Sometimes it’s nice to take it easy, and for families with kids of all ages in tow, we’ve put together a few family friendly walks for your next day out in Kerry:
Glanteenassig Woods is located just off the Tralee to Dingle road at Castlegregory. It offers spectacular walking surrounded by lakes and Annascaul Mountain.
There is a boardwalk around the upper lake and some picnic benches where you can sit and enjoy the scenery on warmer days.
Ballyseedy Woods is a beautiful hidden gem located on the old Tralee to Killarney road. Tourists may often miss it because it is a little off the beaten track but it is well worth the small diversion. Whether you are interested in an invigorating run or would prefer a more relaxed stroll these woods are perfect for both.
The woods are a unique and tranquil retreat that stretches over 80 acres and features a huge variety of flora and fauna, boasting at least 22 varieties of native trees, wildlife and interesting ruins of the old castle and mill. Make sure and lookout for the names of the trees carved on stone columns in both Irish and English. For young and those young at heart experience the magic of the Fairy Village located throughout the woods.
Listowel to Abbeyfeale Greenway
The Listowel to Abbeyfeale route on the Kingdom of Kerry Greenway begins in the beautiful town of Listowel. It is nestled between the Stack Mountains to the south and the foothills of Mullaghareirk Mountains and finishes at the Limerick border.
The 16km route offers unspoilt views of the surrounding pastureland and picturesque landscape of heather bog land, fertile valleys and rolling hills and the lively historic market town of Listowel.
Along the route, you’ll find picnic tables and benches where you can enjoy great views in a peaceful and tranquil place.
Of course, you can walk for as long as you like as the Greenway stretches for 16km!
Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney
Muckross House & Gardens in Killarney has lovely easy walks from the house down to Killarney Lake, ideal for kids and the paths are buggy-friendly. As you walk along you will see some of the plants, animals and scenery which have made Killarney famous.
For a longer walk head from the House to Torc Waterfall, a trail that consists of paved and clay walkways. The loop is approximately 4km and is signposted off the main Muckross Lake Loop walk.
Head to Tralee Bay Wetlands for a walk around the lake, it’s perfect for walks with little ones especially if you have a buggy in tow. You can also play king of the castle in the viewing tower, sit in a bird hide, and go on the nature boardwalk, where you can get up close with nature.
Knockreer & Ross Castle, Killarney
All of the loop is within the boundaries of Killarney National Park and you will not meet any vehicular traffic on the route. The route is largely contained within the Knockreer area of Killarney National Park, passing Ross Castle at the 5km mark. Knockreer is located right next to Killarney town centre and brings the National Park right into the town. On this route, you will be distracted by scenic views and abundant wildlife and rewarded with peaceful surroundings.
Reenagross Park, Kenmare
Reenagross Park is situated in the heart of Kenmare town. The park is a wooded peninsula with 3km of walking trails set within the beautiful landscape of Kenmare Bay. It was originally developed as a private park by the first Marquis of Lansdowne (1739-1803). An 18th-century map of the Lansdowne Estate shows Reenagross as it was drawn by John Powell in 1764. It was an open peninsula with very few trees, however, by the mid-19th century a woodland, boathouse and pier were developed. Reenagross as we see it today had taken shape.
Kerry Walking Trails
The Kerry Trails Map is an online interactive map for Kerry, which provides essential trail information for anyone looking to explore the county’s numerous walks and trails. Developed by Kerry County Council in partnership with NEWKD and SKDP, this user-friendly map provides details such as trail location, length, difficulty, duration, GPS coordinates and directions to the trailhead/parking areas etc.
To find the perfect walk for you, select below Easy, Moderate or Strenuous walks in North, South or West Kerry. Click on your walk for more detail from the list or the map. Zoom to explore!
Alternatively, type a place into the search box.
This interactive Trails map is a collaboration of trails information from ongoing SKDP, NEWKD and KCC projects.