Thursday, 07 March 2013 11:42
Published in Hillwalking

 Self Guided Tours 

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The Pat Falvey Walking and Adventure Centre is ideally located at The Mountain Lodge in the heart of The Macgillycuddy Reeks, home to Corrantouhil, (Ireland's highest mountain) and Killarney National Park. We have the Kingdom of Kerry at our doorstep and we are more than happy to organise any walk you like. Our guides have vast experience and know of the dangers which come with trekking alone in Ireland's highest mountains, we are here to lead you into the heart of this beautiful landscape. So whether it’s your first adventure or your looking for a thrill on one of the amazing ridges, contact us and we will be more than happy to help you organise your outing!

Date: All Year Round (winter guides for experienced trekkers/climbers only)

Time: 09.00

Meeting Point: The Mountain Lodge, Beaufort, Killarney - call us for directions!

Walk Duration: 3-6hrs depending on route chosen

Equipment: 30 litre rucksack, gaitors, waterproof trekking boots, waterproof jacket and trousers, warm top (fleece is recommended), hat and gloves. 2 litres of water, packed lunch, camera and case, binoculars, small first aid kit.

Optional Extras: Any additional clothing to ensure you are comfortable.

Varies depending on route chosen and duration of the trek.

The most popular option for many of our clients.

We regulary organise day-long excursions, weekend & mid-week breaks and outings for individuals, coporate groups, sports teams, families and friends. The benefits are endless and we can organise all the logistics for you, from transport to accommodation, team building, military bootcamps, walking, trekking, abseiling....the activities are endless! We are your one stop adventure company who pride ourselves on providing the best of adventures in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Please contact our office to further discuss the benefits of a private course or guided walk/expedition you would like to challenge your team, group, family or friends.


Friday, 16 December 2011 12:06
Published in Travel & Training blog

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Thursday, 13 October 2011 12:26

On Friday 23rd September, a group of colleagues/friends from Pepsico Carrigaline/Little island arrived down to Kate Kearney's to climb Carrauntoohil. Conditions were fair with some cloud about as we headed to Lisleibane, our start for the day. After a short briefing our pace was set by John heading us into the Hags Glen. Our group were mostly in I.T. department at Pepsico and were all well up for the climb.

The Route to the Summit of Carrauntoohil: We climbed up through one of the most beautiful routes on the mountain as we made our way through Coomcallee (The Hags Glen) before going off track passing Lough Gouragh (The Lake of the Goat) Breaking through the cliff barrier over the Step of the Goat, where we learned some scrambling techniques to gain the upper reaches of the mountain as we climbed through the three tiers of Coimin Iochtarach, Lair and Uachtarach (The lower, middle and upper valleys) to Ireland’s highest lake (The Eagles Nest).

We breaked for some lunch in very quiet and peaceful surroundings having some banter awaiting our next stage Brother O Shea’s Gully, a good pull up it is but only 30 mins or so did the trick. We ascended to the summit from the Beenkeragh ridge in breezy misty conditions. On top there was only about 6-8 others besides us and we all gathered elated for our summit photo.

On our decent the clouds lifted as we approached the Devils Ladder. It was still fairly breezy at this stage, we headed down into the shelter of the ladder slowly making our way left, right and mostly left again amongst the large boulders and loose scree which feels like moist gravel. The group were in flying form at this stage seeing the completion of their challenge only an hour or so down the valley realising they were nearly done!!

The track out the glen was still breezy with gusts nearly toppling us on the open ground as we viewed the route we took earlier described by John. Once back at the car, a decision was made to head for Kates, where we finished our day over a coffee/pint.

"Thanks soooo much for last Friday - we had a really great time - and everyone is still raving about it, was such a great experience" Rosie Coffey

Well done to all everyone on the day and especially Rosie for organising, hope to see ye again in the future, all the best!!

Guides: Niall Foley & John Healy

Report by Niall Foley

Tuesday, 02 August 2011 00:33
Published in Travel & Training blog

Rise In Rescues On The Reeks.

More and more people are taking to the hills and are ignoring the fundamental basic requirements that are necessary for safe journeys on Ireland's highest mountains, i.e. proper gear, navigational skills for leaders and bad route finding decisions.

Over the coming months we at the Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering will be giving free advice on our monthly newsletters on proper procedures on how to look after yourself and your team mates on the mountains.

Every year we see unnecessary accidents on mountains and we hope these educational pieces starting next month will help you to make your trekking, climbing and walking on the hills here at home in Ireland and abroad, much safer.

A very famous mountaineer coined a quote:

"Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are naught without prudence, and that momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste, look well to each step, and from the beginning think what may be the end". ~ Edward Whymper, first ascensionist of the Matterhorn, 1865.

Be prepared, plan your journeys and be logical with your chooses.

Kerry Mountain Rescue reported 4 rescues for July. While we at The Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering and Kerry Guides have had three contacts from different groups on the mountains for assistance en route, after finding walkers and climbers had been misplaced on the mountain and they required navigational help to get off the Reeks.

