Killarney Travel Guide

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    Pleasure boat @ Ross Castle Killarney
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    Ross Castle Killarney
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Killarney Highlights

  • Pro
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     The most diverse and beautiful corner of Ireland! 

  • Con
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     It's not the "real" Ireland. Spoilt by mass tourism 

  • In a nutshell
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     You'll believe it when you see it! 

Killarney Things to Do

  • Ring of Kerry

    It would seem that the coaches and buses loaded with tourists take the anti-clockwise way round the Ring : ie Killarney - Glenbeigh - Cahersiveen - Kenmare because the turns a a lot less difficult that way "dixit a coach driver I asked". So you're much better off if in your own vehicle to go clockwise, so avoiding the inevitable hold-ups following...

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  • Killarney National Park

    Killarney National Park covers over 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares) of mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways, parks and gardens, providing a living space for the wild life and vegetations like Ireland's only remaining wild herd of native Red Deer and the largest area of old-growth Oak woods left in the country. You see lakes, streams, birds, etc.,...

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  • Torc Waterfall

    Well worth the short walk from the carpark through the woods to view the waterfall. Plunging down from Torc mountain for over 18 metres the polished rocks are testament to the force of the water. Although I didn't go up, there is a trail that will take you up to the very top and a viewpoint over the fall. There is a legend that says that a young...

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Killarney Restaurants

  • Gaby's

    As an adult my fleeting trips through Killarney were all business related, with meals confined to whatever hotel was chosen for the conference or meeting. Last year and this year I got to choose my restaurants, and I am so happy to be introduced to such a delight of food. Gaby's comes highly recommended, and when you are inside and see the wealth...

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  • Lord Brandon Cottage

    The Lord Brandon Cottage in Black Valley isn't really a restaurant, it's more along the lines of a dozen wooden bench tables under a roof. The fare is typically snacks, refreshments, and during the day the owners, who live in the attached house, will cook something up in the kitchen as well. I didn't get there until after 6, and they were already...

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  • Part of the hotel/pub.

    As it was lashing down with rain and the pub was just opposite our hotel, Harmony Inn, a quick dash across the road and into the lovely warm bar area, soon found us tucking into a piping hot cottage pie and mash, with of course a well-pulled pint of Guiness. We then finished with some hot apple tart and custard.The whole lot came to less than 34€...

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Killarney Nightlife

  • Danny Mann's

    Well, there are loads of pubs in Killarney, all of which are sure to impress. The Danny Mann is one that I particularly like. They have live bands every night of the week and the food is also good. Try to get their schedule and see if you can find a night on which Spailpin performs. Those guys really rock! They usually perform on Mondays and...

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  • The Crypt

    Killarney has no shortage of pubs, and the craic is equally good in places such as Tralee, Dingle and Kenmare. For clubs, you can try The Crypt in Killarney, it's a hotspot for the young of Kerry. You'll find this one on College Street in Killarney town. Right next door in the hotel is Scruffy's pub. The reason I liked it might have something to do...

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  • Mustang Sallys

    Mustang Sally's on Main st , US style bar. VERY loud music. The thing to remember about going out in Killarney is that it often caters to the tourists so kitschy Oirish pubs do abound, with traditional music. Pub dress code is pretty casual. Hardly any bouncers.

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Killarney Transportation

  • Trains

    Killarney is on the Tralee-Dublin train line. It is about 4 hours to get to Dublin from there. If you want to go to Limerick or Cork by train, you will have to change trains at either Limerick Junction or Millstreet. To go to any other town, its best to either rent a car or get the bus

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  • Bus.....

    Give your self a break from driving & let the experts guide you around the Ring of Kerry. It isn't the easiest place to drive & the buses tend to take priority - being so much bigger guarantees priority parking at the main stopping places. The driver's craic will keep you & your fellow tourists entertained with lots of useful local information.

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  • Jaunting Carts

    You will see the drivers with their wonderful horses just waiting to take you on a drive around Killarney. Even in the cold and wind they are there ready to help you (if need be ) into one of the carriages. If it is cold you will love to put one of their rugs around you as you clip clop around this very beautiful place with its sparkling streams...

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Killarney Shopping

  • Muckross House

    I decided to walk around to the gift shop, which also included the Garden Restaurant (photo 2)Adjoining the main shop were Craft Workshops, where customers can see Mucros Pottery, Mucros Weaving and Mucros Bookbindery products being made. My grandson was tempted by some of the woven materials, but they are - of course - somewhat expensive for a...

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  • Clothes shopping

    Luckily there was a sale on in this shop when we were there, so we didnt waste any time zooming in on the bargains!! :) You can get the usual touristy Aran jumpers etc on the ground floor but upstairs is where all the locals go. I got 2 ladies rugby shirts for only €30.The girls went a tad crazy in the shoe department ;)

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  • Best place for everything

    Had a nice sandwich lunch here, then looked around in this huge place at linens, blankets, sweaters, all very beautiful! Tablecloths, blankets, sweaters, anything woolen or lace. $100 on the average

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Killarney Local Customs

  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • No Nappies!

    The big news story in Killarney while we were there, if you can believe it, was the debate over whether the horses used to pull the jarveys (horse drawn carts) should be wearing nappies (dung catchers) or not, while we were here the jarveys were banned from Killarney National Park because they refuse to attach the nappies to their horses. The...

