Reeks District Big Five

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Reeks District

The Reeks District Big Five is a selection of the biggest, best and most thrilling adventures Ireland has to offer.The Reeks District, voted one of Rough Guides top places to visit in 2019, is where Ireland’s highest mountains meet the rugged Atlantic West Coast, providing an awesome backdrop for you to climb, paddle, bike, surf and SUP as you take on this action-packed adventure.Activities on the Big Five include climbing Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, and a night SUP on Lough Cloon, which sits on the edge of the only Gold Tier Dark Sky Reserve in the Northern Hemisphere (and only one of three Gold Tier reserves in the world).There are two ways to complete the Big Five depending on how much time you have. Take on the Big Five at your own pace by spacing the adventures over 12 months or for the ultimate in Irish adventure, bag the Big Five in five days or less to get a limited-edition certificate and have your name added to the Big Five Wall of Fame.Just pick up a Big Five Passport from the Reeks District Visitor Centre in Killorglin, log them on komoot and bring both with you to the Visitor Centre to have your passport ratified.You can also do the Big Five for a good cause by raising money for one of their chosen charities – RNLI and Kerry Mountain Rescue Team – or for a charity of your choice.All of the Big Five carry a degree of risk so we recommend you talk to local expert guides. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive along with full terms and conditions.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Forget what you know about other 1,000m-mountains, scaling Ireland’s highest peak, Carrauntoohill, one of the Reeks District Big Five, is tougher than you think.

    There are a number of routes to choose from – all will have you scrambling hand over foot at times on your way to the summit.

    Talk to local expert guides to select the best approach for you and your party based on your abilities, fitness and the amount of time you have in the region. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive.

    At the very least, climbers should expect to be on the mountains for around six hours. Suitable clothing and footwear are essential, as is a packed lunch. Throw in a sense of adventure and you’re all set. Days on the mountains don’t get much better.

    To bag your climb as part of the Big Five, take a picture at the summit and add it to the Highlight.

  • Intermediate
    02:08
    5.32 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The valley in which Caragh Lake sits was carved by mighty Ice Age glaciers – but don’t be fooled by the peaceful setting.If a wind whips up, traversing the 6km over this glacial lake, one of the Reeks District Big Five, will test even seasoned kayakers.Talk to local partner providers about boat hire, instruction and support. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive.At the very least, you should expect to be on the water for an hour. Suitable training, bouyancy aid and clothing are essential.To bag your paddle as part of the Big Five, take a picture getting in and getting out and add them to the Highlights.

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  • Difficult
    04:40
    54.8 mi
    11.7 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert road ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Under the shadow of country’s three highest mountains, the Ring of the Reeks features will have you gasping for breath on three incredible lung-busting climbs: the Ballaghbeama Gap, Moll’s Gap and The Gap of Dunloe.One of the Reeks District Big Five, it’s the kind of challenge you’ll talk about for years to come.Chat to local partner providers about bike hire and support. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive.To bag your cycle as part of the Big Five, just log your ride.

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    Forget fighting for a wave with hundreds of other people, beautiful Blue Flag Inch Beach is as rugged and remote as Irish surfing spots come.

    As one of the Reeks District Big Five, all you have to do is travel on one of those waves, preferably standing, to complete this task.

    Chat to local partner providers about board hire and support. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive.

    To bag your surf as part of the Big Five, just take a picture getting in out and add them to this Highlight.

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    Lough Cloon, near the Ballaghisheen Pass, is on the edge of the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only three Gold Tier reserves on the planet and the only one in the Northern Hemisphere.

    One of the Reeks District Big Five, SUP in Ireland doesn't get any wilder than this.

    Chat to local partner providers about boards, support and a warm cup of cocoa when you get out. A list of these can be found at reeksdistrict.com/bigfive.

    To bag your SUP as part of the Big Five, just take a picture getting in out and add them to this Highlight.

Collection Stats

  • Tours
    2
  • Highlights
    3
  • Distance
    60.1 mi
  • Duration
    06:48 h
  • Elevation
    3,300 ft