View from Mangerton Mountain

By Car
Killarney is easily accessible by Car, Bus or Rail and even by air!

Here are some handy links:
For directions from anywhere in Ireland visit AA Routeplanner

By Bus:
Killarney is serviced by bus from all the major towns and cities in Ireland. For more information visit

By Rail:
Killarney is serviced by rail from all the major towns and cities in Ireland. For more information visit

By Plane:
Kerry Airport is situated in Farranfore, 9 miles from Killarney and has connections from a number of national and international airports. For more information visit:

Starting and finishing point of KILLARNEY’S ULTIMATE HIGH PEAKS CHALLENGE:

Cronins Yard

For over 200 years Cronin’s Yard has been used as the traditional starting point for ascents of Ireland’s highest mountains. Situated at the entrance to the Hag’s Glen at Mealis, Beaufort, this is the gateway to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks the most perfect place to begin and end such a spectacular high mountain challenge.

With ample car parking facilities in place Cronin’s Yard offers the walker and climber a selection of services from packed lunches to a well deserved hot shower after a long day on Ireland’s premier mountain range.

Directions to Cronin’s Yard

From Killarney: Take the N72 (Ring of Kerry road) towards Killorglin. After Fossa Village, turn left for the Gap of Dunloe. Continue on this road for approximately 8km until you come to Kissane’s Shop and Maxol Service Station. Go over a small bridge and take the next left (signposted for Cronin’s Yard and Tea Room, Carrauntoohil). Proceed to the end of this road, approximately 3km to Cronin’s Yard.

Buses will begin departing from Cronin’s yard at 05:00am transporting participants to the start of the trek in the Gap of Dunloe (GR 881 892)

Sat Nav Coordinates: Lat: 52° 1’35.74″N / Long: 9°41’46.41″W
Ordinance Survey Map: Sheet 78 Kerry
Harvey: MacGillycuddy Reeks
Grid reference:
IV 837 873

Contact information

Killarney’s Ultimate High Peaks Challenge,
Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.

Phone: +353 (0)87 744 0523

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Route maps
Muckross Lake
McGillycuddys Reeks
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