What to Do in Killarney, Ireland
If you're heading over to Killarney, Ireland, you're in for a treat! The town and its surrounding areas are full of fun and interesting things to do. You'll find history, art, lakes, scenery, ruins, castles, and shopping - something for everyone!
Killarney National Park
Where to go in Killarney
If you love old English/Irish architecture including thatched roof cottages, then you're in for a treat when you visit Killarney Town.
There are quite a few buildings dating from the 1800s such as Killarney Courthouse, Deenagh Lodge, The Malton Hotel, The Old Monastery and the Franciscan Friary, as well as houses and cottages with picturesque thatched roofs.
Muckross House & Gardens
If you love stately homes, then don't miss Muckross House & Gardens, a Victorian mansion which is located in Killarney National Park.You can see how the upper crust lived in the Victorian era and once you've toured the house, you can stroll through the beautiful gardens that are world famous and feature rhododendrons, azaleas, and a large water garden.If you would like to know what farming life was like, you can explore the Muckross Traditional Farms, and see the farming methods that were used in the days before electricity.
Also in Killarney National Park is Ross Castle. This sturdy castle was once the home of Irish chieftains, and it was built with all sorts of ingenious features for fending off attackers. The tour of the castle is fascinating, and you'll realize how tough life was in those days - even for the chieftains!
While you're in the National Park, you can also take a boat over to Innisfallen Island, in Leogh Leane, the Lake of Learning. It got this nickname, because back in the dark ages, this small island was home to one of the major centers of advances learning in all of Europe. Princes from all over were sent here to pursue their studies. Today it's an atmospheric ruin.
Ways to explore Killarney
Riding around Killarney
Ride In A Jaunting Car
Sit back in a horse drawn carriage (jaunting car) and let your guide and driver (jarvey) show you the beautiful sights of Killarney. You could visit Ross Castle, The Lakes, Muckross House & Gardens and Torc Waterfall.
Take A Boat Ride
If you love the water, then why not take a boat ride on one of Killarney's lakes? A do-it-yourself option is to take out a "self-propelled" rowing boat and enjoy the experience at your own speed. But if you'd prefer to leave the hard work to others, you can board a Lake Cruiser and sit back and enjoy the ride.
If you enjoy cycling, then why not go on a cycling expedition to the Gap of Dunloe? This outing will take all day and is for the fit! First, cycle to Kate Kearney's Cottage where you can sit down and have some morning tea, then cycle another eight miles to Lord Brandons Cottage and catch a boat to Ross Castle. Once you've toured the castle, you can then cycle back to Killarney. Of course, there are other options available to non walkers or cyclists, so if you'd like to go on this trip, you can arrange to go by coach.
Countryside near Killarney
Tour The Ring Of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is famous throughout the world for its outstanding natural beauty. This trip is 110 miles long and you will see cute little fishing villages along the Atlantic Coast and bustling market towns as well. Near Caherciveen are two stone forts that date from the ninth century. Although this trip is only 110 miles, make sure you allow a whole day so you can stop at your leisure and explore the stone forts, quaint fishing villages and breathtaking views whenever you fancy.
View The Dingle
Another full day trip is exploring the Dingle Peninsula. Once you reach Dingle, you can go on a boat trip to visit a wild dolphin called Fungi, who has lived in the harbour for the last 20 years. If you love sea creatures, you could also go to Ocean World which is nearby.
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