Our top things to do in Kerry this Summer | Day 1 Itinerary

lovers’ walks, secluded lakeshores and stunning waterfalls make Killarney the perfect basecamp for a break in Kerry.

an ideal location for exploring all our beautiful county has to offer.

Here are OUR TOP THINGS TO DO IN KERRY THIS SUMMER | DAY 1 ITINERARY


Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

  • An ideal paradise for lovers and families alike.
  • Secluded hidden lakes, beaches, enchanting waterfalls and mesmerising sunsets.
  • Breathtaking scenery with over 25,000 acres of woodland, waterfalls and vistas abound.
  • See all of our favourite picks in Killarney National Park below:
Ross Castle view with mountains in the background

1. Ross Castle

Sits on the edge of Lough Leane, built in the 15th century.

Just a stone’s throw from Killarney town, the trip to the castle is best taken by Jaunting Cart.

The castle is open for tours throughout the season and boat trips are available to Inisfallen Island from the castle too.

2. Lough Leane

The largest of the three lakes of Killarney.
Locals and tourists alike pause and catch their breath at its unique natural beauty. 

Muckross Abbey view from side of cemetery on a sunny day

3. Muckross Abbey

An old Irish Monastery situated in the middle of the national park.

Founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary, its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister

Torc Waterfall

4. Torc Waterfall

A cascade waterfall at 20 metres high, 110 metres long, A short walk of approx 200 metres brings you to the waterfall. From that point steps lead to another viewing point at a higher altitude that provides a view over the Middle Lake.

Ladies View

5. Ladies View

Gap of Dunloe, Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks can be seen from Ladies View, an amazing viewing spot – ideal for a romantic snap!

Meeting of the Waters

6. Meeting of the Waters

Where all three of Killarney’s glorious lakes merge together. Most definitely one of the best hidden gems in Killarney. The area is so beautiful, echoing peace and tranquillity in a world of its own.

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Can you tell I’m happy about this class weather we’re having right now… Summer 2021 is never ending 🤸🏻‍♀️

Can you tell I’m happy about this class weather we’re having right now… Summer 2021 is never ending 🤸🏻‍♀️ ...

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There are not many things that match the experience of riding your bike around Ross Castle and Ross Island during the summer while the sun splits the stones ☀  You can also catch some rays and admire the ducks by the lakeshore while down at Ross Castle 😎
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📍: Ross Castle 
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There are not many things that match the experience of riding your bike around Ross Castle and Ross Island during the summer while the sun splits the stones ☀ You can also catch some rays and admire the ducks by the lakeshore while down at Ross Castle 😎
📸:@nelly.ontheroad 🙌
📍: Ross Castle
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The view from the top of the Devils Ladder on the way back down from Carrauntoohil this morning. Ashamed to say it was my first time climbing the mountain today, and it’s only over the road from me. Another one off the bucket list anyway.✔️

The view from the top of the Devils Ladder on the way back down from Carrauntoohil this morning. Ashamed to say it was my first time climbing the mountain today, and it’s only over the road from me. Another one off the bucket list anyway.✔️ ...

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Quite a lot of people categorise themselves as introverts or extroverts, or extraverted introverts and vice versa. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m an “activityvert” 😅 I’m most energised when I’m exploring new places, swimming in new locations, hiking mountains or staying busy doing the things I love outdoors 🤸🏻‍♀️

Anyone else here feel like they fall under the “activityvert” category?

📍Torc Mountain, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Quite a lot of people categorise themselves as introverts or extroverts, or extraverted introverts and vice versa. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m an “activityvert” 😅 I’m most energised when I’m exploring new places, swimming in new locations, hiking mountains or staying busy doing the things I love outdoors 🤸🏻‍♀️

Anyone else here feel like they fall under the “activityvert” category?

📍Torc Mountain, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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Iggy got us both checked in to the fabulous *Dog Friendly* Dromhall Hotel this afternoon!
A late 50th present from herself to me. 
We left Dingle this morning and covered a lot of ground on our way to Killarney, so we'll be resting up tonight in style!
Sheep's Head is our destination for tomorrow evening, with as much as possible packed in between!

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland

Iggy got us both checked in to the fabulous *Dog Friendly* Dromhall Hotel this afternoon!
A late 50th present from herself to me.
We left Dingle this morning and covered a lot of ground on our way to Killarney, so we`ll be resting up tonight in style!
Sheep`s Head is our destination for tomorrow evening, with as much as possible packed in between!

