Killarney National Park Tours

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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. 
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Address: Killarney, Ireland
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Hours: 24 hour pedestrian access
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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 Leprechaun Crossing. Your guide provides history- and geography-rich commentary throughout the tour. 
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Lakes of Killarney Cruise

The Killarney National Park is one of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry, but you don’t have to put on your hiking boots to enjoy its stunning scenery. This 1-hour Lakes of Killarney cruise is the perfect introduction, offering spectacular views of Ross Castle, Innisfallen monastery, the MacGillycuddy Reeks, and the wildlife of the Killarney Valley.
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Ring of Kerry Hike - 8 Day Self-Guided Tour

This hiking itinerary enables you to explore the south west corner of Ireland. Considered one of the finest drives in the world, it is magical on foot, from rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages, green pastures, peat bogs and always picturesque mountain ranges.  You will see the “real” Ireland, away from crowds and only the sounds of nature to accompany you. This area was first settled around 300 BC by the people of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe, and your holiday will immerse you in almost 10,000 years of dramatic history.Starting in Killarney near the magnificent Three Lakes you walk south to the heritage town of Kenmare, then through the old villages of Sneem and Caherdaniel before swinging westward with views of the monastic Skellig Islands Your route continues to Waterville – a favoured fishing location for Charlie Chaplin – through Caherciveen before finishing in Glenbeigh.  
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11-Day Ring of Kerry Self-Guided Hike

Discover some of Ireland’s most diverse land and seascapes on this 11-day Ring of Kerry self-guided hike. With your detailed information pack to hand, explore  the spectacular Killarney National Park and admire attractive spots including Esknamucky Glen, the Skellig Islands, Ballinskelligs Bay and the heritage town of Kenmare. Discover hidden villages such as Caherdaniel, Sneem and Templenoe, and enjoy panoramic views over Kenmare Bay, the Caha Mountains and the mighty Beara Peninsula. Hike at your own pace and learn what makes Kerry such a beautiful corner of the Emerald Isle.
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Ring of Kerry Hike - 5 Day Self-Guided Tour

This holiday gives a wonderful introduction to some of the remoter parts of the Ring Of Kerry. This hike will bring you face to face with nature at its best. Starting in the charming town of Killarney you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Irish Traditional music. This 5 day Ring of Kerry hike takes you between the glorious Three Lakes Of Killarney and the ancient “passes”. You will be weaving between the mountain range of the McGillycuddy Reeks.  Starting from Killarney National Park and the beautiful Muckross House. Your hike follows into the Black Valley with views across to the well-known Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. From there you continue following a network of ancient paths that are nearly as old as the land itself. Following the Kerry Way to reach the northern shores of the Ring of Kerry with views across to the Dingle Peninsula. This 5-Day Holiday will be a highlight ensuring you have lasting memories of the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry.
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