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 range, 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.