30 September 2010

Sunset @ Ross Castle

15th Century Ross Castle, built by local chieftain O'Donoghue Ross.
Sunset yesterday evening, waiting for one of our Evening/Sunset Kayak Trips to begin... Click To Book

28 September 2010

River Canoeing on the Laune

River Canoe Trip on the Laune River, just after leaving Lough Lein, with Tomies Mountain in the background.

22 September 2010

Honeymoon, Rainbow & Toilets

On today's kayak trip we were joined by a couple, married less than two weeks, on their honeymoon throughout Ireland... We were lucky enough to both explore the islands and limestone caves, plus land on the 6th century ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, once a leper colony!

You can just make out the toilet, in the protruding tower, at the top right of Ross Castle. There is an internal toilet shaft within the castle walls, which was pretty advanced. The stone toilet seat had space for two or three people to sit side by side at the same time!

21 September 2010

Carrauntoohil's Oldest Couple

We're searching for the oldest couple we can find, to guide to the summit of Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain, and back again!

Are you interested, or would you like to nominate someone?
Just get in touch on info@outdoorsireland.com...

We'll provide training and advice beforehand, hiking boots and equipment on the day, plus qualified and experienced guides.
We'll also blog and video it, so get nominating!

With the right training, equipment and guides, Ireland's highest and most impressive peaks are accessible to most people and we're running this competition for fun, to demonstrate how accessible the mountains can be with guides and also to give a lucky couple the opportunity to realise their dream of climbing Carrauntoohil...

Kerry & Wicklow Snow & Ice Climbing

Winter Walking & Winter Mountaineering Days
MacGillycuddy Reeks & Wicklow Mountains
No Previous Experience Needed
Crampons & Ice Axes Provided
Transfers Arranged
Price: €85 per person

Contact Nathan To Book Your Place:
+353 (00 86 860 45 63

'I would just like to let you know how much I enjoyed the Winter Mountaineering Day. I started the day a bit apprehensive, wondering if this was for me. Apprehensions didn't last long and soon I felt quite comfortable using an ice axe and wearing crampons. The Devil's Ladder and the Reeks never looked so beautiful. It was a privilege to be there. Well done on your relaxed, safe and enjoyable method of teaching us the snow and ice skills. Looking forward to getting back on the snow again.' Elizabeth, Kerry

'I had a super day out with your team practicing winter skills in the newly discovered MacGillycuddy Alps! The conditions were truly alpine and I was pinching myself that this was actually Ireland and not somewhere in the Chamonix valley! Really enjoyed the ice axe arrest exercises and the roped up ascent of the snow and ice filled gulley. The two groups of 5 worked really well and our instructor Dave was great. I can’t wait to get out there again soon. Let me know when the next snow and ice days are being planned and I’ll definitely come along.' Cormac, Cork

Killarney - Things To Do

Things To Do


Drinking Coffee


Drinking Drink


Eating Food




For Accommodation & Outdoor Adventure Ideas Contact Nathan:
info@outdoorsireland.com : +353 (0) 86 860 45 63

20 September 2010

Four Peaks Challenge

Darragh (The Boss) & The Famous Valerie O Sullivan

Sunrise @ Check Point 1

Ascending Caher Overlooking Beenkeeragh Ridge

Niall @ Check Point 3, High On Caher Ridge

15 September 2010

Come Join Us!

We have availability this Saturday for one of several different things, if we have enough interest... Just get in touch and we'll see what we can organise for you!

Scrambling & Rope Work in the MacGillycuddy Reeks

Carrauntoohil's Coomloughra Horseshoe

Sea Cliff Climbing

Face Your Fear Of Heights :
Rock Climbing & Abseiling in the Gap of Dunloe

Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

New Terms & Conditions

Booking Form & Full Payment Are Required To Confirm Booking.

Full Payment Can Be Made By Cheque, Bank Draft, Postal Order & Credit Card.

Full Payment Is Fully Refundable If You Cancel With More Than Ten Days Notice.

Reply Contact Must Be Made With Us To Be Considered Cancelled.

Full Payment Is Non Refundable If You Cancel With Ten Days, Or Less, Notice.

The Number You Confirm Ten Days Before Your Booking Is The Number You Will Be Charged For.

All Bookings Go Ahead Despite Bad Weather, Unless We Deem It Unsafe, In Which Case You Are Entitled To A Full Refund.

