Killarney

KILLARNEY Town, National Park and Lakes on the Ring of Kerry

One of Irelands best and most famous tourist destinations, the ever popular town of KILLARNEY should be on everyones bucket list and holiday itinerary. There is a good reason Killarney is busy, it’s amazing!! Killarney boasts stunning scenery at every turn, a wealth of spectacular tourist attractions and plenty of things to see and do whatever the weather and at any time of the year. Take our free App for iPhone and Android with you and share your photos on the ActiveMe facebook page.

Located in the south west of Ireland on the famous Ring of Kerry scenic driving route, the town of Killarney is on the legendary shores of Lough Leane, one of three Lakes of Killarney, and surrounded by the scenic and mythical Killarney National Park, remote Hidden Valleys, ancient pagan trails and soaring mountains including Irelands highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, part of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range.

Mystical feeling looking over the MacGillycuddys Reeks from near Carrauntoohil, Killarney photo:@ihavedarksoul

Being one of Irelands best places to visit and entertaining tourists for over 250 years has ensured that Killarney hotels are some of Best Hotels in Ireland and the World along with other great accommodation options available to suit all budgets and tastes. To compliment Killarney best hotels, the town boasts a vast array of great pubs, from small fireside snugs to craft brewery’s and from traditional music pubs to modern boutique style bars, a wide range of great restaurants, brilliant nightlife and some lovely local craft shops.

Ross Castle on the Lakes of Killarney photo: ActiveMe

With several recent national and international awards to its name, Killarneys amazing scenery and attractions are complimented by great local people and award winning businesses some of which are shown below. Killarney has been voted No. 1 place to visit in Ireland by TripAdvisor's Top Irish Destinations 3 years in a row with Dublin only pipping it to first place in 2017. Many of Killarneys Hotels, Restaurants, Pubs, Activities and Events have also been awarded several national and international tourism awards over the years including Killarney being voted in the Top 10 Global Tourism Destinations by Trivago.

Add your business to the AcitveMe Travel guide.pngGreat Killarney Hotels:

  • The Arbutus Hotel
  • The Brehon Hotel
  • The Gleneagle Hotel
  • The International Hotel
  • The Killarney Park Hotel
  • The Killarney Oaks Hotel

Other Great  Places to Stay in Killarney:

  • Castle Lodge Guest House

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Although you can visit and enjoy best things to see and do in Killarney in a day or two, to really savour and explore Killarneys top attractions, outdoor activities and hidden gems you really need a week!!! Some of Killarneys best and well known attractions include the Lakes of Killarney, Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farm, Killarney House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey, Jaunting Car Trip (Horse drawn cart), Ross Castle and Copper Mines, boat trip on the lakes,  Inisfallen Island, Torc Waterfall, Carrauntoohil Mountain, St. Marys Cathedral, Aghadoe, Dinis Cottage, the Meeting of the Waters, The Gap of Dunloe, Black Valley, Lord Brandon Cottage, Molls Gap and Ladies View to name only a few.

With a little more effort and holiday time involved you can also experience Killarneys sights in more unique and memorable ways. One example might be to rent a bike in Killarney and cycle the glorious Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley and return to Killarney on one of the worlds oldest tourist boat trips, the 250 year old boat journey from Lord Brandon’s Cottage to Ross Castle on the lakes of Killarney and if you're lucky catch a rare glimpse of the White Tailed Sea Eagle!

Some others suggestions may include, a guided or self-guided hike on Torc, Mangerton, Purple or Carrauntoohil Mountains, walk some or all of the 200km long Kerry Way trail which starts and ends in Killarney, cycle around the National Park, a round of Golf, watch a game of Gaelic football, find a herd of red deer, events throughout the year, fish the Killarney lakes and rivers, Irelands best running routes, try some wild swimming or a hotel pool, walking through ancient woodlands, spot a white trailed sea eagle over the lakes, ideal family cycling in the National Park, pony trekking through the National Park or sunset kayaking on the Killarney lakes with a picnic on the legendary Inisfallen island, steeped in Irish Mythology and home to a small herd of native red deer and the ruins of Innisfallen Monastery founded in 640 and where Irish High King Brian Boru was educated.

  • Top 25 Things to See and Do in Killarney - click here for more details
    1. Killarney National Park - walk, cycle, run and spot a wild deer
    2. Gap of Dunloe, Black Valley & Lakes Boat Tour
    3. Muckross House, Abbey, Gardens & Traditional Farms
    4. Ross Castle, Copper Mines and Ross Island
    5. Torc Waterfall and maybe ‘Cardiac Steps’
    6. Rent a Bike or walk Muckross Lake Loop and Park
    7. Killarney House and Gardens and St Mary’s Cathedral
    8. Innisfallen Island by boat or kayak
    9. Walk Torc Mountain and Old Kenmare Road
    10. Ladies View and Molls Gap
    11. Climb Carrauntoohil Mountain
    12. Get Married in Killarney
    13. Jaunting Car Tour (Pony and Trap)
    14. Hike the Kerry Way Walking Trail
    15. Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way by car or bike
    16. Adventure Sports and Outdoor Activities
    17. Round of Golf
    18. Horse riding in National Park
    19. Sunset Kayaking on Killarneys Lakes
    20. Fishing on Killarney Lakes and Rivers
    21. Scenic views from Aghadoe
    22. Boat Trips on the Lakes
    23. Pub Tour and Traditional Irish Music
    24. Visit a Craft Brewery, Charming Pub or Whiskey Bar
    25. ‘Treasure Hunt’ and Falconry in Killarney
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Getting There: Killarney is easily accessible from all Irish airports including Kerry, Shannon and Cork airports and is located on major bus and rail services. In addition it is also within a few hours drive of the main car ferry services to and from Ireland to the UK and France.

In the past, many prominent and well known international travel guides books, press and websites have been scathing of Killarney, with many guides suggesting that Killarney is overpriced and an overcrowded tourist trap. Once upon a time this was true but not anymore. I say it’s busy and touristy for a reason; it has wonderful things to see and do and some of the best scenery in all of Ireland!!!