Lots of people are not taking the dangers of the Reeks into consideration and are ill-prepared for what is potentially a dangerous activity, on very tricky steep mountains.

Mountaineering is a dangerous sport/pastime. People must ultimately take responsibility for their own safety and due diligence is required from walkers, trekkers, leaders and guides.

No experience is no excuse to put yourself in danger.

People who have no experience should ensure that leaders they are going with have adequate experience before climbing into dangerous situations.

Also they should take responsibility for proper clothing, to have adequate boots and to ensure they have enough food and water for a hard days climb or walk on the hills..

Most accidents are caused due to lack of proper planning and the mistakes are simple.

If people are not experienced they should go with a leader/guide when they are outside their comfort zone. They should not go in groups unless the ratio of guide to inexperienced people on the team should only be 1:6 and over six leaders are required in the event of an accident.

Here at The Pat Falvey School of Mountaineering we provide Leaders - Guides- and courses in Kerry and throughout the world to assist those requiring our services. 

Contact us here at for all your climbing needs.








Monday, 04 July 2011 14:08
Published in Corporate Blog

June 25th 2011: For yet another year, Pat had the pleasure of leading a Cork Branch of AIB Banks Sports & Summit Club on Carrauntoohil.

From a briefing at 09.30 until the descent, the rain stayed with the group as they took on the challenge of attempting the summit. Meeting up with the some of the (very wet) group later that evening in Kate Kearney's Cottage, it was evident that the weather did not dampen spirits and everyone throughly enjoyed their choosen away day climb.

''Thanks again for the support on the day. Always good to be out on the hills with you'' Lar Fant, AIB


Friday, 01 July 2011 02:20

Some of team taking in the views on Meet Day Hike

June 25th Meet Day/Fitness Assessment Weekend for the September Mount Kilimanjaro Team Members. 

What a weekend it was! Fourteen of the team were able to join us on our Free Meet Day offered to aid their preparation for their climb of Mt Kilimanjaro.

The aim of the day is to allow the team to meet with their guides and fellow trekkers, discuss the trek ahead, address any queries that may remain and run through the gear required.

We also hit the hills this weekend. We choose the route over Strickeen down into the Gap and crossed onto the 'Chimneys' to ascend Tomies Mountain. The routes we choose are part of Fitness Assessments covering terrains and exerting energy simular to that of a typical days trek.  

The benefit of this day has proved very successful over the past years and with most of the team staying to partake in the Night Hike, that together with the earlier hike simulates summit night.  The team left The Mountain Lodge on Sunday feeling ready to take on the challenge ahead.  



"Hi Lorraine, Thanks a million for a fantastic weekend. I can't wait until September!"  Kind Regards, Lisa


Two days of trekking in great company with good food and comfortable lodgings. Our Fitness Training Weekend for Trekkers is geared towards those wishing to take on a challenging trek or climb like Kilimanjaro, Elbrus or even Aconcagua and is recommended as part of a training plan. We suggest you complete this course early in your training plan or at least 2-3 months prior to departure. This course is an ideal way to assess your fitness level with a long day on the mountains while simulating the summit day by starting in the dark early on Day 2.

This course is designed for people who would like to use a guide to assess their fitness levels and to show them the fitness level required for trekking holidays that involve higher altitudes. (4000-6000+)


For more information on our Fitness Assessment Weekends or our expeditions to Africa and worldwide - contact us here at



African Tour Leader Gerry Walsh enjoying day on Tomies

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:43

Hi Lorraine,

Just wanted to say a big thank you for arranging our Carrauntoohil Climb last Saturday. It was a brilliant experience and we really enjoyed it despite the weather! (It just means we may come back again to see the scenery!) Ian and Tony were great and kept us going along the way and I was thrilled to get the chance to meet Pat Falvey.

Thanks again!

Goat on the edge - Carrauntoohil










To arrange your ascent of Corrantouhil or any of Ireland's Highest Mountains - contact us here at


Friday, 10 June 2011 16:51


Great credit to yourself, Gene and the organisers for undertaking the responsibility of bringing a large group of novice climbers like me up Ireland's highest mountain. For so long I have wanted to do this and was greatful for the opportunity and being able to raise money for Buil4life made it worthwhile.

Kind regards, Peter Browne & Neil Browne (the last two on the bus)


This charity climb of Irelands highest mountain Carrantuohill took place on Saturday 11th June. We facilitated this worthy cause on the day.


Build4Life Kids Charity Climb Carrauntoohil



Meeting place Kate Kearneys Cottage in the Gap of Dunloe at 08:30- 09:00 for briefing before departure for the starting point at Cronins Yard.

All climbers were advised to ensure that they bring warm clothing, good boots and raingear as it will be cold with heavy showers during the day.

