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1. Activities

You will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities in Killarney! Killarney’s perfect location in the Kingdom of Kerry offers options for all visitors. Water, land or even horseback, whatever your preference you will find something you love on your visit to Killarney. Suitable for all ages, you can while away some fun-packed hours while still enjoying the magnificent surroundings that Killarney offers. From Kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney to cycling in Killarney National Park, check out some of our top picks below!

HIKING

Killarney is home to many hikes, so you will find something suitable no matter what your ability. Mountains in and surrounding Killarney include Torc Mountain, The Purple Mountains, Mangerton Mountain and The Paps to name a few. Enjoy unparalleled views of some of the most beautiful mountains in Ireland during your stay in Killarney. Climb Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohill, a 6 hour, 12km hike or start with Cardiac Hill, a 1.5 hour, 8km hike. There is an option for everyone in Killarney, enjoy the fresh air and panoramic views whatever you choose! You can check out our top 5 hikes here.

WAlking

If you’re looking for something a little more leisurely than a hike, there are so many walks to choose from in Killarney. With over 26,000 acres to explore in Killarney National Park, you are sure to come across some of the plants, animals, scenery, mountains, lakes, forests and waterfalls which have made Killarney as famous as it is today. If you are after a longer walk, take a stroll along the old Kenmare Road which is 16km long. A beautiful scenic walk is in Tomie’s wood, a 10km loop featuring several waterfalls, the most breathtaking one being O’Sullivan’s Cascade. The Knockreer Circular walk is a simple 5km trail, located just a 5 minute drive from Killarney town and features impressive views of Lough Leane and the MacGillycuddy Reeks. These are just a few of our favourites, with many more to choose from when you visit Killarney.

CYCLING

Bring your own or rent a bike from one of the many rental locations across town and explore Killarney National Park on your next visit to Killarney. There are many cycling routes to choose from in Killarney National Park. With over 10,000 hectares to explore, there is a route option for all ages and abilities. Ross Castle, Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, the Gap of Dunloe are just some of the fabulous cycle trails that are popular with visitors to the town. There is now even the opportunity to rent an Electric Bike for a fun and easy cycle around Killarney.  

Kayaking on the lakes of killarney

Book a kayaking tour on the Lakes of Killarney for a totally new experience. Let experienced kayakers guide you through the Lakes, past islands, wildlife and the stunning Ross Castle. You can even explore the beauty of the Lakes of Killarney in a different way by booking a sunset kayaking tour and experience the Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle from an alternative viewpoint. Totally unwind and relax as you kayak silently past islands and sleepy swans. Experience complete tranquility on this relaxing and peaceful glide through the lakes. From your kayak, see the enchanting Innisfallen Island and hopefully glimpse some of Killarney’s red deer. 

golfing

The dramatic landscape of Killarney and Kerry make it a golfer’s paradise. Kerry is host to some of the world’s most highly rated links and courses, including Tralee, Ballybunion, Dooks and Waterville, each carved and shaped by the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Just on the outskirts of Killarney is Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, one of Ireland’s most prestigious and historic golf clubs. Located in Killarney National Park, surrounded by Lough Leane, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is a four time host to the Irish Open and home to two 18-hole championship courses. 

Horse Riding in Killarney National Park

There are horse riding and pony trekking options for all ages in Killarney, from absolute novice to intermediary to more experienced, choose an option that suits you. Choose from a one, two or three hour trek through Killarney National Park. Ride through the park and enjoy stunning views with trails to match. You will experience a unique opportunity to blend in with red deer and other wildlife with breath-taking views of Killarney’s lakes and rugged mountains. Killarney Riding Stables is located less than 2km outside Killarney town, right across from the National Park. 

