Private Car: 3 1/2 hours
Private Car: 1 1/2 hours
Lunch in Monk’s Lounge
Located in the original part of Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, this bright and beautiful lounge welcomes guests a stylish drinks bar and a series of comfortable couches surrounding a large open fireplace. The lounge provides menus for light lunch with a series of tasty treats and warm coffees, served in a relaxing atmosphere. Click here to learn more.
Explore the Local Area
Killarney’s most famous features are in walking distance of the hotel.
Stroll across to Muckross Abbey, an old Irish monastery that was built in the 6th century. The ruins remain surrounded by an active graveyard which allegedly host many famous characters from Irish history such as the O’Donoghue chieftains.
Muckross House & Gardens
19th Century Victorian Mansion and their renowned gardens overlook Muckross lake. Guided tours are available of the sixty-five room architectural masterpiece. Grab a coffee in their in-house café and enjoy the beautiful surrounds. Click here to learn more.
Torc Waterfall is the tallest waterfall in Ireland and features in many Irish folklores and legends. Notably, Irish warrior Fionn MacCumhaill killed a magical boar on Torc mountain with his golden spear. Red Deer are often spotted around this area.
After taking in the breath-taking waterfall, challenge yourself to the notorious Cardiac Hill. This uphill track will test your stamina but you will be rewarded with unprecedented views.
Jaunting Car Trip Around Killarney National Park
Hop on a jaunting car at Muckross House following your coffee break and be steered across the park by a knowledgeable jarvey. Learn the history of the area and Ireland’s most famous folklore and tales. You will see the majestic Lakes of Killarney, which allegedly is the portal to the famous Tír na nÓG – Land of Youth. Your jarvey will stop and give you plenty of opportunities to take pictures, with Ireland’s highest mountain range serving as your background.
Cycle around Killarney National Park
Start your adventure at your own pace. Pick up a complimentary adult bike from the hotel and venture across Ireland’s largest National Park or if you wish, perhaps book a guided tour with Killarney Cycling. With a variety of animals and flora distinct to the area, you will see some of Europe’s rarest species. There are spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney and Ireland’s largest mountain rang, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks.
Visit the 15th century Ross castle and learn of medieval Ireland. The caste was built by O’Donoghue Mór. Legend has it that O’Donoghue still exists in a deep slumber under the waters of Lough Leane. On the first morning of May every seven years, he rises from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake. Anyone catching a glimpse of him is said to be assured of good fortune for the rest of their lives.
Kayak silently past rustling islands and sleepy swans. From your kayak, see the mystical 6th century abbey ruins on Innisfallen Island and hopefully glimpse some of Ireland’s last native red deer. Return by kayak to Ross Castle in twilight, and possibly moonlight, as nightfall creeps over the oak and yew woods. To enquire about the 3 hour sunset kayak tour with Irish Adventures, click here.
Dinner in Yew Tree
Listed in the prestigious McKenna Guide and Georgina Campbell guide. Yew Tree has received 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence and has been recognised as Best Restaurant on the Wild Atlantic Way by Hotel & Catering. Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal after a day of travelling and exciting adventure.
Rock Climbing the Gap of Dunloe
This area of outstanding beauty is one of the very best and picturesque places for rock climbing in the whole of Ireland. The climbing consists of old red sandstone crags and cliffs mainly of horizontal cracks with an endless selection of single pitch climbs of various grades. Fore more information on either the full, half day or evening courses available, click here.
Gap of Dunloe Tour
A traditional bus will transport to you to Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year old family run restaurant. Walk through the world-famous glacial valley the Gap of Dunloe. After completing the walk, you will be transported by boat through the three Lakes of Killarney by a guided tour who will share folklore and legends inspired by the area. For more information on this day tour, click here.
Muckross Traditional Farms
Step back into the past on Muckross Traditional Farms and visit a very different Ireland – the Ireland of the 1930s and 1940s. Back then, a trip to the well was still a daily chore for the housewife and electricity had yet to be introduced to the countryside. Experience old Ireland first-hand and even participate in some of the farming activities.