Build4lifekids/CysticFibrosis need to raise 1.5 million to build a dedicated clinic and isolated rooms for the kids of CF in Munster. It is the only charity fnding these facilities. Joe Brown from Castleisland and co founder of Build4LifeKids said " the children of Cork and beyond are currently being treated in sub-standard conditions which directly effects their chances to remain healthy longer.

Over the last 4 years Build4LifeKids have risen over 2.3 million euros to develop facilities for adults with CF attending Cork University Hospital (CUH)

For further information please call 087 2317722 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday, 20 May 2011 00:48
Published in Travel & Training blog

Join us as we climb Corran Tuathail, Ireland's highest peak (1039m/3414ft) on May 29th 2011 in aid of suicide aware, the Cork based organisation set up to help deal with the issues of depression and suicide in Ireland. The climb will be led by charity patron Pat Falvey and his team of experienced guides.

Meeting Point: Kate Kearney's Cottage, Gap of Dunloe

Meet Time: 10.00am

Sponsorship cards available from Pat Behan 087 9454202 (Minimum sponsorship €150pp)

This is the third annual climb with Pat and it has proven a most popular event. It will be on a first booked basis as numbers limited to 80 pax for safety reasons.

Many of the last years climbers are interested in making this a weekend event and the local hostel is providing special rates for all interested - pre booking is essential.

Basic walking skills required and walking gear essential - Look forward to meeting you on the day! For more information or to book a place contact us or

Suicide Aware climbers on Carrauntoohil

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:13

May 07th brought Andy, Jack (10) and Shannan Timmins along with 22 friends to the foot of Carrauntoohil.


Since late 2010, we have had the pleasure of working with Andy and Sarah Timmins in organising their fundraising event to Climb Carrauntoohill for the Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation. With over 40 members of the Timmins family and friends down from Dublin, including a supporting team, the 25 climbers including Jack and Lee, both whom have Cystic Fibrosis, set of on what can only be described as a challenging day on Ireland's highest peak.


The rain was constant and heavy. The winds were high and often left us bracing ourselves against the elements. But under the guidance and expertise of Pat & Niall Foley, the team were in no doubt of a safe ascent and more importantly, a safe descent. Not once did the teams motivation flounder and an extra credit must be noted to the younger members of the team who would have been in their rights to call it a day at any point. But the strenghts that can be drawn from great leadership (both of the guides Pat and Niall and of Andy Timmins) held high and 7 hours after leaving Cronin's Yard, a very enthused team returned high with emotion and very,very wet!


I had the pleasure of assisting Pat and Niall in leading the climb and after working with Andy over the past 6 months, it was a great feat to be there to witness the day in all it's glory. Having met with most of the group on the Friday evening for a briefing, it was obvious that the climbers were heading back for a great evening of celebrtions and they definately deserved it!


Belated Happy Birthday to Jack who turned 11 in the past few days. We hope you had a great day and if your and Lee's positive attitude on the climb was anything to go by, we will no doubt see you guys back on the hills into the future!


''Hi Pat, Lorrainne and Neil, just wanted to thank ye all again for all your help and guidance on our recent journey up carrauntoohil for C.F...It was certainly as spectacular as it was difficult, given the day we had... And on behalf of our group, family and friends may I pass on our deepest condolances to the family and friends of your fellow adventurer John Delaney... Look forward to meeting ye all again, ok... cheers for now''  - John (the fireman) Timmins.



Cystic Fibrosis Hopesource Foundation is a 100% voluntary organisation
We have no salaried staff
We do not use professional fundraisers
We cover all promotional expenses from our own pockets
All involved give their time free of charge
Every cent raised goes directly to meet clearly specified needs
Our audited accounts are freely available for inspection


October 2010 Temple St CFOPD

''It's a Big Thank You to everyone involved in raising the funds that CF Hopesource Foundation contributed to the project. The total project cost €2.3 million and CF Hopesource contributed €545,000''
''For the past 3 months children with CF going to Temple St have been attending clinic at the new CF OPD and any child requiring treatment in between clinic visits has been going there too. The result is that parents can bring their children to the new clinic without fear of cross infection while at clinic. Also starting a child on IV antibiotics no longer needs to be delayed because of the lack of a treatment room''


2007: New testing equipment for Dr. Philip Murphy's Microbiology Lab at Tallaght Hospital primarily funded by the Forex Golf outing in Mount Wolseley. Many thanks to all who gave their supported. For CF patients, this means faster prescription of the correct antibiotic.


Funding the position of Dedicated Dietician for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Beaumont Hospital

Providing seed funding for the position of Dedicated Dietician for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital.

Fully funding a 2nd Dedicated Dietician post for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Funding a Dedicated Physiotherapist position and the position of a Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Funding the position of a dedicated Psychologist for the Cystic Fibrosis Team at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

Establishing a Long Line IV Service at Temple Street Childrens Hospital

€26,000 towards the purchase of a Micro Array Scanner for Cystic Fibrosis Research at Beaumont Hospital

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