Cuckoo Walking Festival

Great fun

for all the family!

The Cuckoo Walking Festival 2016 was a great success, thanks to everyone involved. Here’s looking forward to the 2017 Cuckoo Walking & Arts Festival. Enter your email below to be notified of developments!
  • 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!  

  • All walks are guided. As our walks are mainly cross-country, walkers are advised to wear suitable clothing, boots and waterproofs. Walking times and distances are approximate. Those taking part in walks do so at their own risk.

    All walkers must register in advance.

    For further information contact 086 8498638 / 068 36500 / 087 9665725

    This walking festival is organised by Tarbert Development Association who would like to take this opportunity to thank all the sponsors who have kindly lent their support. Tarbert Development Association would also like to thank the local community for their kind co- operation and support during the festival. 

  • Schedule of Events

    Nature 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.

    Level Moderate

    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.

    Adm: €5

    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.


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