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Walking and Hiking around Scart House
Castlecove is ideally placed for lovers of the outdoors, and there are countless opportunities to appreciate the pristine and often dramatic natural environment present here in South Kerry.
The Kerry Way, one of Irelands longest and most popular walking trails, passes less than a mile from Scart House and is easily accessed by car or directly on foot. This 214km signposted track starts and ends in Killarney, looping around the Iveragh Peninsula and taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country (www.kerryway.com).
A wonderful day walk from the door of Scart House is a trip over the hills to Sneem - around 14km, followed by dinner in the pub! If you have brought more than one car to Scart House, you could car pool or alternatively pre-arrange pickup with Mike, the local taxi (ph. +353 872213005).
A similar walk can be taken the opposite way, up over 'Windy Gap' (see photo below, taken from Scart House) and onwards to Waterville, approximately 20km.
The Iveragh Peninsula is also home to the McGillyCuddy Reeks mountain range, which in turn hosts Irelands highest peak, Carrauntoohil (1,038m). There are several routes to the summit of this spectacular mountain, each of varying degrees of difficulty. Routes are signposted, but guided trips are available through several experienced operators (www.kerryclimbing.ie).
The weather can be changeable in any season so climbers are advised to be prepared for four seasons in one day!
If a tranquil stroll through ancient woodland is more to your taste, there are numerous signposted walks within Killarney National Park (40km/24 miles), ranging from the dramatic Torc Waterfall to the peaceful oak and beech woodland surrounding Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane.