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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.


  • 1-hour jaunting car tour of Killarney National Park
  • Enjoy transport by old-fashioned horse and carriage
  • Watch out for Ireland’s last native herd of red deer
  • Listen to tales about O’Donoghue Mor and Oliver Cromwell
  • Stop for photos at the 16th-century Ross Castle

What You Can Expect

Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

The Killarney jaunting car tour to Ross Castle

Head to the Malton Hotel in Killarney for your hour-long jaunting car tour. Several departure times run through the day, so just turn up at a time that suits your schedule.

Once on board, you’ll travel past St. Mary’s Cathedral, a delightful thatched cottage, and Killarney House and Gardens. Head into Killarney National Park, and travel at a relaxed pace through countryside where the modern-day traffic can’t reach.

As you go, keep an eye out for red deer; the deer park is home to the country’s last native herd. Gaze out at the lake against a backdrop of distant mountains, and see if you can make out Carrauntoohil, one of Ireland's tallest peaks.

Hear tales from your carriage driver as you pass Ross Castle, a 15th-century tower house. Owned by O’Donoghue Mor, the castle was the last to be defeated by Oliver Cromwell and the English in 1652. Stop for photos, then return to the start point in Killarney.

Customer Reviews

Amy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fun, I would highly recommend this tour. We had a wonderful driver, Paul, that has lived in Killarney all his life and he was very knowledgeable and told us interesting facts during our trip through Killarney and the Killarney National Park. Beautiful views of wildlife and Ross castle. A favorite part of our trip to Oreland.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely charming! Loved our tour guide, he was full of information on what to do and where to eat in town.

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