+353 64 6632855 Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Killarney

    Cahernane House Hotel

    Cahernane House Hotel is beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park. This boutique four star hotel is located just ten minutes’ walk from Killarney town centre. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a tunnel of greenery which unfurls to reveal the beauty of this imposing manor house, constructed in 1877 and formerly home to the Herbert Family.

    Cahernane House Hotel exudes a sense of relaxation and peacefulness where guests can retreat from the hectic pace of life into a cocoon of calmness and serenity. The only sounds you may hear are the cows bellowing, the lambs bleating or the birds singing.

    The hotel offers 38 spacious guest rooms; 12 of which are located in the original house. These rooms boast many of the original features including wooden ceiling beams, cornicing and fireplaces. Each room is decorated in a unique style, relevant to the original period. There are 26 spacious deluxe rooms available in the garden wing of the hotel many of which feature french doors onto either a ground floor patio or a first floor balcony, commanding stunning views over the local landscape.

    Cahernane House Hotel has a long, rich history and has been lovingly revived and offers national and international guests a unique and experiential stay in a magical environment, rich with history and elegance.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1895
    Email: info@cahernane.com 
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    Location: Muckross Road, Cahernane, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Cahernane House Hotel

    The Cahernane House Hotel offers it’s guests several options for a delicious meal; the Cellar Bar where you can enjoy lighter bites and the Herbert Restaurant which offers award-winning dining. You’ll be sure to find something to suit your tastes.

    Located in the basement of the hotel, The Cellar Bar occupies the original wine cellar of the house. Cosy and inviting, and difficult to leave; we have an extensive selection of beers, spirits and wines for you to enjoy. Curl up by the fire with a good book or recount the tales of your day’s exploring while enjoying your favourite tipple. We are proud to stock locally produced beers from the Killarney Brewing Company.  All their beers are named after local myths and legends, evoking emotions of all things Killarney. There is a selection of light bites, main courses and pastries served daily from 12:30-6pm.

    The Herbert Restaurant at Cahernane House Hotel epitomizes the style and grandeur of the original house and commands beautiful views over the surrounding landscape. The restaurant is complete with luxury furnishings, flooring and fittings. Our beautiful Bushfield Interior curtains frame the stunning views over the Tomies and Purple Mountains. Our grandeur twinkling Chandeliers are from Tara Crystal Chandeliers. The intricate wallpaper is from Lewis and Wood, London and silver cutlery is from Robert Welch. The perfect surroundings and ambiance to match our exquisite dining. Dinner is served each evening in The Herbert Dining Room. Recently awarded 2 AA Rossettes in recognition of culinary excellence, The Herbert Dining Room uses the finest locally sourced seasonal produce.

    Sample dish: (Cellar Bar) Homemade Burger Platter (Herbert Restaurant) Confit Killorglin Pork Belly, Prawn Cannelloni, Apple Gel, 16-hour Braised Pork & Cider Foam
    Open: All year, 7 days

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1895
    Email: info@cahernane.com 
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    Location: Muckross Road, Cahernane, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Killarney National Park

    The Killarney National Park was Ireland’s first national park, established when the Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish State in 1932. The Park has been substantially expanded and is now over 25,000 acres. Included in the Park are Killarney’s three lakes, the last of Ireland’s oak woodland, rare yew woodland and wet woodland. Irish Red Deer and Japanese Sika Deer roam freely.

    South and west of the town of Killarney is an expanse of rugged mountainous country. This includes the McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland which rise to a height of over 1000 metres. At the foot of these mountains nestle the world famous lakes of Killarney. The distinctive combination of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls under ever changing skies gives the area a special scenic beauty.

    The focal point of the National Park for visitors is Killarney House, situated at the edge of Killarney Town. The main entrance is from Muckross Road but there is also access from Mission Road. Killarney House dates from the early 1700s and was originally the stable block of the first residents of the Earls of Kenmare. The House and Gardens have been carefully restored to their former glory. You can also enjoy a tour of the historic House. Here also is the new National Park Interpretive Centre. Admission to the Gardens is free. Admission to the National Park Interpretive Centre and tour of the House is also free at present.

    On the N71, 6km/3.6 mi from Killlarney town is Muckross House and Gardens. The house which is presented as a late 19th century mansion featuring all the necessary furnishings and artefacts of the period is a major visitor attraction is jointly managed by the Park Authorities and the Trustees of Muckross House. The former Kenmare Desmene close to Killarney Town is also part of the National Park and features Killarney House and Gardens and Knockreer House which is the education centre of the park. Killarney National Park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981 and is also a Special Conservation Area.

    Tel: +353 85 801 7973

    Location: Outside Killarney town
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    Killarney Shuttle Bus

    Killarney Shuttle Bus tour is the original hop on/hop off bus service offering affordable day tours in Killarney. It is the best way to go to see all the main attractions including: Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Muckross House and Traditional Farms, Torc Waterfall and Ladies View. Pickup is possible from your Hotel and the shuttle bus departs outside the Discover Ireland Tourist Office on Beech Road and also the Bus Station hourly. Killarney Shuttle Bus offers informative entertaining day trips at market leading prices. Children under 12 years go free when accompanied by an adult.

    The Shuttle bus makes 2 trips daily to the Gap of Dunloe starting from the Bus Station, Tourist office and also Ross Castle. Why not try out a Gap of Dunloe adventure tour combining Bus travel, hike or take a Jaunting car through the age old glaciated valley of the Gap of Dunloe with stunning scenery and when you arrive at the summit board traditional style open boats for a leisurely cruise back to Ross castle. This day trip is not to be missed and no description can do it justice – you have to experience for yourself!!

    Private bus hire in Kerry is the quickest and most convenient way to get to where you want to be. Killarney Shuttle Bus offers an efficient and affordable service, whether you need to get to or from Kerry Airport, Cork Airport, Shannon Airport or any other location in the south-west of Ireland.

    Tel: +353 (0)87 138 4384
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     info@killarneyshuttlebus.com
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    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Killarney Brewing Company

    The Killarney Brewing Company has restored the old Killarney Mineral Water drinks facility to its former glory; it is now one of Ireland’s most exciting new craft breweries and tap rooms. The unique layout and design oozes warmth with a meshing of old world charm and new world ambience;  paying homage to “old school” Killarney yet in a sleek, industrial setting.

    All of Killarney Brewing Company’s craft beer is additive and preservative free and is produced in small batches in Killarney.  Using only the finest quality ingredients during the brewing process, this ensures a premium quality, consistent, and exceptional flavour profile throughout. Additionally, all their beers are named after local myths and legends, evoking emotions of all things Killarney. At Killarney Brewing Company, the legend is in the brew!

    There are regular tours available from Tuesday – Saturday at 3.30pm, 5pm and 6.30pm. The tour, lasting approx 1 hour, consists of a “cheeky” introductory film in their video room, a walking tour of the brewery, a meet the brewer and finally a complimentary beer tasting and story telling. Cost is €12/person.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 6505
    Email: info@killarneybrewing.com
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    Twitter: @killarneybrewco

    Location: Muckross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Reen Pier Boat Trips

    Reen Pier Boat Trips are operated by boat with Gap of Dunloe Adventure Tours – operator Tadgh O’Connor. You will be able to visit Inisfallen Abbey, located on Loch Léin in Killarney National Park, which was founded in the 6th century by Saint Fionán.

    For a time the island was a leper colony but in the Middle Ages became an important centre of learning. The famous Annals of Inisfallen were written here between the 12th and 15th centuries. The monastery suffered many raids from Vikings and local clans. The buildings you see on the island today date mainly from the 12th and 13th centuries. Of particular interest is the Romanesque doorway of the little oratory. Cost €10/person (boat only).

    Departing from Reen Pier Ross Castle at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm. Allow approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. Free bus departs from O’Connors Pub at 10.30am daily (one way only).

    Tel:  +353 (0)87 267 2821
    Email: info@gapofdunloetours.com
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    Location: Reen Pier, Ross Castle, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Irish Whiskey Experience

    The Irish Whiskey Experience has been developed by whiskey lovers as a first class destination for whiskey enthusiasts and novices alike. It is a sensory and interactive experience  that guides visitors through the history of Irish Whiskey, the distilling process and a comparative tasting of delicious Irish whiskeys. There are numerous masterclasses to choose from, to suit all occasions and palates.

    The Irish Whiskey Experience is a vibrant addition to Killarney’s stunning surrounding countryside and lakes. It is a 5 star attraction and a ‘must-see’ for any Irish whiskey lover. It is hoped that all visitors will leave the experience with a smile on their face and a new appreciation for uisce beatha (the water of life). The Irish Whiskey Experience is also endorsed by the Irish Whiskey Association.

    There are daily Irish Whiskey Masterclasses and various courses to choose from including: Distiller’s Apprentice, Golden Ticket (Whiskey and Chocolate pairing), Blender’s Challenge and many more.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 5700
    Email: info@irishwhiskeyexperience.net
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    Location: 93 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

    Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder is Killarney’s newest home of incredible whiskey, carefully selected Irish Craft Beers and spirits, delightful wines and cocktails, Irish gin & vodka and  delicious food, too!

