Cronin's Yard

kerry, killarney

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Comfortable camping pods at the base of Ireland’s highest mountain

For over 300 years Cronin's Yard has been used as the traditional starting point for ascents of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, Cronin’s Yard offers a campsite with comfortable timber camping pods. Fully insulated and well-ventilated, the fully-equipped camping pods are perfect for the Kerry weather.

Situated at the entrance to the Hag’s Glen at Mealis in Beaufort, the campsite rests at the gateway to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and provides the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding Irish countryside. Cronin’s Yard is also home to the memorials of the 1943 US Skytrain disaster at Cummeenapeasta Lake.

Cronin’s Yard offers two types of camping pods – standard pods with ample space for 2/3 adults and 2 children or family pods that can sleep up to 2-5 adults and 3 children. South-facing pods feature wooden decking areas for relaxing and alfresco dining and boast stunning morning views.

Other services include a modern toilet block with hot water showers and toilets. An onsite tearoom has an open fireplace where guests can relax on rainy days. Other services include sleeping bag hire, lamps, fire pits and a barbeque area.

Mealis, killarney, kerry, Ireland


  • Insulated wooden camping pods
  • Good base for ascents up Carrauntoohil
  • Stunning scenic views
  • Fire pits and barbeque facilities

Great for

Family Fun
Walking and Hiking
Peace and Quiet
Scenic Views

Facilities and things nearby

Baby changing room
Shop (essentials)
Washing up facilities

Good to know



GPS: 52.0266°N, 9.6958°W

From Killarney: Take the N72 (Ring of Kerry road) towards Killorglin. After Fossa Village, turn left for the Gap of Dunloe. Continue on this road for approximately 8km until you come to Kissane's Shop and Maxol Service Station. Go over a small bridge and take the next left (signposted for Cronin's Yard and Tea Room, Carrauntoohil). Proceed to the end of this road, approximately 3km to Cronin's Yard.

  • Kerry Airport - 20 km
  • Cork Airport - 84 km
  • Shannon Airport - 90 km
  • Cork - 96 km
  • Rosslare - 230 km
  • Dublin - 274 km


Payment terms

100% of the remaining balance on arrival

Cancellation policy

Cancel 30 days or more before arrival 100% refunded, Cancel less than 30 days before arrival 0% refunded

Cards accepted at this property

Credit and debit cards are not accepted at this site.