Killarney Killarney is situated at the base of Ireland's highest mountain range, between the rivers Flesk and Deenagh and less than 2km from Lough Lein, - the largest of Killarney’s three famed lakes. The town is the gateway to the Killarney Valley, the Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry Peninsula.
A trip to Killarney, will leave you in no doubt as to why this pretty corner of the world is the second most visited Irish destination after Dublin. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, Killarney is a perfect launching point for a tour of Ireland’s most majestic landscapes along the Ring of Kerry scenic drive.
Charming horse-drawn carts called ‘jaunting cars’ can be seen making their way around the streets of Killarney at all times of the day and this laid-back form of transport travels at the perfect pace for an Irish holiday.
Killarney is a great place to explore on foot and people flock from around the country and indeed the world to hike through the area’s lush national park. The Killarney National Park is the oldest in the country and some of the most visited Irish attractions are within its boundaries. The centrepiece of the national park is the gorgeous Muckross House, a Victorian mansion surrounded by impeccably manicured gardens on the banks of Muckross Lake, one of the three famous Killarney Lakes.
Lough Leane is the largest of the three lakes and a stroll around its tranquil banks will take you past the medieval Ross Castle and the entrance to a copper mine that is over 4,000 years old!
For a relaxing end to a day of Killarney sightseeing, boat tours of Lough Leane depart from Ross Castle and are a great way to soak up nature’s splendour in quiet comfort. Ireland’s Killarney is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry, a 176-kilometre (109 mile) stretch of road following the Iveragh Peninsula that takes you past dramatic seaside cliffs, picturesque lakes and ragged mountain ranges. Along the route, stop at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountain range, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks or gaze out across the sublime expanse of Ballinskelligs Bay at Waterville.
The southwest region of Ireland has drawn visitors from all over the world since the mid 18th century. Its magestic scenery and beauty is second to none and the warmth from the Gulf Stream encourages a profusion of unusual wild flowers and plants. Sporting enthusiasts can enjoy a full range of activities, and for those who wish to exercise their taste buds, what could be better than a visit to the gourmet region of Ireland.
- Dublin to Killarney - 194 miles N7
- Cork to Killarney - 56 miles N22
- Shannon to Killarney - 82 miles N21
- Kerry Airport - 10 minutes
- Shannon Airport - 90 minutes
- Cork Airport - 75 minutes