Killarney

Travel Guide
Muckross House showing heritage architecture, heritage elements and flowers

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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The Fairview Boutique Hotel
The Fairview Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
College Street, Killarney, Kerry
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The International Hotel Killarney
The International Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
Kenmare Place, Killarney, Kerry
The price is $102 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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Reviewed on Nov 11, 2021

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The Lake Hotel Killarney
The Lake Hotel Killarney
4 out of 5
On The Lake Shore, Muckross Road, Killarney, Kerry
The price is $148 per night from Feb 9 to Feb 10
Situated on a lake, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Lough Leane and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross Castle are also within 3 mi (5 ...
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The Lake Hotel Killarney
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Park Place Apartments
Park Place Apartments
4 out of 5
High Street, Killarney, Kerry
The price is $233 per night from Feb 8 to Feb 9
Located in the heart of Killarney, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Fitzgerald Stadium and Killarney National Park. INEC Killarney and Ross ...
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County Kerry Thatched Cottage with Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
County Kerry Thatched Cottage with Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
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 ...
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Reviewed on Sep 4, 2021

County Kerry Thatched Cottage with Hot Tub, Jacuzzi and Wifi
Mangerton Mountain Chalets
Mangerton Mountain Chalets
3 out of 5
Lorien Mangerton, Muckross, Killarney, County Kerry
Situated in Killarney, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Killarney National Park, Torc Waterfall, and Muckross House. Muckross Traditional Farm and Muckross ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (23 reviews)
Great place to stay - beautiful location
"I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Located in a really beautiful area, stunning scenery, very peaceful and quiet. Also very conveniently located to Killarney should you need to go in. The chalet is in immaculate condition, spotlessly clean and has everything you could need for your stay. ..."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Mangerton Mountain Chalets
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