Aghadoe is one of Killarney’s most romantic vista. It provides a panoramic view across glistening lakes and mysterious islands with the McGillycuddys Reeks forming a perfect backdrop stretching from the twin hills in the Southeast, known as the Paps, to awesome Carrauntoohil in the Southwest. Also renowned for its historic and archaeological importance. St. Finian Lobhar founded a Monastery here in the 7th century, and the ruins of a round tower and church date from the 12th century. Outside the church stands a round tower approximately 22 feet high, built by Auliff Mor na Cuimsionach.
The Ring of Kerry
This 110 mile tour around the Iveragh Peninsula is world renowned and justifiably so. Flavoured by Atlantic views, dramatic cliffs, magnificent mountains, rivers, lakes and beautiful sandy beaches, prepare to be enamoured by picturesque villages such as Sneem and Portmagee and charming towns such as Killorglin and Caherciveen.
Some of the highlights being the unsurpassed panoramic views of Killarney’s Lake District from Molls Gap and Ladies’ View towards the end of your trip. Coach Tours are available for this excursion.
Muckross House and Gardens
Muckross House and Gardens is he jewel of Killarney National Park. In 1861 the Herbert Family famously paid host to Queen Victoria. The House was later owned, in turn, by Lord Ardilaun (of the Guinness family) and by the Bourn Vincents. Today, many of the rooms in this magnificent mansion are restored to their original Victorian splendour.
Between the months of April and July, Muckross Gardens are spectacularly adorned with the red and pink flowers of mature Rhododendrons. Other garden features include a Sunken Garden, a Rock Garden and a Stream Garden. An Arboretum, containing many trees from the Southern Hemisphere, was established here in 1972.
Gap of Dunloe
Excavated by forging ice flows during the last ice age The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged landscape. It runs just outside the western perimeter of the National Park and is sign posted off the Ring of Kerry road to Killorglin and. Leave your car at Kate Kearney’s Cottage from where you can walk, hire a pony and trap or ride ponies for the trip through the Gap and back. The Cottage is now a pub and restaurant but famously was a coaching inn where the hostess, Kate, allegedly cast her spell on all who entered and toasted them with her special brew. Day trips to the Gap of Dunloe incorporate a pony and trap or pony rides through the Gap, however, those who prefer to walk the 10kms can do so. Trips also include a break for lunch and a trip on a traditional style boat through the three lakes and back to Ross Castle, where there are coach transfers back to Killarney town centre or your hotel.
Dunloe Ogham Stones
A display of Ogham Stones can be found between Beaufort village and the Gap of Dunloe. These were originally the roof of a souterrain or underground passage which collapsed at the end of the last century. Ogham was the earliest form of Irish writing dating back to third century AD. Ogham stones are usually gravestones and bear the name of the deceased and often details of his descent. Because of their long protection from exposure, the Dunloe inscriptions are unusually well preserved.
15th century Ross Castle was an O’Donoghue chieftain stronghold, picturesquely sited on the edge of Lough Leane. Legend has it that it was fortold the castle would never be conquered by land and in the 17th century Cromwellian forces successfully attacked the castle by crossing the lake, on boats fulfilling the prophecy.
Killarney National Park
In the South West, Killarney National Park boasts a stunning array of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. There is an excellent network of surfaced tracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the park which are ideal for walkers. Click here for more information and to download walking maps.
Muckross Abbey is a must visit for anyone who has an interest in history. Founded in 1448 by Dona McCarthy Mór as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans, it is the burial place of Kerry’s poets O’Donoghue, O’Rathaille and O’Suilleabhain
A turbulent history down through the years the Abbeys inhabitants were often subjected to raids and persecution. Having been damaged and reconstructed many times today the Abbey is largely roofless. Apart from this, Muckross Abbey is generally quite well preserved. Its most striking feature is a central courtyard, which contains a large yew tree and is surrounded by a vaulted cloister.
The biggest island on Lough Lean, this serene and peaceful island can be accessed by boat from Ross Castle. Settlements here date back to the 7th century and the ruins of a church and an Augustinian Priory are still visible today. The island is steeped in history, it was an important educational centre and it is believed that the high king of Munster Brian Boru was educated here. The famous Annals of Innisfallen were compiled here.
The Angsana Spa
After a day scrambling on ridges, steep inclines and trudging through hidden valleys take some well deserved down time in the Angsana Spa.
The Angsana Spa is the ideal treat for tired feet. Located in The Brehon next door to The Gleneagle Hotel take your chance to unwind, relax and rejuvenate with one of the many treatments on offer by the extensively trained Thai Therapists.
Choose from an extensive range of treatments and massages on offer by the specially trained Thai Therapists to relax the body and mind. Complimentary use of the Vitality Suite is available for residents of The Brehon and as this is an Adult only facility children can avail of the leisure facilities in The Gleneagle Hotel.
