Tarbert Cuckoo Walking Festival

Feel the wind in your face and forget your cares as you ramble around the hidden gems of the Shannon Estuary.

The Cuckoo 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!

Starting on first weekend in May taking walkers through the woodland wonders and coastal paths of north Kerry, the festival has gone from strength to strength in the last seven years of its existence.

This year, it introduces younger walkers to a new technology that will enhance their experience of local walks no end.

"We're launching the QR Code walks for younger ramblers on the opening night of the festival, a system that was developed by a software developer in Cork called Billy Flynn at the request of the Tarbert Development Association," TDA member and Cuckoo Walking Fesitval organiser Mícheál Lannigan said.

"It works through smartphones. You download the app and using it on the woodland walk it will point out places of interest. The walkers can then press a button and the app will tell them all about everything from the birdlife to the history of the spot," Mícheál explained.

It's set to make walking around their homeplace much more interesting, Mícheál added.

Meanwhile, it is expected that hundreds will flock to Tarbert from all over the country once again for a weekend of healthy rambling around north Kerry. The weekend is now one of the most popular in the Tarbert calendar and draws solid repeat business each year.

Long walks from Knockanore to jaunts around Tarbert Bay and through the woods of the Leslie estate will ensure another great year for the festival. The weekend ends on Monday with the Farewell to the Cuckoo walk, from the Cross of the Woods to Dooncaha Bog. "You can actually hear the cuckoo in Dooncaha this time of year, provided people stop talking!" Sessions and craic abound in the pubs for the weekend too.

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