    Enjoy mouthwatering wholesome food at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder where locally sourced breakfast, lunch and dinners are served daily until 9.45pm. With a central location, right in the heart of Killarney town, it’s a great place to stop in for a drink or a meal (or both!). Their food philosophy is simple – fresh, tasty, local food that tastes great.

    Also worth checking out is the Irish Whiskey Experience at the Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder which offers visitors masterclasses on Irish whiskeys – blending whiskey, pairing whiskeys and the history and methods of whiskey production.

    Sample dish: Braised Free-Range Pork Belly, Crushed New Potatoes, Spinach, Apple Sauce €12.50
    Open: All Year, 7 days, Mon-Thurs 10.30am-11.30pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am – 12.30am, Sunday 12.30pm – 11.30pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 5700
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    info@celticwhiskeybar.com
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    Location: 93 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant

    The award-winning Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant is one of Killarney’s best restaurants; full of character with an open fire, wine cellar, old timbers and a low lit dining room, its walls covered in awards.

    Gaby’s provides a varied menu for seafood lovers, using the freshest, quality ingredients served in a traditional manner. Being one of Ireland’s longest established and reputable seafood restaurants, you are sure of a treat when you visit Gaby’s.

    The friendly, professional staff are on hand to offer you advice on the extensive wine list as well as help you make the perfect dining choice. Delicious selections of desserts are available, along with a varied cheese platter. For those who want superb seafood, cooked to perfection and served in a traditional way, look no further than Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant.

    Sample dishes: Cassolette of Prawns & Monkfish, Grilled Lobster, Grilled Salmon Fillet
    Open: All Year, Monday to Saturday 6pm – 10pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 2519
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    info@gabys.ie
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    Location: 27 High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Cronin’s Restaurant

    Since its opening in 1957 by Johnny and Noreen Cronin, Cronin’s Restaurant has built a reputation for good, tasty food and friendly service.  Today Johnny and Noreen’s son, Pat and his wife Sheila continue the family tradition of serving delicious meals in a friendly, family atmosphere.

    Pat and Sheila, along with Chef John Enright, take great pride in serving their guests the freshest locally sourced produce such as smoked salmon from Kenmare, award winning Ring of Kerry lamb and Irish Hereford beef.

    Sample dishes: Parma Chicken, Vegetable Stir Fry, Shepherd’s Pie
    Open: All Year, 7 days, Monday – Saturday 12.15pm – 9.30pm, Sunday & Bank Holidays 5pm – 9.30pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 0903
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    reservations@croninsrestaurant.com
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    Location: College Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Old Weir Lodge

    Set in mature landscaped gardens with a secure car park, on the fashionable Muckross Road, Old Weir Lodge is a highly acclaimed Tudor style, family run, accommodation and boasts a wonderful location, only a few minutes walk from Killarney town centre. The house also enjoys the serenity and beauty of the nearby National Park and lakes, making it an ideal base for hill walking in County Kerry and the south west region. It is near the start of the Kerry Way walking route – the longest way-marked trail in Ireland.

    The tranquillity of the bedrooms will ensure that you can relax and unwind with every luxury and convenience close at hand. Each room is beautiful appointed, facilities include; tea/coffee maker, multi-channel T.V. direct-dial telephone, iron, hairdryer, clock radio. We have ground floor bedrooms and an elevator to our upstairs bedrooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with power shower, most with bath and shower, some with shower only; complimentary toiletries. Click on the images below to get more information about each of the bedrooms.

    Don’t feel cut off from news from home, we have a computer in the Bricin Lounge, or bring your own laptop; there is free Wi-Fi in all the Lounges and Reception area! In our Innisfallen Dining Room, freshly cooked breakfast is served by our local, friendly staff. Fresh home-baked breads and scones are also available, and all the food is local produce and freshly cooked.

    Proprietors Dermot & Maureen O’Donoghue have been welcoming visitors to Killarney for the past 40 years and have an unsurpassed knowledge of the local area. Enjoy the many local tours which are all available from Old Weir Lodge.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 5593
    Email: 
    oldweirlodge@eircom.net
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    Location: Muckross Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Murphy’s Guest House

    Murphy’s Guest House is a proud family tradition for over 50 years, located in the heart of Killarney town. Easily accessible from the main bus & train terminals and adjacent to public car parks, shopping areas and on the doorstep of Killarney’s National Park with their breathtaking scenery.

    The interior of Murphy’s is unique and very traditional. Pitch pine taken for an old church has been re-crafted and used throughout the bar. This, combined with stained cathedral glass exposed stone work and a collection of mementos and many fascinating photographs, add to the cosy ambience of the interior.

    Murphy’s guest accommodation combines great hospitality in a superb town centre location. We offer twenty spacious rooms all are en-suite, with elevator access. Just a short stroll from the bus and rail stations and 15 minutes from Kerry Airport. Ideal for exploring the beautiful scenery of Killarney’s National Parks or, as a starting point for a tour of the Ring of Kerry or the Dingle Peninsula. Let our friendly and professional staff arrange your daily tours, sightseeing excursion and tee off times.

    Murphy’s Guest House offers great value Killarney accommodation, a traditional Irish pub and an excellent choice of dining options. We look forward to welcoming you to Murphy’s of Killarney and will do our utmost to ensure your stay with us will be a memorable one.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1924/+353 (0)64 663 7245
    Email: info@murphysofkillarney.com

    Location: 18 College Street, Killarney
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    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
    Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, a 5 star Killarney Hotel, boasts 68 Luxurious Bedrooms with King Size beds and Suites. Our 5 star accommodation in Killarney offers the best in modern facilities such as free Wifi and Satellite TV with DVD, while continuing our history of hospitality from the Victorian period. We offer a variety of room types including:

    Superior Suites – Large Opulent Suite with separate Living Area, Luxurious bathroom with Jacuzzi, complimentary Spa access throughout your stay, complimentary mini-bar, wine & chocolates.

    Junior Suites – Individually decorated Luxurious Suites with Lounge Area, large plazma TV’s, complimentary Spa access throughout your stay, complimentary mini-bar, wine & chocolates.

    Superior King Rooms – Larger Luxurious bedroom in the Blue Pool Wing of the hotel with complimentary wine & chocolates, as well as all the facilities of Deluxe King Rooms.

    Deluxe King Rooms – Victorian Style Rooms with modern facilities and amenities including climate control, free WiFi, luxury Robe & Slippers, DVD Player, hospitality tray with bottled water & 24 hour room service.

    Self-Catering Apartments – Ideal for Families or Groups, these apartments consist of 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, living area and kitchenette. The self-catering option offers a value accommodation option within the resort.

    Book the best 5 star Killarney acccommodation at Muckross Park Hotel &  Spa and ensure you have a relaxing stay.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 662 3400
    Email: 
    info@muckrosspark.com
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    Location: Muckross Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Park Hotel/The Jarvey’s Rest

    Dining at Muckross Park Hotel is a unique experience in Killarney. The hotel has a range of options including Yew Tree fine dining restaurant, Monk’s Lounge and The Jarvey’s Rest. Muckross Park Hotel is one of the most enviable dining locations in Killarney National Park.

    Yew Tree Restaurant, winner of an AA Rosette, is proud to offer a fine dining experience. Our team of experienced chefs have selected a menu based on seasonal ingredients from the finest purveyors of Irish food. The restaurant is set in the original wing of the hotel. It has a resident pianist who entertains guests on a grand piano during dinner.

    Monks Lounge is open daily and serves classic afternoon tea in a friendly and warm setting. Monks Lounge serves an exceptional collection of wines, champagne, Irish and international beers and premium brands. Guests can also enjoy evening cocktails and a wide selection of Irish whiskeys. Afternoon Tea in Muckross Park Hotel has been enjoyed over the decades by guests and vistors and offers a range of fine pastries, treats, select teas and gourmet coffees.

    Our Traditional Irish Pub, The Jarvey’s Rest, is the perfect location for a taste of Kerry. Where wooden floors, stonewalls, beamed ceilings, open fires and live Irish entertainment create a warm and friendly welcome. Enjoy a welcoming drink by the fire or choose a rustic Irish dish prepared expertly in our kitchen. Join our Irish Night experience and see the best in traditional music and Irish dancing.

    Open: All year, 7 days

    Tel: +353 (0)64 662 3400
    Email: 
    info@muckrosspark.com
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    Location: Muckross Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Subway Sandwiches
    Whatever you’re in the mood for, Subway Sandwiches stores have a huge range of Subs, salads, treats and drinks to choose from. And here’s the best bit – every one of our Subs is made fresh in front of you, exactly the way you want it on the bread of your choice. You choose the salad and sauce you like too.

    For mornings when you’re not with it, we’ve cooked up a great range of tasty 6-inch Breakfast Subs or flatbreads that will set you up for the day. For a start, we use free range eggs and delicious pork sausages. You can also have it toasted with melted cheese. Even better, we give you free sauce. Pass the ketchup!

    Subway Sandwiches is committed to providing a wide range of great tasting, healthier food choices while reducing our environmental footprint and creating a positive influence in the communities we serve around the world. We are committed to improving the nutritional quality of our products and providing detailed nutrition, diet and healthy lifestyle information.

