+353 64 6632855 Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Attractions Killarney

Killarney has a wealth of attractions to suit all ages and interests.

    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 Muckross House and Gardens. The house which is presented as a late 19 th 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 (0)64 663 1440
    Email: killarneynp@ahg.gov.ie

    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
    Email:
     info@killarneyshuttlebus.com
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    Killarney Shuttle Bus
    Twitter: @killarneybus

    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
    Facebook: Killarney Brewing Company
    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
    Facebook: Gap of Dunloe Tours

    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
    Facebook: Irish Whiskey Experience

    Location: 93 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry
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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
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    Location: 7 High Street,
    Killarney, Co. Kerry
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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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