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Best trails in County Kerry

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Trying to find the best County Kerry trails? AllTrails has 97 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Killarney, Castlegregory or Ballyferriter, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 39 moderate trails in County Kerry ranging from 1.3 to 21.5 miles and from 26 to 3,297 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in County Kerry
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#1 - Carrauntoohil Mountain Via Devil's Ladder Trail
Killarney National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 5 h 11 m
A gorgeous hike to the top of the tallest mountain in Ireland. Though there are several different routes up Carrauntoohil, the Devil's Ladder is the most common route. Most of the "ladder" itself has become eroded and loose rock makes the scramble up and down exciting, but very rewarding.Show more
#2 - Torc Mountain
Killarney National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
This is a beautiful trail that begins by following the Owengariff before turning right and ascending Torc Mountain. The path can be wet and slippery at times, so be sure you bring proper footwear. This trail is a must-see in Killarney National Park.Show more
#3 - Torc Waterfall Walk
Killarney National Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h
This crowded trail is one of the most popular in Ireland for a reason. The views are breathtaking and Torc Waterfall is beautiful. While the beginning of the hike can get crowded, the trails beyond the waterfall generally have less people.Show more
#4 - Devils Punchbowl
Killarney National Park
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
As one of the most difficult hikes in the area, the Devils Punchbowl is a rewarding challenge that is well worth the effort. The beginning can be muddy and steep, but the views along this trail are stunning. Bring proper footwear and enough water for this hike.Show more
#5 - Carrauntoohil via Coomloughra Horseshoe
Killarney National Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 5 h 38 m
This incredible hike has a bit of everything: hill walking, rock walking, scrambling, ridge climbs and stunning views. It can be tough in sections so take caution, especially in poor weather.Show more
#6 - Gap of Dunloe
Killarney National Park
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 7 h 9 m
This is simply a must do for anybody in Kerry who's looking for a beautiful walk in some of the most amazing scenery in Ireland. Along the way, you will see many other walkers, runners, and horses. The whole walk is paved, making it easy for you to enjoy the scenery.Show more
#7 - Carrauntoohil Loop
Killorglin, County Kerry, Ireland
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
This is a brilliant hike that offers the opportunity to hone in skills on various surfaces/trail types. Once in the saddle before ascending to Carrauntoohil, there is a magnificent drop to the Bridia and Black valleys. The scrambling up the rocks are not too extreme although you should be in decent shape/athletic. Good ankle support boots that are waterproof can help navigate boggy marshes to rocky ruts.Show more
#8 - Caher West from Hydro Car Park
Killarney National Park
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 4 h 6 m
Park at Hydro Car park and follow the trail all the way to Caher West. Caher is Just another few hundred metres from here. Full hike takes approx 3 and a half hours with only a few small breaks. It’s quite a pull at the start but the views are amazing over Coomlougha Lake and various other lakes from the top... views all across the reels and out onto the Di how Peninsula on a clear day. Can be quite windy, so be prepared.Show more
#9 - Muckross Lake
Killarney National Park
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
This circular walk is a great hike with a decent elevation gain. "Cardiac Steps" are the highlight of the walk, as well as the views of Muckross Lake and Lough Leane from the top.Show more
#10 - Cardiac Hill Loop
Killarney National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
Beautiful walk/hike with stunning views over the lakes of Killarney and the Mc Gillicuddy Reeks. Steep incline for a section of the walk and very uneven underfoot. The last section of the walk is through the forest, soft underfoot and decline. Park at the car park to the right after Torc Waterfall car park, cross the road and turn right to begin the walk. After about 20 mins, you will reach the path up the mountain to the left, this is where the steep incline starts. On the way down keep left at the junction in the forest and this will bring you back to the car park. Please note that this trail is one way and must be hiked in the counter clockwise direction.Show more
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