets the coast of Kerry, sometimes producing large swells which break on Kerry's fine sandy beaches. Other good surfing beaches include Brandon Bay, Ballybunion, Bana Beach, Coumeenole near Slea Head, Ballinskelligs and St. Finnians. The businesses above sell and hire surfing equipment, and run courses in the various disciplines.
Tennis courts are available to visitors at the Glenegle Hotel. Booking can be made by phoning +353 64 663 6000 or in person at the hotel.
Aura Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre - Bypass Road, Killarney. Phone: +353 64 663 6554
Facilities at the Aura include:
For children up to 12 years. Astra Slide, Ball Cannon, Air Hockey, Sports Area, Interactive Lights, Toddler Car Track and much more. 4a Woodlands Industrial Estate, Killarney. Phone: +353 64 66 39080
Knocknagoshel Shooting Grounds - Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry. Phone: +353 87 417 0437
Located near Castle Island, at the gateway to Kerry, this new shooting range offers clay pigeon shooting, Archery and rifle shooting. The range is internationally recognised. Qualified instructors are on hand at all times. The shooting ranges are all enclosed so the weather won't affect your day's fun, and there is floodlighting for the late evenings and winter, which makes this a 12 months of the year sport. The newly refurbished clubhouse is a warm and relaxing place to have a drink and discuss the day's events, with food and drink vending machines available. Bring your children or non participants and let them enjoy the TV lounge while you enjoy the sport. The clubhouse and shooting ranges are disabled friendly with full access to all areas.