Killarney National Park Tours

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Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park, with idyllic lakes and ancient woodlands backed by the serrated MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, is an area of stunning natural beauty. The park is also historically significant, with two heritage buildings on-site: Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress-turned-hotel, and Muckross House, a stately Victorian estate. 

The Basics
Covering around 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Killarney National Park is truly vast. Organized day tours can help ensure you get to see all the best parts of Ireland’s first national park. Choose between short 1- or 2-hour tours by jaunting car (a two-wheeled horse and carriage), guided walks, or boat cruises and kayak tours on the lakes of Killarney. Day tours depart from Killarney and Limerick, and include stops at key park attractions such as the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House, Ross Castle, and the Ladies View scenic lookout. Some full-day tours combine Killarney National Park with the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Mizen Head. Multi-day tours depart from Dublin and incorporate sights in Cork, Kerry, and—during longer tours—the west coast of Ireland.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Killarney National Park is a must-visit for walkers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rainproof gear, as the weather here can be unpredictable.
  • Day tours typically last between six and 11 hours.
  • Most areas of Muckross House are accessible to wheelchair users. Ross Castle has only limited accessibility.

How to Get There
From Killarney town center, it is just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the entrance at the north of the park. Sights such as Torc Waterfall and Muckross House are farther from town (about 4.5 miles/7 kilometers), so it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour that offers transportation. 

When to Get There
Summer is the busiest season at the park, yet it is also the mildest and, therefore, best for outdoor activities. Early morning and late afternoon offer quieter visits, while fall and spring bring more opportunities for solitude. Winter can be cold—but starkly beautiful. 

Muckross House
Among the park’s biggest attractions is Muckross House, a 19th-century estate sitting upon the shore of the lake with which it shares its name. Queen Victoria stayed here during a visit to the national park in 1861. Today visitors can explore the impressive mansion’s interior, which is packed with period furnishings, as well as the manicured gardens and on-site farm dwellings that paint a picture of farming life in 1930s and 1940s Ireland. 
Address: Killarney, Ireland
Hours: 24 hour pedestrian access
Admission: Free
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Killarney National Park and Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour

Experience Killarney National Park from a whole new angle on a boat ride around Lough Léin, the largest of Killarney's three scenic lakes. Peruse the waters aboard a covered cruiser, taking in local sites such as Ross Castle―from which the tours depart―and wildlife like white tailed eagles and red deer herd as you go. Along the way your captain will regale you with stories about the area's rich history and the stunning mountain-shrouded valley where the lakes reside.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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3-Day Southern Ireland Tour Including Galway and Kerry from Dublin

Discover the delights of the Emerald Isle on a 3-day trip to Galway and Kerry from Dublin. After travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way – a rugged stretch of coastline famed for its beauty – you’ll absorb the cosmopolitan charm of Galway and marvel at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. 2 nights’ accommodation, entrance fees and round-trip transport from Dublin are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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4-Day South West Ireland Tour from Dublin

Delve into the outstanding natural beauty of South West Ireland on a 4-day trip to Galway and Killarney from Dublin. Alongside a guide, you’ll witness the splendor of the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher, take a horse-and-cart ride through Killarney National Park and absorb the coastal beauty of the Dingle Peninsula. Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to acquire ‘the gift of the gab’ at Blarney Castle and sample a glass of Guinness at the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Select between hostel or B&B accommodation depending on budget and preference.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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9-Day All Ireland Tour from Dublin

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and visual wonders of Ireland on an enriching 9-day tour from Dublin. Alongside a hospitable guide, explore the magical kingdom of Kerry, home to the staggering 750-foot (228-meter) Cliffs of Moher, and capture the wild spirit of the rural Connemara region. See historical monuments in Derry; gaze at the mystifying rock sculptures at Giant’s Causeway; and gain fascinating insight into the rich culture and history of Ireland from your knowledgeable guide. Spend 8 nights in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast every day.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

Discover the Ring of Kerry on this incredible full-day tour that showcases one of Ireland’s most stunning destinations. Spend six and a half hours exploring the MacGillycuddy Reeks, the shores of Dingle Bay and the coastal views of Kenmare Bay on this guided tour of must-see Ireland. You’ll also pass through Ladies View and the Lakes of Killarney on this journey from Killarney to Ring of Kerry.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Ring of Kerry Full-Day Guided Tour from Cork

