Welcome to every outdoor enthusiast’s dream.
Home to breathtaking landscapes and great road trips, Ireland never disappoints. Killarney is located in the heart of County Kerry and is decorated with magnificent mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and a rugged coastline, making it every outdoor enthusiast’s dream.
Killarney remains to be a popular base for travellers to explore the rest of the county, be it the scenic Killarney National Park or the famed Ring of Kerry — a scenic drive bringing you around the Iveragh Peninsula.
Killarney National Park & the Gap of Dunloe
With a total area of 10,235 hectares, Killarney National Park is home to mountains, lakes, lush greenery and waterfalls. The national park also features the native oak woods and yew woods alongside plenty of evergreen trees and shrubs and also an abundance of bryophytes and lichens which blossom in the mild Killarney climate. As you explore the park, keep your eyes peeled for the native red deer that are unique to Ireland and has been present in the country since the last ice age.
For those who are more adventurous, opt for a bike-on-boat tour. You can rent a bike and cycle to Ross Castle before carrying your bikes onto a boat to tour the lakes. Then, cycle through the Gap of Dunloe and return back to Killarney thereafter. Contact the Tourist Office or Gap of Dunloe Tours for assistance in organising a bike-on-boat tour.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry treats you to panoramic views of the ocean and mountain at every turn. The circuit is 175 km long and you’ll be able to complete in within half a day.
- Travel clockwise and head to Kenmare travelling south of the peninsula first. Coach tours travel the opposite direction and you might be stuck in traffic going that way.
- Be spontaneous about straying off the main road and explore some unspoiled landscape off the main Ring route. For example, the route from Glencar to Sneem is known to be extra breathtaking and promises an otherworldly experience.
A twin-pinnacled crag located 11.6 km from the western tip of the Iveragh Peninsula, did you know that Skellig Michael was inhabited by monks for almost 500 years? Since then, the monastery is still well preserved and you will be impressed by its condition. There are boats taking you to Skellig Michael and they depart from Ballinskelligs, Portmagee and Caherdaniel daily between the months of May and September. However, do keep in mind that departures are dependent on the weather and there is no guarantee that you will be able to dock on the island even on relatively calm days.
Carrauntoohil stands at 1,038m and is Ireland’s highest mountain. Though there are several known routes up Carrauntoohil, the Coomloughra Horseshoe and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks Ridge trail are the two best known routes. One takes you to the second and third highest peaks while the other brings you through six peaks within a day’s walk.