Travel — Ireland
— Killarney & Killarney National Park
— Lakes of Killarney
— Gap of Dunloe
— Ross Castle
— Skellig Michael
— Killarney Sightseeing & Fun Tours
Rich in history, culture and traditions, Killarney and its beautiful surrounding countryside, magnificent national park, ancient castles and famous Lakes of Killarney, makes it an ideal base for travelers who are touring Ireland's spectacular Southwest.
Afternoon Killarney Highlights Tour
Visit the ruins of Aghadoe, the Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall and the Lakes of Killarney. From Killarney town, visit nearby Knockreer House (surrounded by beautiful gardens), Killarney House and Ross Island. Check out the dramatic island of Skellig Michael and its 6th century monastic ruins.
Centrally located in County Kerry, Killarney is also an ideal starting and finishing point when visiting the nearby Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula (two of Ireland's most popular destinations).
Visit the ruins of Aghadoe, the Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross House and Gardens, Torc Waterfall, the Lakes of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.
Tours & Day Trips
Lakes of Killarney
No visit to Killarney is complete without taking a boat trip on its famous Lakes of Killarney — see some of the best scenery in Ireland. The three main lakes of Killarney and the mountains that surround them are all within the Killarney National Park.
Catch a boat across to Innisfallen Island (on the Lower Lake) — its monastic ruins date back to the 11th century. Visit historic Dinis Cottage and its Tea Room — located on the shore of Muckross Lake, near the The Old Weir Bridge and the Meeting of the Waters (where the three Lakes of Killarney meet). Or take the boat across to Lord Brandon's Cottage (on the shore of the Upper Lake) and explore the spectacular glacial valley — Gap of Dunloe.
Skellig Michael (Sceilig Mhichil) — the steep rocky island towers over 700 feet above the choppy Atlantic Ocean, just west of the tip of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. At the summit of the rock sits a 6th century Irish Celtic monastery (and World Heritage Site). Note: The remote Skellig Michael and its monastic ruins can only be visited by boat, (departing daily from Portmagee Pier, located in a small village in southwest Kerry).
Killarney National Park
— Muckross House & Gardens
Visit Killarney's magnificent National Park — 25,000 acres of woodlands, islands, waterfalls, historic houses and beautiful gardens. It's a great place for walking, hiking, cycling, boating, fishing, and more!
Tour Muckross House and its famous gardens (pictured above) — built in 1861, the Victorian mansion it's one of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions.
Head over to Ladies View — one of the parks most popular panoramic vantage points. See spectacular views of the three Lakes of Killarney, Derrycunnihny Oak Woods, the Eagles Nest, Torc Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe, Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
The "must-see" 15th century Ross Castle overlooks the Lower Lake of Killarney and offers fabulous views of Innisfallen Island, Purple Mountain and Ross Island.
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe (a spectacular glacial valley) is located across the water from Killarney. The narrow mountain pass (pictured above) winds its way for six miles between Macgillycuddy's Reeks and the Purple Mountains. Within the valley are five lakes — Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (all connected by The River Loe).
Kate Kearney's Cottage sits at one end of the valley — Lord Brandon's Cottage sits at the other end.
Cross the "Wishing Bridge" (an old arch bridge located over the river at one end, between the first two lakes) — legend has it that if you make a wish while crossing the bridge, it'll come true!
The best ways to explore the Gap of Dunloe is by biking, hiking or local "jaunting car" (light, horse-drawn passenger wagons) — no cars are allowed.
The unique horse-drawn "jaunting car" seats up to four people. Ireland is famous for its storytelling, so be prepared to be entertained while traveling slowly through the valley :)
Catch a boat from Ross Castle across the lakes in Killarney to Lord Brandon's Cottage — boat operators will carry bikes so you can ride through the valley.
If biking, hiking or a pony-trap ride isn't your thing, a Guided Tour is a good option — the valley gets very busy during summer months, so be sure to book ahead if traveling during peak times.
Gap of Dunloe
Ring of Kerry