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Killarney

Known for Live Music, Entertainment and Dancing

Explore the cobbled streets, 19th-century architecture and beautiful walking trails of this Irish town known for its pub culture, hospitality and mountain surrounds.

How do you get to Killarney?

Killarney is known as the gateway to the County or “Kingdom” of Kerry. The small town’s natural surroundings, including woodland, lakes and high peaks, are its biggest draws. The town itself is a popular destination for visitors year-round, thanks to its 19th-century architecture, narrow cobbled streets and lively pub culture.

Killarney is located in the southwest of Ireland and surrounded by Killarney National Park. The town is the starting point for the famous Ring of Kerry tourist route. This 110-mile (177-kilometer) drive takes in forests, waterfalls and rugged coastline.

Explore Killarney’s narrow lanes and stumble across cafés and craft shops. Visit 19th-century landmarks, such as St. Mary's Cathedral and Muckross House. The small town center is easy to navigate on foot.

Killarney has a long tradition of hospitality and offers plenty of hotels and bed and breakfast accommodations. Fierce competition among pubs and restaurants keeps quality high. Visit one of the many venues offering live music and entertainment and join locals in having a rowdy good time, especially on weekends. If you’re looking for something quieter, visit midweek, or ask locals for current recommendations.

From raucous St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to Christmas festivities, Killarney hosts a variety of festivals year-round. The town is especially busy in the summer months of July and August. Visit during these peak seasons to participate in the special celebrations or come in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds.

Venture outside the town on scenic hiking trails or tourist drives to reach the three Lakes of Killarney and the peaks of the national park. Killarney sits on the shores of Lough Leane. Take a boat tour or simply walk around this lake and enjoy mountain views. Torc Waterfall and many other nature spots are also easy to reach on foot or by car from Killarney town.

Activities in Killarney

See the rare fauna and visit the quaint cottages adorning the picturesque lakes and forests of this mountainous national park.

Standing guard over the lake, this silent ruin provides a glimpse of life in an Ireland that was often a land of warring clans.

Enjoy varied delights on this splendid estate, which offers a look into daily life in the past, both inside a luxurious home and on a busy farm.

The ladies-in-waiting of an English queen were speechless at this sight. Looking out over such a lovely landscape, you might be awestruck as well.

Hidden in the mossy forest is a sight that can refresh any weary hiker, where fresh waters hurtle over stones, sheltered by a leafy canopy.

In a green field stands an impressive cathedral especially beloved by its townsfolk. Inside, find a welcoming community church decorated with beautiful stained glass.

Mysterious ruins tell stories from a shadowy past and invite you to find peace in what is left of their mossy walls.

Tickets & Tours

With Killareny Hop on Hop Off tour you can, at your own pace, enjoy the unrivalled beauty of Killarney and our world renowned Killarney National Park. See Aghadoe Viewing Point, 14th Century Ross Castle built on the shores of Killarneys lakes.

Tickets & Tours

Ring of Kerry Tours Luxury 16 seat bus tours of The Ring of Kerry The Only small group tour of the world famous RING OF KERRY An essential part of any visit to the Emerald Isle is a tour of the world famous Ring of Kerry.

Tickets & Tours

Escape Dublin for a journey to Country Kerry and experience the vibrant Irish countryside. Observe the mountains, lakes, and rugged coastline that define the region. Drive the famed Ring of Kerry to see quaint villages.