The Kerry Way
Derriana Lodge is ideally suited to explore the Iveragh peninsula which covers an extensive area of Kerry encompassing over 1900 square kilometres of wilderness, lakes, rivers and charming villages and towns. The famous Kerry Way is close to the Lodge and is a large waymarked trail of over 230 km. The trail is a circular route and goes around and through the Macgillicuddy Reeks which have Ireland's highest peaks at over 1000 metres. The total ascent is over 5000 metres and terrain can be wet and isolated.
The local area around the Lodge has a wonderful moorland landscape with Atlantic blanket bog and an extensive array of glaciated lakes and rivers. Access to the mountains is easy with a number of loop walks in the area, one in particular, adjacent to Lough Currane with a 20 Km walk starting 10 minutes from the Lodge.
The area is rich in wildlife with Mountain Hares abundant while Red Grouse can be heard on the surrounding hillsides. The area is famous for sightings of the White Tailed Eagle which was re-introduced into the area after an absence of over 100 years. If walking from November to January it is a time of immense activity in the areas rivers and streams with wild trout and Atlantic salmon spawning and fish can be observed at most locations where gravel abounds.
A comprehensive outline of the Kerry Way can be found at http://www.irishtrails.ie/trail/kerry-way/19/ or http://www.kerryway.com/index.php We highly recommend and endorse Hill Walk Tours for your self-guided walks