Things to Do
Gap of Dunloe
Located only five minutes from Gap of Dunloe, Farmyard Lane Glamping is the perfect base from which to explore this famous mountain pass.
The road transects the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain through to the Black Valley, over 11km of breathtaking views, passing five lakes Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough.
You can walk, cycle or hire a jaunting car (horse drawn wagon) to travel to Lord Brandon’s cottage at the end of the pass, and then take a boat ride back to Ross Castle, Killarney.
You can also take this route in the opposite direction. We can arrange for you to be collected at Farmyard Lane if you wish to take this trip.
The Gap of Dunloe may also serve as a starting point for hikes such as Strickeen (440m) and Purple Mountain (832m).
There are countless hiking options easily accessible within a short distance from Farmyard Lane Glamping the closest of which is over 19km of Devonian sandstone, which is the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks.
While there are several peaks to bag, Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest peak (1039m) is the most popular hike with a variety of ascent and descent routes, suitable for all grades, including the Devils’ Ladder, Brother O Shea’s Gully and the Zig Zags.
The Coomloughra Horseshoe ridge walk encompassing Carrauntoohil, Beenkeragh (1,010m) and Caher (1,001m), is a popular option for the more experienced hiker.
We are happy to advise you on same and can arrange hikes for you with a local operator. Prices for Carrauntoohil start at €65pp.
The Kerry Way, at over 200km is one of the most popular and longest signposted walking trails in Ireland. It stretches from Killarney to the Iveragh Pennisula, taking in a number of terrains and landscapes.
The closest trail to Farmyard Lane Glamping, begins in the Black Valley and ends in the Bridia Valley, the latter well known for ancient rock art and farm systems. There are dramatic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks to the right and the Gearhameen River to the left
The Big Five
The Reeks District Big Five is a collection of the best adventures Ireland has to offer.
It includes climbing Carrauntoohil, paddling the length of Caragh Lake (6km), cycle the Ring of the Reeks (90km), surf Inch Beach and complete a Night SUP (Stand Up Paddle) at Lough Cloon at the edge of Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve.
These adventures are all accessible from Farmyard Lane Glamping. You can complete the Big Five within five days or over 12 months.
If you are interested in this thrilling challenge, we can arrange this for you. Prices for each activity start at €35 per person.
With access to the River Laune less than five minutes away, there are excellent opportunities for salmon and sea trout. With the season running from January/February to October, anglers can locate themselves at Beaufort Bridge.
Daily and weekly permits can be purchased locally and prices range from €20-€35 for a daily permit. Why not avail of the barbecue facilities at Farmyard Lane to enjoy your catch!
Killarney National Park
Ireland’s oldest National Park is over 26, 000 acres and embraces mountains, lakes, woodland, and waterfalls. It is home to native red deer, otters, Pygmy Shrews, Irish Hares, , Badgers, Foxes, Red Squirrel and no surprise therefore, that it’s a designated Biosphere Reserve since 1981 (UNESCO).
One focal point of the park is Muckross House, Gardens and Farm, the former is a 19th century mansion containing all original artefacts from that period. The grounds are perfect for a walk, jaunt or cycle and we highly recommend Muckross Traditional Farm. Closer to Killarney Town is the recently restored Killarney House and Gardens.
There are several alternate hiking routes to the MacGillycuddy Reeks and closer to the town of Killarney such as Torc (535m), and Mangerton (839m). There are several trail runs in the vicinity of Torc Waterfall and Dinis Cottage and these areas are definitely worth a visit.
If you wish to hire a bike to navigate your way around this remarkable park, we would be happy to arrange same. Prices start at €15pp. There are a number of walking guides and jaunting cars that we would also be able to advise you on.
Ring of Kerry & Wild Atlantic Way
For the most part, the Wild Atlantic Way follows the same route as the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry scenic drive is 180 km of rugged coastline and seaside villages around the Iveragh Penisula.
Farmyard Lane Glamping is just 2km from this route. The most famous landmark on this spectacular drive in recent years are the Skellig Rocks, well-known for their part in the Star Wars films: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
A Christian Monastery built between the 6th and 8th century, along with the island of Skellig Michael is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
Killorglin, the home of Puck Fair, Rossbeigh beach, Kells Bay & Gardens, the small fishing village of Portmagee, Valentia Island, Derrynane Beach, Sneem, Kenmare, Molls Gap, Ladies view and Killarney make up this spectacular drive.
The Ring of Kerry may also be completed by bike and each July, thousands of cyclists complete the route for charity. Let us know if you are interested in undertaking the route by bike and we can help to arrange this if needed.