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Killarney
Travel Guide

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

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.

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Top hotels in Killarney

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Lakes of Killarney, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$319 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aghadoe and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Killarney National Park. Parkavonear Castle and Killarney ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (341 reviews)
Weekend break

"Fabulous weekend break at the Aghadoe Height Hotel. Staff were very efficient and friendly and the food was excellent. The rooms were very spacious & spotlessly clean as was the rest of the hotel."…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct,2020

Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa
Killarney View House B&B
Killarney View House B&B
3 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away. ...

3.5/5Good! (251 reviews)

"Good position with views of the river. Good breakfast and that is all"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct,2019

Killarney View House B&B
The Brehon
The Brehon
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
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Situated near the airport, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lough Leane, INEC Killarney and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (550 reviews)
Great Hotel

"Really enjoyed our stay in the Brehon .Great location, staff friendly and efficient.loved the pool area would definitely return."…"

Reviewed on 13 Sep,2020

The Brehon
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Killarney

Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes
Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes
4 out of 5
East Avenue RoadTown Centre, Killarney

This family-friendly Killarney holiday home is located in a rural location, within a 10-minute walk of Killarney House Gardens and Killarney National Park. INEC ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)

"Lovely stay at Great Southern, staff were friendly and very attentive. Lovely family holiday and very good amenities."…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep,2020

Great Southern Killarney Holiday Homes
Parkland Holiday Homes
Parkland Holiday Homes
3.5 out of 5
Port Road, Killarney, County Kerry

Situated in Killarney, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Killarney Riding Stables and Killarney National Park. Ross Castle and INEC Killarney ...

4.4/5Excellent! (32 reviews)
good

"very good....pictures on web site good but the property was much better than on site."…"

Reviewed on 31 Aug,2020

Parkland Holiday Homes
Old Killarney Cottages
Old Killarney Cottages
3.5 out of 5
2 Old Killarney Village, Killarney

Situated in a regional park, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Tralee Road and within 3 miles (5 km) of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Aghadoe ...

4/5Very Good! (30 reviews)

"Def very good value for a Family break, lots of space 3 bedrooms and extra beds in large landing"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar,2020

Old Killarney Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Killarney

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

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12 Feb 2020

Love Killarney

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

24 Nov 2019

Great choices of places to eat. Lovely shops. Great effort made with the Christmas decorations. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

4/5 - Good

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27 Sep 2019

Very friendly people

5/5 - Excellent

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19 Sep 2019

Killarney is a must see. The lakes, the mountains, the drives, the friendly people are all unbeatable!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

11 Sep 2019

a beautiful area where you can spend weeks seeing everything.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Aug 2019

Beware on check-in we were told we had the breakfast & evening meal package so had a great meal at the restaurant with a great bill we were not expecting. I had no access to email booking on the trip so could not verify the expedia package we bought.

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