One of the most popular places to go in Ireland, Killarney town has it all. Bordered by the National Park and shadowed by Ireland’s highest mountain range The McGuillycuddy Reeks, a guided walking holiday in Killarney can promise some of the most breathtaking of Irish walking trails.
If you plan on swapping your walking boots for something more comfortable then Killarney town is packed with a variety of things to do and see. A day browsing the many boutiques, craft shops, and galleries or an afternoon strolling in the gardens of Muckross House is a must. While our selection of restaurants, bars and cafes will be sure to set your taste buds tingling. The Park contains the most extensive area of natural woodland remaining in Ireland and is home to Ireland’s only remaining native herd of Red Deer. Muckross House, one of Ireland’s best preserved stately homes and forms a popular focal point and tourist attraction for the park.
Other popular focal point of the Park include, Knockreer House, Killarney House, Muckross Abbey, Ross Castle and Innisfallen Island to name but a few.
Gap of Dunloe
Eagles Nest Long Range River
Sunrise on Strickeen
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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. Flavored by Atlantic views, dramatic cliffs, magnificent mountains, rivers, lakes and beautiful sandy beaches, prepare to be enamored by picturesque villages such as Sneem and Portmagee and charming towns such as Killorglin and Caherciveen.
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 splendor.
Gap of Dunloe
Excavated by forging ice flows during the last ice age The Gap of Dunloe is a wild and rugged landscape. 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.
Dunloe Ogham Stones
A display of Ogham Stones can be found between Beaufort village and the Gap of Dunloe. 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 foretold 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
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 take your chance to unwind, relax and rejuvenate with one of the many treatments on offer by the extensively trained Thai Therapists.
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.
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
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Length: 6410 m / 7050yds Par: 72 SSS: 72
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
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