What better way to show the strength of your feelings than to treat that special someone with a romantic break in Killarney.

Blessed with its magical landscape, legend has it, that when two lovers were courting, they neglected to a replace a cap on a nearby fairy well. Subsequently, the young lover’s mistake is said to have flooded the entire valley and the stunning Lakes of Killarney were formed, and the legend has always an aura of romance to the area.

With romantic tracks and trails, spectacular waterfalls and the enthralling Killarney National Park, Killarney truly is “A Couples Haven”, and we have created a list of 9 things to do for couples to do in Killarney.


1. Jaunting Car Experience- Gap Of Dunloe

For many people, The Gap Of Dunloe trip is regarded as the ultimate way to experience what Killarney has to offer. A trip to the ice aged carved valley of the Dunloe returns through the Killarney National Park via the Three Lakes of Killarney and promises to be an enjoyable romantic journey.

With spectacular scenery and panoramic views to experience, The Gap Of Dunloe takes in breathtaking sights, and sounds of this narrow mountain pass from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage.

Approx 11km in length, The Gap of Dunloe is formed by Glacier Flows and is a very popular destination due to its natural beauty.

2. Kayak in Killarney

Ideal for active couples, Kayaking in Killarney is a wonderful way to explore the beauty and history of Killarney. Kayak from Ross Castle right through to Lough Leane to Innisfallen, and experience some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable.

Discovering wooded & rustling islands, limestone caves, and kayak past sleepy swans on the Lakes of Killarney, Kayaking in Killarney also offers you the chance to discover Killarney’s past with the mystical 6th-century abbey ruins on Innisfallen Island well worth a visit. No previous kayaking experience is also required, so no excuses.

3. Horse Riding

Killarney Riding Stables provide daily rides through Killarney National Park, and are open all year round. Take in the beauty and views of Ross Castle, Ross Island, Innisfallen Island and surrounding mountains, with a choice of one, two or three-hour treks in Killarney National Park, with all levels catered for and supervised by guides.

4. Spa Day

The perfect treat to relax and rejuvanate, a Spa Day in Killarney, can be easily enjoyed and does not have to depend on Ireland’s unpredictable weather. Highly recommended is The Angsana Spa at The Brehon Hotel Killarney. A haven for physical, mental and spiritual renewal, Phuket, The Maldives, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and Killarney – Angsana Spas across the world are only located in places of exquisite beauty.

Every Angsana therapist has trained at The Banyan Tree Spa Academy in Thailand, while the treatments are a fusion of techniques from the East and West designed to refresh and rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit, and the experience offers an opportunity for both of you to refresh, revitalize the physical well being.

5. Red Deer Viewing in Killarney

If you are both lovers of animals and enjoy nature, viewing Red Deer in Killarney is definitely a sight to behold. While it can be easily assumed that a large trek into the wild is required, it is very much the consensus in Killarney that viewing Red Deer can be viewed safely at places just short walk from Killarney town. Both Knockreer and Muckross are both relatively easy to access from Killarney and both destinations are popular viewing spots for Red Deer.

6.Cookery Lessons

Something a little bit different, a fun and entertaining way for both of you to spend a day or an evening is a trip to a cookery class by Mark and Bernie Doe. Learn new recipes, and gain a better knowledge of food, cooking techniques, Just Cooking classes is an opportunity for both of you to learn new tricks to the trade, and as the saying goes, Food is the best way to the heart.

7. Get a Boat Tour of The Lakes of Killarney

A romantic way to view Killarney, they are a selection of tours that are available from Ross Castle. The Lakes of Killarney can be explored by traditional styled boats or an enclosed vessel, you will explore over 30 magical islands and spectacular Killarney National Park.

8. Enjoy the music and craic at JM Reidys

An iconic gem. located in the heart of Killarney Town, this sweet shop and pub is certainly a  unique experience, and from the moment you step inside the door, it will be an instant hit of a trip down memory lane. A recent stylish revamp of both offering and decór, has now ensured it is one of the most popular spots in town. Live music is a staple of the venue and  fairy-lit cobbled courtyard is well worth visit.

9. Road Trip around Ring of Kerry

A mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland, the spectacular scenery along this magnificent 180km journey, is sure to offer you a memorable experience. Home to magnificent sandy beaches that are perfect for long romantic walks, a stop at the picturesque Derrynane Beach is definitely advised. Centered on the Ring is the 700 square km, International Dark Sky Reserve, fantastic for stargazing when skies are clear.

With medieval ruins, mountains and loughs, the Ring of Kerry starting from Killarney, passes by the charming towns and villages of Kenmare, Sneem, Caherdaniel, Waterville, Ballinskelligs, Portmagee, Valentia Island, Cahersiveen, Glenbeigh and Killorglin before returning back into Killarney. Ideal for couples, The Ring of Kerry is must do if Killarney is your destination.