Killarney is one of the most popular destinations on the Emerald Isle thanks to its wealth of heritage sites and its status as the gateway to the Ring of Kerry. Nestled in south-western Ireland (County Kerry to be exact), Killarney is only minutes away from some of the country's most picturesque scenery. Famous for its friendly locals and repeatedly voted as Ireland's most 'tidy town,' Killarney is a pleasant place to spend a weekend or longer. Nature buffs will be in their element!
Stroll Killarney's streets and admire the charming building facades, only stopping to refuel in a local pub or restaurant, before taking a 'jaunting car' (horse drawn carriage) to Muckross House and Abbey. If you prefer your pursuits slightly more active, there are endless walking and hiking trails throughout the region that can be both leisurely and challenging. The Killarney National Park is a great start.
Pay a visit to the ancient Ross Castle before taking a boat trip to the Lakes of Killarney. Only six miles west of Killarney, the Gap of Dunloe is a gorge that provides magnificent views, while a drive along the Ring of Kerry offers a picturesque tour of the Iveragh Peninsula. Also worth a look is Torc Waterfall. Don't leave without exploring the wild and rugged countryside with its abundance of woods, mountains and lakes.
The weather can be unpredictable so make sure you pack a good raincoat and a sturdy umbrella!
Although the weather is likely to be very pleasant, avoid July and August for Killarney tends to be overcrowded and overpriced during this time.
There's a variety of dining establishments in Killarney, whether it's a cosy pub or an elegant restaurant you're looking for to indulge in hearty Irish fare. A chilly winter's day is perfect for sampling a warm and comforting Irish stew.
Forget the tacky souvenir shops and head for Kerry Crafted Glass for its collection of handmade glass pieces created by local artist Terrence McSweeney. Crafted using only recycled clear glass; each piece is unique and inspired by the stunning scenery of Killarney and County Kerry.