29 March 2010

Adventure Trips in Killarney

Staff from Aghadoe Hostel & Rossarney House B&B taking a break half-way up Carrauntoohil

Ciaran from Killarney Park Hotel taking shelter from the sun!

Ciaran & Eileen from Killarney Park Hotel

Camilla, Regina & Oonagh from Aghadoe Hostel & Rossarney House B&B

Kerry Adventure Company, Outdoors Ireland, were last week running a series of complimentary adventure trips for the staff of local hotels, guesthouses and hostels in an effort to promote adventure tourism for the coming season. Staff have been out kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney and climbing Carrauntoohil; with more kayaking and rock climbing still to come.

‘We’re trying to show as many people as possible, who work in the tourist trade, some of the opportunities available to Kerry visitors’ explains Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland. ‘Whatever the weather, with the right equipment, there’s so many opportunities for adventure and excitement, from kayaking, to rock climbing to mountaineering.’

So far staff have taken part from the Lake Hotel, Aghadoe Hostel, Rossarney House, Killarney Park Hotel, Aghadoe Heights Hotel and The Moorings, in Portmagee.

‘We’ve had a great response’ says Kingerlee. ‘Feedback seems to be that a lot of people just don’t realise how amazing Kerry is for adventure sports, from gentle relaxing trips for beginners all the way up to extreme adrenaline! What we have here is as good as anything in Scotland or New Zealand and apart from the adventure trips and training courses we offer, there is so much more, from scuba diving, to mountain biking to horse riding and boat trips, plus of course the spectacular way-marked Kerry Way that stretches for 215km around the Iveragh peninsula.’

'Climbing Carrauntoohil was a brilliant experince. I have never seen Kerry from such an exceptional view.' Oonagh Neilan, from Rossarney House B&B.

'Thanks for the most amazing hike up Carrauntoohill on the 24th March, wouldn't have done it without you and Cara!! It was a wonder full experience and you were great support and very patience with us, thanks again' Maureen O Sullivan

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