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Killarney National Park

Category: Families, Outdoors, Nature/Wildlife, Free

Type: Forest & Woodland, Parks & Gardens, Visitor Centres

Muckross
Killarney
Co Kerry
Tel: +353 64 663 1440

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10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. It is made up of of 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery that is famous for its native natural habitats and species including Ireland's only native herd of red deer and the most extensive covering of native forest remaining in Ireland.

The Lakes of Killarney are Lough Leane (the lower lake), Muckross Lake (the middle lake), and the Upper Lake, they are interlinked and together make up almost a quarter of the park's area. Despite being interlinked, each lake has a unique ecosystem.

The lakes join at the Meeting of the Waters, a popular tourist area.

Opening Time:

Park open year round. Visitor Centre open daily March-September 9am-5.30pm. Oct - Mid Mar: On request.

Admission Charge:

Free
Killarney National Park - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Killarney National Park - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
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6.5km from Killarney on N71 (Kenmare Road).

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