25th June 2015
Killarney has over 250 years' experience in welcoming guests. With Ireland's finest choice of Accommodation, Dining & Entertainment, Touring & Shopping Options, Sporting Activities galore and many nearby Blue Flag Beaches, - all located in the midst of breath-taking and ever-changing beautiful landscapes, you will not be disappointed. We have put together a list of some of the best attractions Killarney has to offer;
Killarney National Park
26,000 acres set beneath the wild, rugged summits of the country’s highest mountains, it encloses a beautiful sylvan landscape of ancient woodland, spectacular waterfalls and quiet lakes. For the active, walking and cycling are the best ways to see the National Park. There is a network of surfaced tracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the park which are ideal for both cyclists and walkers.
For more information, go to http://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/
Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms
Discover the magic of Muckross Traditional Farms which preserves in real life the farming traditions of rural Ireland in the past. Three separate working farms, with a range of farm animals including traditional Kerry cows and farm machinery will help you relive the past. Muckross Traditional Farms takes you back to a time before the advent of electricity when all work was carried out using traditional methods. Meet and chat with the farmers as they go about their daily work in the houses, on the land, and with the animals.
If farming isn't your thing why not visit the 19th Century Victorian mansion and gardens set against the beauty of Killarney National Park.
For more information, go to http://www.muckross-house.ie/
Boat Trips in Killarney
Why not try one of the many boat trips in Killarney on the famous Lakes of Killarney, open boats are available from the Old Boathouse near Muckross House. Boat trips are also available from Ross Castle around the Lakes and also to Innisfallen Island where there is an old Monastic settlement.
The Owengarriff River cascades through the wooded Friar's Glen into Muckross Lake. A pretty path winds up to the top of this 18m high waterfall, revealing views of Torc Mountain. Torc Waterfall is a must visit destination, the views are truly stunning and once at the top of the waterfall the Killarney Lakes spread out majestically before you.
For more information, go to http://www.theringofkerry.com/torc-waterfall
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell's armies in Ireland.It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
For more information, go to http://www.killarneynationalpark.ie/visit/ross-castle
Killarney has some of the most beautiful and most challenging golf courses Ireland has to offer. Why not try Mahony’s Point which offers spectacular views of the famous Killarney lakes overlooked by the McGillicuddy Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. The final three holes are breathtaking as you play towards the lake with the 18th described as “one of the most memorable holes in golf”, a par three of nearly 200 yards that requires a huge carry across the corner of the lake. Visit http://www.killarneygolfclub.ie/
If 18 holes is too much, why not try Ross Golf Course a 9 hole parkland course designed and built inside and around Killarney Racecourse. Visit http://www.rossgolfcourse.com/
A once-in-a-lifetime experience to interact first-hand with one of nature's top predators and viewing their aerial acrobatics and manoeuvrability in free flight against the backdrop of the MacGillycuddy Reeks which includes the highest mountain in Ireland namely Corran Tuathail (Carrauntoohil) situated in beauties home and heavens reflect Killarney.
The birds are trained using traditional falconry techniques by our professional falconers who will draw on their vast knowledge and experience to assist with your up close and personal handling of the birds of prey.
For more information, go to http://www.killarneyfalconry.com/
On your Bike!
Cycle Killarney National Park Loop and take in all of the parks attractions with over 28km of narrow, but well paved cycle ways traffic free. You can rent bikes locally in the Town or at Flesk Caravan & Camping Park on the Muckross road near the Killarney National Park.
For more information, go to http://www.vacationkillarney.com/cycling-killarney.htm
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