Pitch ‘n’ Putt

Try your hand at The Gleneagle Hotel’s 16 Hole Pitch ‘n’ Putt course. Spend a couple of hours completing a round of pitch & putt with some tricky holes. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is the perfect way to while away an afternoon with your friends, partner or family. For more information see here.

spa day at the brehon & angsana Spa

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of life and book a spa day at the luxurious Angsana Spa at The Brehon Hotel Killarney. Taking its name from the exotic Angsana Tree, a tall, tropical rainforest tree noted for its crown of golden, fragrant flowers, which bursts into bloom unexpectedly. The Angsana philosophy is to live life spontaneously, to sense the moment and savour time. Set in an ideal location, a day at the Angsana Spa is the perfect, relaxing experience during your trip to Killarney. Click here for more information.

2. Attractions

Killarney is a hive of activity with an endless amount of things to see and do. It is brimming with beauty and nature, without ever having to venture far from Killarney town. Fill your days with the many sights and attractions right at the heart of Killarney. We have picked just a few of our favourites below.

Muckross house and Gardens

The impressive nineteenth century Victorian mansion, Muckross House, sits within an 11,000 acre estate, set amongst a scenic landscape of mountains and woodlands in Killarney National Park. Muckross House sits on the shores of Muckross Lake, one of the three Lakes of Killarney. Access to the house is by a guided tour, experienced and friendly guides take visitors through the house and bring the history of the house and its inhabitants to life. Muckross Gardens are renowned worldwide for their beauty. Features of the gardens include glorious collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, as well as exquisite tree-fringed lawns. The gardens have a variety of exotic trees and shrubs that flourish in the mild climate, as well as large glasshouses filled with exotic flowers. Go for a walk and take in these stunning gardens, lawns and surrounding forests or simply relax with a picnic and enjoy the beauty that is to be found throughout the blooming gardens. 

The Gap of Dunloe

You may have to go ever so slightly out of your way to reach the Gap of Dunloe, but it is most certainly worth it! The Gap of Dunloe was formed around two million years ago when Killarney’s ice age took hold, this gave the mountains there their distinct jagged appearance. There is the option to drive the Gap of Dunloe, however, we would recommend a walk or jaunting car to make the most of this experience. It is a one of a kind experience and worth checking out on your visit to Killarney. 

Muckross Traditional farms

Explore three separate working farms from the 1930s and 1940s giving an exciting representation of the life and farming styles of the times. Each farmhouse comes with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery. Visit the blacksmith’s forge, a carpenter’s workshop or hop onto the Muckross Vintage Coach which drives from farm to farm and the typical rural Irish Schoolhouse where pupils were expected to bring sods of turf to school for the open fire. The stroll around the farms gives a true insight in to the lives that were lived there during the 1930’s and 1940’s, it is a unique experience which can be enjoyed by both young and old. 

boat tour on the lakes of killarney

There is little doubt that one of the best ways to experience Killarney National Park is from the water. On each of the three Lakes of Killarney, there are some great boat trips you can take that give a truly unique perspective of the park. Take in castles, ruins, peaceful waterways, mountain views, and wildlife sightings on your trip along the Lakes. There is also the option to take a tour from Ross Castle across the Lakes of Killarney to The Gap of Dunloe, taking in Innisfallen Island, Old Weir Bridge, The Meeting of the Waters and more along the way. 

Ross Castle

Ross Castle is one of Killarney’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle itself sits on a picturesque lake, Lough Leane and is a peaceful spot to wander. You can tour the castle and walls of the tower, which was built in the late 15th century. You can tour the rooms within the castle, walk around the outer walls and meander through the gardens, enjoying views of the surrounding lake from a number of vantage points. Take a picture with the cannons poised on the battlements and soak up the stunning view of the lake and its islands. Let the kids feed the ducks and swans that gather by the bridge over Loch Leane, which laps the shore by the castle. The lakes and surrounding mountains are simply breathtaking and there are many beautiful walks closeby, so be sure to allow yourself time to fully take in the tranquil surroundings. 

