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Hill Walking

Kerry is the Outdoor Adventure Capital of Ireland, its outback is a walker's paradise and Gleann Fia Country House is Base Camp.

From your bedroom window at Gleann Fia Country House you are looking at The Macgillycuddy Reeks in all their glory. For guests wishing to get to the Outdoors and climb the Reeks, we advise that you would use local guides.

Please visit local Hidden Ireland tours for a complete overview of Outdoor Adventure in this and other regions of Ireland. The Macgillycuddy Reeks are the highest and most extensive mountains in Ireland. By the standards of many other country's mountains they are not very high. They are, however, rugged and convoluted. Relatively little effort is required to attain the numerous summits and ridges around Sneem.

The views with which one is rewarded are out of all proportion to the energy expended.

Vistas change radically over short distances. In the space of a day's hiking one feels one has had a week's worth of visual reward.


The Reeks are wild, steep and unfrequented in places.

Although they are small mountains, they have claimed more than their share of human lives. A bright day can turn to mist right down to sea level and in winter temperatures can drop quickly with atmospheric pressure changes. In winter searching time is curtailed by very short days and the nights are long and cold.

Mobile phones work well in many areas

Solo hiking off-trail is not recommended! Especially in winter.

Killarney Lakes and Mountains