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Killarney
Situated at the north end of the Ring of Kerry, Killarney boasts incredible lake and mountain scenery. Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland founded in 1932 and now both the town of Killarney and the wider park are at the top of Ireland’s must see destinations.

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Torc Waterfall
Muckross House
Gap of Dunloe
Ross Castle
Ladies View
Killarney Town

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Hiking in Killarney National Park

Surrounding the town of Killarney in County Kerry is a large expanse of rugged mountainous country which serves as one of the great gems in the Irish crown.

Here lies 26,000 acres of untouched landscape boasting a distinct combination of mountains, lakes, woods, and waterfalls giving the area a special scenic beauty.

Killarney National Park was designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1981 by UNESCO as an area that contains many features of national and international importance.

I hiked the area with a tour group I was leading through Ireland in 2018. This was our 10 day ‘Best of Ireland’ tour, and it was glorious.

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Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

Jack Baumann

Jack Baumann

Hi, my name is Jack Baumann, and I have a passion for helping independent travelers unlock the wonders of Europe. I founded Guidester - we build personal mobile guidebooks sourced from local experts - so travelers could cut through the noise and dive deeper into the wonders of Europe. I hope you enjoy my stories and tips!

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Walk around the town of Killarney

Explore Muckross House

Visit Torc Waterfall

Walk around St. Mary's Cathedral in Killarney

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Local Tips

Ladies View:

The best view easily accessible from the road is from Ladies View, about 12 miles from Killarney on the N71 road as you go towards Kenmare.

Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit in 1861 and they were so taken with the view that it was named after them.

If you walk up the road from the viewing point there is another parking area and a path that leads to a wonderful view of the upper lake.

The Killarney Grand:

A warm welcome awaits you at The Killarney Grand, an old world Irish pub with lively authentic traditional folk music played every night.

Where To Stay

The town of Killarney serves as the perfect staging point for exploring Killarney National Park and the wider region. It’s advised to spend two nights here to explore town of Killarney, the National Park, and the magnificent Ring of Kerry route.

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Local Eats

Food you will find...
Local Irish beef, lamb, and seafood is the name of the game in southwest Ireland and we recommend not to miss out.
Make sure not to miss...
Cronin Restaurant is a family run business serving up freshest locally sourced produce such as smoked salmon from Kenmare, award winning Ring of Kerry lamb, and Irish Hereford beef.

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