The Paps Mountains, Walking Route, Killarney, Kerry, Ireland


Aug 28, 2012 at 11:32 am in Walking/Hiking, Walks by ActiveME

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County: Route Length (km): 9.5
Nearest town: OS Map: 78
Route shape: linear one-wayRoute type: Mountain
Grade/difficulty: ModerateDuration: 3.5
Parking: road sideWheelchair friendly?: No
Family/child friendly?: NoDog friendly?: Yes
Grid ref. (start): W 08371 83921Grid ref. (finish): W 08371 83921


The Paps Mountains, one-way walk is a moderate 3.5 hour walking route to the sacred summits of both mountains on an ancient trail, county Kerry, Ireland. This walking route starts or ends from the west at Islandmore and two cars or a taxi is required to avoid the long walk back. However there are other alternative routes to choose from which may suit you better:

Paps of Danu PR Killarney Walking Festival 2014

The Paps or Dá Chích Anann as they were known in Pagan, pre-Christian times is where they celebrated the Pagan festival of the Summer Solstice on the Paps of Danú or Dá Chích Anann. The area is steeped in Irish Mythology with the nearby Derrynafinna or Doire Na Feinne in Irish meaning 'Oak Wood of the Fianna'. The walk follows in the footsteps of the Fianna, Fionn MacCumhail's legendary army of warriors who hunted deer in this area with their famous pack of 500 Irish Wolf Hounds.


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1 response to The Paps Mountains, Walking Route, Killarney, Kerry, Ireland

  1. Chris Silver said on August 22, 2017 Reply

    I was wondering if someone there knew the name of a road/highway by a little village (a dozen houses) called Gort Dearg (Red Field in English), which is very close to the Paps.
    My grandfather came from there and told my mother about when he walked up the Paps. I was there in 1976 and walked to the top of the Paps from Gort Dearg.
    I would appreciate any help you could give me.
    Sincerely yours,
    Chris Silver

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