    Open: All year, 7 days –  Monday to Friday 7am – 8pm, Saturday 9am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 8pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 8906
    Email:
    jptoleary@eircom.net

    Location: 12 New Street, Killarney
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    McDonalds Killarney
    Since 1977, McDonald’s been proud to serve the Irish people with some of their favourite food. And along the way, we’ve managed not just to live history, but create it:  from the first drive-thru restaurant in Europe, to the first McCafé in Europe to our ongoing food innovation, McDonald’s has been at the forefront of serving our customers. It’s been quite the journey, and we promise this is just the beginning – we’ve got our hearts set on making more history.

    All of our restaurants have been re-imaged and are now more modern, attractive and comfortable than ever before. Gone are the old plastic seats and strip lighting to be replaced by softer furnishings, soft lighting and modern furniture. We now open for breakfast, meaning that we are open when our customers want to visit us; our restaurants have now been fitted with hearing loops, Braille menus and in many cases accessible doors meaning that people with disabilities can easily visit our restaurants. We now offer easily accessible free Wi-Fi and we have rolled out contactless payment for credit cards.

    High quality is one of our top priorities. From our meats to our cheeses, from our fresh produce to our eggs, we’re committed to serving you the very best. All our beef, bacon, milk, cheese, water and eggs are 100% Irish. Come and visit McDonalds Killarney and leave with a smile!

    Open: All year, 7 days
    Food Served: Sunday – Wednesday 7am to 12am, Thursday 7am to 1am, Friday – Saturday 7am to 3am

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 7188
    Email: 
    info@ie.mcd.com

    Location: Park Road, Killarney
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    Saddlers Pub

    The Saddlers Pub in the Holiday Inn Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry is where you will be greeted with a friendly smile and a warm atmosphere. Saddlers Pub offers both bar food and entertainment to suit all ages. It’s a place that is loved by both locals and guests alike.

    At Saddlers Pub, you will be spoiled for choice with our new and exciting Bar food menu where food is served daily from 12.30pm to 9.30pm. Dining out in Killarney has never tasted better! There is also a special Children’s Menu at Saddlers Pub so the kiddies can enjoy a great tasting meal and fun atmosphere too.

    Holiday Inn Killarney, is also a popular choice for hotel breaks in Ireland with entertainment. During the weekend our local bands provide a great mix of covers live on stage. Not only that, you can sit back and enjoy all major sporting events throughout the year from our wide screen TV or try your hand at a game of pool.

    The current entertainment line-up at Saddlers Pub is:

    Friday Night:
    9.30pm – Mike Neeson – Come & join Mike Neeson, a local from Killarney. Mike plays a wide variety of sing along tunes. Audience participation is always welcomed!

    Saturday Night:
    9.30pm – Our Saturday Night entertainment varies week to week but always playing a wide variety of hits, popular with all ages.

    Sample dish: Kenmare Bay Salmon & Prawn Tagliatelli in a Pesto Cream Sauce €13.95                                
    Open: All year, 7 days 12.30pm to 9.30pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 3000
    Email: 
    info@holidayinnkillarney.com

    Location: Muckross Road, Killarney
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    The Europe Hotel

    The Europe Hotel & Resort offers a number of flexible options for dining in Killarney with a choice of restaurants: The Spa Cafe, is open daily from 11am to 7pm (seasonal), serving lunch, brunch and healthy snacks in a light and airy dining room which enjoys sweeping views over the lake and mountains beyond.

    The Brasserie Restaurant Killarney, with terrace for relaxed al fresco dining, is open daily from 11am to 11pm serving light snacks to succulent flamed grills steaks cooked in front of you by award winning chefs on an open grill.

    The Panorama Restaurant in Killarney has one of the most enviable views in Ireland with vistas of the Lakes of Killarney, mountains and gardens stretching before you. This Killarney restaurant is open for breakfast from 7-10.30am and dinner from 7-9.30pm (closed for dinner on Sunday) providing fine dining in Kerry at its best. So why not sit down and enjoy Irish and international cuisine in one of Killarney’s finest restaurants!

    Both the Brasserie and Panorama Restaurants at The Europe Hotel have dedicated Children’s Menus.

    Sample dishes: Fresh Tagliatelle with tomato, olives, Feta, rocket, basil olive oil €19 (Brasserie Day Menu) Roast Loin of Venison Smoked Shoulder, Beetroot Puree, Port Wine Raisins, Creamed Kale €33 (Panorama Restaurant)
    Open: All year, 7 days

    Tel: +353 (0)64 667 1300
    Email: reservations@theeurope.com
    Twitter: @TheEuropeHotel

    Location: Fossa, Killarney,
    Co. Kerry
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    Dunloe Castle Hotel
    In the most beautiful natural setting you can enjoy the best of international and Irish cuisine at Dunloe Castle Hotel in our gourmet restaurant and browse the magnificent list of wines to select the ideal complement for your meal.

    For fine dining in Killarney, visit The Garden Cafe or the Oak Restaurant and enjoy the best of local produce at the luxury Dunloe Castle Hotel. Ireland, and particularly county Kerry, is home to some of the best gourmet food in Europe. Wild Atlantic fresh fish and high quality Kerry lamb frequent our menu.

    The Garden Café is the ideal place for casual dining while the Oak Restaurant is elegant and classical with views over the gardens and mountains. The 5 Star Dunloe Castle Hotel showcases the best of local produce with the finest of fresh, natural ingredients prepared by our artistically creative head chef. For afternoon tea or morning coffee, the Upper Lounge offers a relaxing setting with panoramic views over the countryside. The bar offers an intimate cosy space, where conversation flows readily while guests sit and relax with a cream-topped pint enjoying a variety of live musical entertainment.

    Sample dish: Medallions of Pork Fillet with Wild Mushrooms in a Truffle Cream Sauce, Homemade Bread Dumplings €28.00
    Open: All year, 7 days

    Tel: +353 (0)64 664 4111
    Email: reservations@thedunloe.com
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    Twitter: @The_Dunloe

    Location: Beaufort, Killarney,
    Co. Kerry
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    Ladies View Industries

    Ladies View located between Kenmare and Killarney on the Ring of Kerry (N71) and in the heart of Killarney National Park is one of Irelands best known panoramas. This spot derives its name from the pleasure expressed by Queen Victoria’s Ladies-in-Waiting on their visit here in 1861.

     At Ladies View you will find Ladies View Industries which comprises of a Gift Shop, Cafe and Bar. Our Gift Store has the largest selection of gifts in the area and our prices are the most competitive. Our Cafe and Bar will allow you a welcome break from your tour of the area in a most beautiful and peaceful location.

    You won’t find a better location than this to enjoy an Irish Coffee. You will find a comprehensive menu here including our well known home baking and remember to try our speciality – Carrot and Walnut Cake. The Ladies View Industries Cafe also has a seating area outside where once again you can enjoy good food while enjoying the stunning surrounding countryside.

    We have a fully licensed bar at Ladies View Industries located within the Cafe area. The Guinness is always good and try an Irish Coffee or our alternative Irish coffee mixed with poitin instead of whiskey. Poitin is an illicit Irish Spirit which has been banned since 1661 however, we have a special permit to sell it here.

    Open: Seasonal, 7 days April until end October from 10am until 6:45pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 3430
    Email: 
    info@ladiesview.com
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    Twitter: @ladiesviewkerry

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Avoca

    The Avoca store on the Ring of Kerry (Moll’s Gap) is perhaps the most spectacular location for breaking up any journey to enjoy a unique shopping experience and some superb country cooking. The Gap itself is named after a woman, Moll Kissane, who reputedly ran a shebeen (a hostelry of dubious reputation) in this area in the 1800s. Set high on a rocky ridge, Avoca overlooks mountains, rivers, lush countryside and the famousLakes of Killarney, with truly breathtaking views – Carrauntoohill, Ireland’s highest mountain to one side and the Gap of Dunloe to the other.

    As in all of our stores, at Moll’s Gap Avoca we carry an amazing range of gifts and homewares, glass, ceramics and jewellery, clothes, knits and delicious Avoca Pantry food. Of course there are also all those throws and scarves in lambswool, mohair & cashmere from our Wicklow Mill. We also have three best-selling cookbooks available for purchase so you can create our tasty treats at home!

    We’ve an Avoca Cafe here too, with its award-winning menu featuring some of the best casual dining in the South West. Not forgetting the simply spectacular panoramic view over the Ring. Enjoy a wide choice of tasty, freshly prepared salads, wholesome hot dishes and wonderful home-baking. Detail is everything: at Avoca we use great natural ingredients – some we grow ourselves; prepare from scratch; be adventurous; offer value.

    Sample dishes: Beef Stroganoff, Spanish meatballs, Chicken and Broccoli crumble
    Open: March to November, 7 days Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays 10am – 6pm. Café closes everyday at 5pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 4720
    Email: mollsgap@shop.avoca.ie
    Facebook:
    Avoca
    Twitter: @AvocaMollsGap

    Location: Molls Gap,
    Kenmare, Co. Kerry
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    Strawberry Field

    Peter and Margaret at Strawberry Field Pancake Cottage have created an oasis just five minutes’ drive from Moll’s Gap, on the Sneem Road. They are attracting an increasing number of visitors to their family-run restaurant and sculpture garden. A big part of their success is thanks to Margaret’s mouthwatering pancakes, with sweet or savoury toppings. The sweet ones include fresh fruits, chocolates and marshmallows. Some of the most popular pancakes are those with toppings of goats cheese and smoked Irish salmon. All the ingredients are sourced locally.