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland
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Moody scenes last night at the stunning Ross Castle in Killarney. 🏰

Moody scenes last night at the stunning Ross Castle in Killarney. 🏰 ...

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Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. Legend of this castle has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O’Donoghue’s prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
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Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. Legend of this castle has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives. The large rock at the entrance to the bay is known as O’Donoghue’s prison. Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
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Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. It’s a stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, and the start and finishing point of the 200-km Kerry Way walking trail. The town's 19th-century buildings include St. Mary’s Cathedral. Across the bridge from the cathedral is Killarney National Park. Victorian mansion Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms sits in the park.

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Killarney is a town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. It’s a stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, and the start and finishing point of the 200-km Kerry Way walking trail. The town`s 19th-century buildings include St. Mary’s Cathedral. Across the bridge from the cathedral is Killarney National Park. Victorian mansion Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms sits in the park.

#killarney #killarneynationalpark #loughleane #kerryclimbing #killarneytour #intercambioirlanda #intercambio #lovekillarney #sunset #pordosol #ringofkerry #mavicpro2 #dji #dronephotography #loveireland #lovekerry #irish_daily #irishtourism #irishtour #bestirelandpics #lakes #rosscastle #irishhistory #discoveryireland #icu_ireland #irishpassion
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Winter Lake Morning

Working back in Killarney National Park is like hanging out with an old friend, except now they've got new stories to tell.

I'm really enjoying having another look at locations that I didn't quite get to work in for my first book , for this next one.. KINGDOM ..( definitely coming this autumn ! ) 

It was apparently very easy to overlook some amazing locations and to rule out others for being difficult to get to. Now I have the time and a bit more confidence to take them on and see them in them in the first place .

Hope everyone is doing okay and staying safe and well. If you're the new owner of a print, book or calendar this year .. do let me know and I hope it was a welcome gift !!
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#kingdombook #kingdom #kerry #killarneynationalpark #discoverkerry #lovekillarney #ireland #irish #irishart #bookproject #landscapephotography #irishlandscape #lake #tree #winter #earlymorning #peace #calm

Winter Lake Morning

Working back in Killarney National Park is like hanging out with an old friend, except now they`ve got new stories to tell.

I`m really enjoying having another look at locations that I didn`t quite get to work in for my first book , for this next one.. KINGDOM ..( definitely coming this autumn ! )

It was apparently very easy to overlook some amazing locations and to rule out others for being difficult to get to. Now I have the time and a bit more confidence to take them on and see them in them in the first place .

Hope everyone is doing okay and staying safe and well. If you`re the new owner of a print, book or calendar this year .. do let me know and I hope it was a welcome gift !!
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#kingdombook #kingdom #kerry #killarneynationalpark #discoverkerry #lovekillarney #ireland #irish #irishart #bookproject #landscapephotography #irishlandscape #lake #tree #winter #earlymorning #peace #calm
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GAP OF DUNLOE🍀 
Need i say more? 
Can we just appreciate that scenery??! 

If you’re ever visiting Killarney be sure to stop at the gap for some of the most unreal views everrrrr. #
As the roads are so narrow, one of the main forms of transport through the gap, is horse and cart, and not often passable by car. 

During our trip, we had the bessssst weather, however on the day we went to the gap of Dunloe, it rained non stop and all horse and carts had stopped operating for the day because of the slippery road conditions (typically my luck). 

We returned the next day and finally managed to squeeze it into our busy itinerary, and we were definitely NOT disappointed. How could you be with those views 🤩. 

Safe to say the kids had a ball and we were definitely glad we returned the following day to enjoy the experience.

GAP OF DUNLOE🍀
Need i say more?
Can we just appreciate that scenery??!

If you’re ever visiting Killarney be sure to stop at the gap for some of the most unreal views everrrrr. #
As the roads are so narrow, one of the main forms of transport through the gap, is horse and cart, and not often passable by car.

During our trip, we had the bessssst weather, however on the day we went to the gap of Dunloe, it rained non stop and all horse and carts had stopped operating for the day because of the slippery road conditions (typically my luck).

We returned the next day and finally managed to squeeze it into our busy itinerary, and we were definitely NOT disappointed. How could you be with those views 🤩.

