Top Outdoor Activities in Killarney
Killarney is an outdoor adventurer's paradise. Set against the stunning landscape of The Kingdom, there is a wealth of outdoor activities available for all ages and abilities in Killarney. Pack the suncream and umbrella, so come rain or shine, you are ready to take on all the activities your heart desires during your stay at The Gleneagle.
Book a kayaking tour on the Lakes of Killarney for a totally new experience. Let experienced kayakers guide you through the Lakes, past islands, wildlife and the stunning Ross Castle. You can even explore the beauty of the Lakes of Killarney in a different way by booking a sunset kayaking tour and experience the Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle from an alternative viewpoint. Totally unwind and relax as you kayak silently past islands and sleepy swans. Experience complete tranquility on this relaxing and peaceful glide through the lakes. From your kayak, see the enchanting Innisfallen Island and hopefully glimpse some of Killarney’s red deer.
There are horse riding and pony trekking options for all ages in Killarney, from absolute novice to intermediary to more experienced, choose an option that suits you. Choose from a one, two or three hour trek through Killarney National Park. Ride through the park and enjoy stunning views with trails to match. You will experience a unique opportunity to blend in with red deer and other wildlife with breath-taking views of Killarney’s lakes and rugged mountains. Killarney Riding Stables is located less than 2km outside Killarney town, right across from the National Park.
Killarney is home to many hikes, so you will find something suitable no matter what your ability. Mountains in and surrounding Killarney include Torc Mountain, The Purple Mountains, Mangerton Mountain and The Paps to name a few. Enjoy unparalleled views of some of the most beautiful mountains in Ireland during your stay in Killarney. Climb Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohill, a 6 hour, 12km hike or start with Cardiac Hill, a 1.5 hour, 8km hike. There is an option for everyone in Killarney, enjoy the fresh air and panoramic views whatever you choose! You can check out our top 5 hikes in Killarney here.
The dramatic landscape of Killarney and Kerry make it a golfer’s paradise. Kerry is host to some of the world’s most highly rated links and courses, including Tralee, Ballybunion, Dooks and Waterville, each carved and shaped by the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Just on the outskirts of Killarney is Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, one of Ireland’s most prestigious and historic golf clubs. Located in Killarney National Park, surrounded by Lough Leane, Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is a four time host to the Irish Open and home to two 18-hole championship courses.
Bring your own or rent a bike from one of the many rental locations across town and explore Killarney National Park on your next visit to Killarney. There are many cycling routes to choose from in Killarney National Park. With over 10,000 hectares to explore, there is a route option for all ages and abilities. Ross Castle, Muckross House, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, the Gap of Dunloe are just some of the fabulous cycle trails that are popular with visitors to the town. There is now even the opportunity to rent an Electric Bike for a fun and easy cycle around Killarney.
If you’re looking for something a little more leisurely, there are so many walks to choose from in Killarney. With over 26,000 acres to explore in Killarney National Park, you are sure to come across some of the plants, animals, scenery, mountains, lakes, forests and waterfalls which have made Killarney as famous as it is today. If you are after a longer walk, take a stroll along the old Kenmare Road which is 16km long. A beautiful scenic walk is in Tomie’s wood, a 10km loop featuring several waterfalls, the most breathtaking one being O’Sullivan’s Cascade. The Knockreer Circular walk is a simple 5km trail, located just a 5 minute drive from Killarney town and features impressive views of Lough Leane and the MacGillycuddy Reeks. You can check out some of our favourite walks in Killarney here.
Pitch 'n' Putt
Try your hand at The Gleneagle Hotel’s 16 Hole Pitch ‘n’ Putt course. Spend a couple of hours completing a round of pitch & putt with some tricky holes. Suitable for all ages and abilities, this is the perfect way to while away an afternoon with your friends, partner or family. For more information see here.