Jaunting car Trip

No visit to Killarney would be complete without taking a ride on one of the towns greatest traditions, a Jaunting Car. Local jarveys in Killarney are renowned for their storytelling, wisdom and local knowledge and charm. A Jaunting Car trip is the perfect option to show you the hidden delights of Killarney National Park & the famous Lakes of Killarney. Step back in time and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport. Sit back, relax and enjoy the local jarveys tales and stories of Killarney folklore.

Torc waterfall

Torc Waterfall lies just outside of Killarney town. It is a cascading waterfall at 20 metres high and 110 metres long.  A short walk of just 200 metres brings you to the waterfall. From that point steps lead to another viewing point at a higher altitude that provides a beautiful lake view. Perfect for couples, families and friends, pay a visit to this breathtaking stop on your next visit to Killarney. The best and most scenic way to see Torc Waterfall is to park in the Dinis Cottage Car Park, and walk the short distance to the waterfall. 

Killarney national Park

Killarney National Park is the gem of Killarney. Spanning over 26,000 acres, it is Ireland’s oldest National Park. It is home to Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall to name just a few spots. The park is filled with local wildlife, including the famous Red Deer of Killarney which can be spotted throughout the park. Walk, run or cycle, Killarney National Park is a must to explore on your visit to Killarney. Enjoy a romantic stroll around Ross Castle with your other half, have some fun spotting red deer with the kids or grab your friends for a cycle around The Killarney Lakes. With so much ground to explore, there is no shortage of stunning scenery in Killarney National Park.

3. Family Fun

From Killarney National Park to Kennedy’s Pet Farm, there is no shortage of fun for all ages in Killarney! Make Killarney your staycation playground and visit some of our favourite spots with the kids! Killarney is the ideal family holiday destination, come rain or shine.

Kennedy’s pet Farm

Located just 10 minutes from Killarney town, Kennedy’s Pet Farm has been a popular family activity for over 30 years. Kennedy’s Pet Farm is a family-run farm with plenty on offer for your day out. It is the ideal venue for family days out in Killarney, where you can relax while the kids enjoy the safe and fun-filled surrounds of the farm. With all weather facilities, indoor playgrounds & indoor little stars playcentre, Kennedy’s pet farm can offer you an exciting day out no matter the weather.  If you fancy cuddling, feeding or just admiring the large varieties of animals at Kennedys Pet Farm: deer, pigs, piglets, horses, calves, sheep, lambs, goats, kids, donkeys, pot bellied pigs, rabbits, duck and ducklings, geese and goslings and ‘Prince’ the peacock – then Kennedy’s Pet Farm is a must for any visitor to Killarney.

buddies play centre

Buddies is a children’s indoor soft play and party centre with a café. The toddler and baby zone features soft construction, mini car track, bouncy carousel plus soft steps and loads of toys and space to play about in. There are also fun games on the walls and these extend into the main play frame, getting more challenging as they go. The junior area includes an astra slide, sports arena, ball cannon, interactive lights and much more! They also have a ‘cozy’ corner for a moment’s respite when it’s all getting too much! Relax in Buddies café while the kids explore and learn through play.

Pitch ‘n’ putt

For the older kids, why not try a round of Pitch ‘n’ Putt  at The Gleneagle. Try your hand at The Gleneagle Hotel’s 16 Hole Pitch ‘n’ Putt course. Spend a couple of hours completing a round of pitch ‘n’ putt with some tricky holes. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is the perfect way to while away a couple of hours with your family.

Muckross traditional farms

Let the kids get up close with pigs, piglets, geese, horses, Irish wolfhounds, roosters, hens, chickens and more. Watch as the housewives churn butter and make bread over an open stove. Visit the typical rural Irish Schoolhouse where pupils were expected to bring sods of turf to school for the open fire, as well as a Labourer’s Cottage, a Carpenter’s Workshop and a Blacksmith’s Forge. Younger visitors can enjoy the Farm Animal Petting Area, complete with its own Bouncy Castle, and parents can enjoy a sheltered picnic in the Woodland Play Area, while youngsters have fun on the wonderful slides and swings.

