THE BIG FIVE: Kerry’s Reeks District has launched ‘The Big Five’, a collection of the biggest, best and most thrilling outdoor adventures in the country. Pictured were: Siobhan Griffin (Kerry County Council), Jens Bachem (Reeks District Chair), Josephine O’Driscoll (Fáilte Ireland) and Noel Spillane (CEO SKDP). Photos: Riona MacMonagle
A new initiative could bring a lot more visitors to Killarney and even encourage more locals to enjoy the Reeks District.
Kerry’s Reeks District, voted one of Rough Guides top places to visit in 2019, launched the ‘Big Five’ – a collection of the biggest, best and most thrilling outdoor adventures in the country.
Activities include climbing the country’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil (1,039m), and enjoying a night-time stand-up-paddle experience on Lough Cloon near Glencar, 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.
Other activities in the ‘Big Five’ include cycling the Ring of the Reeks, paddling the length of Caragh Lake and surfing Inch Beach.
“The Reeks District offers something of interest for everyone – with an array of natural amenities such as the towering peaks of the MacGillicuddy’s Reeks and the two Blue Flag beaches of Rossbeigh and Inch; festivals like Puck Fair and K-Fest; and activities such as climbing, paddle boarding, biking, kayaking and surfing, that sets it apart from its surrounding towns and attractions,” Minister Brendan Griffin said.
Those taking up the ‘Big Five’ or ‘Big Five Challenge’ can also use the experience to raise money for a charity of their own, or one of the Reeks District’s chosen charities, Kerry Mountain Rescue Team or the RNLI.