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Welcome to Killarney

Tucked away in Ireland’s southwest corner, Killarney is the last major outpost before reaching the Emerald Isle’s Wild Atlantic Way. Despite its small size, the city sees a fair amount of traffic thanks to its strategic location at the starting point for the Ring of Kerry, a scenic drive that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula, taking in the highlights of County Kerry. While a host of leprechaun-themed souvenir shops and hotels have sprung up to satisfy the influx of travelers, Killarney remains unmistakably Irish, and a tour guide can offers a real insider’s perspective. It’s an ideal place to discover Ireland’s pub scene, tuck into a steaming bowl of Irish stew, or listen to some traditional Irish folk music. The area’s top attraction, Killarney National Park, lies just outside of town, boasting a trio of natural lakes overlooked by the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range. In addition to hiking and biking adventures, visitors can enjoy kayaking and boat tours, marvel at natural wonders like the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall, and explore historic sites such as Muckross House and Ross Castle. Outside the city limits, there are ample opportunities for day trips, including Cork and Blarney Castle; the Dingle Peninsula and Slea Head; and, of course, the Ring of Kerry.

Top attractions in Killarney for Spring

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Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

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Killarney National Park, with idyllic lakes and ancient woodlands backed by the serrated MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, is an area of stunning natural beauty. The park is also historically significant, with two heritage buildings on-site: Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress-turned-hotel, and Muckross House, a stately Victorian estate.More
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Blarney Castle & Gardens

Blarney Castle & Gardens

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The famous Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle & Gardens is officially called the Stone of Eloquence, with a legend that states if you kiss the stone, you will never be at a loss for words. People travel from all over the world to kiss this mystical stone, which can only be done by hanging upside down over a sheer drop from the castle's tower. In addition to the draw of the stone, the 600-year-old fortress also boasts an array of handsome gardens and several interesting rock formations known collectively as Rock Close and given whimsical names such as Wishing Steps and Witch's Cave. Take your turn to kiss the stone, but don't leave the castle without exploring the grounds a bit too.More
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Ross Castle

Ross Castle

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A vision on the shores of Lough Leane, the 15th-century Ross Castle was built as a medieval fortress for an Irish chieftain named O’Donoghue, and was said to be one of the last strongholds to fall to the brutal English Cromwellian forces in the mid-16th century. The ruin has been restored, and features lovely 16th- and 17th-century furniture.More
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Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

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Experience the natural beauty of County Kerry with a visit to the Torc Waterfall. Located a short walk from the Killarney–Kenmare road, in Killarney National Park, Torc Waterfall is part of the River Owengariff and flows into Muckross (Middle) Lake. The site is a popular spot on the area’s scenic drives and hiking routes.More
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Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)

Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín)

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The lake-studded glacial valley known as the Gap of Dunloe (Bearna an Choimín) is wedged between County Kerry’s Purple Mountain and MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range. The rugged natural scenery along the 7-mile (11-kilometer) paved mountain pass made it a magnet for sublime-seeking, 19th-century, Romantic writers such as William Thackeray and Alfred Lord Tennyson, who waxed lyrical about its beauty. Despite its popularity, the landscape remains as unspoiled as ever.More
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Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

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One of Ireland’s finest stately mansions, the 65-room Muckross House was built for the Herbert family in 1843. Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms sits on the shores of Muckross Lake and is replete with period furnishings and decorative objectives. Three recreated farms on the estate showcase the life of rural dwellers in the 1930s and ’40s.More
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Ladies View

Ladies View

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This scenic lookout takes its name from Queen Victoria and her ladies-in-waiting, who were bowled over by the views when they visited here in 1861. These days, the vista remains as spectacular as back then, with visitors lingering at the lookout to soak up the magnificent lake and peak landscapes of Killarney National Park.More
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Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey

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Founded in the 1440s as a Franciscan Friary, the Muckross Abbey, like many religious sites in Ireland, has a long and violent past. Damaged and rebuilt several times, what remains is an intriguing collection of well-preserved mossy ruins. Visitors are drawn to the beloved yew tree, thought to be more than 500 years old, that grows within the Abbey walls.More
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Skellig Michael

Skellig Michael

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Famously used as a filming location in theStar Wars sequel trilogy, the rocky peak of Skellig Michael sits amid the wind-whipped Atlantic off the southwest coast of Ireland, reaching a height of 712 feet (217 meters). A former hideaway for hermit monks between the sixth and 12th centuries, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is now uninhabited, though the remnants of the old monastic settlement, including historic beehive huts, are still scattered across the island.More
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Gougane Barra

Gougane Barra

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When strolling through the trees of the Gougana Barra National Forest Park, and gazing out at the placid waters of Gougana Barra’s lake, you can see why this corner of southwestern Ireland was a place of historical solace. It was here on the island in the middle of the lake, that St. Finnbar—patron saint of Cork—founded a monastery in the 6th century before eventually moving to Cork. When visiting the Gougane Barra today, the most popular site is St. Finnbar’s Oratory on a small island in the lake. With its romantically elegant stone design, this 19th-century, picturesque church is a popular spot for weddings, and it’s also a holy pilgrimage site—where Roman Catholics would hold secret Mass away from the Anglican Church. Behind the lake is the National Forest Park and its system of hiking and biking trails, which pass through woods that are densely forested in Sitka Spruce and Pine. This is also the site of the River Lee—which meanders its way through Cork—and while Gougane Barra is most often visited as a relaxing day trip from Cork, there’s also a small, family-run hotel that’s open from April-October.More

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Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney

Ring of Kerry Private Tour from Killarney

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Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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A must on your list of things to do in Killarney!
Diana_k, Aug 2021
Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 1 hour.
Beautiful scenery & a must on your list of things to do in Killarney!
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First time experience
Leah_T, Jul 2021
Killarney National Park Tour
Killarney National Park is a great place to visit.
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This trip was made by the driver...
Brian_P, Sep 2016
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Killarney: Including Killarney National Park
The scenery was stunning especially the last stop of The waterfalls in Killarney national park.
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Great mornings craic Irish style!!
Sharon_G, Aug 2021
Combination Killarney Jaunting Car Tour and Lakes of Killarney Cruise
It was fascinating to see the tame deer roam free throughout the park, but we were delighted when a fawn came close to the jaunting car giving lots of opportunity for pictures.
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Convenient and economical trip to explore Co Kerry
Tony, Aug 2021
Ring Of Kerry Tour
The destinations are not some of the best and a waterfall stop in Killarney National Park would have made the itinerary stronger.
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Really enjoyable walk
Mary_B, Sep 2020
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
We would recommend a visit to Killarney House which is free to visit.
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Great scenery-so glad to have a driver.
Helynn_b, Jan 2020
Private Tour:Ring of Kerry,Kerry Cliffs, starting in (from) Killarney
Yes, the clouds can sometimes hamper, but if you are patient you will get to see eventually.
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Peter was amazing
Michelle_M, Mar 2019
Private Tour:Ring of Kerry,Kerry Cliffs, starting in (from) Killarney
We saw a waterfall, and cliffs, and castles, and beautiful beach and country side views.
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William was an excellent host and...
linda B, Aug 2017
Private Tour: Dingle Peninsula starting in (from) KILLARNEY
I got to see the countryside, the sheep, meet some interesting people, have a nice little lunch, plenty of refreshment breaks, and even a bit of shopping.
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Ingmar K, Apr 2016
The Gap of Dunloe Adventure Day Tour from Killarney
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I really enjoyed my Ring of Kerry...
Liza N, Nov 2012
The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park
Despite the sometimes rainy weather, we were able to set a lot of the sights and I would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to see one of the most famous parts of western Ireland.
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