Tucked away in Ireland’s southwest corner, Killarney is the last major outpost before reaching the Emerald Isle’s Wild Atlantic Way. Despite its small size, the city sees a fair amount of traffic thanks to its strategic location at the starting point for the Ring of Kerry, a scenic drive that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula, taking in the highlights of County Kerry. While a host of leprechaun-themed souvenir shops and hotels have sprung up to satisfy the influx of travelers, Killarney remains unmistakably Irish, and a tour guide can offers a real insider’s perspective. It’s an ideal place to discover Ireland’s pub scene, tuck into a steaming bowl of Irish stew, or listen to some traditional Irish folk music. The area’s top attraction, Killarney National Park, lies just outside of town, boasting a trio of natural lakes overlooked by the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. In addition to hiking and biking adventures, visitors can enjoy kayaking and boat tours, marvel at natural wonders like the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall, and explore historic sites such as Muckross House and Ross Castle. Outside the city limits, there are ample opportunities for day trips, including Cork and Blarney Castle; the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head; and, of course, the Ring of Kerry.