Travel to the eclectic Killarney town and spend this time at leisure. Sit in a local café or restaurant. Stroll around the various craft shops and exclusive Irish stores.
– the freshest fish in Ireland.
Quilan’s Fish is famous for providing the wild, organic and fresh seafood to customers in Kerry.
Picking up a bag of fish and chips is essential experience for every person who walks the streets of Killarney.
A popular ice-cream parlour that supplies unique and distinct flavours inspired by County Kerry. Taste ice-cream that is made with fresh ingredients, which range from chocolate, alcohol, and real sea salt. Find out more, here.
Killarney House & Gardens
Built in the 18th century, the original ‘Killarney House’ was home to the Earls of Kenmare. It was known locally as ‘The Mansion’ and one of the finest mansions in Ireland at the time. In recent years, the mansion has undergone extensive reconstruction to restore it to its formal glory and as the gateway to Killarney National Park.
Quill’s Woollen Market
Quill’s is Ireland’s first and original woollen market and known for providing authentic Irish knitwear and gifts. One of their specialities is the Aran Sweater. They have a substantial selection of products that will make the perfect memento of your time in Ireland.
The traditional Irish music store, Variety Sounds offers its customers a range of instruments and music. Pick up tin whistles, accordians and bodhráns so you can play your favourite Irish tunes at home.
Tour the local Killarney Brewery and taste their fine selection of craft beers. Their beers are named after local myths and legends. Learn how they have mastered their trade while sipping on quality beer. Once the tour has concluded, you can sit in their lounge area and enjoy a woodfired oven pizza.
On Main Street in Killarney, Reidy’s was once home to a hardware shop and agricultural supply store, followed by a grocer’s, then a bakery and flour merchant. Now today, a popular music venue and pub that features everything from stout, ale and cocktails. The history is instilled throughout the entire property.
Ring of Kerry
Considered as one of the finest drives in the world, the Ring of Kerry is part of the mystical & unspoilt region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years and is part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Experience rugged coastlines and untouched countryside as you travel through Ireland’s most picturesque region. As part of this tour, you will stop off and enjoy lunch in one of many quirky destination points.
Moll’s Gap, Ladies’ View and Leprechaun Crossing
As you begin your Ring of Kerry trip, you will pass these scenic points as you travel to Kenmare. You can call into a café by Ladies’ View and take in the majestic scenery. Leprechaun Crossing serves as a great novelty picture. But during the summer months, you may see a small, green character running through the fields.
Known for its beautiful scenery and as a foodie destination, Kenmare is the first town you’ll encounter as you cross the mountain pass. If you’re looking for adventure or a great laugh, visit Eclipse Adventure Centre and partake in mudsurfing or canyoning.
As you make your way around the Ring of Kery, stop off at Blueberry Hill farm for an afternoon of creativity and craft. During the course, you will enjoy personalised creative learning in a beautiful setting and make a finished product that you take home.
Visit Derrynane House in Caherdaniel, the home of the iconic Irish political figure Daniel O’Connell (The Liberator). Take a short drive to the scenic shore and take a stroll on the sheltered, sandy Derrynane Beach.
Embrace the Atlantic Ocean and dive into some exciting sea activities. Join marine biologists as they explore the scenery and learn about diverse biology. Snorkle along Ballinskelligs Bay or paddle board across Waterville’s largest lake. Find out more about Sea Synergy Activity centre.
Located on the Skellig Coast in the Southern Peninsulas of the Wild Atlantic Way adjacent to the Ring of Kerry, Valentia Island is still one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. This small island is packed of activities from birdwatching to diving. There are historical sites, gardens, beaches, lighthouses, chapels and so much more on the tiny west-coast island.
The town of Cahersiveen lies at the base of Beentee Mountain, on the river Fertha and overlooks Valentia Harbour. In recent years, a beautiful marina has been added. Other notable highlights are the Old Barracks, Ballycarbery Castle and Stone Forts.
The mountain scenery in Glenbeigh is magnificent, and the circuit of the hills from Seefin to Drung Hill is called the “Glenbeigh Horseshoe” and is part of the greater “Kerry Way”, one of Kerry’s finest mountain walks.