    Strawberry Field has a friendly atmosphere and log fire, and the walls are hung with fine oil paintings by Margaret, a talented artist. Peter has designed Celtic-themed gifts for their shop including wine racks, tea pots and candle holders. The shop also features strawberry themed gifts too so you’ll always have something to remember your trip here! Open all year but please call ahead in low season to verify hours. Strawberry Field Pancake Cottage – “the best little treat in Kerry!”

    Open: All year, 7 days 11am – 6pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 668 2977
    Email: info@strawberryfield-ireland.com
    Facebook: The Strawberryfield Pancake Cottage

    Location: R568 Moll’s Gap-Sneem Rd
    Blackwater, Killarney
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    McSweeney Arms Hotel

    McSweeney Arms Hotel has an on-site restaurant, Tony’s Sandtrap Bar and Grill, where food and drink are top quality. Our Sandtrap is the heart of our hotel for all our guests and locals alike. It has grown in character over the years and is renowned for its warm atmosphere, great food and good company!

    Sandtrap Bar and Grill is designed in two parts. On one side, it’s a place to socialise and talk sports with 8 flat screen TVs. Home to a blend of residents, locals and people just passing through, one quiet drink has often turned in to a great night out! On the other side, you can enjoy our delicious home made food served in our popular restaurant. Our menu is fresh, our service is top quality and the atmosphere is easy going. Perfect for a quick bite or a relaxing evening meal. We know you’ll enjoy your meal with us at McSweeney Arms Hotel!

    Open: All year, 7 days Breakfast 10.30am – 12noon, Lunch 12noon – 4pm, Dinner 4pm-9.30pm

    Tel: + 353 (0)64 663 1211
    Fax: + 353 (0)64 663 4553
    Email: mcsweeneyarms@eircom.net
    Facebook: McSweeney Arms Hotel
    Twitter: @fiveirontony

    Location: College Street, Killarney
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    Deerpark Pitch and Putt
    Welcome to Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club in Killarney. For over 40 years we have fostered the game of Pitch and Putt among our Members and shared our world-famous course with families and visitors from home and abroad alike, as well as hosting national and international events. The 18-hole championship course is situated on Lewis Road, Killarney, opposite Fitzgerald stadium. There are great value ‘play all day’ rates, allowing you to play in the morning and again later the same day. Open April 1 to September 30.

    Deerpark Pitch and Putt is an ideal venue for a group or family looking for a healthy outdoor activity. You can bring your own clubs,  (a wedge and putter), or can avail of our stock which are included in our Green-Fee Prices. We especially welcome families and groups to Deerpark. We are open all year, weather permitting, but obviously during peak season (June-September) we are constrained by course limitations and would advise pre-booking for this period.

    By request we can arrange packages to suit clubs, societies, birthday groups, work groups and Hen or Stag parties. Our Competition Secretaries will devise theme-based competitions and we can include a BBQ with your Pitch & Putt outing – again weather permitting.

    Tel: +353(0)87 782 3138

    Location: Upper Lewis Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Boat Trips
    Muckross Boat Trips to Dinis Cottage and other destinations are available from Dundag pier, located on the lake shore at Muckross House. From here you can take a boat across Muckross Lake to and from Dinis Cottage.  If you decide to cycle from Muckross House to Dinis Cottage, be aware that the Dinis road is a one-way system. Rather than complete the circuit using the narrow and busy N71, take the boat, with your bicycles, from Dinis Cottage back to Dundag.

    Enquire at Dinis Cottage about the Muckross Boat Trips and times. Boat hire information: Boats are available at Dundag Boathouse near Muckross House or at Dinis Cottage. Ring John or Gerry to book today!

    Tel:  +353 (0)87 278 9335 / +353 (0)87 120 0420

    Location: Dundag Boathouse,
    Muckross House, Killarney
    Cycling Killarney
    Cycling Killarney hires bicycles to the public on Muckross Road, close to the National Park. As motor cars are barred from the National Park, the trusty pedal cycle is ideal for viewing the mountains and lakes. A half-day tour takes you through the Knockreer Estate to Knockreer House & Gardens and along the lake shore to Ross Castle. Ross Island with its ancient copper mines is well worth a visit. Allow a full day for the Muckross/Dinis tour. This 14-mile (22km) circuit takes in Muckross Abbey, Muckross House & Gardens, Dinis Cottage, the Old Weir Bridge, the Meeting of the Waters and Torc Waterfall before returning to town. A great day’s adventure!

    The more experienced rider will enjoy the 48km (30mi) odyssey through the epic Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley and Moll’s Gap, returning to Killarney via Ladies View on the N71. Cycling Killarney is located at both the Flesk Caravan Park, Muckross Road (on the Kenmare side  of the Gleneagle Hotel) and at Sugan  Hostel, Killarney town centre. Contact David Sheahan at the number below for more information.

    Tel: +353 (0)87 236 3044
    Email: info@cyclingkillarney.com

    Location: Flesk Caravan Park,
    Muckross Road, Killarney
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    Killarney Lake Tours
    Killarney Lake Tours allows you to cruise Killarney’s beautiful lakes with the MV Pride of the Lakes. Setting sail from the 15th century Ross Castle, MV Pride of the Lakes offers scenic tours on Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest and most picturesque lake, with heritage attractions including O’Sullivan Cascade and the monastic ruins of Inishfallen Island. This Killarney waterbus tour is an enjoyable trip to relax and view Killarney lakes and mountains. The Killarney Lake Tours last approximately one hour long.

    Killarney Lake Tours also provides Jaunting Car tours. Enjoy the sights of Killarney National Park from a traditional jaunting car. Operating all year-round, the Killarney Jaunting Car trip is a “must” for every one visiting Killarney. Learn about the history, folklore and the beauty of Killarney National Park from the comfort of the traditional mode of transport; the Irish jaunting car from years gone by.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 662 7737
    Fax: +353 (0)64 663 6656

    Location: Ross Castle,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Gap of Dunloe Tours
    Gap of Dunloe Tours takes you on one of Killarney’s oldest and most popular one-day odyssey. ‘The Gap Trip’ is a marvellous way to really see the surrounding lakes and mountains up close. Travel by coach or vintage bus to the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage and change there to pony or jaunting car, or walk the seven miles through the Gap of Dunloe, a magnificent glaciated valley with high cliffs and isolated lakes. Descend via the remote Black Valley to Lord Brandon’s Cottage at Gearhameen on the shores of the Upper Lake.

    After a snack in the café, you begin a stunning boat journey on Killarney’s three lakes – with a chance to see white-tailed eagles and Irish red and Japanese sika deer. Your trip ends at Ross Castle, where a bus will then bring you back to Killarney town. The Gap of Dunloe Tours operators will also take walkers and cyclists, with their bicycles, from Ross Castle to Lord Brandon’s Cottage on the shores of the Upper Lake, one way, mornings only. Return under your own steam.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 0200
    Mobile:+353 (0)87 267 2821
    Fax: +353 (0)64 663 0201
    Email: info@gapofdunloetours.com
    Facebook: Gap of Dunloe Tours

    Location: 7 High Street,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Aghadoe Heights Hotel
    Lounge & Bar

    Aghadoe Heights Hotel Lounge & Bar has three great areas to choose from when deciding on your meal. The Heights Lounge features casual all-day, all-evening dining and a menu with dishes from €8 that has plenty of choice with an elegant twist. Afternoon Tea served daily from 12noon-5pm. Traditional three-course Sunday Lunch. There is also a dedicated children’s menu. €29.50 per person.

    For pre-dinner aperitifs and all day dining, the Terrace Bar is perfect for an al fresco option with an extensive light menu, delicious afternoon tea and a decadent cocktail list.

    The Lake Room Restaurant serves mouth watering dishes from the best of local, in-season ingredients. With an ever-changing a la carte menu, dining in the airy, open plan Lake Room is sheer perfection, from aperitif to the last petit fours. Fine dining, Table d-Hôte dinner menu. Winter menu €45pp, Summer menu €55pp.

    Open: All year, 7 days

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1766
    Email: info@aghadoeheights.com

    Location: Aghadoe, Killarney
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    Murphy’s Bar &
    Lord Kenmare’s Restaurant

    Murphy’s Bar & Lord Kenmare’s Restaurant is a proud family tradition for over 50 years with a great reputation for accommodation, good food and traditional Irish music nightly. Popular with locals and tourists alike and it’s not hard to see why.

    At Murphy’s Bar, the lively traditional music and natural, homely character of Killarney’s beloved establishment is matched only by its coveted reputation for good food. With an excellent menu served all day (featuring Steak and Seafood dishes) and the finest pint of Guinness in Kerry, Murphy’s Bar has people returning again and again.

    Lord Kenmare’s, above Murphy’s, serves the finest in Irish & Mediterranean cuisine – the Seafood Platter is a must! The extensive range of dishes available are also complemented by a truly comprehensive wine list.

    Open: All year, 9am-11.30pm daily

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1924/+353 (0)64 663 7245
    Email: info@murphysofkillarney.com

     

    Location: 18 College Street, Killarney
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    The Lakeside Bistro

    The Lakeside Bistro, located in the Lake Hotel, overlooks Loch Léin and the 12th Century McCarthy Mór Castle. With the warming golden sunlight pouring in throughout the day and evening this is the perfect spot from which to admire the beautiful scenery of Killarney.

