Explore Killarney

Explore Killarney
Visit the town of Killarney and get transported back into the simple life of rolling hills, beautiful cathedrals, castles and abbeys. Killarney is located in the southwest county of Kerry, and on the northeastern shore of Lough Leane. The scenery here is spectacular, complete with waterfalls and lakes. County Kerry, and Killarney, are active tourists spots and definitely worth a spot on your itinerary!
Muckross House
Ross Castle
Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall

Places to Visit in Killarney

  • Ross Castle
  • Knockreer House & Gardens
  • Muckross Estate
  • St. Mary’s Cathedral
  • Killarney National Park

Unique Things to See and Do in Killarney

  • Driving around the Ring of Kerry
  • Ride a Jaunting Car (horse and carriage)
  • Hiking the Carrauntoohil
  • Drive to the Gap of Dunloe
  • Play golf at The Killarney Golf and Fishing Club

Getting around Killarney

The only real way to see Killarney is in the Jaunting Cars (horse and carriage). The driver, Jarvey, will offer a host of information about the town, and it’s a great way to get yourself acquainted with the surroundings. Of course the town is really small so there isn’t a public bus service, so the only other way is to walk.

By Taxi
You can take a taxi with Killarney Cabs or Dave’s Taxis. The town is small so most rides are affordable.

By Car
Renting a car is a great way to see the countryside and take smaller day trips from here. Of course it takes some time to get used to driving on the other side of the road- stay on the left. And remember that gas stations are NOT abundant between towns, so always fill up when you can.

Killarney town

Killarney is tourist hotspot, and the city hosts them well. There are many 5 star hotels, a lot of tour groups, plenty of shops, a some good pubs and restaurants to visit. The town covers only 3x4km in area and is home to population of 13,000 people. Despite its littleness, it is a town with big energy. They have been supporting tourism for over 250 years.

The uniqueness of this area is the access to mountain peak, the highest in the country and glacier impressions that formed the three main lakes, Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake. For those that like to mix up their city adventures with some outdoor fun, this is the perfect setting.

The town is vibrant with cafes, shops and restaurants, and of course in Ireland the pubs and nightlife are a singing and dancing venture most nights. There is also plenty of history and cultural surrounding the town with access to some of the country’s significant ecclesiastical sites- Innisfallen Abbey, an archeology site that dates back to Christian times.

Did you know…?

That James Hoban, a Kilkenny born architect, won the design competition for the original White House.

Hoban's Original Design

Did you ALSO know…?

The highest peak, Carrauntoohil, is located in County Kerry, just outside of Killarney.


Best time of year to travel to Killarney

Killarney is pretty mild, just like the rest of the island, but you need to be prepared for unpredictable weather. That means that it could be sunny in the morning, raining in the early afternoon, and then cloudy for the rest of the day. When the clouds blow over the nights can be quite crisp. The lowest temperature during the winter months range from 3-8°C, and in the summer months the range can be from 10-22°C.

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