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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

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 Cycling Route

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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In case you'll be looking for me on the 1st of December, I'll be that happy looking guy wandering around Kerry ☘️😁

In case you'll be looking for me on the 1st of December, I'll be that happy looking guy wandering around 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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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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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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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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Lots of unanswered questions in this world, but why the hell did St Patrick not banish the migies too!?

This is Ross Castle ross_castle_ire and it's just around the corner from our hotel.
We resume our WAW tour in the morning.

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland

Lots of unanswered questions in this world, but why the hell did St Patrick not banish the migies too!?

This is Ross Castle ross_castle_ire and it's just around the corner from our hotel.
We resume our WAW tour in the morning.

killarneydromhallhotel
Killarney
Co. Kerry
gocar_ireland
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This is the photo that inspired my logo for Toms Tours. By far not the clearest photo that I've taken but will always be one of my favourites 🐾

This is the photo that inspired my logo for Toms Tours. By far not the clearest photo that I've taken but will always be one of my favourites 🐾 ...

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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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Before anyone eats the head off me I took this before the lockdown! 😬 Had a bit of a run in with someone earlier today who thought I was still taking photos! Taken at the beautiful St Finians Bay on the Skellig Ring. Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. Have a good weekend guys! 🏠

Before anyone eats the head off me I took this before the lockdown! 😬 Had a bit of a run in with someone earlier today who thought I was still taking photos! Taken at the beautiful St Finians Bay on the Skellig Ring. Hope everyone is keeping well and safe. Have a good weekend guys! 🏠 ...

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Such a beautiful photo from Gap of Dunloe

All photo credits: lipsticks_lunges_lullabies

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Thanks for use #visit_ireland 

The beauty of simplicity 💚

📍The gap of Dunloe

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#killarney

Such a beautiful photo from Gap of Dunloe

All photo credits: lipsticks_lunges_lullabies

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Thanks for use #visit_ireland

The beauty of simplicity 💚

📍The gap of Dunloe

#lovekillarney #fillyourheartwithireland
#bluesky
#iamofkerry
#lovekerry
#lovekillarneypark #homesweethome
#loveIreland #destination_killarney
#joepic
#bestirelandpics #irish_eyes_images #irelandphotography
#visit_ireland
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My first attempt at the upper lake at sunrise, I don't know how people manage to get up at this time regularly! It was a great spot for being eaten alive by midges!
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My first attempt at the upper lake at sunrise, I don't know how people manage to get up at this time regularly! It was a great spot for being eaten alive by midges!
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Watching the sun go down at Muckross Lake.

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Watching the sun go down at Muckross Lake.

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The Upper Lake.
I was up bright and early this morning, and myself and goranzphotography headed back up to the Upper Lake and I took another crack at it. There was no clouds, which left everything looking a bit boring once the sun came up, but I think this kind of minimalist version just before sunrise kind of works.
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The Upper Lake.
I was up bright and early this morning, and myself and goranzphotography headed back up to the Upper Lake and I took another crack at it. There was no clouds, which left everything looking a bit boring once the sun came up, but I think this kind of minimalist version just before sunrise kind of works.
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#upperlake #lakesofkillarney #lovekillarney #killarney #killarneynationalpark #ringofkerry #kerry #ireland #sunrise #discoverthekingdom #discoverkerry #explorethekingdom #raw_reflection #raw_ireland #reflection #minimal #nature #irishphotographypodcast #ig_ireland #photooftheday #real_ireland
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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. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend 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.
Ross Castle is open to the public during the summer months. Details from Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Telephone No: +353 64 6635851 Fax: +353 64 6635852 Email: rosscastle@opw.ie
By car, Ross Castle can be reached via a signposted right turn off the N71 travelling south from Killarney town or by walking or cycling from the Killarney House and Knockreer sections of the National Park. Jaunting cars also make the journey and are available at the jaunting car stand in the town.
Boat trips from Ross and Reen piers to Innisfallen on the Lower Lake and
to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Upper Lake
Two Waterbuses depart from Ross pier for trips on the Lower Lake – Sailing Times at the Piers
https://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit-us/ross-castle/
#rosscastle
#killarney
#killarneynationalpark
#castles
#irish_daily
#irishcastles
#castelos
#medieval
#vikings
#celtics
#kerryclimbing
#kerrytourism
#bestirelandpics
#killarneytour #intercambioirlanda #intercambio
#lovekillarney
#castelos
#viajar
#ferias
#vacation
#tripadviso
#trip
#irishpassion
#loveireland
#nightphotography
#mavicpro2
#dji
#ringofkerry
#cokerry
#sunset

