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.