Hotel Stay in Killarney - Top 10 Things to Do and See
There is an abundance of amazing things to do and see in Killarney. It is one of the most scenic counties in Ireland with stunning scenery and panoramic views, dotted with historic ruins and majestic gardens. The Killarney Oaks Hotel has picked out out the Top 10 Thing to do and see, the should be put on any visitor’s hit list. We are delighted to offer a luxury, hotel stay so close to all the main attractions and within walking distance to many.
Muckross House is a stunning 19th century Victorian Mansion situated on the shores of Muckross Lake with stunning views of Killarney National Park. The historic mansion is open to the public and has an excellent visitor centre that includes Muckross Traditional Farms, a Craft Workshop, and Garden Restaurant. Muckross Gardens are a stunning mature garden, and Muck
Top Tip; Take the Jaunting Car tour from the entrance into the grounds of Muckross House.
The bountiful Torc Waterfall is perfect if you just want a quick pitstop as the base can be reached within 5 mins walking through a lush, green woodland. There is also a public hiking trail that will bring you to the peak of Torc Mountain in 1hr 45 mins.
Top Tip; The waterfall is at it’s best after heavy rainfall.
Sitting on the shores of Killarney’s Lower Lake, Ross Castle hails from the 15th Century and stills stands as an impressive looking stronghold. During the Summer months, the castle is open to visitors.
Top Tip; Take the Boat trip to Inishfallen Island which departs daily.
Take a short drive 12 miles outside Killarney to the most panoramic view of the area at Ladies View which overlooks all three magical lakes giving a stunning vista. There are bathrooms, a cafe, shop and bar across the road so it’s a perfect stop off point if you plan on travelling further along the Ring of Kerry.
Top Tip; Walk to the next parking spot along the road for another perfect vantage point.
Killarney National Park
A visit to the spectacular Killarney National Park cannot be missed! The McGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain peak, and the Lakes of Killarney give an amazing backdrop to the vast 26,000 acres of stunning parkland. Look out for the herd of Wild Red Deer that roam the pastures freely.
Top Tip; Bring binoculars so you don’t miss a thing!
A short boat trip to the magical Inishfallen Island can be taken from the shores of Ross Castle. The ruins of a 12th Century Augustinian Priory hint at the rich history of the Island which dates back to the 7th century. This is a great spot if you want to immerse yourself in the folklore and history of the area..
Top Tip; Bring a picnic to set a romantic tone.
The Meeting of the Waters
The Meetings of the Waters is the striking point where all three mystical lakes of Killarney converge. It is a sight of sheer tranquility and beauty. Follow the path behind Dinis Cottage, and it will reveal itself in all it’s glory.
Top Tip; Pop inside Dinis Cottage, now a quaint tea room, dating from the 1500’s.
St Mary’s Cathedral
St Mary’s Cathedral is a striking example of Neo Gothic Revival Architecture in Ireland. Designed by the renowned English Architect Augustus Welby Pugin, it also displays a stunning backdrop of Killarney’s scenic mountains and lakes.
Top Tip; Visitors are welcome at all times.
Gap of Dunloe
Take a horse drawn trap through the breathtaking Gap of Dunloe. Sit back and enjoy the stunning scenery, populated with five lakes and flanked by the famous Purple mountain which is in fact purple!
Top Tip; Stop at The Wishing Bridge, an beautiful old Arch Bridge, to make a wish. Local folklore says that wishes made on the bridge will come true!