    The Lakeside Bistro is popular for morning coffee and scones as well as leisurely lunches for guests, locals and passing tourists. The great, local, fresh produce prepared by our Chefs combined with friendly and helpful staff ensure that guests come back again and again to enjoy this restful and inviting space.

    Also available to make your visit more enjoyable is a great kids colouring set, just ask your server. The Lakeside Bistro also offers a tasty vegetarian menu with daily specials and free wifi means if you have to look away from the beautiful view, it is at least easy to do any work that has to be done.

    Sample Dish: Deep fried Irish cod in beer batter with tartar sauce, fresh lemon, mushy peas, salad and fresh chips. Price: €15
    Open: All year, 7 days 12 noon- 10pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1035
    Email: info@lakehotel.com

     

    Location: Lake Shore,
    Muckross Road, Killarney
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    McGillicuddy Reeks

    The highest peaks in Ireland and one of only a handful of areas in Ireland where it is possible to see Ring Ouzel in summer. Chough and Wheatear are also present and in winter, Snow Buntings can be found in small numbers along the highest ridges.

    Killarney National Park

    Extensive broadleaved and mixed forest set among beautiful lakes and the highest mountains in Ireland. Particularly good in spring, with a wide range of typical Irish woodland and upland species, wildfowl in winter, and White-tailed Sea Eagles from the recent reintroduction scheme. Torc Waterfall and Brickeen Bridge are particularly good areas for general woodland birds, including Long-tailed Tit, Jay, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher.

    Kate Kearney’s Cottage

    Kate Kearney’s Cottage is a 150 year old family run establishment nestled at the entrance to the world famous Gap of Dunloe. There is a great history behind the real Kate Kearney and the legend has captured the imagination of people far and wide down through the years. The Bar and Craft Shops are open 7 days a week from 10am each day. We serve bar food daily from 12noon until 8pm. At Kate’s, you will enjoy the tradition of hospitality made famous by the legendary Kate herself.

    Kate Kearney’s Cottage is open for Sunday lunches and group bookings. Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night during the season we play host to an “Irish Night” featuring local traditional musicians and dancers. Perhaps the most authentic night of its kind in the area, our guests can also partake in old-time and Irish set dancing. Although a tourist ‘hot spot,’ the quality of the food and service has made Kate’s hugely popular with the locals also.

    Sample Dish: Check out the braised lamb shank – delicious!
    Open: All year, 7 days 10am – 8pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 664 4146
    Email: katekearneys@eircom.net

    Location: Gap of Dunloe,
    Beaufort, Killarney
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    Danny Mann Pub
    & Restaurant

    The legendary Danny Mann Pub & Restaurant in Killarney has been entertaining visitors and locals alike for over 70 years. With its large open fireplace, flagstone floors, timber beam ceilings and old world furniture, the Danny Mann is the quintessential Irish pub. Here you can experience the best of traditional Irish music while enjoying a hearty meal and one of our potent brews. The Danny Mann is the home of traditional music in Killarney. We feature the best traditional musicians nightly and on weekends in the winter. We also regularly feature Irish dancing. Come on in for a great night out!

    At Danny Mann Pub & Restaurant you’ll enjoy fine food and drink and craic in a traditional pub. All at good value prices and served by our friendly staff. Extensive menu served throughout the day and Irish Stew and Irish Coffees are our speciality. You can also enjoy all the major soccer, rugby, football, hurling and racing events live on our Big Screens. We also have a pool table, dart board and cards for your enjoyment.

    Open: All year, 7 days during high season, from Nov-Mar Fri-Sun only
    Food Served: Breakfast 10am-3pm Sat & Sun, Lunch 12.30pm-5pm, Dinner 5pm-9.30pm. Great value Early Bird 3 Course meals served from 5.30pm-7pm.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1640
    Email:  info@evistonhouse.com

     

    Location: New Street, Killarney
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    The Laurels Pub
    & Restaurant

    The Laurels Pub & Restaurant is a wonderful traditional Killarney pub which has been run by the O’Leary family for almost a century. And little has changed in that time. Tiled floors and beamed ceilings, lots of alcoves and dimly lit corners, friendly and attentive staff, all contribute to the charm of The Laurels. During the season, live music and Irish dancing add another dimension. And all year round, appetising food is served.

    The Laurels is a long established family run pub situated in the centre of town with a rich family history as well. It is well renowned for great food and drinks – ideal for lunch, dinner or late night snacks. How about potato cakes with chicken and smoked bacon with mushroom sauce and salad? Discover for yourself why The Laurels Pub & Restaurant is such a local favourite.

    Sample Dish: Irish Lamb Stew prepared with Succulent Kerry Lamb and Fresh Vegetables €16.95
    Open: All year, 7 days 10.30am – 11.30pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1149
    Email: info@thelaurelspub.com

    Location: Main Street, Killarney
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    Mucros Garden Restaurant

    Mucros Garden Restaurant, adjacent to Muckross House and Gardens, is an ideal venue for those who wish to enjoy a relaxing meal in the scenic surroundings of Killarney National Park. Set against the spectacular backdrop of Torc and Mangerton Mountains, the Garden Restaurant enjoys magnificent views across the old Victorian Walled Garden area. This modern, 170-seat, self-service, restaurant is the ideal location for those who wish to enjoy a relaxing meal in picturesque surroundings.

    Visitors have a choice of between eight and ten options from our hot food buffet, which is served daily between noon and 3pm. Service is extended until 4pm during peak season. Mucros Garden Restaurant offers an excellent range of menu options, including vegetarian and gluten free, and value for money.

    Mucros Garden Restaurant also caters for those who would prefer just a light snack. Freshly made sandwiches, soups, scones and pastries, are available at very competitive prices, while our on-site bakery provides an excellent array of gateaux and mouth-watering deserts. These include firm favourites such as Baileys Cheesecake, Strawberry Cream Meringue and Bannofi Pie. A popular lunchtime venue, both for visitors to Muckross and for local Killarney residents.

    Sample Dish: Breast of Irish Chicken stuffed with Clonakilty Pudding – €9.95
    Open: All year, 7 days 10.30am – 5.30pm, 7 days. July & August: 9am-7pm.
    Food served: Hot food 12 noon – 3pm • Snacks served 9am – 5pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 9354
    Email: restaurant@muckross-house.ie

    Location: Muckross House, Killarney
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    Dunloe Castle Hotel
    The Dunloe Castle Hotel is one of the leading 5 star luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, overlooking the famous Gap of Dunloe, set on its own 64 acre estate leading to the ruins of the 12th century castle and River Laune. The Dunloe is one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland has to offer, boasting magnificent 5 star hotel accommodation only 5 miles from Killarney town.

    As The Dunloe, guests can enjoy a range of complimentary onsite leisure activities including swimming, sauna, steam room, techno-gym, fishing, horse riding, tennis and treatment rooms for luxurious spa therapies, massages and beauty treatments. A kids club and movie night programme runs for children throughout the summer months. Golf, tours and walks can also be arranged locally. We enjoy a unique countryside private setting and we are one of the leading pet friendly hotels that Ireland has to offer.

    For fine dining in Killarney, visit The Garden Cafe or the Oak Restaurant and enjoy the best of local produce in our luxury hotel. Ireland, and particularly county Kerry, is home to some of the best gourmet food in Europe. Wild Atlantic fresh fish and high quality Kerry lamb frequent our menu.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 664 4111
    Email: reservations@thedunloe.com
    Facebook: The Dunloe
    Twitter: @The_Dunloe

    Location: Beaufort, Killarney,
    Co. Kerry
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    Europe Hotel

    The Europe Hotel is beautifully located just outside Killarney town, overlooking the famous Lakes of Killarney. The Europe Hotel & Resort is a Five Star Hotel with a dedicated conference and event centre and incorporates ESPA at The Europe, one of the top spas in Killarney. It is in the beautiful grounds of this 5 Star spa resort in Killarney that the waters of Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Lein, reflect the wilderness of Kerry’s magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain range in the scenic South West of Ireland. Enjoy a range of leisure activities on the grounds of one the finest 5 Star resorts Ireland has to offer.

    The Europe Hotel & Resort captures the imagination of visitors to Killarney whether for our Kerry Spa, our restaurants or for a conference. Enjoy luxury accommodation in Killarney, and let relaxation envelop you as you enjoy one of Ireland’s finest views from your own private balcony overlooking Killarney Golf & Fishing Club or the Lakes of Killarney. The Europe Hotel is regarded as one of the most luxurious Killarney Hotels and is ranked as one of the top 5 Star hotels in Ireland.

    The Europe Hotel & Resort also offers a number of flexible dining options as well. You can choose from the Spa Cafe, The Brasserie Restaurant or the Panorama Restaurant along with a relaxing Lounge and Bar area. Offering everything and more for your next break in Kerry, The Europe Hotel in Killarney will be delighted to arrange your stay at one of the finest Five Star hotels in County Kerry, Ireland.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 667 1300
    Email: reservations@theeurope.com

    Location: Fossa, Killarney,
    Co. Kerry
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    Aghadoe Heights Hotel

    Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa is Ireland′s (multiple) award winning 5 star luxury resort that overlooks the Lakes of Killarney in the heart of Kerry. Blessed with a breathtaking location and contemporary elegance, visiting Aghadoe Heights Hotel is a truly unique experience and popular choice for Killarney weddings.

    The spectacular surroundings are echoed by the hotel′s beautifully appointed bedrooms, suites, lounges, fine dining room, (award-winning) spa, swimming pool and tennis courts. The Aghadoe Heights is also renowned as being one of the best conference venues in Killarney offering corporate facilities with meeting and function room space.

    Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa is perfect for a romantic getaway, celebrating a special occasion with friends and family or a fine dining experience.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1766
    Email: info@aghadoeheights.com
    Facebook: Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa
    Twitter: @Aghadoe_Heights

    Location: Aghadoe, Killarney
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    McSweeney Arms Hotel
    McSweeney Arms Hotel is ideally situated in the centre of Ireland’s most famous tourist town Killarney. McSweeney Arms Hotel is a three star family run hotel with a unique and friendly atmosphere. We hope that your next visit will be with us here personally in Killarney. For all our “Old” Friends, “Welcome Back” and for those of you whom we hope to still meet, we hope it will be soon!

    Our bedrooms at McSweeney Arms Hotel are a home away from home. Comfort, quality and relaxation are essential to a good nights sleep and we promise to ensure all guests the best nights sleep possible. Each room has a unique style and loving touch. Perfect for a few nights away to explore the treasures of Killarney.

    We also offer Superior Rooms, which are more spacious and add that extra touch of luxury to your stay. Ideal for those heavy golf accessories or just to spoil yourself.

    At McSweeney Arms Hotel you have a choice of 26 En Suite bedrooms with a range of complimentary amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible such as WiFi, tea and coffee service to your room and satellite TV.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1211
    Email: 
    mcsweeneyarms@eircom.net
    Twitter: @fiveirontony

    Location: College St, Killarney
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    Eviston House Hotel

    The Eviston House Hotel is a family run hotel in Killarney located right in the town centre yet only a stroll from the Killarney National Park. Choose from our best value standard rooms, our cosy superior rooms or our luxurious deluxe rooms with whirlpool bath. Our famous pub, The Danny Mann, has been entertaining visitors with lively traditional music for generations.

    Dine by candle light in our Colleen Bawn Restaurant. Unwind in our fitness suite with hot tub and sauna. Bus and train stations are only a few minutes walk. When visiting Killarney, let us arrange a round of Golf or a tour of the National Park. We look forward to welcoming you to our hotel in Killarney whether it’s for a romantic break, family holiday, for business or a wedding or just a girls/lads weekend away.

    Eviston House Hotel offers free overnight parking for guests, complimentary WiFi, a fitness suite and convenient town centre location. You’re sure to be treated with live music at The Danny Mann pub which is always a great night and an experience not to be missed!

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1640
    Email: 
    info@evistonhouse.com
    Twitter: @evistonhouse

    Location: New Street, Killarney
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    The Lake Hotel

    Nestling on the lakeshore of Lough Lein, Killarney’s lower lake, The Lake Hotel enjoys the most magnificent setting in Killarney with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mor castle ruins.  The Lake Hotel is a four star hotel run by the Huggard Family & has been welcoming guests since 1820, so a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits all visitors.

    The secret to success that has served the family so well down through the generations is the emphasis placed on quality, attention to detail, first rate customer service, a warm welcome and a determination that all visitors to hotels run by the Huggard family become friends as well as guests. The Lake Hotel, which has been carefully developed to become one of the finest establishments in the country, has enjoyed remarkable success, including the receipt of several national quality awards for cuisine, quality, service and hospitality.

    Awaken for breakfast in the elegant dining room, The Castlelough Restaurant. Observe the wild deer stroll across the lawn, unwind over morning coffee in the Lakeside Bistro and absorb the peace and tranquillity imposed by the presence of the lakes. Wander down the pathways to the ancient castle ruins and be surrounded by the freshest of air and a landscape that is untouched but admired by visitors over the centuries. As the light fades and colours change, enjoy an aperitif in the Devil’s Punch Bowl Bar before tasting the finest of Irish food and reflecting on the abundance of natural beauty in this part of the world.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1035
    Email: 
    info@lakehotel.com

     

    Location: Muckross Road, Killarney
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    Holiday Inn

    The Holiday Inn Killarney is one of the best known and popular family hotels in Killarney. We are famed for our warm welcome and traditional Irish hospitality. The Holiday Inn Killarney is in a tranquil and central location just outside Killarney town centre and a few minutes stroll from the INEC Killarney  Ireland’s National Event Centre. We pride ourselves on our long standing reputation for providing great value with friendly staff and efficient service. Holiday Inn now offers complimentary WiFi in all rooms and public areas.

    The Holiday Inn Killarney is ideally situated on the doorstep of Killarney National Park with plenty of easily accessible attractions such as Muckross House and Gardens, the famous Lakes of Killarney and Killarney town itself. Holiday Inn’s unique location makes it the perfect accommodation to explore the famous Ring of Kerry, Ross Castle, the Gap of Dunloe, Torc Waterfall, the Mc Gillicuddy Reeks &  the Kerry Way. You will be spoiled for choice! With exceptional staff, exquisite décor and furnishings and a unique location, the Holiday Inn Killarney is truly a “Haven for all Seasons.”

    Our hotel is well serviced by transport, bus, train, and nearby Kerry Airport – making it easily accessible from all over Ireland and the world. The Holiday Inn offers everything for the perfect getaway: Great food in our restaurant, beautiful scenery, great value breaks and lots of activities, leisure centre facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool ideal for family hotel breaks in Killarney. Supervised playroom open nightly during July & August. Take some time to look at our special offers, enjoy a break and enjoy fine accommodation in Killarney with a difference.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 3000
    Email: 
    info@holidayinnkillarney.com

    Location: Muckross Road, Killarney
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    Dunloe Gardens

    At Dunloe Gardens you can see plants from all over the world. Beautifully maintained, the 64-acre gardens are on the grounds of the Dunloe Castle Hotel, overlooking the river Laune and with fine views of the Gap of Dunloe. Here also are the ruins of Dunloe Castle, a small tower house from the medieval late 12th century.

    You can walk around the world in an hour at Dunloe Gardens. The voyage starts with Chilean fir trees and leads on to Australian gums, South African lilies, New Zealand cabbage trees, New Zealand cherries, Japanese maples, North American dogwoods, South American fuchsias and back to a Killarney strawberry tree.

    The gardens surrounding the shell of MacThomas’ medieval keep have a dramatic setting looking towards the mountains girdled by the Ring of Kerry. Camellias, magnolias, roses and rhododendrons flourish in the sheltered grounds together with rare specimens such as the aromatic-leaved ‘Headache’ tree. These are catalogued in a booklet by plantsman and broadcaster Sir Roy Lancaster, who supervises new planting. This booklet is available from reception at the hotel for those who would like to explore the gardens with a leisurely stroll, guided tours available on request.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 664 4111
    Email: reservations@thedunloe.com
    Facebook: The Dunloe
    Twitter: @The_Dunloe

    Location: Beaufort,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Fishing

    Killarney is a great centre for fishing. The Killarney Lakes are rich in salmon and brown trout. The good news for anglers is that no permit is needed to fish for trout on the Lakes. The rivers Flesk and Laune are also good, especially late in the year. For rainbow trout try Barfinnihy stocked lake on the Moll’s Gap/Sneem road. For sound advice and tips contact Jeremy O’Neill, from O’Neills of Killarney, at his tackle shop on Plunkett Street.

    O’ Neills of Killarney is family owned and run business, established in 1949. They supply the largest selection of fishing tackle in the Kerry region, combined with local expert angling knowledge, a trip to O’ Neills is a must for all anglers. They also supply all the permits and licences you will require for fishing in Kerry. Along with or fishing tackle section, they also sell a wide range of gifts and souvenirs.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1970
    Email: dennybaggy@hotmail.com
    Facebook: O’Neills of Killarney

    Location: 6 Plunkett Street,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Killarney’s Wet Woodlands

    Killarney’s Wet Woodlands are located on the low-lying swampy limestone areas within Lough Leane’s floodplain in the National Park. It is about 1.7 square kilometres (420 acres) in size. This is one of the most extensive areas of this woodland type in Ireland. The dominant canopy species here are Alder (Alnus glutinosa), Ash (Fraxinus excelsior), Downy Birch (Betula pubescens), and Willow (Salix spp.). The areas that are periodically covered by water are rich in species including grasses, rushes, sedges, and flowers such as marsh bedstraw, meadow sweet, and water mint.

    Red Deer and Sika Deer heavily use the wetland woods as cover, and bare muddy “deer wallows” are a characteristic feature. Rhododendrons are the greatest threat to these woodlands. They are invading the woodlands, using raised areas such as tussocks or tree bases where the floor is too wet for seedlings to become established. Although some clearance has occurred, re-invasion continues.

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
    Killarney Yew Woodland

    Reenadinna yew woodland in the Killarney National Park is about 0.25 square kilometres (62 acres) in size and is located on low-lying karst limestone pavement between Muckross Lake and Lough Leane on the Muckross Peninsula. The Killarney Yew Woodland is one of the rarest types of woodland in Europe. It is estimated that the wood developed 3,000-5,000 years ago.

