Céad míle fáilte to our annual
Cuckoo Walking Festival in Tarbert.
Feel the wind in your face and forget your cares as you ramble around the hidden gems of the Shannon Estuary. Our walks take you through natural woodland, bog land and farmland and along quiet country roads that offer spectacular scenic views.
Walks range from easy to moderate and vary in length. So whatever type of walker you are come walking in Tarbert where you are assured of a wonderful warm welcome and you’re sure to hear the elusive cuckoo!
Schedule of EventsNature Walks for Students
These walks are organised by teachers in the Primary School, Tarbert and Tarbert Comprehensive School.
Walks start at various times during the day and vary in length to suit age groups.Friday Evening Madness 7.30 pm
Join us for our cheese and wine reception at the Bridewell followed by an evening of fun and frivolity.
Kerry Head Walk
Leaving Ballyheigue you head for the northerly side of the peninsula and head south towards Maulin mountain which commands a sweeping vista of land and ocean. You then progress west to Triskmore mountain through a mixture of low heather and furze. Views of Tralee Bay, Mount Brandon and the Maherees can be seen from this vantage point. You weave your way to the most westerly point of the peninsula before heading back to the town of Ballyheigue. We will enjoy tea and scones in Ballyheigue after the walk.
Registration 1 10.00 – 10.30 am at The Bridewell
Start Bus leaves Tarbert at 10.30 am for
Distance 15 km approx.
Duration 3.5 hours
This scenic walk is part of The North Kerry Way.
Prior booking by text is recommended for this walk.
Cost €20 for those registering in Tarbert.
Cost €10 for those registering in Ballyheigue.
Cost includes snack pack, tea and scones.
The John F. Leslie Woodland Walk
The woodland walk skirts its way along the beautiful bay of Tarbert and goes through the Leslie family estate. The wood is covered in a carpet of bluebells and wild garlic in April and May. You return through the wood by an alternative path where you pass the walled garden.
Registration 1.00 pm – 1.30 pm at The Bridewell
Start 1.30 pm at The Bridewell
Distance 6 km
Duration 1.5 – 2 hours
Cost €5 including a snack pack.
Teddy Bears Picnic
Meet at the Forge Park by the Green River for a kiddie’s stroll to the Community Centre for picnic, treats, disco and lots of fun. (weather permitting – if it’s raining see you in the Community Centre).
Fancy dress optional for the grown ups. Don’t forget your teddy bear with picnic and blanket.
1 pm – 3 pm
Tarbert House open to visitors at 3 pm.
Shannon Vista Walk
Walk starts at St. Paul’s Heritage Centre, opposite the Church in Glin. The walk heads south through farmland and on to a wooded area. Along the way you will see sweeping views of Glin and the Shannon Estuary. The pinnacle of the walk reaches 130m with a viewing platform affording panoramic views of counties Limerick, Clare, Galway, Kerry, Cork and Tipperary. To the north is Scattery Island and Galway Bay. To the west is Loop Head and Ballybunion. Continue on through another wooded area and through Glin Castle Demesne leading onto the shore. Return along the shore to the village of Glin. Ceol, caint agus craic including light refreshments, home cooked ham on your way home in Coolahan’s Bar, Tarbert.
Registration 12.30 to 1.00 pm
Start 1.00 pm at The Bridewell
Distance 9 km approx
Duration 3 hours
Cost €10 including a snack pack at The Bridewell
Back of the Hill and Woodland Walk
This leisurely walk takes you along the Low Road. Turn right and climb the Back of the Hill Road and continue on to the shore as far as the bounds. Continue on through the woodland walk which is part of the Leslie family estate. The woodland is covered in a bed of bluebells and wild garlic and we will return via the walled garden. Ceol, caint agus craic including light refreshments, home cooked ham on your way home in Coolahan’s Bar, Tarbert.
Registration 1.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Start 2.00 pm at The Bridewell
Distance 9 km approx
Duration 2 hours
Cost €10 including a snack pack.