Welcome To Killarney

Victorians lauded scenic Killarney, but even then, the town itself was a tourist draw to the point of obscenity for lovers of mountain and lake views.
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Information Killarney Ireland

Killarney National Park has some of the most beautiful scenery in Ireland. Its lakes can be overlooked from their banks or its mountains. Much of the park was the 10,000 acre Muckross Estate surrounding Lough Leane, donated to the state in 1932 by American landowners and their California senator son. Prudent state purchases and subsequent land donations place the park at 25,000 acres. Victorians lauded scenic Killarney, but even then, the town itself was a tourist draw to the point of obscenity for lovers of mountain and lake views. The town is to the north east of the park, with no views over the park itself. Biking or walking through the park is an enjoyable experience. The tourism of the town itself also makes hiring a horsedrawn carriage to take a trip to the lakes possible. The park itself is free of cars. Muckross House is a Victorian building constructed along Elizabethan styles. It contains a museum with details of both folk and real local history. Muckross Abbey, near the house, is a fifteenth century church and cloisters. Another structure from the same period is Ross Castle. You can hire a rowboat to go to the forested island of Inisfallen where you will find further monastic ruins. Ladiesí View is some distance uphill on roads out of Killarney: Cycling may be a struggle, but once you reach it, you can admire an aspect of the Gap of Dunloe and the Killarney Lakes. The Meeting of the Waters can be seen at the Middle or Muckross Lake area. Torc Waterfall is another sight thatís been admired by millions. Weather depending, mosquitoes can sometimes be a problem in the area. It doesnít rule out camping entirely, but packing up in the morning can be more than a chore if there are insects buzzing around eager for breakfast. Killarney town has a selection of accommodations available including hostels and hotels.

Attractions Killarney Ireland

Ardfert Cathedral - Ardfert

A monastery was founded here by St. Brendan 'The Navigator' in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, an ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today. The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th - 17th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall. Two effigies of ecclesiastical figures of late 13th - early 14th century date are mounted on either side of the east window.

Carrigafoyle Castle - Ballylongford

Located 2 miles North of Ballylongford in the channel between the mainland and Carrig Island. Carrigafoyle has had a stormy history and, although wrecked by a series of bloody sieges, remains a remarkable castle. Cleverly located between the high- and low-water marks on the shore of the Shannon Estuary, it comprises a large tower built towards the end of the fifteenth century by the O'Connors of Kerry. The tower has five storeys rising to a height of 86 feet and is beautifully constructed of specially selected small stones laid in neat courses.

Coolwood Wildlife Sanctuary and Zoo - Coolcaslagh

Located at Coolcaslagh, about two miles from Killarney town. Situated on 50 acres, it is an ideal family venue with scenic walks, coffee shop, children's playground and the 3 acre children's zoo with a variety of exotic species

Crag Cave - Castleisland

Located at Castleisland, Crag cave is a colourful wonderland of stalactites and stalactmites. Discovered in 1983 and thought to be over a million years old, it is a natural all weather attraction. Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, older than mankind itself, within which can be seen the natural forces that created the complex and beautiful passages.

Derrynane House, National Historic Park - Caherdaniel

Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell's life and career. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor