On paths less travelled at the heart of Ireland’s southwest coast, lies the Reeks District, an ancient land every bit as dramatic as the wild Atlantic that washes its rugged shores. Rooted in history and redolent with legend, it is home to Ireland’s highest mountains, darkest skies, cleanest air and oldest festivals, as well as Blue Flag beaches, forests, lakes and rivers, fine food and drink, and the warmest of welcomes.
Reeks District is nestled between the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, stretching from Inch through Milltown/Castlemaine, Killorglin, Beaufort, Glencar, Cromane, Caragh Lake, Glenbeigh up to Kells, incorporating the McGillycuddy Reeks and Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil.This rugged land, full of myths and legends, is ready for you to explore. It’s a place to find your freedom: freedom to explore, freedom to connect, freedom to savour, freedom to live.
Adventure enthusiasts can also do the newly-launched Big Five Challenge, Ireland’s ultimate bucket list adventure. Activities on the Big Five include climbing the country’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, surfing a wave at Inch beach, kayaking the length of Caragh Lake, cycling the Ring of the Reeks and enjoying a night-time SUP experience on Secret Lake, a remote mountain lake which sits on the edge of the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere (and one of only three Gold Tier reserves in the world).
The Kerry Way walking route can be joined from the area, as can numerous walks and trails throughout South Kerry which have been mapped for visitors to explore and revisit, time and time again. As well as walking and hiking, visitors can plan for biking, climbing, kayaking and surfing in Reeks District. There are plenty of other things to do in the region, including horse riding on golden beaches, golfing, unique festivals, markets and heritage attractions.