Killarney - A place for all seasons with 26,000 Acres of "free to roam" Killarney National Park surrounded by Kerry's wonderful landscapes and wilderness, more top class golf courses than you can shake a putter at, miles of nearby golden "blue flag" beaches and a choice of dining and entertainment which is second to none. There are few places elsewhere on this earth that can offer you such a wonderful choice within such an intimate and hospitable location.
Sightseeing & Touring in Killarney & the Southwest -For so many reasons, Killarney is the ultimate base for touring in Ireland's spectacular Southwest. It is centrally located and is the automatic start & finish point for doing the Ring Of Kerry and The Dingle Peninsula. Killarney Town & Valley are worthy of multiple day explorations whatever your interest e.g., spectacular landscapes, wildlife & wilderness, history & heritage, outdoor activities, dining and entertainment, wellness & wellbeing, and much, much more.
Jaunting Car Trips-The traditional way to tour all of the local 'beauty spots' is by Jaunting Car (local 'unique' horse drawn carriage), in the company of a 'Jarvey' (driver & guide) who will spin the 'old stories' at every corner on the road. Jaunting Cars are available for large groups and independent travellers. Tours include The Lakes, Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and, just about anywhere in Killarney you might want to visit.
Boat Trips & Inisfallen - No visit to Killarney is complete without taking a boat trip on its famous and enchanting lakes. The visitor has a choice of organised group boating trips in open lake boats, group & independent trips on the all-weather luxury Lake Cruisers or, in 'self-propelled' rowing boats. One stop you should make is Inisfallen Island and its monastic ruins dating back to the 11th Century.
Killarney Town - In the mid-1700's, driven by Thomas 4th Viscount, the "hamlet" of Killarney began to develop as a town and simultaneously as Ireland's first and still premier visitor destination. There are many features within the town's architecture which date back to the early and mid-1800's. The oldest (albeit perhaps least impressive) public building is Killarney House which dates back to the 1740's - this is scheduled to be restored, refurbished and reopened to the public at some time in the future.
Touring - Ring of Kerry is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, you will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breathtaking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route, are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Cahersiveen. The "original Ring of Kerry" (and still the best option) takes you from Sneem to Kenmare and then back to Killarney. The beautiful town of Kenmare is a must for the independent traveller.
Golfing -With 3 Championship courses the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club can offer 3 totally unique options and challenges to the golfer.
Championship Golf Courses
* Mahony’s Point - the shortest of our three courses at 6,800 yards is a lakeside course with spectacular views including the famous, breathtaking 18th described by Gene Sarazen as “one of the most memorable holes in the world”.
* Lackabane- which opened for play in 1999 is a Parkland course providing an excellent golfing challenge with enough water hazards that add both beauty and danger in equal measure.
* Killeen - the jewel in the crown, reopened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. That was before the changes in 2006, which will provide an even tougher challenge.
Where to eat in Killarney , Ireland
Lord Kenmares -at Murphy's of Killarney, 18 College Street
Lemongrass Restaurant-6a Scotts Street Killarney
MAC'S of Main Street -Main Street
Mucross Garden Restaurant -Muckross House & Gardens, Muckross
Killarney, Ireland Shopping
With its quaint and colourful streetscapes, a vibrant town centre and a long tradition of late evening shopping, Shopping in Killarney is a most pleasant experience. National and international brands and outlets sit comfortably side by side with local stores, many of them operating in the same location for over 100 years.
Killarney Art Gallery Killarney Art Gallery, 5 Plunkett Street, Killarney. Recently relocated to Plunkett Street in a new and exquisite venue,The Killarney Art Gallery was established in 1990 by Declan Mulvany . His family have been in the art business in Ireland since 1885. The gallery represents many of the country's leading contemporary artists along with selling works by deceased Irish artists such as Jack B Yeats RHA, James Humbert Craig RHA, Maurice Wilks ARHA RUA etc. The gallery also have a Fine Art Publishing arm which exclusively represents the artist Ted Jones worldwide.