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Killarney Rundown

Despite having a somewhat twee reputation for its traditional Irish charm and coaches full of tourists keen to get their hands on a cuddly shamrock – Killarney – gateway to the Ring of Kerry, is a lovable place, alright. Overlook visitors on the lookout for a leprechaun and head off for a Guinness as well as sampling traditional Irish music at its best in the many quality taverns on offer.

Killarney is golfing heaven, with over seven championship courses in close proximity. This includes Killarney Golf and Fishing Club - just a couple of miles on foot from the city – with its three courses, one of which is next to beautiful Lough Leane, one offering mountain views and another with artificial lakes.

Murphy’s Ice Cream has the best homemade ice cream you will ever taste, and a lobster at Gaby’s Seafood Restaurant will make this particular shellfish encountered at any other restaurant, redundant.

The sublime natural attractions surrounding Killarney, including lakes, waterfalls, moors and mountain peaks (some rising 1000 metres and more into the sky) all add to the attraction of this quaint and charming town. A town which has been doing serious tourism for over 250 years now.

Killarney’s Top 10

10. Carrantuohill is the highest mountain in Ireland. Walk or hire a pony.

5. O’Connors bar is the place to go for those in the know. Live music, stand up comedy and pub theatre. Hecklers welcome.

9. Ballybunion is one of the finest ‘links’ golf courses in the world, and is just a short drive from Killarney.

4. Take a gander at the Gap of Dunloe, a gorgeous gorge, just seven miles distant and a great place for a ramble.

8. Golfing folk must take in the Lakeside Kileen course, host of the Irish Open and Curtis Cup

3. Killarney Riding Stables offers rides lasting two to five days through the Iveragh Peninsula.

7. If you’re up for the craic –and of course you are – Tatler Jack’s is one of Killarney’s best haunts featuring pool tables, and Guinness galore.

2. Take a tour of the Dingle Peninsula with rugged coastline and forts. Slea Head is the point from where Irish emigrants left for America.

6. Killarney Outlet Centre a selection of shops including Blarney Woollen Mills with discounts- to be sure.

1. St Mary’s Cathedral If neo-Gothic Architecture does it for you, seek out this Killarney attraction.

Killarney Events

The Gathering Festival takes place in early March, and is a four day event celebrating traditional Irish music and dancing with acts from all around Killarney.

St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March in Killarney is given the same level of attention as it is all around the world, when Killarney parties well into the night.

The Olde Machinery Rally takes place in Killarney at Easter and features the Fancy Dress Classic Car Rally, plus old bangers of the other sort at the barbecue.

Labour Day is the first Monday in May, a national Irish Holiday when folks in Killarney take a break.

The Killarney Lake Regatta takes place at the beginning of July and is one of Ireland’s oldest regattas, on Lough Lein.

The Killarney Horseracing Festival takes place during the month of July. A real equestrian treat.

The Killarney SummerFest takes over Killarney during the last week in July and he place comes alive with fun-packed activities and events for all the family.

The Rose of Tralee International Festival is an August event which takes place in Killarney. Go and see the gorgeous girls compete to be crowned the rose.

The Irish Open takes place at Killarney Golf and fishing Club at the end of July.

Killarney kicks off the Xmas celebrations with the Children’s Torch Light Parade where kids cross town to meet Santa.

When To Go

The weather in Killarney is just about as good as it gets in Ireland, with more than its fair share of sunny days. However, Irish weather does tend towards ‘all the seasons in a day’ so be prepared for rain or shine.

Annual average temperatures are around 9 °C, with summer temps getting up to 20 °C or so and winter temps falling to around 3-4 °C.

The wettest months are likely to be December and January – with April the driest, on average. That said, bring a brolly.

Getting There

Killarney is less than 10 miles from Kerry Airport with plenty of low cost flights via operators like Ryanair, from London and Dublin. Inexpensive flights are also available from London Stansted.

By road Killarney is around 188 miles from Dublin and 55 from Cork.

Killarney has four to five trains daily from Dublin, and also connects to Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.

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General Information

When tourists venture off in search of the Emerald Isle, the heavily romanticized in verse and literature part of Ireland, they're often told to seek out Killarney. The former "Best Kept Town" winner is small, with under 15,000 people, but green and eminently pristine. Killarney also contains some of the most remarkable attractions in Ireland.

As a result, the town has more hotels than every other city in the country other than Dublin. While that may surprise some, come visit Killarney at the height of summer to discover why. The popular SummerFest draws thousands of visitors to big-name outdoor concerts, while the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve of Killarney National Park is a magnet with nature lovers. At just over 100 km2, the park is relatively small but boasts a diverse ecology, from deer and osprey to salmon and Arctic char in the Lakes of Killarney. Visitors can explore it all on foot or in a traditional horse-drawn carriage.

