Killarney is famous for its beautiful Lakes and Mountains, but nowhere in Ireland will you find an ecosystem like Killarney National Park. The National Park comprises 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery. At the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range rising to 1000m (over 3,000ft) in height, lie the three world famous Lakes of Killarney. Here, where the lower wood-clad mountain slopes fall to meet the lake shores, lies Killarney National Park.
Famous for its' native natural habitats and species including oak and holly woods, yew woods and red deer. The National Park Visitor Centre (located at Muckross House) and the Information Point at Torc Waterfall provide information on all aspects of the park. The Education Centre, located at Knockreer House, provides a range of courses related to nature conservation and the ecology of The National Park for school children, students and other groups.
The Killarney Valley is steeped in culture, history and heritage, with ancient sites, ruins and still functioning buildings covering the Celtic pre-Christian, early Christian and Medieval eras. From Bronze Age copper mines, burial mounds, ring forts, monastic settlements and castles, to great country houses, Killarney and the surrounding region has an abundance of locations of immense interest.
A Great Day out in Killarney can start with a trip on the Lakes of Killarney. At Ross Castle you can have a local guided open boat or a covered over Lake Bus to bring you around the Lakes. You will see Innisfallen Island, Library Point, Governors Rock and the Old Copper Mines. You will also be able to see Innisfallen Abbey and watch out for White Tailed Sea Eagles, seen regularly over the lakes. The mountain shore area of Tomies Wood, O’Sullivan’s Cascade, the Royal Oak and the Burnt Island are the best place to see eagles and maybe even a Falcon.
Killarney offers a wide choice of adventure and outdoor activities - from relaxing strolls along the shores of the Lakes to scenic Lake tours to canoeing and kayaking into hidden inlets on Loch Lein and the River Laune.
The choice and combination of walks, trails and mountain climbs keep walkers not only locally but also nationally and internationally coming to Killarney all year round.
The traditional way to tour many of the local “beauty spots” is by Jaunting Car. They are available in Killarney town, at Ross Castle, Muckross House and at the Muckross Gates and Torc Waterfall with trips in to the National Park. Let a Traditional Irish Jarvey tell you all the local folklore, history and a little bit of Blarney for good measure, it’s a great experience even for us “Kerry locals”. Other bus tours will bring you to Killarney’s favourites or if you would like something a little different, jump on the Ghost Bus and discover some of the towns most famous haunts, where spirits, ghosts, fairies and magic all roam freely.
Explore Killarney Town Centre and enjoy the large choice of restaurants and food outlets. “Shop till you drop” in one of Killarney’s many unique shops which can be found on the main streets and laneways.
Shows, events and festivals keep Killarney buzzing all year round. Enjoy “top-line” cabarets, shows and concerts at the INEC; spoil yourself with a Liam O’Connor performance - a spectacular explosion of music, song and dance rooted in the Irish music tradition; or some theatre with a locally based performing group in music and drama.