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Outdoors Ireland offers guided climbs on Carrauntoohil and snow and ice hikes when weather permits.

Mountain skills courses, teaching map reading and other general skills for the hills, are also available. The company also runs rock-climbing courses in the nearby Gap of Dunloe.

Kayaking trips on the Lakes of Killarney and night ascents of Carrauntoohil are also offered. www.outdoorsireland.com or call 086 860 4563 for more information.

A number of accommodation partners are offered by Outdoors Ireland, for those who wish to stay in Killarney. Cormac stayed at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel, www.killarneyparkhotel.ie or call 064 663 5555.

Contact travel editor Mark Evans on mevans@herald.ie or call 01 705 5706