Ross Castle

sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend 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.
Ross Castle is open to the public during the summer months. Details from Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Telephone No: +353 64 6635851 Fax: +353 64 6635852 Email: rosscastle@opw.ie
By car, Ross Castle can be reached via a signposted right turn off the N71 travelling south from Killarney town or by walking or cycling from the Killarney House and Knockreer sections of the National Park. Jaunting cars also make the journey and are available at the jaunting car stand in the town.
Boat trips from Ross and Reen piers to Innisfallen on the Lower Lake and
to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Upper Lake
Two Waterbuses depart from Ross pier for trips on the Lower Lake – Sailing Times at the Piers
https://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit-us/ross-castle/
#rosscastle
#killarney
#killarneynationalpark
#castles
#irish_daily
#irishcastles
#castelos
#medieval
#vikings
#celtics
#kerryclimbing
#kerrytourism
#bestirelandpics
#killarneytour #intercambioirlanda #intercambio
#lovekillarney
#castelos
#viajar
#ferias
#vacation
#tripadviso
#trip
#irishpassion
#loveireland
#nightphotography
#mavicpro2
#dji
#ringofkerry
#cokerry
#sunset
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Another shot I took at Muckross Abbey of the tree growing in the centre courtyard.

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#landscapepicoftheday 
#landscapephotography
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Another shot I took at Muckross Abbey of the tree growing in the centre courtyard.

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#landscapepicoftheday
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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better - #mayaangelou 🖤 listening and learning 🖤
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📍Strickeen, Beaufort, Co.Kerry

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better - #mayaangelou 🖤 listening and learning 🖤
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📍Strickeen, Beaufort, Co.Kerry
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Sunset at Ross Castle last night
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Sunset at Ross Castle last night
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Loving our natural wildlife here in Killarney! We are so blessed to have our land protected as a UNESCO Heritage Site!⁣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend 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.
Ross Castle is open to the public during the summer months. Details from Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Telephone No: +353 64 6635851 Fax: +353 64 6635852 Email: rosscastle@opw.ie
By car, Ross Castle can be reached via a signposted right turn off the N71 travelling south from Killarney town or by walking or cycling from the Killarney House and Knockreer sections of the National Park. Jaunting cars also make the journey and are available at the jaunting car stand in the town.
Boat trips from Ross and Reen piers to Innisfallen on the Lower Lake and
to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Upper Lake
Two Waterbuses depart from Ross pier for trips on the Lower Lake – Sailing Times at the Piers
https://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit-us/ross-castle/
#rosscastle
#killarney
#killarneynationalpark
#castles
#irish_daily
#irishcastles
#castelos
#medieval
#vikings
#celtics
#kerryclimbing
#kerrytourism
#bestirelandpics
#killarneytour #intercambioirlanda #intercambio
#lovekillarney
#castelos
#viajar
#ferias
#vacation
#tripadviso
#trip
#irishpassion
#loveireland
#nightphotography
#mavicpro2
#dji
#ringofkerry
#cokerry
#sunset

Ross Castle

sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and was built by O’Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park . Legend 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.
Ross Castle is open to the public during the summer months. Details from Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
Telephone No: +353 64 6635851 Fax: +353 64 6635852 Email: rosscastle@opw.ie
By car, Ross Castle can be reached via a signposted right turn off the N71 travelling south from Killarney town or by walking or cycling from the Killarney House and Knockreer sections of the National Park. Jaunting cars also make the journey and are available at the jaunting car stand in the town.
Boat trips from Ross and Reen piers to Innisfallen on the Lower Lake and
to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the Upper Lake
Two Waterbuses depart from Ross pier for trips on the Lower Lake – Sailing Times at the Piers
https://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit-us/ross-castle/
#rosscastle
#killarney
#killarneynationalpark
#castles
#irish_daily
#irishcastles
#castelos
#medieval
#vikings
#celtics
#kerryclimbing
#kerrytourism
#bestirelandpics
#killarneytour #intercambioirlanda #intercambio
#lovekillarney
#castelos
#viajar
#ferias
#vacation
#tripadviso
#trip
#irishpassion
#loveireland
#nightphotography
#mavicpro2
#dji
#ringofkerry
#cokerry
#sunset
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Killarney starting to light up for Paddies ☘❤

Killarney starting to light up for Paddies ☘❤ ...

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