Reeks District

Ireland's Adventure Playground

Wrapped in some of Ireland’s most breathtaking scenery, the Reeks District on the south-west coast is a stone’s throw from Kerry Airport. The region was recently chosen by Rough Guides as one of its Best Places to Visit in 2019 – an annual list of the holiday hotspots that most excite the esteemed travel guides’ authors for the coming year. It also features as number three in the list’s ‘6 Regions on our Radar’.

Stretching from Ireland’s highest peak Carrauntoohil (1,039m) to the Blue Flag beaches of Castlemaine Harbour, the region provides an awesome backdrop for both locals and visitors to enjoy, and has been dubbed Ireland’s Adventure Playground. The area offers the chance to take part in activities such as walking, hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking and surfing all in close proximity to each other.

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 Lough Cloon, a remote mountain lake which sits on the edge of the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere (and only one of three Gold Tier reserves in the world).

There are plenty of other things to do in the region, including horse riding on golden beaches, golf, unique festivals, markets and heritage attractions.

After a day taking the sights, visitors will be spoilt for choice with a wide range of restaurants, pubs and accommodation in a selection of fabulous B&B’s, manor houses or boutique hotels & self-catering that the Reeks District region has to offer, all while retaining a traditional Irish welcome.