With stunning lake and mountain scenery, top-class restaurants serving contemporary Irish food and cosy pubs playing traditional Irish music, the lively town of Killarney is a showcase for the best of what Ireland has to offer.
Year after year, Killarney remains one of Ireland's most-visited towns, thanks both to its charming atmosphere and its picturesque location on the edge of Killarney National Park, which makes it the ideal starting-off point for a tour of the famous Ring of Kerry.
Perfect for romantic breaks, family vacations or adventure holidays, Killarney has something for everyone.
Top attractions in Killarney:
- Killarney National Park - With lakes, mountains and woodland, Killarney National Park offers some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. Many of Killarney's best-loved sights can be found within the park itself.
- Gap of Dunloe - Located just outside Killarney National Park but an important stop on a tour of the area. A difficult mountain climb is required to reach the Gap of Dunloe, but the views from the top make it all worthwhile.
- Ross Castle - Situated in the park, the remains of this 15th-century castle enjoy a beautiful location on the edge of Lough Leane.
- Torc Waterfall - Popular with walkers, a hiking trail stretches from the waterfall to the top of Torc Mountain.
- Golf - The Killarney area boasts a number of championship golf courses including Killarney Golf Club, home of the Irish Open.
- Muckross House - An elegant Tudor-style mansion built in the 1850s, located in Killarney National Park. The house, its beautiful gardens and the traditional farms are all open to the public.
A charming 19th-century building at the heart of Killarney town centre is the setting for Foley's Townhouse and Restaurant. This beautiful, family-run guesthouse has a range of spacious en-suite guestrooms, tastefully furnished with antiques, as well as two luxurious suites. Downstairs, an evening piano player entertains guests in the award-winning bar and restaurant, where a menu of seafood and steak specialities is served up. The dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and the restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list of over 300 labels. Breakfast is included in the rates and the property offers meeting facilities and parking.Book Killarney guesthouse Foley's Townhouse and Restaurant
The Brosnan family extend a warm welcome to guests staying at Crystal Springs, an attractive Killarney B&B set on the banks of the River Flesk. Located just outside town in Ballycasheen, within walking distance of Killarney National Park, the B&B offers a series of beautifully appointed guestrooms, all looking out over the lovely riverside garden. In-room amenities include WiFi, TV, DVD and tea/coffee-making facilities, and an extensive breakfast menu boasts tempting items such as hot oatmeal porridge with Bailey's Cream Liquor, lemon pancakes with fresh fruit and, of course, a traditional full Irish breakfast. Other meals and refreshments are available on request and guests are greeted with a welcome drink on arrival.Book Killarney B&B Crystal Springs
The beautiful Kerry Mountains make an impressive backdrop for Killarney B&B Woodlawn House. Located in a quiet residential area just a short distance from Muckross House and the entrance to Killarney National Park, this family-run B&B has 14 spacious guestrooms, individually decorated and equipped with en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, DVD and tea/coffee-making facilities. Family rooms can accommodate up to 6 people and a full Irish breakfast is served every morning as well as lighter options such as fresh fruit and pastries. A number of beauty treatments are available for those who want to treat themselves to a little pampering, and the owners offer a range of packages such as 'Romantic Getaways' and 'Golfing Breaks'.Book Killarney B&B Woodlawn House
A must for golf enthusiasts, 19th Green Guesthouse is perfectly situated between 3 championship golf courses - just 500m from Killarney Golf Club, home to the Irish Open. The cosy lodge-style guesthouse boasts 13 en-suite bedrooms, tastefully decorated and equipped with satellite TV (including the Golf Channel, of course!). Guests can start a busy day of activities with a tasty Irish breakfast in the restaurant and end it relaxing with a drink in the stylish wine bar. Located on the Fossa Way walking track, 19th Green Guesthouse is ideal for exploring Killarney and the surrounding area. Whether its fishing, cycling, boating or golf that you're interested in, friendly hosts John and Freda Sheehan can help to arrange a variety of excursions and activities.Book Killarney guesthouse 19th Green Guesthouse
Sunnybank Bed and Breakfast enjoys a convenient location right opposite Killarney train station, just moments from all the best shops, restaurants and pubs of the lively town centre. Providing a homely atmosphere and friendly service in an attractive garden setting, the property has a number of light and airy bedrooms, tastefully decorated with en-suite bathrooms, TVs and hairdryers. A traditional Irish breakfast is served in the sunny breakfast room, and free tea and coffee are available in the attractive guest lounge, along with a comprehensive selection of information about Killarney and the Ring of Kerry. WiFi can be accessed throughout the house and on-site parking is available.Book Killarney B&B Sunnybank Bed and Breakfast
Situated just outside Killarney town on the Muckross Road is 4-star guesthouse HarmonyInn Rivermere. Providing top-quality service at an affordable price, the property's 29 recently refurbished guestrooms feature comfortable beds with crisp white cotton sheets and modern en-suite bathrooms equipped with power showers. An extensive breakfast menu is included in the rates and picnic lunches can be prepared on request to take with you as you explore the surrounding area. A wide range of facilities are available at the guesthouse, including WiFi, parking, meeting rooms and a laundry service, and a cosy TV lounge helps to create a homely, sociable atmosphere.Book a Killarney B&B at BedandBreakfastworld.com
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By Eleanor Brown