Attractions & Activities
Attractions

  • Muckross House
  • Lakes of Killarney
  • Killarney National Park
  • Aghadoe
  • Ross Castle
  • Activities

  • Killarney SummerFest
  • Gaelic Football
  • Killarney Celtic
  • Killarney Athletic
  • Killarney National Park recreation
  • Restaurants & Nightlife
    Restaurants

  • Gaby's
  • West End House
  • Bricin Craft Store & Restaurant
  • The Cooperage
  • Killarney Park Hotel
  • Nightlife

  • Skellig Rock Bar
  • Fertha
  • The Acorn
  • The Bay View Hotel
  • Darby O'Gill's
  • Climate

    The weather in Killarney is quite mild, with relatively high rainfall from one month to the next.

    • Winter (December to February) 4-8°C
    • Spring (March to May) 6-14°C
    • Summer (June to September) 11-17°C
    • Fall (October to November) 5-11°C

    Hotels in Killarney

    Recommended hotels

    1 Cahernane House Hotel

    4 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    Muckross Road Map

    Offering a tranquil atmosphere, this property is an ideal place for exploring the outstanding natural beauty and untamed landscape of the mountains, lakes and woodland walks in Killarney. ... More

    Cahernane is perfect!
    This place is a gem at the edge of Killarney town. Super friendly staff, great sense of history in the house, great place to wander and explore. Cellar bar is lovely for bar food and drinks. Can't...
    13 Apr 2014

    2 Scotts Hotel Killarney

    4 stars
    4.5 / 5 2 reviews

    O'Donoghue Shop Street Map

    Room Only Rates

    Offering excellent services and convenient facilities, Scotts Hotel Killarney is a perfect venue to reside for a pleasant stay. GeneralThis property offers well-appointed conference room for... More

    3 Arbutus Hotel Killarney

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5

    College Street Map

    Featuring luxurious accommodation and excellent facilities, Arbutus Hotel Killarney is a chic haven of peace, which offers the perfect blend of maximum comfort and immaculate service. GeneralThe... More

    4 Royal Hotel Killarney

    4 stars
    5.0 / 5 1 reviews

    College Street Killarney County Kerry Map

    Featuring cosy accommodation and convenient facilities, Royal Hotel Killarney is the perfect place for you to reside and explore the surrounding areas. GeneralDuring leisure, guests can enjoy an... More

    Comfortable stay
    This was an excellent stay that was very comfortable. The hotel reimburses a car park that is a 2 minute walk away. There is no gym, but aside from that it was excellent.
    6 Apr 2015

    5 Castlerosse Hotel

    3 stars
    5.0 / 5

    Lakes of Killarney Map

    At the Castlerosse hotel, many of our bedrooms enjoy magnificent views of Killarney's Lower Lake and spectacular views of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. More

    6 The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney

    3 stars
    4.5 / 5 2 reviews

    Muckross Road Killarney County Kerry Map

    The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney is the perfect choice of accommodation for a relaxing break, get together or business event. The property is located close to Killarney National Park in County Kerry,... More

    7 Holiday Inn KILLARNEY

    3 stars
    4.3 / 5 3 reviews

    MUCKROSS ROAD Map

    The Holiday Inn Killarney is situated just outside the town centre, close to all the main attractions in this beautiful part of Ireland. Killarney National Park is just a few kilometres distance... More

    8 Riverside Hotel Killarney

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 4 reviews

    Muckross Road Map

    Setting the standard for quality, service and hospitality, Killarney Riverside Hotel is a welcome haven of elegance and comfort. GeneralAfter a tiring day you can rejuvenate your mind and body at... More

    Great place with great staff
    Arrived a bit late and they still fed us - we licked our plates. Food awesome even breakfast. Very clean - beds also top class. Location - turn right on Muckross rd. - awesome beauty. Only slight...
    23 Jul 2015

    9 The Fairview

    4 stars
    4.8 / 5 4 reviews

    College Street Map

    Great Rates Available

    Prestigiously set in the heart of Killarney, the Fairview Killarney Hotel with contemporary interiors offers unmatched hospitality and is a charming getaway destination for visitors all over the... More

    Lovely charming boutique hotel, well positioned in Killarney
    Charming accommodation. Very pretty boutique homestead. Complimentary wifi worked well, & complimentary breakfast (inclusive of both hot meals and continental buffet) was a pleasant treat! Host...
    4 Aug 2014

    10 Killarney Court Hotel

    3 stars
    4.3 / 5 3 reviews

    Tralee Road Map

    Whether for business or pleasure, the Killarney Court Hotel is the perfect destination for an enjoyable holiday. GeneralKillarney Court offers 3 well-appointed meeting rooms, conference rooms as... More

    Great value in January
    Very clean, very comfortable and got a good rate, modern room, so excellent value.
    4 Feb 2015
    Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency. Taxes may be payable in addition.
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