Safe to say the kids had a ball and we were definitely glad we returned the following day to enjoy the experience.
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We just drove through the Gap of Dunloe (magical!!), the Black Valley, Moll's Gap and we are currently at the Dog Friendly, Dinis Cafe, in Muckross.
This is a beautiful stop off for walkers/cyclists, plus there's a water station and treats for our canine companions too!
* Another lucky find! *

diniscottagetearooms
Muckross
Killarney National Park
Co. Kerry

We just drove through the Gap of Dunloe (magical!!), the Black Valley, Moll`s Gap and we are currently at the Dog Friendly, Dinis Cafe, in Muckross.
This is a beautiful stop off for walkers/cyclists, plus there`s a water station and treats for our canine companions too!
* Another lucky find! *

diniscottagetearooms
Muckross
Killarney National Park
Co. Kerry
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Killarney 💚☘️
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Killarney 💚☘️
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Upper lake tranquility Killarney, not a perfect sunrise but a pretty decent one all the same. Not as fabulous as michaelmcgillycuddy recent post though 🥲

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#sunrisephotography 
#raw_ireland 
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#dailyireland 
#lovekillarney 
#jawdroppingshotz

Upper lake tranquility Killarney, not a perfect sunrise but a pretty decent one all the same. Not as fabulous as michaelmcgillycuddy recent post though 🥲

#insta_ireland
#bestirelandpics
#sunrisephotography
#raw_ireland
#the_full_irish_
#dailyireland
#lovekillarney
#jawdroppingshotz
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One of the most beautiful drives I've ever driven!

The Gap of Dunloe (photo) 
The Black Valley
Moll's Gap
Kissane Sheep Farm
Killarney Lakes
diniscottagetearooms @
Muckross Lake 
Torc Waterfall &
killarneydromhallhotel

Huge thanks to gocar_ireland for making this all possible. 🙏

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One of the most beautiful drives I`ve ever driven!

The Gap of Dunloe (photo)
The Black Valley
Moll`s Gap
Kissane Sheep Farm
Killarney Lakes
diniscottagetearooms @
Muckross Lake
Torc Waterfall &
killarneydromhallhotel

Huge thanks to gocar_ireland for making this all possible. 🙏
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When the clouds break momentarily and the sun shines through right when you reach the top...perfection👌🏼 
📸 by eimear_tangney_

When the clouds break momentarily and the sun shines through right when you reach the top...perfection👌🏼
📸 by eimear_tangney_
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We had an early start from Dingle this morning, in order to enjoy a peaceful Gap of Dunloe.
This is such a magical drive! So good, we drove up it twice!
Breakfast was enjoyed on the rocks just below our car there, before we headed for Killarney, via the Black Valley, Moll's Gap, diniscottagetearooms and Killarney National Park.
Huge thanks to Tommy Griffin, Kerry footballing legend, for the accommodation at his dog friendly muiris_dans Bar in Dingle last night!
Iggy has just surprised me with her delayed 50th birthday present to me! So tonight, we're staying at the *Dog Friendly* Dromhall Hotel!

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland

We had an early start from Dingle this morning, in order to enjoy a peaceful Gap of Dunloe.
This is such a magical drive! So good, we drove up it twice!
Breakfast was enjoyed on the rocks just below our car there, before we headed for Killarney, via the Black Valley, Moll`s Gap, diniscottagetearooms and Killarney National Park.
Huge thanks to Tommy Griffin, Kerry footballing legend, for the accommodation at his dog friendly muiris_dans Bar in Dingle last night!
Iggy has just surprised me with her delayed 50th birthday present to me! So tonight, we`re staying at the *Dog Friendly* Dromhall Hotel!

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland
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Mood booster pro tip: 
A swim in a new location, moody scenes and the McGillycuddy Reeks as a backdrop 🧜🏼‍♀️👌🏼

Mood booster pro tip:
A swim in a new location, moody scenes and the McGillycuddy Reeks as a backdrop 🧜🏼‍♀️👌🏼
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Some stunning light up at Dromluska Cottage in the Black Valley last month. I always think the drive in is ridiculously long until I get out and shoot this place. It’s worth every minute on the road. 📸

Some stunning light up at Dromluska Cottage in the Black Valley last month. I always think the drive in is ridiculously long until I get out and shoot this place. It’s worth every minute on the road. 📸 ...

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