Experience the natural setting, live music and hiking in Killarney!

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
£94
per night
21 Oct-22 Oct

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! (676 reviews)

"My wife and I loved every bit of the hotel, the grounds, the restaurant, the room. Everything was wonderful about our stay."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Heights Hotel Killarney
The Heights Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
£53
per night
21 Oct-22 Oct

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Lissyvigeen Circle and within 3 miles (5 km) of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross ...

4.3/5Excellent! (617 reviews)

"Great location. Amazing rooms. Olga at the front desk was a wealth of information and ensured we had a remarkable experience in Killarney and surrounding area."…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

The Heights Hotel Killarney
Hotel Killarney
Hotel Killarney
3 out of 5
Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
£62
per night
21 Oct-22 Oct

This family-friendly Killarney hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Killarney House Gardens, Knockreer Estate and Killarney Methodist Church. INEC Killarney and Ross ...

4/5Very Good! (540 reviews)

"Free parking. Good breakfast. Room was okay. Twenty minute walk to centre of town. Good value for what was paid."…"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2019

Hotel Killarney

Popular things to do in Killarney

Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park

4.5/5(41 reviews)

Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s highest peaks, ancient woodlands, shimmering lakes and a rich variety of wildlife.

Ross Castle
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Ross Castle

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Standing guard over the lake, this silent ruin provides a glimpse of life in an Ireland that was often a land of warring clans.

Muckross House
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Muckross House

4.5/5(20 reviews)

Enjoy varied delights on this splendid estate, which offers a look into daily life in the past, both inside a luxurious home and on a busy farm.

Ladies View
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Ladies View

4.5/5(35 reviews)

The ladies-in-waiting of an English queen were speechless at this sight. Looking out over such a lovely landscape, you might be awestruck as well.

Torc Waterfall
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Torc Waterfall

4.5/5(22 reviews)

Hidden in the mossy forest is a sight that can refresh any weary hiker, where fresh waters hurtle over stones, sheltered by a leafy canopy.

St. Mary's Cathedral
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St. Mary's Cathedral

4.5/5(18 reviews)

In a green field stands an impressive cathedral especially beloved by its townsfolk. Inside, find a welcoming community church decorated with beautiful stained glass.

Top activities in Killarney

Ring Of Kerry Tour
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Ring Of Kerry Tour

£24

Ring of Kerry Tours Luxury 16 - 20 seat bus tours of The Ring of Kerry The Only small group tour of the world famous RING OF KERRY An essential part of any visit to the Emerald Isle is a tour of the world famous Ring of Kerry.

1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour
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1-Day Ring of Kerry Rail Tour

£104

Escape Dublin for a journey to Country Kerry and experience the vibrant Irish countryside. Observe the mountains, lakes, and rugged coastline that define the region. Drive the famed Ring of Kerry to see quaint villages.

Killarney and National Park Hop On Hop Off Tour
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Killarney and National Park Hop On Hop Off Tour

£11

With Killareny Hop on Hop Off tour you can, at your own pace, enjoy the unrivalled beauty of Killarney and our world renowned Killarney National Park. See Aghadoe Viewing Point, 14th Century Ross Castle built on the shores of Killarneys lakes.

Dingle and Slea Head Day Tour from Killarney
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Dingle and Slea Head Day Tour from Killarney

£41

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Dingle Peninsula, Ireland Dingle Peninsula, Ireland Duration: 8 hours

Killarney Kayaking Tour – Ross Castle
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Killarney Kayaking Tour – Ross Castle

£31

Kayaking in Killarney. Discover the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a gentle kayak adventure exploring the incredible history of Ross Castle and experiencing the lakes unique wild nature.

Kenmare to Shannon Airport
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Kenmare to Shannon Airport

£39

We will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you directly To your airport terminal

Reviews of Killarney

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Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

27 Sep 2019

Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Sep 2019

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

11 Sep 2019

a beautiful area where you can spend weeks seeing everything.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

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.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

30 Aug 2019

Good food in the Laurels restaurant on Main Street

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

30 Jul 2019

Gorgeous place to visit, the town is lovely, people so friendly and lots of live music!