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The historic and natural attractions of Killarney’s hinterland will feature high on any itinerary, and for over 250 years the town has been used as the perfect base for exploring the natural wonders of the ‘Ring of Kerry’: dramatic Irish scenery at its very best on the nearby Iveragh Peninsula.
The warmth and attraction of Killarney are apparent as soon as you arrive: the town boasts a beautifully kept, unspoilt centre, with many of the abundant independent shops, restaurants and traditional pub frontages painted bright colours and bedecked with flowers bursting into bloom.
The signposted Tourist Trail makes for an extremely conducive amble by day or in the evening one when the legendary ‘craic’ is in full flow – or alternatively hail a local jarvie and take a sightseeing trip on his horse-drawn jaunting car.
The town stands on the boundary of the Killarney National Park, which is accessible for hikers on foot. Cycles are easy to hire and regular buses also run up to the classic viewpoints over the town, lakes and mountains.
You can take a jaunting car 2km via the Demesne public park to the Lough Leane shore and Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower and keep built by the O'Donoghue Mór clan. From here you can take a boat trip to Innisfallen – founded in 640 – on its atmospheric island.
A 6km jaunt away, the palatial 19th-century Muckross House is the centrepoint of the National Park, featuring period interiors, gardens and traditional farms.
Traditionally, Killarney is the starting point and final destination on the 180km circular Ring of Kerry, celebrated for its unsurpassable, archetypal Irish scenery. It is possible to complete the tour by car in around four hours, but this rich landscape truly benefits from a more leisurely exploration, in the time-honoured Irish tradition.
The spectacular Purple Mountain, Mangerton Mountain and MacGillycuddy's Reeks are the rugged high points, with famous waterfalls, lakes, valleys, inviting-looking islands and picture-postcard villages all plentiful along the winding way.
While Killarney is a classic hiking and biking destination, the Killarney Lakes ensure top-class rowing also thrives locally, and the angling in the area is particularly renowned, not least because the heavenly freshwater Killarney Lakes require no permits.
The lakeside Killarney Golf Club is a world-class course where it is possible to book a tee time and play for a green fee, Dr. Crokes is the biggest of the town’s three gaelic football clubs and it also has a hurling side, and Killarney Racecourse is a great Saturday afternoon destination.
Whether you are visiting Killarney for a healthy, activity-based break, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery or a weekend of fun in the town’s bars and nightspots, rest assured you will enjoy the finest imaginable choice of hotels, as Killarney famously boasts more accommodation than any other Irish destination outside of Dublin!
Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of INEC Killarney, Killarney Methodist Church, and Killarney House Gardens. St. Mary's Church and Knockreer Estate are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in the heart of Killarney, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney, Killarney Methodist Church, and Killarney House Gardens. St. Mary's Church and Knockreer Estate are also within 15 minutes.
Located in the heart of Killarney, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Killarney House Gardens, St. Mary's Church, and Knockreer Estate. Killarney Methodist Church and Fitzgerald Stadium are also within 15 minutes.
This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Aghadoe, Killarney Golf Club, and Parkavonear Castle. Killarney Riding Stables and Dunloe Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).
This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of INEC Killarney, Killarney House Gardens, and Knockreer Estate. Killarney Methodist Church and St. Mary's Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Fossa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Aghadoe, Parkavonear Castle, and Killarney Golf Club. Killarney Riding Stables and Dunloe Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lissyvigeen Circle, Killarney House Gardens, and Knockreer Estate. Killarney Methodist Church and St. Mary's Church are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated in Killarney, this hotel is steps from Killarney House Gardens and Knockreer Estate. St. Mary's Church and Cloghereen Blue Pool Walk are also within 5 minutes.