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Killarney
Travel Guide

Muckross House which includes a garden, a castle and heritage elements

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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Dromhall Hotel
Dromhall Hotel
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$209 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Killarney hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 1.7 mi ...
4.3/5Excellent! (458 reviews)
"We enjoyed three nights here as a quiet break away. Found that staff couldn't be more welcoming or helpful, through all departments. Cleanliness and Covid measures very much in evidence, so felt very safe. Food in Kayne's was excellent, and ambience nice and cosy. Pity pool was closed - we were told ..."

Reviewed on 14 Dec,2020

Dromhall Hotel
The Brehon
The Brehon
4 out of 5
Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$322 per night from 7 Jun to 7 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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
The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is SG$317 per night from 7 Jun to 7 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Killarney National Park and INEC Killarney. Ross Castle is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
4.7/5Exceptional! (814 reviews)
Escape and relax
"Beautiful hotel with elagnace and all the comforts. Freindly helpful staff. Great food, breakfast huge and varied, bistro very good. Great location overlooking lake and often see deers wandering past. My favourite"

Reviewed on 1 Oct,2020

The Lake Hotel Killarney
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.
County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
Tralee, Castleisland, Killarney, County Kerry
Located in a rural location, this family-friendly cottage is 5.2 mi (8.4 km) from Crag Cave and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Ballyseedy Memorial. Tralee Road and Ballymacelligott ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (62 reviews)
beautiful Vibes @ Cottage Mary Rose
"spectacular cottage in beautiful location,lovely warm welcome from the caretaker very helpful, would definitely recommend a stay here it was home from home"

Reviewed on 30 Aug,2020

County Kerry Thatched Cottage With Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
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! (28 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
Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
3.5 out of 5
1300 Block B, Hotel Killarney, Cork Road, Killarney, Kerry
Situated in Killarney, this apartment building is 1 mi (1.7 km) from Killarney House Gardens and within 3 miles (5 km) of INEC Killarney and Killarney National ...
4.1/5Very Good! (53 reviews)
Awesome
"The Appartment is super clean, very comfortable and had everything I needed for my stay, especially in kitchen. Staff is also very nice and helpful"

Reviewed on 14 Oct,2020

Wild Atlantic Apartments Killarney
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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12 Feb 2020

Love Killarney

5/5 - Excellent

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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

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11 Sep 2019

a beautiful area where you can spend weeks seeing everything.

4/5 - Good

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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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