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
    Killarney’s Oak Woods

    Killarney’s Oak Woods are the last remnants of ancient forests that once covered all of Ireland. The National Park has about 12.2 square kilometres (3,000 acres) of oak woodland. Derrycunihy Wood is perhaps the most natural Sessile Oak wood in Ireland.

    Most of the oak woodlands are located on the lower slopes of the Shehy and Tommies mountains, adjacent to Lough Leane. They are typically dominated by Sessile Oak, which favours the acidic soils of the sandstone mountains. The woods have Annex I status in the EU Habitats Directive because of their diverse and rich flora, most notably their bryophytes (mosses and liverworts).

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
    The Gap of Dunloe

    The Gap of Dunloe is one of the finest glaciated valleys in Ireland. During the last Ice Age, c.150,000 – 10,000 years ago, mile high glaciers, armoured with huge rock, burst a passage through here. See it as part of a walking or cycling tour or take a pony and trap. The famous ‘Gap of Dunloe Tour’ passes through here and through Killarney’s three lakes. Here also is the famous Kate Kearney’s Cottage bar and restaurant where there’s often excellent Irish traditional music and dancing during the summer months.

    Location: Turn left from N72 onto
    Gap Road, Fossa, Killarney
    Torc Mountain

    Torc Mountain gets its name from the Irish word ‘torc’ meaning boar, after an enchanted boar was killed there by the legendary hero, Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn McCool). A pathway has been constructed to the top of this mountain, making its summit very accessible to young and old. Torc Mountain offers great views of Muckross and the Killarney Valley directly below. 1764ft / 535m.

    Location: Turn left after Muckross
    House on the N71,
    Killarney/Kenmare Rd
    Torc Waterfall

    Take a short stroll off the N71 to Kenmare to see this cascade. Torc Waterfall can be spectacular after heavy rain as the water rushes off the mountain above and shoots off the 60-foot (18 metre) rock face. Continue up the steps at the side of the waterfall to see fine views of the lakes and mountains.

    There is a detailed guide of the Torc Waterfall walk on our mobile app under the Best Walks in Kerry.

    Location: On the N71
    Killarney/Kenmare Road
    Ross Island Mining Trail

    Copper has been mined at Ross Island for over 4,000 years. The Ross Island Mining Trail is a great walk for all ages. The island is joined to the mainland by bridge at Ross Castle, where you can get booklets on this very interesting historic/nature trail. There are several paths throughout the island that offer great photo opportunities of the lakes and mountains.

    Location: Beside Ross Castle,
    Ross Road, Killarney
    Ladies View

    Ladies View is about 12 miles from Killarney on the N71 road as you go towards Kenmare. If you walk up the road from the traditional viewing point, there is another parking area and a path that leads to a wonderful view of the upper lake. It is also part of the Killarney National Park and has been a major stopping point for tourists for many years.

    Most visitors agree that Ladies View is the finest viewing point in Killarney. From here you can look down along the lakes and mountains of the Killarney Valley. Fine views of the Eagles Nest and Torc Mountain on either side of the lakes. To the left, the Gap of Dunloe, Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks can be seen. Ladies View derived it’s name when a lady-in-waiting of Queen Victoria described it as “the finest view in all the realm.”

    You can enjoy a delicious meal at the Ladies View Industries Cafe which is located at the traditional viewing point area and also includes a gift shop and bar.

    Location: On the N71
    Killarney/Kenmare Road
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    Old Weir Bridge

    The Old Weir Bridge is said to have been built in the 1600s to facilitate the transport of timber from the oakwoods. The bridge is only a short distance by woodland path from Dinis Cottage. Here you will also find ‘The Meeting of the Waters’ – a well know Killarney beauty spot.

    Location: Next to Dinis Cottage off
    N71 Killarney/Kenmare Rd
    Aghadoe

    The hill of Aghadoe offers marvelous views of Killarney town, the lakes and mountains. Here also are remains of the 11th century Aghadoe Cathedral and Round Tower, a medieval monastery,  and ruins of the 13th century Parkavonear Anglo-Norman Castle, one of the few circular tower castles built by the Normans in the southwest.

    Location: Turn right off N72
    Fossa, Killarney
    Deenagh Lodge

    Deenagh Lodge is a beautiful thatched cottage that was built in 1834 and is at the entrance to Killarney National Park opposite St Mary’s Cathedral. The thatch consisted of river reed and being hollow, it offered excellent insulation ensuring the house was warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Deenagh Lodge is now a tearoom and a great choice for a tea/coffee break after a relaxing stroll in the park. This can be the starting and finishing point for a number of circular walks that take in some wonderful views of the Lower Lake and the mountains.

    From June through August, you can catch Spraoi Chiarrai traditional Irish music, song and dance performances right outside Deenagh Lodge. They are completely free and great fun to watch!

    Opening hours: Mid Mar – Oct: Daily 10am – 6pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 6274

    Location: Port Road, Knockreer,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Inisfallen Island

    Inisfallen Island is situated on Loch Léin, the monastic settlement here probably dates back to the 6th century. Today you can see the ruins of the later medieval monastery. One of the most important books of Irish history, the Annals of Inisfallen, was written here between the 11th and 14th centuries. The Irish high king, Brian Ború was also said to have been educated here in the 10th century. There are open-boat trips to the island from Ross Castle.

    Location: Near Ross Castle,
    Ross Road, Killarney
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    Dinis Cottage

    Dinis Cottage is accessible to visitors by boat, bicycle or on foot. This former hunting lodge was built by the Herbert family of Muckross House and dates back to the 1700s. Today Dinis Cottage is an ideal stopping point for a coffee and home-made pastries. The Old Weir Bridge and the Meeting of the Waters are within walking distance of the cottage. You can see where, many years ago, ladies carved their names on the windows of the restaurant using their diamond engagement rings. Some of the engravings date over 200 years old!

    Dinis Cottage is a little bit of heaven here on earth and has a wonderful atmosphere, great coffee, rich music and all home-baking!

    Opening hours: May-Sept: Daily 9am – 6pm

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 0085
    Facebook: Dinis Cottage

    Location: Off the N71
    Killarney/Kenmare Road
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    St Marys Cathedral

    St Marys Cathedral was designed by English architect Edward Pugin and built between 1842 and 1855. During the Great Famine (1845 – ’49) work was stopped as the church was used as a refuge for the hungry and the sick. A tree at the western end marks a children’s burial ground. The spire was added in the early 1900s. Sadly, the interior was destroyed during ‘renovations’ in the 1970s. It stands at 278 ft/85m.

    The ogham stone outside the cathedral (see Beaufort Ogham Stones) is said to have been taken from the Dingle Peninsula. It is now positioned outside the Bishop of Kerry’s residence near St Marys Cathedral. The inscription on ogham stones usually has the lineage of a person, possibly ancient head-stones marking burials.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 6631014
    Email: killarney@dioceseofkerry.ie

    Location: Port Road, Killarney
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    Climb Corrán Tuathail
    The McGillycuddy Reeks are Ireland’s highest mountains. These spectacular peaks dominate the Kerry landscape, and towering over all other points on the island, at 1,040 metres (3,414 feet), is the majestic Corrán Tuathail the ascent of which provides a particularly memorable excursion. Con Moriarty from the Gap of Dunloe is a mountaineer, naturalist and local historian whose lifelong passion has been exploring the nature and folklore of these mountains. As a climber he has pioneered several new routes on Corrán Tuathail, among them the classic Howling Ridge. This is his 33rd year guiding on the Reeks.

    Corrán Tuathail is Ireland’s highest mountain and although small in comparison to mountains in continental Europe, it’s difficultly should not be underestimated, especially in Kerry’s weather. Climbing our highest mountains in the company of a truly expert guide is a special experience. You can join Con and one of his small groups on Wednesdays and Saturdays all year round.

    Tel: +353 (0)87 221 4002
    Email: con@hiddenirelandtours.com

    Location: McGillycuddy Reeks,
    outside Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Ross Castle

    Dating from the 14th or early 15th century, Ross Castle is a tower house built by O’Donoghue Ross, the local chieftain. It was one of the last castles in Ireland to fall to Cromwellian forces in 1652. Ross Castle stands on Ross Island which is in fact connected to the mainland and is just a narrow neck of land jutting out into Loch Lein. The access was trenched across to afford extra protection to the castle in earlier days. Further out is a smaller rock named O’Donoghue’s Prison Rock, where the chieftain imprisoned and confined his rebellious son, Teighe Mergach (angry one) and his associates.

    There is a legend regarding Prince O’Donoghue consulting books of black magic and using strange potions in an attempt to regain his youth. On one occasion, as he was reading one of his magical books, all the devils in the world appeared to him and created a noise that was so loud the castle would crumble to pieces. His wife let out a horrendous shriek which caused the castle to sway from side to side. In a panic, O’Donoghue jumped out of window and disappeared below the surface of the lake taking with him his books, table and horse. The story goes that he lives on in a lively palace at the bottom of the loch and that every seventh year he can be seen riding his charger with silver hooves across the lake.

    Today the castle is authentically restored and contains 16th and 17th century furniture. Ross Castle is open to the public during the high season. Access for people with disabilities to the ground floor only by prior arrangement. Visitors may experience delays during the summer months so it’s best to check out the next tour on your arrival.

