Our Favourite Things to do in Killarney
There are so many wonderful things to do in Killarney during your stay at The Gleneagle.
Visit the Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms, one of Kerry's premier visitor attractions nestled within Killarney National Park.
Rent a bicycle available 2 minutes’ walk from the Gleneagle on the Muckross Road and cycle through the Killarney National Park and explore one of Ireland's largest areas of ancient oak woods with magnificent views of the mountains and wild herd of native red deer.
Take a jaunting cart through to Ross Castle, or maybe relax on a boat trip through the Killarney Lakes from Ross Castle and stop off for a picnic on Innisfallen Island or Ross Island and enjoy the breath-taking views of Purple Mountain.
Climb the hill up to the magnificent Torc Waterfall and experience the stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.
Check out a few of our favourites below!
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park is the gem of Killarney. Spanning over 26,000 acres, it is Ireland’s oldest National Park. It is home to Ross Castle, The Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Gardens, Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall to name just a few spots. The park is filled with local wildlife, including the famous Red Deer of Killarney which can be spotted throughout the park. Walk, run or cycle, Killarney National Park is a must to explore on your visit to Killarney. Enjoy a romantic stroll around Ross Castle with your other half, have some fun spotting red deer with the kids or grab your friends for a cycle around The Killarney Lakes. With so much ground to explore, there is no shortage of stunning scenery in Killarney National Park.
Torc Waterfall lies just outside of Killarney town. It is a cascading waterfall at 20 metres high and 110 metres long. A short walk of just 200 metres brings you to the waterfall. From that point steps lead to another viewing point at a higher altitude that provides a beautiful lake view. Perfect for couples, families and friends, pay a visit to this breathtaking stop on your next visit to Killarney. The best and most scenic way to see Torc Waterfall is to park in the Dinis Cottage Car Park, and walk the short distance to the waterfall.
Kayak The Lakes of Killarney
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.
Climb Cardiac Hill
Don’t be scared by the name, if you enjoy a good workout, then Cardiac Hill certainly delivers! The steep ascent of Cardiac Hill is actually a journey up the slopes of Torc Moutain, located just a short few kilometres outside of Killarney Town. The strenuous climb up hundreds of steps pays off as the views when you reach the top are unparalleled. The route itself offers excellent shelter from the rain and provides panoramic scenery of The Lakes of Killarney, MacGillycuddy Reeks and Killarney National Park along the way.
Muckross Traditional Farms
Explore three separate working farms from the 1930s and 1940s giving an exciting representation of the life and farming styles of the times. Each farmhouse comes with animals, poultry and horse drawn farm machinery. Visit the blacksmith’s forge, a carpenter’s workshop or hop onto the Muckross Vintage Coach which drives from farm to farm and the typical rural Irish Schoolhouse where pupils were expected to bring sods of turf to school for the open fire. The stroll around the farms gives a true insight in to the lives that were lived there during the 1930’s and 1940’s, it is a unique experience which can be enjoyed by both young and old.
Muckross House and Gardens
The impressive nineteenth century Victorian mansion, Muckross House, sits within an 11,000 acre estate, set amongst a scenic landscape of mountains and woodlands in Killarney National Park. Muckross House sits on the shores of Muckross Lake, one of the three Lakes of Killarney. Access to the house is by a guided tour, experienced and friendly guides take visitors through the house and bring the history of the house and its inhabitants to life. Muckross Gardens are renowned worldwide for their beauty. Features of the gardens include glorious collections of azaleas and rhododendrons, as well as exquisite tree-fringed lawns. The gardens have a variety of exotic trees and shrubs that flourish in the mild climate, as well as large glasshouses filled with exotic flowers. Go for a walk and take in these stunning gardens, lawns and surrounding forests or simply relax with a picnic and enjoy the beauty that is to be found throughout the blooming gardens.
Ross Castle is one of Killarney’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle itself sits on a picturesque lake, Lough Leane and is a peaceful spot to wander. You can tour the castle and walls of the tower, which was built in the late 15th century. You can tour the rooms within the castle, walk around the outer walls and meander through the gardens, enjoying views of the surrounding lake from a number of vantage points. Take a picture with the cannons poised on the battlements and soak up the stunning view of the lake and its islands. Let the kids feed the ducks and swans that gather by the bridge over Loch Leane, which laps the shore by the castle. The lakes and surrounding mountains are simply breathtaking and there are many beautiful walks close by, so be sure to allow yourself time to fully take in the tranquil surroundings.
Cycle The Muckross Lake Loop
The Muckross Lake Loop is approximately 10km in length and the perfect route for a day out cycling. It brings you around the picturesque Muckross Lake and you can admire the many scenic views along the way. The loop will take you past many well-known sites in Killarney, including Old Weir Bridge, which hosts stunning views from every angle. You can make a pitstop at Dinis Cottage to refuel with a cup of tea and slice of cake in front of the lake before continuing on your journey. If you wish to make the cycle a little longer, you have the options to visit Torc Waterfall, adding around 4km to your route, this stop is definitely worth the extra effort. Finish up at Muckross House and enjoy some well deserved rest by relaxing on Muckross Gardens with a delicious ice cream. The ideal day out.
Jaunting Car Ride
No visit to Killarney would be complete without taking a ride on one of the towns greatest traditions, a Jaunting Car. Local jarveys in Killarney are renowned for their storytelling, wisdom and local knowledge and charm. A Jaunting Car trip is the perfect option to show you the hidden delights of Killarney National Park & the famous Lakes of Killarney. Step back in time and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport. Sit back, relax and enjoy the local jarveys tales and stories of Killarney folklore.