Capture the wild spirit of the Ring of Kerry on an exhilarating full-day tour of the region’s natural highlights from Cork. Travel through the magical landscapes of Kerry and visit an array of quaint villages, blissful beaches and sweeping valleys. Admire the colorful houses and ancient traditions of Sneem Village; absorb the coastal splendor of Dingle Bay; and gaze at magnificent views of mountains, lakes and valleys in Killarney National Park. Receive an interesting introduction to the history and culture of Ireland from your expert guide on this enriching tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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5-Day Spectacular South and West Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

Discover the windswept landscapes and cultural charm of south and west Ireland on an enriching 5-day tour from Dublin. In a small-group, you’ll follow the rugged curve of Wild Atlantic Way, gaze at the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher and kayak alongside dolphins in Dingle Bay. Capture the bohemian spirit of Galway and admire the dramatic features of the Ring of Kerry before battling the crashing waves of Lahinch. Four nights’ accommodation, round-trip transport from Dublin and select activities are included.   
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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2-Day Killarney and Ring of Kerry Tour from Dublin by Train

Leave Dublin behind for a two-day journey through southwestern Ireland, with an overnight stay in Killarney and a drive along the Ring of Kerry, a popular scenic route known for its breathtaking coastline, emerald-colored hills and picturesque villages. From lookouts like Moll’s Gap and Ladies View, you’ll see some of the area’s most spectacular scenery, including Killarney’s lakes and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. The tour includes both a train ride to and from Dublin, as well as a sightseeing excursion aboard an air-conditioned coach with a knowledgeable guide at the ready.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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2 DAY WILD ATLANTIC WAY TOUR

Explore Ireland’s rugged coastline with this two-day Wild Atlantic Way tour. The comprehensive itinerary includes the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney National Park, and an overnight stay in Dingle Peninsula. See the charming villages and dramatic ocean views of the Wild Atlantic Way without the hassle of a rental car.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry

Ireland’s dramatic west coast can be difficult for visitors to navigate, but this 5-day tour from Dublin makes it easy to see the country’s spectacular Atlantic scenery, from the Cliffs of Moher and Dingle Peninsula to Killarney’s Ring of Kerry. Along the way, tour a renowned whiskey distillery, pop into authentic Irish pubs, and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Hotel stays and all other details are arranged for a stress-free adventure with a small group of fellow travelers.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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Killarney Valley & National Park Tour

Explore Killarney National Park (the oldest national park in Ireland) and the scenery of the surrounding valley on this seamless, private tour. After pickup in the morning from your Killarney accommodation, board your vehicle and head into nature. You’ll visit the 15th-century Ross Castle, can dine in an opulent stately home, will discover Ladies’ View (a panoramic scenic overlook named for Queen Victoria), encounter Torc Waterfall, and much more.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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County Kerry Day Trip from Dublin

Discover the delights of Ireland’s County Kerry on this adventurous day trip from Dublin. Travel along winding coastal roads into the Killarney National Park with your guide, and explore pretty towns and villages such as Adare, Aghadoe and Killarney. Marvel at natural attractions including the Lakes of Killarney, Black Valley and the Torc Waterfall, and gain insight into Ireland’s rich geology. Take the Wild Atlantic Way through the Dingle Peninsula to Inch Beach, and gaze out over Dingle Bay and Tralee Bay before returning to Dublin.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park

The Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park take pride of place on the Iveragh Peninsula, with some of Ireland’s finest coastal scenery — but the 177-kilometer (110-mile) journey makes sightseeing a challenge. This convenient 6-hour coach tour from Killarney makes it possible to complete the route in a day, plus take in traditional coastal villages such as Cahersiveen, Derrynane, and Glenbeigh. Visit the historic Bog Village with a guide, and discover top natural attractions including the Killarney Lakes, Rossbeigh Beach, and Macgillycuddy's Reeks.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

Do as the tourists of bygone years did, and explore Killarney by horse and carriage. The equivalent to a modern taxi, the jaunting car was popular in Ireland through the 19th and early 20th centuries. On a 1-hour tour, you’ll learn about the area’s history, hearing tales of the Gaelic chieftains as you ride around Killarney National Park. Ross Castle, Deenagh Lodge, and Killarney Lodge are a few of the landmarks on the route.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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County Kerry 2-Day Tour from Dublin

