Walk along the River Laune
Lift your spirits on this gentle stroll from Killorglin town centre to near wilderness on the banks of the lovely Laune, the river which runs for some 20km from Killarney’s Lough Leane into the ocean at Castlemaine Harbour.
Killorglin, is a small, vibrant town on the Ring of Kerry with a modest path alongside the river that runs through its heart.
Start out at the Reeks District Visitor Centre, turning left at Sunhill Road and then taking the first right-hand path through the trees after a car park. This will see you leaving town behind as Killorglin Church can be seen through to the fields to the right. As the path progresses it passes over the river on the town’s iconic Metal Bridge.
Officially the Laune Viaduct, this railway bridge was constructed in 1885 to serve what was then the most westerly railway line in Europe, Great Southern and Western’s route from Farranfore to Valentia Harbour. Set on cut limestone pillars, the now-retired bridge sits high over the surrounding landscape and has a notable balance of symmetry, proportion and pattern in its arching steel trusses.
Continue along the tree-lined railway route then weave back to the river’s edge on a good gravel path. Ducks, swans, seagulls and otters may be seen here, as can seals which cunningly work in pairs to catch fish. This stretch of river is serene at times and often, during calm summer evenings, the snap of oars can be heard as local rowing crews set out towards the estuary.
This is an out-and-back walk, so turn around and head back into town when you reach a small sandy beach with a pond to the right.
After your river-bank walk, pop into town and treat yourself in one of Killorglin’s many bustling cafés and pubs.
Suggested Bar & Restaurant
Bunkers Bar & Restaurant
Bunkers is a family owned bar and restaurant in Killorglin, just opposite the Reeks District Visitor Centre.
They serve good wholesome food all year round – breakfast, lunches and evening meals. They also have trad sessions in the bar and live music at the weekends. You’re guaranteed a very warm welcome!