A new festival full of incredible adventures in and around the celebrated Irish town of Killarney, County Kerry, is set to get underway this spring.
The inaugural Wander Wild Festival, running from 25 – 27 March inclusive, promises a long weekend packed with unique experiences in some of the most amazing natural settings anywhere in the world.
Offering an eclectic choice of events, covering outdoor pursuits, culture and food, the festival will be a fast-paced springtime experience of Killarney’s great outdoors.
Situated on the Ring of Kerry, which has attracted people for hundreds of years on account of its outstanding natural beauty, Killarney is one of Ireland’s most charming and exquisitely located towns.
The Wander Wild Festival takes place in venues such as the town’s Anam Arts and Cultural Centre, St Mary’s Church and the festival basecamp of Cafe Du Parc, as well as in Killarney National Park, Killarney House and Gardens and the MacGillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland.
The three-day programme will have a sustainability focus and will include lots of live music, talks and guided walks, photography exhibitions and a series of feature-length films focusing on the global climate crisis, zero waste living, mountain climbing and more.
Numerous tours on foot, on horseback or by bike and kayak around the surrounding area will also be available.
The world-famous Killarney National Park is adjacent to the town, and throughout the weekend, festival-goers can get an insider glimpse of its natural treasures through the eyes of local guides.
The three spectacular lakes of Killarney will also provide stunning settings to unforgettable experiences, including trips to the iconic Innisfallen Island early monastic settlement and canoeing adventures on Muckross lake.
Meanwhile the MacGillycuddy Reeks will provide the ideal challenge to adventurers. Ascend Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest peak, via the ‘Devil’s Ladder’ route or go rock climbing to your heart’s content.
Alternatively, learn map reading, navigation techniques and compass skills at the Gap of Dunloe, a stunningly scenic mountain pass separating the Reeks in the west from the Purple Mountain group in the east of Kerry.
As County Kerry is home to some of the finest local suppliers and artisan producers anywhere in Ireland, foodies should look out for the Wander Wild Food Trail on Saturday 26 March. Killarney’s town centre pubs and restaurants will be serving the best of the county on a plate.
Adventurers of all ages and abilities are welcome to the Wander Wild Festival, and there is an abundance of accommodation in the area, from five-star luxury hotels, to self-catering cottages, guesthouses and family and pet-friendly locations.
Gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way, Killarney is the perfect place to unwind, wander wild and let Irish nature awaken the body, mind and soul.
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