Killarney, located in County Kerry, Ireland, is a charming and picturesque town that offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and culture of the Emerald Isle. It is situated in the southwest of Ireland, and is easily accessible by car or bus from major cities like Cork and Limerick.
Killarney is a dream destination for the outdoorsy type of traveller, with plenty of things to do in the great outdoors. Take a hike in the nearby Killarney National Park, where you'll find stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and the famous Torc Waterfall or try your hand at some kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on the lakes. And of course, no visit to Killarney is complete without a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the park. It's a bit touristy, but it's a classic for a reason - the views from the carriages are absolutely stunning.
Activities in Killarney
If you're looking for something a bit more low-key, Killarney also offers plenty of cultural activities. Take a stroll down High Street and pop into some of the local shops and pubs to get a sense of the town's history and character. And if you're a history buff, be sure to visit Muckross House and Gardens, a 19th century mansion that offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the landed gentry.
When it comes to accommodation, there's something for every budget in Killarney. If you're looking for a bit of luxury, check out the beautiful five-star hotels like the Killarney Park Hotel or the Europe Hotel & Resort. On the other hand, if you're looking for something more budget-friendly, there are plenty of bed and breakfasts and guesthouses that offer cosy and comfortable lodgings.
As for when to visit, there's never a bad time to visit Killarney. Each season offers its own unique charm - the lush greenery of spring, the warmth and long days of summer, the colourful autumn foliage and the crisp winter days. However, if you're looking to avoid the crowds, we'd recommend visiting in the shoulder seasons of spring or autumn.
If you're flying from the UK, you'll likely land in either Shannon or Dublin and then take a bus or train to Killarney to get there via the most direct route. The trips range from 2 hours to 4 hours respectively so we definitely recommend either renting a car or getting a connecting shuttle bus to the town.