I’m going to be honest with you here… Killarney, Ireland was never on our list of ‘places to visit’. In fact, up until TBEX announced that is where they’d be hosting the European conference in 2017 we’d never heard of it.
So, we set off to Ireland with an open mind. We had already visited Dublin earlier in the year and fallen in love with the Irish charm so, despite our lack of knowledge, we were excited. It turns out we had every right to be.
Killarney, Ireland turned out to be one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited in the world.
5 Things To Do In Killarney, Ireland Map
To help you plan (and navigate) during your time in Killarney, Ireland we’ve put together this map. It includes all of the places we’ve listed below;
The List: 5 Things To Do In Killarney, Ireland
#1 Walking Through The National Park
This will definitely be a must do on TripAdvisor and we would certainly recommend it even if you are not a keen walker this is something that everyone should experience. With many trails leading around the area and to different places to visit we opted to head over to Ross Castle. The national park is mesmerising and very peaceful.
I took a trail along the river to the lake edge and when they say lake edge they mean the whole edge. Once at the end of the trail you are completely surrounded by water. The view of the mountains in the background is beautiful. The walk for me was roughly 3-4 miles there and back, well worth the time and you won’t be disappointed. This was without a doubt my favourite thing to do in Killarney, Ireland.
#2 Ross Castle
Ross Castle is a restored castle in which dates back to the 15th century. The castle eventually was neglected and was bought by a man who then began the restoration to the castle. He then turned the castle over to the government as long as it was kept as a national park and no development was to be done in the area.
There are scheduled tours around the castle that last 40 minutes and cost €5.00 per adult and €3.00 per student/child. The tour was great to see the intimate structure of the building and the small details that went into the architecture even in the 15th century.
To get to the castle you can drive there and park up or you can walk through the national park from the town centre with ease. The walk was roughly 20mins and we saw some wonderful views along the way. I enjoyed seeing a field full of deer prancing and playing, you could even hear them from a distance.
#3 Visit Killarney House and Gardens
Recently opened to the public offering tours around the house formally known as Kenmare House due to the original inhabitants being the Earls of Kenmare. The house was originally much larger and had more buildings within the land. The other parts of the property had burnt down and so the family relocated to the renovated stable block. This is the building you see today is where the McShane family lived up until 1988 and so it became apart of the National Park.
The house has recently opened up the 3 lower floor rooms that have been restored to show to the public the wonderful place in which the McShane family spent their days. The tour is currently free and lasts around 20-30 minutes. The upstairs room is currently undergoing restoration to become exhibition rooms so the entry for the tour may change.
If you aren’t too bothered about looking around the house, take a stroll around the gardens and see the beautiful flowers. The gardens are often worked on to keep the gardens well looked after and the flowers in season. If you are a photographer and looking to have a lovely backdrop the gardens are a beautiful place to be.
#4 Try The Local Cuisine
Though we are quite familiar with Irish dishes here in the UK it is something of a novelty to people around the world. We tried out a few different restaurants end enjoyed every one of them for different reasons, one of my favourites was Obriens, they made the best sandwiches with a lot of filling. For more details on restaurants click here.
If food isn’t your thing you can always check out the local bars and live music to hear some amazing traditional Irish music. Get that on your list of things to do in Killarney and you won’t be disappointed.
#5 Irish Whiskey Tour
What we learnt from our first trip to Ireland was that you can’t get the full experience of Ireland until you have done a whiskey tasting. While neither Cora nor I are fans of whiskey anyway we went on 2 whiskey tours while in Dublin earlier in the year.
Though we didn’t go on one in Killarney there are plenty of places that offer whiskey tasting tours and bars that want you to try the local and homemade whiskeys. I would recommend you add this to the list of things to do in Killarney to get the full Irish experience.
As always if you think of anything you think should be on the list of things to do in Killarney let me know and I will add it in. If you have visited Killarney before let me know what you enjoyed and what you loved doing while you were there.
Other Things To Do In Killarney, Ireland
Of course, the list of things to do in and around Killarney, Ireland is pretty extensive – despite the size of the place. I’ve included a list of different activities and tours available to book with Get Your Guide to help you enhance your trip;