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KillarneyIreland

With a resident population of only 15,000 souls, Killarneymight seem an unlikely destination to rank second in popularity among visitorsto Ireland, but there’s far more to this charming town than its welcoming,bustling centre.

The historic and natural attractions of Killarney’shinterland will feature high on any itinerary, and for over 250 years the town hasbeen used as the perfect base for exploring the natural wonders of the ‘Ring ofKerry’: dramatic Irish scenery at its very best on the nearby IveraghPeninsula.

Killarney CentreThe warmth and attraction of Killarneyare apparent as soon as you arrive: the town boasts a beautifully kept,unspoilt centre, with many of the abundant independent shops, restaurants and traditionalpub frontages painted bright colours and bedecked with flowers bursting intobloom.

The signposted Tourist Trail makes for an extremelyconducive amble by day or in the evening one when the legendary ‘craic’ is infull flow – or alternatively hail a local jarvie and take a sightseeing trip onhis horse-drawn jaunting car.

Killarney NationalParkThe town stands on the boundary of the KillarneyNational Park, which is accessible for hikers on foot. Cycles areeasy to hire and regular buses also run up to the classic viewpoints over thetown, lakes and mountains.

You can take a jaunting car 2km via the Demesne publicpark to the LoughLeane shore and Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower and keepbuilt by the O'Donoghue Mór clan. Fromhere you can take a boat trip to Innisfallen– founded in 640 – on its atmospheric island.

A 6km jaunt away, the palatial19th-century MuckrossHouse is the centrepoint of the National Park, featuring periodinteriors, gardens and traditional farms.

The Ring ofKerryTraditionally, Killarneyis the starting point and final destination on the 180km circular Ring of Kerry,celebrated for its unsurpassable, archetypal Irish scenery. It is possible tocomplete the tour by car in around four hours, but this rich landscape truly benefitsfrom a more leisurely exploration, in the time-honoured Irish tradition.

The spectacular PurpleMountain, MangertonMountain and MacGillycuddy'sReeks are the rugged high points, with famous waterfalls, lakes, valleys,inviting-looking islands and picture-postcard villages all plentiful along the windingway.

Sport inKillarneyWhile Killarney is aclassic hiking and biking destination, the Killarney Lakesensure top-class rowing also thrives locally, and the angling in the area isparticularly renowned, not least because the heavenly freshwater KillarneyLakes require no permits.

The lakeside Killarney Golf Clubis a world-class course where it is possible to book a tee time and play for agreen fee, Dr. Crokes is the biggest of the town’s three gaelic football clubsand it also has a hurling side, and Killarney Racecourseis a great Saturday afternoon destination.

Enjoy yourStay in KillarneyWhether you are visiting Killarneyfor a healthy, activity-based break, to enjoy the breathtaking scenery or aweekend of fun in the town’s bars and nightspots, rest assured you will enjoythe finest imaginable choice of hotels, as Killarneyfamously boasts more accommodation than any other Irish destination outside ofDublin!

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Top hotels in Killarney

The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
College Street, Killarney, Kerry
The price is £64 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in the heart of Killarney, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and St. Mary's Cathedral. INEC Killarney and Ross Castle ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (611 reviews)

"Lovely room and hotel. Receptionists were very nice. The location of the hotel is greatZ My complaint is when our room was serviced, our bed wasn’t made and the shampoos / shower gels were not restocked!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is £118 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

4.7/5Exceptional! (794 reviews)

"This hotel is fab. Beautiful setting on the lake looking at the Kerry mountains. The food was gorgeous. The service was excellent. I’ll definitely be going back"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2020

The Lake Hotel Killarney
The International Hotel Killarney
The International Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
Kenmare Place, Killarney, Kerry
The price is £72 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in the heart of Killarney, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Killarney House Gardens and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross Castle ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (496 reviews)
Great Service but lacking in one or two areas

"Overall very good, just a couple of things. For breakfast we ordered eggs Benedict, but we got just one egg. The dishes were kept warm and the hollandaise had blackened in places and split. We also noticed that the heating was turned off in the room before we checked out. We were a little cold as ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Mar 2020

The International Hotel Killarney
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Killarney

Park Place Apartments
Park Place Apartments
4 out of 5
High Street, Killarney, Kerry
The price is £124 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in the heart of Killarney, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Fitzgerald Stadium and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (242 reviews)
Location is key

"The staff were excellent. The location is superb."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2020

Park Place Apartments
Parkland Holiday Homes
Parkland Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Port Road, Killarney, Kerry (county)

Situated in Killarney, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Killarney Riding Stables and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle and INEC Killarney ...

4.3/5Excellent! (29 reviews)

"House was very clean and spacious. Had everything we needed for our short stay. Location is fantastic. Walking distance to cathedral and national park. Very quite location. Will definitely recommend."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2020

Parkland Holiday Homes
Killarney Glamping at the Grove
Killarney Glamping at the Grove
2 out of 5
Ballycasheen Road, Killarney
The price is £76 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Situated near the airport, this campsite is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Killarney Methodist Church and within 3 miles (5 km) of INEC Killarney and Killarney National ...

5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Superb location, fantastic features, will definitely revisit again !"…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2020

Killarney Glamping at the Grove
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Killarney

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Love Killarney

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Great choices of places to eat. Lovely shops. Great effort made with the Christmas decorations. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Sep 2019

Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Sep 2019

Killarney is a must see. The lakes, the mountains, the drives, the friendly people are all unbeatable!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Sep 2019

a beautiful area where you can spend weeks seeing everything.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Beware on check-in we were told we had the breakfast & evening meal package so had a great meal at the restaurant with a great bill we were not expecting. I had no access to email booking on the trip so could not verify the expedia package we bought.

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