Journey across County Kerry on this 2-day tour that lets you choose from three accommodation options. This tour provides you with accommodations and transport for one night and two days. Travel around the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula with stops at Adare, Inch Beach, and one of Charlie Chaplin’s favorite spots, Waterville. Other highlights include Moll's Gap, Ladies View, Killarney National Park, Lakes of Killarney, and Torc Waterfall.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Limerick Including Torc Waterfall

Take in some of the most beautiful views of Ireland on this 11-hour day tour of the Ring of Kerry from Limerick. As you ride the 111-mile-long (179-km-long) circular route, pass by places such as Waterville, Sneem, and Killarney National Park. Spot beaches, villages, green pastures, and mountain ranges in County Kerry, and make your last visit to the stunning Torc Waterfall.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Ring Of Kerry Tour

Enjoy traveling in a small group on board a minibus around the scenic Ring of Kerry on this full-day tour. A smaller bus can navigate the famously narrow roads much better, and you'll have a better chance of good views out the bus windows in a smaller vehicle. Listen to guided commentary as you travel and enjoy the fact that you won't be responsible for the driving; you can focus on the scenery and snapping frame-worthy photos.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Ring of Kerry Day Tour Including Killarney National Park from Killarney

Ideal for first-time visitors, this 9-hour tour of the spectacular Ring of Kerry allows you to travel between southern Ireland’s natural wonders with ease. Departing Killarney, you’ll visit coastal gems such as Dingle Bay, Inch Beach, and the quaint villages of Waterville and Sneem. Also on the itinerary is Killarney National Park, a wonderland of mountains, lakes, world-famous gardens, where you’ll stop at Molls Gap and Torc Waterfall. Your guide provides history- and geography-rich commentary throughout the tour. 
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour

Beat the crowds and enjoy nature’s tranquility on this private tour of Killarney National Park. The first national park in Ireland, Killarney is famed for its wildly scenic landscapes, its herd of red deer, and its medieval castle; it has also served as a film set and host to famous visitors like Charles de Gaulle. Pick a start time and duration that work for your schedule, and explore at your own pace.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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7-Day Grand Small-Group Tour of Ireland from Dublin

Experience the Emerald Isle on a 7-day small-group tour of Ireland’s natural and historical highlights from Dublin. With a guide you’ll stray from the beaten path and visit the Ring of Kerry, Connemara, and County Mayo. Ascend to the summit of Croagh Patrick; discover the coastal beauty of Dingle Bay; and see the UNESCO-listed Cliffs of Moher. Six nights’ accommodation, Irish breakfasts, and round-trip transportation from Dublin are included.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
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Kayaking Tour from Killarney, Including Ross Castle

Explore the Killarney National Park from the water and learn of ancient Irish folklore on this 2-hour kayaking tour from Killarney. Hop into your kayak and take to the peaceful Lakes of Killarney. Paddle through the calm waters as your guide sheds light on Killarney’s colorful past, and watch the waves for sightings of native wildlife. Enjoy panoramic views over Ross Castle from your vantage point on the lakes, and listen as your guide brings its history to life. This family-friendly tour is suitable for first-time paddlers and experts alike.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Full-day Private Mizen Head tour from Killarney

Take the scenic route to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southwesterly point, on this private full-day tour from Killarney. Enjoy the flexibility of a personalized itinerary and stop off to admire the natural wonders of the Killarney National Park, visit towns such as Kenmare and Glengariff; and take in the views from Mizen Head on the Wild Atlantic Way.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Carrauntoohil Guided Hiking Tour

Explore the peaks and valleys of Killarney and see a side of Ireland many travellers miss on this 1-day Carrauntoohil guided hiking tour. Head deep into Ireland’s spectacular countryside and follow a guide up Carrauntoohil’s rugged hiking routes — widely considered to be among the country’s most challenging mountain trails. As you make your 3,412-foot (1,040-meter) climb, admire sweeping views over the shimmering lakes, lush forests and rocky landscapes for which Killarney is famous.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Mizen Head Tour from Kenmare

Explore the rugged coast of southern Ireland during this full-day private tour from Kenmare to Mizen Head. Drive through the scenic Killarney National Park and stop at landmarks such as Torc Waterfall, a 3,000-year-old Druid stone circle, and local villages on your way to Mizen Head. Take in the sweeping views of the Atlantic coastline once you arrive and capture your memories on camera to enjoy for years to come. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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