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Mountaineering Ireland in Sneem: A Hillwalking Paradise

Sneem Lake

Sneem is a picturesque village on the Iveragh Peninsula in Kerry, Ireland, and a world-class hillwalking destination. Surrounded by mountains, lakes, rugged landscapes and wild coastline, Sneem offers stunning views and adventure for all walking abilities.

Eagles Lake in Sneem. Amazing hillwalking destination

One of Sneem’s unique features is its lesser-known sandstone Kerry mountains, which offer a variety of hiking experiences. The Sneem mountain range is known as the Dunkerron Mountains or Iveragh (Peninsula) Mountains. The Knocknagantee and Knockmoyle loop offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastline, while the Derryleagh Mountain Lakes walk takes you through a series of beautiful lakes.

Visit Coomalougha Lough in Sneem on Your Next Hillwaking Adventure
Coomalougha Lough – The landscape around the Lough illustrated the tremendous power of
the Folding Process on the Sandstone Rock

Another thing that makes Sneem a great hillwalking destination is the presence of experienced local guides. Álaind Walking offers guided walks and holidays, where you can see and learn so much about this wild and untamed area of the Ring of Kerry.

Why Sneem was chosen to host the Mountaineering Ireland Autumn Gathering in October 2023

Sneem was chosen to host the Mountaineering Ireland Autumn Gathering in October 2023 because of its reputation as a world-class hillwalking destination. The village offers a variety of walks for all abilities, with stunning views and unique sandstone mountains. Additionally, Sneem is home to experienced local guides who can lead and teach visitors about the area.

Hillwalkers on top of Knocknagantee
On the Hill of Chat – Cnoc na Cainte – Knocknagantee
Rainbows and hillwalkers above Lough Coomeen
Chasing Rainbows in Derryleagh
Hillwalkers enjoying lunch on Knockmoyle in Sneem
Enjoying the views from Knockmoyle
Hillwalkers on the plateau in the middle of the Sneem Dunkerron Mountains
Exploring the lesser-known sandstone mountains of Sneem
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Learning new skills from an experienced local guide

Sneem is a hillwalker’s paradise, with a wide range of walks to suit all abilities. From gentle strolls along the Kerry Way to challenging climbs of the Kerry Mountains, there is something for everyone in Sneem. If you want to experience this wonderful area for yourself, you can contact us to discuss a guided walking holiday or a guided walk or hike led by an experienced local guide.

Álaind Walking holidays are hassle-free for clubs, groups and individuals. We provide luxury accommodation, tailor-made walks and hikes and expert mountain leaders.

Here's What The Walkers Said

“Thank you for your leadership on the mountains. Really enjoyed the walk.”

“A super walk Fergal, thank you for guiding it. I had never walked in that area before and would love to go back.”

“Lovely day, really enjoyed it.”

“Fergal, great meeting you on Sunday for an excellently-guided walk……. we will stay with you hopefully in the near future.”

If you are looking for a rewarding walking holiday adventure in Ireland, I would highly recommend the Dunkerron Mountains in Sneem on the Ring of Kerry. Contact us today to plan your visit.