Muckross House & Gardens

Why Visit Killarney

Next to Dublin, Killarney is probably Ireland's most popular destination. It's stunningly beautiful with two of the best scenic drives on the island. Killarney National Park & the local area have the highest mountains in Ireland. This translates to great outdoor activities.
Traditional farms from the early 1900s
Breweries & Whiskey experiences
Celtic dancing and music
 Jaunting car rides
Ireland's best collection
of spas

Stately Houses & Gardens

Killarney's most popular things to See and Do

Muckross House & Gardens

a 19th century Victorian mansion set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park and close to the shore of Muckross Lake. Tour the house and the expansive gardens and then stroll along the lake.


Muckross Abbey

founded in 1448 by the Franciscans, the abbey has a vaulted cloister with an arcade of arches around a square courtyard with an ancient yew tree in its middle


Torc Waterfall

beautiful, rugged and at its most wild after a heavy rain downpour, this waterfall stands 20 meters high and is nestled at the base of Torc Mountain


The Irish Whiskey Experience

a sensory & interactive experience that guides visitors through the history of Irish Whiskey, the distilling process & a comparative tasting of delicious Irish whiskeys - courses include blending your own whiskey, whiskey cocktail making, Irish whiskey & artisan chocolate pairing & more

Irish Whiskey Experience

Celtic Steps

The Show

this exciting show brings together the raw talent of popular Irish dance with the authenticity of traditional Irish music. Guests are taken on a journey through the nation's colorful past & history to present day Ireland through the language of music, song and of course dance. Such a fun evening! Make sure to reserve your tickets early!

Celtic Steps

Muckross Traditional Farms

step back into the Ireland of the 1930s and visit 3 separate working farms that are furnished in traditional style, next see the laborer's cottage, a carpenter's workshop and a blacksmith's forge


Ross Castle

this 15th century castle, majestically located on the shores of Lough Leane, was one of the last castles in Ireland to succumb to Cromwell's forces - most of the original structure remains today with 16th and 17th century oak furniture inside


Jaunting Car Ride

renowned for their wit and charming storytelling, a local jarvey will guide you through the park on a horse drawn cart


Killarney Brewing Co

tour the brewery for about an hour - a cheeky introductory film, a walking tour of the brewery, a meet the brewer & finishing with a complimentary beer tasting and story telling - the tour guides are true Killarney characters who feel obliged to pepper you with local folklore and flavor

Kilarney Brewing

Wellness & Spas

relax and be pampered at any of Killarney's many spas - facials, massage, salon, steam, sauna - whatever you're looking for, it's here


One of Killarney's best highlights

Gap of Dunloe tour

get to Kate Kearney's Cottage - hike the 7 miles or take a jaunting car ride to Lord Brandon's Cottage in the Black Valley - take one of the boats across the 3 lakes to Ross Castle - stunning scenery - fun time
Gap of Dunloe
Gap of Dunloe

The scenery is fantastic!!! It just doesn't get any better than this. This is one of our favs. It's Spectacular!

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Kate Kearney's Cottage
Kate Kearney's Cottage

This cottage is typically the start of the Gap of Dunloe tour

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Ross Castle
Ross Castle

The tour ends at Ross Castle. What a great tour. It's one of my favs on the Emerald Isle.

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Gap of Dunloe
Gap of Dunloe

The scenery is fantastic!!! It just doesn't get any better than this. This is one of our favs. It's Spectacular!

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Scenic drives

Ring of Kerry

the 179 km circular route around the Iveragh Peninsula is one of Ireland's most popular - stunning coastal views, incredible mountain & valley scenes, small friendly towns, ancient stone forts, the original telegraph stations, photo stops at Molls Gap, Ladies View, the Kerry Cliffs & just about anywhere else

Slea Head Drive

this 47 km loop on the Dingle Peninsula is equally as impressive as the Ring of Kerry. Stunning coastal views like Coumeenoole Beach with the Blasket Islands in the background - Gallarus Oratory is one of Ireland's best preserved ancient Christian sites - Fahan beehive huts show early Irish settlements

Nearby is the harbor town of Dingle

 (about an hour drive from Killarney)


Drive Slea Head, harbor cruise with Fungie the local dolphin, shopping, the aquarium, whiskey tours


Pax House is just one of many friendly B&Bs that have stunning views.

Pubs & Music

There's many fun & popular pubs here - John Benny's is one of our favorites

Dingle is one of Ireland's most popular small towns. 
Friendly, beautiful
 harbor, great B&Bs, welcoming pubs & Fungie the local dolphin. Overnight here if you can.

Outdoor activities in the area

Ireland's 3 highest mountains & Killarney National Park have some of the best hiking trails for families and for those seeking a real challenge
Climbing, abseiling, canyoning
Several local companies specialize in these activities
Kenmare Bay is a great place for kayaking - especially night kayaking
Horse riding
Do you fancy the idea of riding through the surf on a beautiful beach or trekking leisurely along woodland paths? Then you've come to the right place.
Some of Ireland's most acclaimed links and parkland courses are near Killarney - exquisitely beautiful settings, many along the Ring of Kerry and many are played by golfers across the world
On the lake, in the river, on the sea or from the shore, wild Atlantic salmon & fresh-water trout are popular
Parknasilla Resort & Spa Golf Course