Same Terms Also Apply To Gift Vouchers & Competition Winners.

14 September 2010

Company Team Building

We're coming into the time of year now for Company Team Building, Incentive Trips and Communication/Team Work Programmes; which we run in Kerry, Dalkey Quarry, Glendalough and Countrywide.
Click here to read more

Adventure Option A
Arrive Friday Evening
Saturday Morning – Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes
Lunch @ Kate Kearney’s Pub
Saturday Afternoon – Rock Climbing in the Gap of Dunloe

Adventure Option B
Arrive Saturday Morning
Afternoon Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes

Adventure Option C
Arrive Friday Evening
Saturday – Climb Carrauntoohil or Team Challenge Day
Sunday – Half-Day Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes

To Discuss Different Options Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

11 September 2010

Upcoming Places

Mon 13th 10am - 1pm €50pp
Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes

Thurs 16th 5pm - 8pm €50pp
Sunset Kayak Trip

Sat 18th & Sun 19th €165pp
Mountain Skills 1

Sat 18th & Sun 19th €160pp
Kayak Skills Course (Level 2)

Sat 18th 10am - 1pm €50pp
Rock Climbing in the Gap of Dunloe

Wed 22nd 2pm - 5pm €50pp
Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes

Sat 25th 10am - 5pm €75pp
Rock Climbing & Kayaking

Sun 26th 9am - 5pm €75pp
Guided Climb of Carrauntoohil

For Details & Booking Contact Nathan:
+353 (0) 86 860 45 63

Beginners Welcome
Equipment Provided
Hiking Boots Provided For Carrauntoohil

Friendly words from a recent customer

Thank you for a wonderful day hiking. I had taken part in the night hike to the summit of Carrauntoohil a few weeks ago. It was amazing to see the sun rise over the reeks, especially Beenkeragh. The narrow ridge beckoned, and I thought ah, the next challenge...

Thanks to the "pay what you like", an opportunity arose to take part in a guided hike of the Coomloughra Horseshoe. I had a great day with the other climbers and our guide Tadgh, who made the day very enjoyable and had every confidence that we would be led safely across the narrow ridges of Beenkeragh, Carrantouhil and Caher. I was pretty tired in the evening but it was well worth it.

The next day I took part in the mountain skills course in the Gap of Dunloe with Dave our guide and another group of friendly like-minded climbers. I learned a lot of helpful skills. It meant a lot to me because I recently went way off course hill walking in the Burren , feel much more confident now but hope to do the full mountain skills course soon.

So thank you Nathan, Ruth and all the team at Outdoors Ireland.

Mary, Galway

8 September 2010

Didn't We Look Lovely Back Then

Win Mountain Skills Training

As mist rolls over the Kerry hills and sheets of wind and rain batter the mountain tops it seems like a good time to mention that we're beginning to focus again on our Mountain Skills Training.

Mountain Skills is designed to give you the skills, ability and confidence to look after yourself in the Irish mountains, get off the beaten track and explore the mountain wilderness. You'll be trained in Equipment, Map Reading, Navigation Techniques, Compass Work, Mountain Hazards, Moving on Steep Ground and Emergency Procedures.

Just as a nice thing to do (because we're quite nice people) we're giving away one place on both a Mountain Skills 1 and Mountain Skills 2, in Kerry over the coming months.

To enter this competition leave a comment here with a story of the worst, most stupid or embarrassing time you've gotten lost and why you could use this Mountain Skills Training! Add your email address also, so we can contact you.

Here's the catches. The winner will need to pay a €5 Mountaineering Ireland registration fee. The winner will need to write a blog about their experiences as they progress through their training and we'd love if you'd also put a link for our Mountain Skills Training on your facebook page. That's all!

Good Luck - Nathan

3 September 2010

Adventure Activities in Kerry

Top of O Shea's Gully, with Glencar in the background

Kitten that Tadhg found abandoned on Carrauntoohil

Devil's Spy Glass Lake, at the base of O Shea's Gully

Carrauntoohil's Summit

Carrauntoohil, with O Shea's, Central & Curve Gully visible

Best Sunset of the Summer on Lough Lein

Sunset Kayak Trip on Killarney Lakes

Costa del Killarney!

'Let There Be Light...'

River Kayak Trip, with MacGillycuddy Reeks in the background

Tackling the rapids at Beaufort Bridge

Arete Rock Climbing in the Gap of Dunloe