The countdown’s on until we head to Killarney in Ireland for the TBEX Europe event in October.
With that in mind, what could be more fitting than an article on what the Irish gem of a city can offer its visitors. Needless to say, there’s plenty of travel inspiration waiting to be found, and we’re happy to be the ones to tell you about them!
Killarney’s a town in the south west of Ireland in County Kerry. The nearest airport is Kerry International Airport, and renting some form of transportation is advised to see the very green town. The town’s heritage, history and stunning nature makes it very popular with tourists.
Ring of Kerry scenic tour
To get the most out of your time in Killarney, the Ring of Kerry scenic tour’s a good place to start. The drive around the winding roads of the area will take you past castles, museums and plenty of stunning — and empty — beaches.
Muckross House gardens and farm
Muckross House is a 19th century Victorian mansion, and takes around 16 minutes by car from Killarney town center. The lakeside setting’s in Killarney National Park, which is surrounded by overflowing gardens and parkland.
Muckross House’s most famous guest was Queen Victoria, who stayed there in 1861. Visitors are encouraged to do a tour of the house, and visit the gardens in a traditional jaunting car (pony and trap).
While here, it’s essential to also visit the traditional farms. You’ll get to see the workings of rural Irish life during the 1930s and 1940s, when there was no running water, and electricity wasn't yet available nationwide. There are 3 working farms, along with a Carpenter's Workshop, Labourer's Cottage, and Blacksmith's Forge.
From Muckross House, it’s very easy, and quick, to reach Ross Castle. The O'Donoghue clan built the castle in the 15th century, which then came under the possession of the Earls of Kenmare, who owned a large part of the lands that includes Killarney National Park.
The castle consists of a tower house surrounded by walls with more round towers.
Killarney National park and lakes
A short walk from Ross Castle is the Killarney National Park and Lakes. The castle and its environs all form part of this national heritage site. Guests can explore the parks via the small winding roads and cycle tracks. That said, walking and cycling are the best ways to see the park.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll be sure to see spectacular views of Killarney’s beautiful scenery. Don’t forget to grab a map from any of the park’s information centres to get the most out of your visit.
Founded in 640 by St Finian the Leper, the Abbey on Innisfallen became synonymous with being one of Europe’s greatest schools of learning.
The island’s situated on the lakes of Killarney, and visitors can reach the island by boat (available on request) from Ross Castle.
Take a hike up Torc Mountain
You can literally take a hike in Killarney — that is all the way to the top of Torc Mountain! There’s a great walking trail for hikers to climb to the summit.
As you might expect, the views at the top are breathtaking and well worth the effort it took to get up there! There are several points at which you can start the hike: Torc Waterfall for the more adventurous, or an easier option at the Upper Car park on the Queens drive. You can find this on the next left after the entrance to Muckross House.
See the Stone circles
Visitors can see the Stone circles between two lakes called Inchiquin and Cloonee.
The main stone is over 3 meters high, and with the background of the lakes, is a photographer’s dream photo!
Go the beach
There are so many beaches that visitors can access from Killarney, and if you get the chance to see any, go! The most popular ones tend to be Rossbeigh in Glenbeigh, Inch Beach in Kells, and Banna Strand in Tralee Bay.
County Kerry also has many quiet beaches in remote parts of the region that are worth seeing. Probably better for having a picnic and enjoying the views than swimming (there are no lifeguards and strong currents) it constitutes the perfect day trip.
Check out Derrynane Beach, Saint Finian’s Bay on the Ring of Kerry, or Clogher strand on the Dingle Peninsula.