Insider's Guide to Killarney

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  • Hours: 24 hour pedestrian access.
  • Admission: Free

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Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain and lakeside beauty. It has woodlands, islands, waterfalls, historic houses and working farms. There are deer and cattle, eagles and world famous gardens. It's the perfect place for hiking, cycling, boating, pony trekking, fishing, landscape-gazing, or riding in a jaunting car - a light, two-wheeled horse drawn vehicle. One of the most popular panoramic viewing points is Ladies View.

Within the park, Muckross House is one of Ireland's foremost stately homes which is open to the public along with its famous gardens. Here you can pick up a guide to the park from the National Park Information Centre. There is also Knockreer which has an eduction center, and Killarney House and Gardens (the gate lodge here also has information booklets on the park) and Muckross Abbey. You can catch a boat across to Innisfallen Island on the Lower Lake, and Dinis Cottage which has a tearoom, or take the boat across the Lord Brandon's Cottage and explore the spectacular glacial valley which has an eduction center, and Killarney House and Gardens (the gate lodge here also has information booklets on the park) and Muckross Abbey. You can catch a boat across to Innisfallen Island on the Lower Lake, and Dinis Cottage which has a tearoom, or take the boat across the Lord Brandon's Cottage and explore the spectacular glacial valley Gap of Dunloe. Whatever level of activity you want to pursue, Killarney National Park has something to suit.

Practical Info

From Killarney town, you can walk to Knockreer, Killarney House and Ross Island. There is no public transport but a taxi can take you the short 4 miles (6.5 km) to Muckross House and Garden. Or take a horse-drawn jaunting car from Killarney to and through the park. 

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Full Day Tour of The Ring of Kerry

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An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $35.80

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