End your walking experience in a calming atmosphere with professional service and superb facilities.
A full list of treatments and prices available at the Angsana Spa can be found on the Angsana Spa Brochure.
This majestic waterfall is not to be missed. Cascading from the misty heights of Torc Mountain, it is especially spectacular immediately after a heavy downpour of rain. A pretty mossy, wooded path winds up to the top of this 18m waterfall to reveal panoramic views of the lakes and mountains of Killarney.
Muckross Traditional Farms
Adjacent to Muckross House are situated Muckross Traditional Farms. This unique visitor attraction recreates Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s, when all work was carried out using traditional methods, a period before the widespread use of electricity. It consists of three separate working farms and features a labourer’s cottage, a carpenter’s workshop, a harness maker and a blacksmith’s forge. Each farm is complete with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery. The interiors of the dwelling houses are furnished in the traditional manner, and include such items as the dresser, settle bed and meal bin.
For families there is also a Pet Farm Area, Bouncy Castle and Woodland Play area.
Jaunting Car Trips
Operating all year-round, the Killarney Jaunting car trip is a “must” for every one visiting Killarney. Enjoy the sights of Killarney National Park and learn about the history, folklore and the beauty from the comfort of the traditional mode of transport; the Irish jaunting car from years gone by. The driver, known, as a “jarvey” is both a guide and a storyteller. Beside the clip-clop of the horse and the jarvey’s gentle brog, all you will hear is the birds singing and the leaves dancing in the wind while enjoying breathtaking views of Killarney.
Enjoy the beautiful by taking a horse drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park to the majestic 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. This Trip last approximately one hour long. A majestic lake tour on the Lakes of Killarney on the M.V. Pride of the Lakes can be organised to accompany this tour.
Killarney’s Combination Tour
This scenic tour in Killarney is a unique ride on a traditional Jaunting Car through the National Park to Ross Castle. Relax and enjoy all the scenic beauty of Killarney on the Killarney water bus tour around Lough Leane departing from Ross Castle, 2km from Killarney town.
The beautiful Killarney lake cruise offers a spectacular experience, cruising in the scenes of gentle low land, scattered islands in the shadow of the towering ruggedness of the McGillycuddys Reeks Mountain Range all in the comfort and safety of a covered, heated and modern vessel. Your experienced skipper will give a full commentary on the flora, fauna and historical heritage of the area.
Killarney’s Jaunting Car tour can be taken prior to or after the lake trip on the Lakes of Killarney with the M.V Pride of the Lakes. The Killarney’s Jaunting Car tour will collect you in central location in Killarney town.
St Marys Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney largest church, is a fine example of the neo-Gothic revival in Ireland. Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, construction began in 1842 and before completion the Cathedral was used as a hospital and shelter during the Great Famine. A great redwood tree near the western doorway marks a mass grave for children lost to the famine. Though consecrated in 1855, it took until 1912 to complete St Mary’s Cathedral.
Knockreer House and Gardens Content
Knockreer House and Gardens is a short walk from Killarney town centre and Killarney National Park. The house, which was once the home of the Grosvenor family, is now the field study centre for the National Park Simply walk to Deenagh Lodge gate, opposite the Cathedral, and enter Knockreer Estate.
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Killarney Golf and Fishing Club
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club features three championship courses, Mahony’s Point, Killeen and Lackabane.
Length: 6164 m / 6780 yards Par: 72 SSS: 72
The shortest of the three courses at Killarney Golf Club, Mahony’s Point has spectacular views of Killarney’s famous lakes and the McGillycuddys Reeks. It is considered to be the most scenic and friendly of the three courses, it presents an enjoyable challenge to golfers of all standards, the combination of undulating greens, well positioned bunkers and water hazards ensure that there is enough danger to spoil a good round. The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in Golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Discover for yourself why the 18th is the most photographed in the world.
Length: 6566 m Par: 72 SSS: 73
Killeen is the flagship course at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club. Killarney’s famed scenery provides a breath taking backdrop to this Championship course. Re-opened in June 2006 the course is slightly longer with faster greens that have been brought closer to the water hazards around the course. It will challenge long hitters with accuracy being vital, as there is water on virtually every hole. Nick Faldo on winning The Irish Open in 1991 was one of only three players to finish under par. The challenging golf is matched by the spectacular views with the 10th being a firm favourite where you are playing virtually onto the lake.
Length: 6410 m / 7050yds Par: 72 SSS: 72
The newest of the three courses at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club this parkland course opened officially for play in 2000. Lakes and streams are a feature throughout the course, adding beauty and danger in equal measure. This course is suited to mid to low handicap golfers and is an excellent test of the long game At 6410 metres off the very back tees the long game will be tested to the full, as competitors in the 2002 Ladies Irish Open and the European Ryder Cup Challenge Tour participants experienced in 2005..
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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