Home to the famous, and Ireland’s oldest, festival Puck Fair—a celebration known for crowning a goat as King Puck. Kilorglin is renowned for its selection of pubs and craft shops, you will have a great opportunity to pick up some treats and have a great laugh.
Dine in Kitty O’Se’s
Kitty O’Se’s offers delicious food with a traditional Irish flare. The large windows allow you to watch Killarney come to life after dark.
Celtic Whiskey Bar
Home to the largest whiskey selection in Europe, Celtic Whiskey offers you a bespoke experience in one of Ireland’s biggest exports. Ranging from the well-known Jameson Collection to rarities.
Spend the afternoon on one of Ireland’s most prestigious golf courses. As your manoeuvre around the 18-hole circuit, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks or the wild Atlantic will serve as the backdrop. You will soon understand why golfers travel around the world to play in Kerry. Read our dedicated Golfing page for more information.
View Ireland from its highest point on this epic adventure. With a team of highly qualified and experienced mountain guides, you will be in safe hands as you ascend the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, for more information or to book your guided tour with Carrauntoohil Ascents please click here. Famous routes such as the Devil’s Ladder, Brother O’ Shea’s Gully and Hags Tooth Ridge each cater for different grades but all lead to the rewarding finish line and unmatchable views.
The Spa at Muckross
After an exuberating day, take some time out and enjoy a treatment from one of our highly trained therapists in The Spa at Muckross. Allow your muscles to rejuvenate and your mind to relax.
Gaelic or Hurling Football Match
A much-loved tradition in Ireland, the national sport takes precedence in many of the lives of Irish people. Known for speed, agility and endurance, it is of strong, cultural importance and played an integral role in shaping Modern Ireland. The Fitzgerald Stadium is the principal GAA stadium in Killarney, Ireland, and is the home championship venue for the Kerry senior football team.
Challenge yourself and try escape themed scenarios within 60 minutes for teams of 2-6 people and larger groups may also be accommodated. Wits, guile and ingenuity are required to solve puzzles, riddles, ciphers among other challenges. Find out more, here.
An elegant and comfortable bar on Main Street Killarney. The Liquid Lounge has a relaxed atmosphere which is enhanced by the smooth piano melodies. Based in the centre of town, you are in walking distance of all the exciting bars in Killarney.
Travel to Dingle
To really make the most of your trip, take the long route to Dingle. You will pass Tralee, famous for the Rose of Tralee Festival, which is Kerry’s main shopping town. The town of Tralee also hosts Kerry Museum, Rose Gardens and Blennerville Windmill.
One of the highest mountain passes in Ireland, the Connor Pass certainly makes for an exuberating drive. There are several viewing points as you make your way up the mountain with remarkable views of the valley and the heart-shaped lakes below.
Skellig Michael Tour
Famous for serving as the backdrop for one of the biggest blockbusters of the century- Star Wars.
Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 metres) above sea level. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement. The history of this island is truly fascinating, as well as the rare ecology present on the island.
Star Wars Tour
Ireland welcomed the cast and crew of one of the biggest movies to ever be shot here. The crew and cast arrived to County Kerry to film scenes from Star Wars: “The Force Awakens” and the latest blockbuster “The Last Jedi”. Your Star Wars itinerary will take you across the Dingle Peninsula where you can see the bests views of the Atlantic. To find out more about Dingle Slea Head Tours, click here.
Slea Head Drive
The Slea Head Drive is a circular route, forming part of the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning and ending in Dingle. Take in a large number of attractions and stunning views on the western end of the Dingle Peninsula. The route is clearly labelled by road signs throughout its length. The Slea Head Route is most enjoyable when done slowly over a number of hours, allowing time for the many interesting stops and detours along the way.
Dingle Distillery Tour
Visit the distillery that created the winner of World’s Best Gin 2019. The family-run Dingle distillery offers tours of their award-winning process and demonstrates what makes it so unique. Sample their original whiskey, gin and vodka and browse their shop for special gifts.