Nestled on the shores of Lough Leane, Killarney is a charismatic town that’s a popular stop on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive. It’s the gateway to the historically-rich landscapes of Killarney National Park and home to the working traditional farms and 18th-century mansion of Muckross Estate.
Things to do in Killarney
Embark on one of the walking trails that lead through the oak and yew woodlands of Killarney National Park where Ireland’s only herd of red deer roam. Trek to the picturesque Torc Waterfall within this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, then climb to the summit of Torc Mountain for expansive views of the Lakes of Killarney.
Visit the 15th-century Franciscan ruins of Muckross Abbey situated within Killarney National Park. Wander through the central courtyard that’s surrounded by a vaulted cloister and discover the tumultuous events endured by its friars, including raiders and persecution.
Stroll through the landscaped gardens of Muckross House, a period-furnished 19th-century mansion surrounded by woodlands. Discover life in 1930s rural Ireland at the Muckross Traditional Farms, which are complete with domestic animals, old machinery and characteristic workshops and cottages.
A short drive from Killarney is the 15th-century tower house and keep of Ross Castle, which is perched on the shores of Lough Leane. Join a guided tour to learn about the O’Donoghue clan who built this as their ancestral home and witness the architectural features designed to allow arrows, drop stones and boiling oil to be used against attackers.
Getting around Killarney
Killarney is around 15 minutes’ drive south of Kerry Airport and 3.5 hours by train from Dublin. Killarney can easily be explored on foot, while cycling is a scenic way to experience Killarney National Park.