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

Killeen Course - 1st Hole
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Parkland
Killarney holds a unique place in Irish golf and Killarney Golf and Fishing Club has been described as a golfer’s paradise’. With three courses set in some of the most stunning countryside - some would say it is the most picturesque g ...

Self Catering

Selfcatering
Old Ivy House
Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Old Ivy House is a charming 19th century house set in a peaceful rural setting with spectacular views of the McGillycuddy Reeks and surrounding countryside. This traditional period residence has been lovingly restored set in one acre of mature ga ...

What's On

Tralee Farmers Market - County Kerry - Saturdays
Tralee Farmers Market

Princes Quay, across the road from The Brandon Hotel. Tralee, County Kerry

Saturdays: 11am - 3pm

Has 22 stalls and growing and have won betwee ...

Tourist Attractions

Muckross House & Gardens & Traditional Farm - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Muckross House & Gardens & Traditional Farm
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion located in the Killarney National Park and is one of Ireland's leading stately homes, it is a focal point within the Park and is the ideal base from which to explore its terrain. Muckross ...

Wedding Venues

Hotel Dunloe Castle - Wedding Venue - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
The Dunloe (formerly Hotel Dunloe Castle)
Killarney, Co. Kerry
The Dunloe is named after its own ruined castle and is one of three hotels in common ownership in the area - the others are the aptly-named Europe Hotel & Resort at Fossa, and ultra romantic Ard na Sidhe Country House, overlooking Caragh Lake ...
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