Hill Walking

KMH Guided walks to Carrauntoohil and The MacGillycuddy's Reeks Killarney County Kerry Ireland

KMH walks feature a mixture of hillwalking and mindful walking elements. On such selected walks, we practise walking in a variety of weathers, on varied terrain at different paces. Some sections of the routes will be over tough moorland terrain and broken ground, ascending hills and mountains occasionally over steep ground.

Often we do stop for short breaks to catch our breath; to admire the mountains, nature and wildlife; to take pictures; to relax and have a snack or lunch break.

Do not forget the social aspect of walking in a group and the many benefits which it confers.

There are three categories of walks according to their grades of difficulty, suitable for different fitness levels and abilities.

The weather on the day, the time of year, ground conditions, terrain, distance, total ascent, pace, total time for the walk, your level of fitness, how you feel that day and the group’s ability, will determine the real grade of the walk. All walks can be adapted to take account of these factors.

Hillwalking Gear advisable for safety and comfort on complex terrain, and to cope with Irish weather. It will help to keep you dry, an important factor to enjoy a long walk when is raining  

Gear all year round

View of Lough Leane Killarney Lakes from Shehy Mountain Killarney National Park

  • Stout waterproof walking boots with ankle support 
  • Gaiters 
  • Waterproof Jacket & over-trousers
  • Good warm socks, hat and gloves  
  • Base layer top and tights 
  • Thermal fleece jacket
  • Polyester water-resistance trousers
  • Spare thermal mid layer, hat and gloves
  • Small rucksack with waterproof cover
  • Walking sticks

Gear for summer conditions


  • Hiking Boots or Shoes
  • Base layer top
  • Thermal fleece jacket
  • Polyester trousers 
  • Hat and gloves
  • Small rucksack 

Walk Safely

The MacGillycuddy's Reeks

Climbing Carrauntoohil via the Heaven's Gate with a view of Hag Glen and The MacGillycuddy's Reeks

With an experienced guide, fully insured (Public Liability Insurance) and able to navigate safely under any weather conditions.

Cesar Lopez observes, approaches and explores the mountains from every angle, he would advise about the most suitable route.

He's a member of Mountaineering Ireland and Bishopstown Hillwalking Club (BHC). Currently training for Mountain Leader Qualification.

During the last 5 years, he has walked and extensively explored Killarney National Park (including Purple Mountain) the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks from the Gap of Dunloe to Lough Acoose, Mangerton and other Mountains of Dingle, Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas.

Cesar regularly leads walks, in a voluntary capacity for BHC and has some experience organising and coordinating walking holidays for BHC members in the Alicante Mountains, Spain (his homeland).


Registration of participants for Killarney Mindful Hiking (KMH) Walks

Participation personal statement

I accept that Hillwalking is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death. I am aware of and accept these risks.

I wish to participate in this activity voluntarily and undertake to be responsible for my own actions and involvement.

I declare that I am not suffering from any physical or mental condition that might affect others or me on this walk. 

I will abide by Killarney Mindful Hiking rules and Walk Guide decisions at all time.