Kingdom falconry

Killarney Falconry offers a once in a lifetime experience to interact first-hand with one of nature’s top predators and view their manoeuvrability in free flight against the backdrop of the MacGillycuddy Reeks. The birds are trained using traditional falconry techniques by professional falconers who draw on their vast knowledge and experience to assist with your up close and personal handling of the birds of prey. Suitable for all ages, this wonderful and exciting experience is certainly something different.  Experience the thrill when you interact directly with the predator as it flies from aloft onto your gloved fist.

Killarney playground

Killarney Playground is ideally located within the boundaries of Killarney National Park, combine a walk or cycle within the park with a visit to the playground for the perfect day out. Opened in 2004, Killarney playground is situated in a sheltered corner of the Knockreer area of Killarney National Park. There are plenty of attractions in the playground to keep both young and older kids entertained including a basket swing, slides, monkey bars, a see-saw, a spinning carousel, swings and more. There is even a zip wire to fly across the playground on! The adjoining playing fields of Knockreer are also a great place to have a run around, kick a ball or catch a frisbee on a nice day.

Killarney national park

Killarney National Park is a 26,000 acre playground. There is so much to explore in this natural wonderland of beautiful lakes, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of family-friendly activities. Bring the kids to see some of highlights within the park including Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. There are many glorious walks throughout the park for all to enjoy. Feed the ducks and watch the swans at Ross Castle or spend some time spotting Red Deer throughout the park. For older kids, kayaking on The Lakes within the Park is a must! Bring your own or rent bikes locally, with so many cycling trails for all abilities throughout the park, you will definitely find a route to suit both parents and kids. Walk, run or cycle, Killarney National Park is a must to explore on your visit to Killarney.

4. Food & Drink

 Killarney’s food and drink scene is as diverse as the landscape in which it lies, offering a wide variety of choice in Irish specialities, hidden delights, and a taste of the unexpected.

Killarney’s pub scene draws people from all over Kerry, Ireland and the world. There are late pubs, quiet pubs, live-music pubs, famous pubs, wine bars, cocktail lounges, pubs with open fires, sports pubs, party pubs, traditional pubs and even a pub dedicated to Lord of The Rings! There is no shortage of places to relax with a creamy pint or sweet cocktail in Killarney.

Eating out is an essential part of the Killarney experience. Indulge in whatever takes your fancy with Traditional Irish Pub food at Murphy’s Bar, heavenly Italian at Robertino’s and tasty Asian Streetfood at Toba and so much more. Whatever your taste, you will find a wealth of delicious food at every turn in Killarney.

So why not treat yourself? Dig deep into a bag of warm, crispy chips from Quinlans or unwind with a cocktail at The Lane – the choice is yours.

More of our favourite spots include Danu at The Brehon, The Lane Bar, The Porterhouse, The Brehon Bar, Genting Thai Restaurant and so many more.

5. Shopping

With streets lined with colourful and unique shops and boutiques in Killarney town, there is a whole world waiting to be explored right in Killarney Town Centre.

Shopping in Killarney offers a truly unique experience, blending the modern and traditional throughout the town. 

Browse the stunning rails of Ladies Fashion in Scarlett and MacBee’s, or explore the traditional side of town in Quill’s Woollen Market and The Aran Sweater Market. Pick up a book to relax with in Eason’s or have a browse in Penney’s and Dunnes. There is something for everyone in Killarney.  

If a leisurely day out shopping is your dream, why not relax for a few hours browsing the rails in Killarney Town, and pick up a few bargains in Killarney Outlet Centre. 

Just a few of our top shopping spots include; The Nike Factory at Killarney Outlet Centre, Brian James Menswear, Lynes of Killarney Childrenswear, Keane’s Jewellers and The Kilkenny Shop.