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Killarney, Co. Kerry

Killarney (Irish: Cill Airne, meaning "The church of the sloe") is a town in County Kerry that is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lakes of Killarney which are part of Killarney National Park.

Known all over the world for its romantic beauty (Lakes of Killarney, the 25,000 acre Killarney National Park, the Ring of Kerry) the Killarney area has long been a source of inspiration for poets, painters and writers and, despite the commercial tone of the town itself which has been a centre of tourism since the days of the Victorian Grand Tour - the surroundings are stunning and, with a number of the country’s finest hotels in the town and immediate area, it remains an excellent base for exploring the area, or for leisure activities, notably golf.

The three beautiful main lakes are the biggest attraction, while the rugged Gap of Dunloe is in direct contrast to them. Ladies View at Molls Gap between Kenmare and Killarney was declared the "finest view in the land" by Queen Victoria. The area is a paradise for bird watchers with over 120 species being recorded locally. Muckross House and Gardens is a beautiful estate containing a unique collection of antiques and art and afford a tremendous view of the Lakes. While nearby Ross Castle is the gateway to the Lakes it is a fully furnished 14th Century Castle is open to the public with Waterboat cruises available nearby.

When visiting Muckross House at the National Park, The Garden Restaurant (064 314440; www.muckross-house.ie) is open 9-5 daily, all year except Christmas/NewYear, and offers just the kind of good, wholesome food that’s welcome, in attractive surorndings.

Gardens

There is no featured garden in the area

Golf

Ring of Kerry Golf Club - County Kerry Ireland
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Parkland
The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is an 18 hole parkland course that measures 6,814 yards off the back tees. The course is one of the finest in Ireland and is scenically situated between the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Caha mountains overlook ...
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Self Catering

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Rose Cottage
Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Rose Cottage is a 4 star ITBA (Irish Tourist Board Approved) cottage, set in a secluded location in an orchard nestled in the hills above Killorglin. Rose Cottage belies it's secluded location as it is also very convenient to Killorglin town, onl ...
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What's On

Kenmare Farmers Market - County Kerry
Kenmare Farmers Market

An Cro, Bridge Street, Kenmare, County Kerry

Wednesdays - Sunday 10-6pm. (7 days during July and August)

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Tourist Attractions

Crag Cave - Castleisland County Kerry Ireland
Crag Cave
Castleisland, Co. Kerry
Step into 1 million years of history and wonder at Crag Cave which is renowned as one of the finest examples of a limestone cave in Ireland. Etched over time into a natural wonder, Crag Cave offers an amazing view of how a cave is formed. See inc ...
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Wedding Venues

Aghadoe Heights Hotel - Wedding Venue - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
Killarney, Co. Kerry
A few miles out of Killarney town, this famous low-rise hotel, dating from the ‘60s, enjoys stunning views of the lakes and the mountains beyond. It is now one of Ireland’s most luxurious hotels and, under the caring management of Pat ...
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  • Variety of Breaks at The Malton

    The pillared entrance and ivy-clad facade of this classic Victorian railway hotel in Killarney County Kerry still convey a sense of occasion and they have great special offers on including One night B&B from just €60 per person sharing

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