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The Lakes of Killarney

Killarney, Co. Kerry

Ross CastleKillarney is located on the mild South West of Ireland in the County of Kerry - As Ireland's premier visitor destination Killarney has the longest season in Ireland - providing visitors with pleasure for 12 months of the year. Known locally as 'The Kingdom', Kerry is, in every conceivable way, the "Jewel in the Crown" of Ireland's scenic and golfing locations. Its rugged Atlantic coastline with miles of golden un-crowded beaches, warmed by the currents of the Gulf Stream, contrasts in a unique way with the majestic mountains, woodlands and mystical lakes of its interior. Its remoteness from the major centres of population has enabled it to preserve a unique way of life that refreshes the mind and relaxes the body. For those following outdoor pursuits - Jogging to Surfing - Killarney & Kerry

Muckross House and gardens
Killarney is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and a Kingdom steeped in ancient history, blessed with warm and friendly people and offering the visitor a treasure chest of memories that will last a lifetime. Fast becoming the new home for Irish traditional music, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry always provide entertainment where ever you go.
Kerry has some of the worlds finest golf courses - Killarney itself has 7 courses - With such a wide range of accommodation, this is the perfect destination for golfers of all standards and budgets.

The Killarney Area Map

The map below allows you to zoom in and out. Zooming out renders less detail, zooming in more. To achieve this just use the plus and minus buttons, top left of the map. To the south west of Killarney lies Lough Leane and the Killarney National Park. South of the town you will find Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and the road through Molls Gap to Kenmare. While heading west follows the Ring of Kerry to Killorglin.

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Tours of Killarney and Surrounds

Lake Cruises

The lakes of Killarney
  • M.V. Lily of Killarney ~ Watercoach. Sailing times 10.30 a.m., 12 noon, 1.45 p.m., 3.15 p.m. 4.30 p.m. 5.45 p.m.
    The departure point is Ross Castle. Contact: Watercoach Cruises, 3 High Street.
    Destination Killarney, Scott's Gardens. Sailing 11 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 2.30 p.m., 4.00 p.m., 5 p.m

Guided Tours

  • Corcoran's Chauffeur Tours - DAILY TOURS Conducted by Qualified Driver Guides
  • KILLARNEY AND KERRY TOURS ~ Inisfallen Mall, Main Street. Gap of Dunloe, boat and coach trips, Ring of Kerry coach trip, local circuit coach trip, trips on the lakes.
  • CASTLELOUGH TOURS ~ O'Connor's Pub, High Street, Killarney. Gap of Dunloe, lakeland tours and boat tours.
  • DEROS TOURS ~ Main Street, opposite the Tourist Office. Local tours, Ring of Kerry, Gap of Dunloe, Dingle and Slea Head, Cork and Blarney, Glengarriff.
  • KILLARNEY BOATING AND TOUR CENTRE ~ High Street, Killarney. Gap of Dunloe, boat tours on the lake, Ring of Kerry and Dingle coach tours.

Things to do & see in Killarney


Fishing boat, Killarney

Fishing licences can be obtained from O'Neill's at 6 Plunkett Street. Licences are needed for fishing for sea trout and salmon. They cost between £3 and £25. If fishing in a privately owned lake or river a permit is also required from the owner. O'Neill's also arranges boats and gillies and supplies tackle and bait. Fishing trips also arranged through Castlelough Tours at O'Connor's Pub in High Street. The River Flesk drains the West Cork mountains and runs into Lough Leane. It has trout and spring salmon. All methods of fishing are allowed. The River Laune drains the Killarney lakes and is excellent for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Barfinny Lake is about 10 miles/17km south of Killarney on the road to Sneem. Take the Kenmare road out of Killarney and look for a left turn at Molly's Gap. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Worms, spinners and flies are allowed. Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake have both salmon and trout and tolling for salmon is popular. A boat and gillie would cost about £50 for a day.

Horse Riding

  • ROCKLANDS STABLES RIDING SCHOOL ~ Tralee Road, Killarney. Lessons for beginners and advanced riders. Trekking trips through woodlands. Open June-October from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; October - June 9a.m. - 6p.a.m.
  • KILLARNEY RIDING STABLES (SULLIVAN'S) ~ Ballydowney, Killarney. Hacking, trekking, 1-3 hour trips, three and six day rides. Open from 8a.m. AM, AE, DE, VB.

Ride in a Jaunting Car

There are several possible rides you can take in a jaunting car. At the first entrance to Muckross House, on the road to Kenmare, are jaunting cars which will take up to four passengers on a variety of tours around the grounds. They vary in price. It costs about £25 for a long ride, seeing most of the grounds plus stops at the Friary, gardens and house. A short trip into the estate and back is around £7. The drivers are there from about 9a.m. to about 7p.m. Other rides to be had are into the Gap of Dunloe. Rides can always be arranged along the stretch of road between the tourist office (Town Hall) and the Lakes Cinema. Jaunting Cars Web Site

Pitch & Putt

  • GLENEAGLE HOTEL ~ Day membership for non-residents. Enquiries to Destination Killarney. Free bus to Hotel from Scott's Gardens.


Day membership at the Gleneagle Hotel includes two hard surface courts. Racquets for hire and lessons available. Contact the Destination Killarney.

Walks by the lakes of Killarney

Forest Trails

  • THE CLOGHEREEN NATURE TRAIL (Behind Molly Darcy's Muckross) ~ This is a peaceful and secluded area with many wild flowers and animals. Includes a special roped trail for the visually impaired which goes around the blue pool area.
  • DERRYCUNNIHY/LADIES VIEW: DOIRE COINCHE ~ 17.5km south of Killarney on the Kenmare road. Lay-by, picnic site, spectacular scenic views.
  • MANGERTON: AN MHANGARTA ~ 5km south of Killarney off the Kenmare road. Turn left at Molly Darcy's and drive for 3km - well sign posted. Picnic site, deer, forest and mountain walks, scenic views.
  • MUCKROSS WOOD/OLD KENMARE ROAD: COILL MHUCROIS ~ 7km south of Killarney to Kenmare. Turn right before entrance to Torc Waterfall. Picnic sites, viewing points, extensive forest walks, scenic views.
  • PIKE WOOD: COILL NA PAIDHCE ~ 24km west of Kenmare to Sneem. Turn left for 1.5km at Great Southern Hotel entrance. Picnic site, forest walks, viewing points.
  • ROSSACRUE: ROS AN CHRU NA LUA ~ 8km north east of Kilgarvan to Killarney. On left hand side of road. Lay-by, picnic site, forest walks.

Horse Racing

At the Racecourse, Ross Road. Meetings during May and, especially, July.

Evening Activities

During the summer there are many pubs or hotel lounges in Killarney that provide musical entertainment. (The problem, in fact, is to find a pub for a quiet drink). The type of music ranges from traditional Irish music, to country and western and popular. Some of the places that can be relied on for regular and lively sessions are listed below.

Picture Gallery - The Killarney Area

Blue Pool Woods Killarney Castle The Skelligs Grazing Sheep - Valentia Muckross Abbey Torc Waterfall