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  • Jaunting Carts

    Killarney seems to have made a big business out of jaunting cart rides. Some people regard them as tourist traps, and some think of them as a nice way to see the country. In our case they were paid for as part of our tour, so if it was a tourist trap, it was an enjoyable one.They have jaunting carts downtown in Killarney and also out at Muckross...

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Killarney Warnings and Dangers

  • rough at night

    be careful in Killarney around 2 30 am when the nightclubs close, as things can become rough, with fights, and a few people looking for trouble. but its only a small minority and 99.9% of the people on the streets late at night are fine, and just want to have a good night and a few drinks, but it is good to be aware.

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  • Don't expect to get the views to...

    The main points of interest are busy places with lots of cars & tour buses. A small price to pay & sharing is good for the soul & you meet lots of interesting people to share the great views with.

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  • Asking directions and Following...

    Be careful about asking directions - you'll get full directions to the moon before people will admit they have no idea where the place you want is. Hearts are the right place but...Ignore roadsigns and follow your map! Signs that are facing the wrong way through storms etc... are left like that because 'all the locals know the way anyhow'. It's...

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Killarney Tourist Traps

  • Jaunting carts

    We were stopped by a jaunting cart driver who wanted our business. We told him we were looking for horse back riding and he got kind of rude and said it was too late inn the season for that and he was about the only way to see the area. Around the next bend we found a man renting horses for riding. One of the best memories of the trip.

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  • Jaunting Carts

    We were stopped by a jaunting cart driver who wanted our business. We told him we were looking for horse back riding and he got kind of rude and said it was too late inn the season for that and he was about the only way to see the area. Around the next bend we found a man renting horses for riding. One of the best memories of the trip.

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  • Save your time for the great landscapes

    These woolen mills can be found anywhere in Scotland & Ireland. Pretty boring really unless you really need some knitwear. Save your time and watch the woolly sheep instead. They do sell some excellent wool blankets which might be handy for future travel. Forget shopping - you can usually buy the same stuff at home or via the internet

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Killarney What to Pack

  • Rain Gear

    Wear sensible shoes or walking boots - you will do a lot of walking. In summer pack lightweight raingear & maybe a change of clothes in the event of a severe downpour & remember NO RAIN NO RAINBOW Make sure your camera is fully charged & you have plenty of memory

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  • Packing for rainy with a chance of sunny...

    These are general tips for Ireland, we had a lovely sunny day in Killarney but not every day is like thatAn umbrella or waterproof jacket are essential, I used mine most of the days I was in IrelandLightweight pants are a good idea, they dry quickly if you happen to get caught in a sudden downpourEven in July, I needed a fleece pullover for a lot...

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  • Pack for all seasons

    Wear sensible shoes or walking boots - you will do a lot of walking. In summer pack lightweight raingear & maybe a change of clothes in the event of a severe downpour & remember NO RAIN NO RAINBOW Make sure your camera is fully charged & you have plenty of memory

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Killarney Off The Beaten Path

  • Mount Carrantuohill

    The first thing that caught my eye when I looked at a map of Ireland was the highest point in the country (of course) - Mt. Carrantuohill. This was our first planned activity in Killarney. It's about a half hour ride from city center by cab. Make sure you tell a bunch of people you are going and that you bring hiking supplies (water, food, warm...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    Of the five peninsulas in Western Cork and Kerry counties, Dingle peninsula is the one I enjoyed the most. In good weather it's a cycler's paradise, with plenty of archeological sites and wonderful coastal landscapes. See the travelogue for some of my favourite pictures!

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  • Inch beach

    This is a good one! You'll see Inch beach from your touring bus or car on the way from Killarney to Dingle, but few people actually stop to stroll the entire length of it. In summertime, you'll find many people (locals and travellers) relaxing here, but it's still something of a peaceful haven between the tourist spots all around.

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Killarney Sports & Outdoors

  • Golf..

    There are some great courses in and around Killarney. 3 coursesat Killarney golf & fishing club and the 1 in Beaufort are 18 hole. There are three 9 hole courses in the locality, the Ross, Castleross and the Gap of Dunloe. Wet gear!

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  • Hill Walking

    There are many hill walking trails around Muckross. I like to mountain bike on many of them so watch out! The picture below shows the lower & middle lakes taken from the path up to the devils bit on mangerton mountain.

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  • Mountain Biking

    There are many options in Killarney for those intersted in mountain biking. Striceen mountain on the gap of Dunloe is one of my favourite runs! From the image below you may be able to make out the singletrack! It's a very rocky technical decent. The switchbacks are great fun! There are also some great tracks on Torc mountain near Muckross...

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Killarney Favorites

  • Breath taking scenery!

    I have lived in Killarney all my life. I used to go back there practially every weekend when in college. The best thing about Killarney is the scenery, even if it is probably the most popular tourist destination in Ireland. However, there are many places throughout the national park to find peace and tranquility. When I am in Killarney I really...

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  • Dingle Peninsula

    visit the peninsulas of Iveragh and Dingle. Both are equally beautiful, although Iveragh tends to get overcrowded in summer, when all tourists insist on driving along the Ring of Kerry together in a single file! Dingle doesn't have this (yet, but I fear it will soon). One of the many fine moments was the tour we made along Slea Head, Dingle's (and...

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  • Black Valley

    It's a very pretty little village in the hills with little more than a B&B, a hostel, small church, school, and a few houses. The village is near the Gap of Dunloe, so you can use it as a staging point for hikes into the surrounding mountains. There are no buses or any other public transportation that goes to Black Valley, but you can get there by...

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