    Opening hours: 13th Mar – 28th Oct 2014 from 9.30am – 5.45pm

    Guided Tours: Scheduled tours. Access is by guided tour only – 40 minute duration. Videos/cameras are not permitted while on tour. Please note site is very restricted and can only accommodate groups of 15. All tour groups must pre-book.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 5851

    Location: Ross Road, Killarney
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    Muckross/Dinis Cycle

    The Muckross/Dinis Cycle is a 14 mile / 22 km trip from Killarney town and back takes in Killarney National Park, Dinis Cottage, The Old Weir Bridge, Meeting of the Waters, Torc Waterfall, Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms and Muckross Abbey. You should allow a full day to complete the circuit. Bike hire costs about 15 euros/day. Electric Bike hire costs about 30 euros / day.

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
    White-Tailed Sea Eagles

    White-Tailed Sea Eagles have been re-introduced in the area in recent times. Roughly 20 birds a year have been brought here from Norway over a five year period. Unfortunately, some of the birds have picked up poison used by sheep farmers against foxes but about 60 birds are doing well. The older birds should start to breed in 2011.

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Red Deer

    Ireland’s largest herd of Irish Red Deer (fia rua) are to be found in Killarney National Park. They were probably introduced here by the first farmers around 4,000 BC. A convenient place to see them is in Knockreer Estate (part of Killarney National Park), opposite St Mary’s Cathedral.

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Waterbus Tours
    on Killarney Lakes

    Lake cruises are a delight; they relax the mind and body and provide views you don’t see from land. Dero’s Waterbus Tours on Killarney Lakes provide on-board commentaries on the history, wildlife and lore of Killarney’s Lakes. Landmarks include the 4,000-year-old copper mines on Ross Island and the medieval monastery on Inisfallen Island. Departure is from Ross Castle.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1251
    Email: info@derostours.com

    Location: 22 Main Street, Killarney
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    Spraoi

    Spraoi is a series of free concerts by top class Irish Traditional musicians and dancers. It is not to be missed! The concerts take place from June to August at St. Mary’s Church of Ireland and at Deenagh Lodge in Killarney. Full information can be had from the local Tourist Information Office.

    Tel: +353 (0)87 281 4550
    Email: timoshea99@hotmail.com

    Location: Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Coolwood Wildlife Park

    Coolwood Wildlife Park is great for all the family, especially the kids. It is a 50 acre complex, with a 10 acres Wildlife Park and 40 acres of Wildlife Sanctuary. The Park is ideally appointed for school tours, family outings and corporate day trips. The Wildlife Sanctuary area is heavily wooded and is a stronghold of the red squirrel, sparrow hawks, dippers and the more common native wildlife species. It is an ideal place to take the family for a visit with a children’s playground and wonderful picnic areas with some spectacular views.

    Coolwood Wildlife Park area has monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, deer, llama, birds of prey and lots more. There is also a Kiddies Playground and Cafe on site and Kids Nature Camps during Easter and Summer breaks. Open daily from 11am-6pm. Last admission is at 5pm.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 6288
    Mobile: +353 (0)87 414 1294
    Email: coolwoodwildlifepark@yahoo.ie
    Facebook: Coolwood Wildlife Park

    Location: Coolcaslagh, Killarney,
    Co. Kerry
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    Beaufort Ogham Stones

    The Beaufort Ogham Stones are on a narrow windy road between Beaufort Village and the Gap of Dunloe. There is no parking area and the road is not really safe to walk. The stones were discovered on the roof of an ancient underground passage-way during the building of the Dunloe Castle Hotel.

    Dating from c. 300 AD, ogham is the oldest form of writing in the Irish language. Letters from the Roman alphabet were represented by a series of horizontal and sloped lines, usually along the edge of standing stones.

    Location: Beaufort,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
    Gap of Dunloe Trip

    For over 250 years the Gap of Dunloe Trip with Killarney Day Tour has been delighting visitors. One of the most famous visitor excursion in Ireland, it features mountains, lakes, woodland & legendary scenery that has no equal world wide.

    Travel by bus to Kate Kearney’s Cottage and from there you can walk or take a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe. Boats await you at Lord Brandon’s Cottage to take through the Killarney Lakes to Ross Castle from where you return to Killarney town by bus which completes your Gap of Dunloe Trip tour.

    We also offer a range of guided walking services. For more information, email us and we will be happy to arrange your guided walk for you. If you have a particular area in the Killarney region that you would like to explore, please let us know and we will be pleased to organise it. Killarney is a haven for walkers of all ages and levels. From an exciting hill walk on the soaring MacGillycuddy Reeks to a pleasant stroll through the world famous National Park, there is something for everyone. Boat trips to O’Sullivan’s Cascade and Inisfallen Island can also be arranged.

    Opening hours: Tours run from March to October ONLY

    Tel: +353 (0)64 663 1068
    Mobile: +353 (0)87 269 4646
    Email: info@killarneydaytour.com

    Location: Muckross Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Abbey

    Muckross Abbey is one of the major ecclesiastical sites found in the Killarney National Park. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor and contains the tombs of Gaelic Chieftains. In 1588, Florence McCarthy married his cousin in a secret midnight wedding here.

    It has had a violent history and has been damaged and reconstructed many times. The friars were often subjected to raids by marauding groups and were persecuted by Cromwellian forces under Lord Ludlow. Several of the monks were murdered when the abbey was looted and burnt by Cromwellian soldiers in 1652.

    Today, Muckross Abbey is largely roofless but, apart from this, generally quite well preserved. The present ruins include a church with a wide, square tower and fine windows, and a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard. In the middle of the courtyard grows an ancient yew tree, said traditionally to be as old as the Abbey. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Muckross Abbey became the burial place of the three Gaelic poets: Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Aodhagan O’Rathaille and Eoghan Rua O’Suilleabhain.

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Nature Trails

    Muckross Nature Trails are self-guiding trails that are ideal for all the family, lots of history, interesting flora and fauna and great scenery along the lake shore. It is very worthwhile to see the audio-visual on Killarney National Park in the National Park Interpretative Centre at Muckross House before you begin. Booklets and maps are available there. We also have several scenic walks listed in our Best Walks in Kerry section of our mobile app.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 667 0144
    Email: info@muckross-house.ie

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Traditional Farms

    Muckross Traditional Farms are in the grounds of Muckross House. The various farm cottages, houses and schoolhouse are a representation of the lifestyles and farming traditions of a rural community in the 1930’s – from the small cottage of the farm-labourer to the grand house of the big land owner.

    Visit three separate working farms (small, medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and machinery. The farm dwellings are furnished in traditional style, complete with dressers, settlebeds and mealbins. There is also a Labourer’s Cottage, a Carpenter’s Workshop and a Blacksmith’s Forge.

    State-sponsored primary school education was introduced to Ireland in 1831 and was organised at parish level. This schoolhouse is typical of many rural Irish schools built from c. 1910. Divided into two rooms internally, each teacher usually taught several different classes within the one classroom.

    Our younger visitors will enjoy our small Farm Animal Petting Area, complete with its own Bouncy Castle. Parents can enjoy a sheltered picnic in our Woodland Play Area, while their youngsters have fun on the wonderful slides and swings. There is a cafe as well.

    A free complimentary coach service, with universal access, circles the site continuously. Visitors are welcome to board and alight from the coach as they choose, while visiting each of the farm dwellings along the way. Save money by purchasing a joint ticket for Muckross House and Traditional Farms.

    Tel:  +353 (0) 64 6630804
    Email: info@muckross-house.ie

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross Gardens

    Muckross House and Gardens are the centre point of Killarney National Park. There is no entry charge to the 20 hectares Muckross Gardens and the car parking is also free. During the 1850s, extensive garden works were undertaken in preparation for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861. Afterwards, this gardening tradition was continued leading to the development of the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden.

    The gardens are particularly colourful in May and June when the large rhododendrons are in flower. Of note at Muckross Gardens are the Arboretum, the large glass house and the rock garden.

    Tel: +353 (0) 64 6670144
    Email: info@muckross-house.ie
    Twitter: @MuckrossHouse

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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    Muckross House

    Muckross House is a fine Victorian Mansion that was built by the Herbert Family in 1843. Among its guests were Queen Victoria of England and Irish poet William Butler Y eats. Elegantly furnished rooms portray the life of the gentry. Muckross House is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park. The house stands close to the shores of Muckross Lake, one of Killarney’s three lakes, famed world wide for their splendour and beauty. As a focal point within Killarney National Park, Muckross House is the ideal base from which to explore this landscape.

    Originally it was intended that Muckross House should be a larger, more ornate, structure. The plans for a bigger servants’ wing, stable block, orangery and summer-house, are believed to have been altered at Mary’s request. Today the principal rooms are furnished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of the nineteenth century landowning class. In the basement, one can imagine the busy bustle of the servants as they went about their daily chores. Building of Muckross House commenced in 1839 and was completed in 1843.

    Open to the public and parking is free. An OPW Heritage Card costs just 21 euros for adults / 55 euros for a family and give you entry to 65 sites all over Ireland, valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Available Muckross House.

    Tel: +353 (0)64 667 0144
    Email: info@muckross-house.ie

    Location: Muckross, Kenmare Road,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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