Killarney

Travel Guide
Muckross House featuring a garden, heritage architecture and flowers

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

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.

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 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.

Killarney National ParkThe 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.

The Ring of KerryTraditionally, Killarneyis 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.

Sport in KillarneyWhile Killarney is a classic hiking and biking destination, the Killarney Lakesensure 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 Clubis 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 Racecourseis a great Saturday afternoon destination.

Enjoy your Stay in KillarneyWhether you are visiting Killarneyfor 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 Killarneyfamously boasts more accommodation than any other Irish destination outside of Dublin!

Killarney Avenue Hotel
Killarney Avenue Hotel
4 out of 5
1 Kenmare Place, Town Centre, Killarney, Kerry, 0
The price is £109 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (264 reviews)
"Very central and eithin walking distance of everything"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2022

Killarney Avenue Hotel
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry, 9359
The price is £147 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (867 reviews)
"Hotel staff are excellent, very friendly and professional, nothing was an issue for them. Angelika (trainee) was lovely and friendly and helpful! Food in the Bistro was excellent! Location could not be better and the lake views, OMG! Deluxe room was huge, lots of space! The history in all the pictures ..."

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

The Lake Hotel Killarney
Killarney Heights Hotel
Killarney Heights Hotel
4 out of 5
Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry, V93 XKR4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (790 reviews)
"It was very pretty, staff was great, food was great."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Killarney Heights Hotel
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Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
3.5 out of 5
1300 Block B, Hotel Killarney, Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry, V93 P043
The price is £160 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (57 reviews)
Very enjoyable stay.
"The staff were very friendly and welcoming. The apartment itself was spacious and comfortable with a large balcony . Was very clean throughout. Was an en suite in each bedroom and a Smart TV in the living room and also in one bedroom. Parking was no problem and it's in an excellent location with ..."

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2021

Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
The Reserve at Muckross
The Reserve at Muckross
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is £185 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (73 reviews)
Sadly gone downhill
"Apartment starting to look dated. Furniture more functional than comfortable, so hanging out during a typical rainy Killarney day got a little tiresome. We ate in the hotel a couple of nights and the food has really gone downhill since I last ate there. Very limited options in all three venues and ..."

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2021

The Reserve at Muckross
Park Place Apartments
Park Place Apartments
4 out of 5
High Street, Killarney, Kerry, 00000
The price is £192 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Killarney. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (259 reviews)
"Property is well kept. Location is amazing. Walkable to shops, restaurants, pubs and grocery stores. Kitchen is well stocked and showers are hot. Front desk staff are very helpful and kind. Place was very clean."

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Park Place Apartments
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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