Killarney is the jewel in the Ring of Kerry‘s crown. Dramatic landscapes, historic castles, relaxing spas and stunning waterfalls are just a few of the things that await those visiting the Irish town. If you are planning an escape to this popular destination, take a look at our guide to Killarney below for inspiration on how to make the most of your time there.
Spend a day at Killarney National Park
A must-visit on your trip, the Killarney National Park offers so much to see, from rare wildlife to stunning lakes. You can enjoy the park by walking, cycling or sailing but the most relaxing method of transport has to be a horse-drawn carriage. This is the perfect way to learn more about Killarney, with guides giving you first-hand local knowledge as you sit back and enjoy the views from your carriage.
Visit Ancient Castles
Featured on our list of Irish Castles with Amazing Views and our Historic Ireland site, Ross Castle stands against the amazing backdrop of Lough Leane and the surrounding mountains. You can explore the grounds at any time, but the castle is open for tourists from April to October. A guided tour will give you an insight into the O’Donoghue Mor clan who originally built the castle in the 15th Century.
Discover the wondrous lakes
The surroundings of Killarney’s wondrous lakes are truly breath-taking. For the more adventurous types, hop in a kayak and go exploring, or take a guided kayak tour of the lakes. If fishing is your hobby of choice, you can spend a day fly-fishing for trout on the Killarney Lakes. Taking a guided tour will give you access to some of Ireland’s secret fishing spots.
Take some time out at the Spa
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If you’re more interested in a relaxing break, then why not head to one of Killarney’s world-class spa hotels for some downtime? The Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa offers unbeatable views of the Killarney Lakes and a long list of luxurious treatments for everyone. A great refuge from everyday life!
Experience Traditional Music
Killarney is well known by tourists as a place to have a true Irish experience, and any visit would not be complete without a traditional music session. The Grand is a popular music spot that is renowned for its welcoming staff, friendly atmosphere and live music seven nights a week.
Make a stop at Torc Waterfall
One of Killarney’s top tourist attractions, Torc Waterfall is a spectacular sight that needs to be experienced on your trip. Travel up the 100 or so steps and you will have amazing views of Killarney National Park and Muckross Lake.
Embrace the local cuisine
With Killarney’s position next to the Atlantic Ocean, it is no surprise to find that fresh fish is a favourite in restaurants and bars across the town. Quinlan’s Fish on the town’s High Street is a favourite among locals and tourists for a ‘posh fish and chips’ that will include mussels, crab or salmon. You will find traditional Irish dishes with a Killarney twist in Brican, most famous for their variety of boxty.
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