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Perhaps you have chosen to leave Killarney out of your travel plans because you think it is just a tourist trap full of tacky souvenirs and jaunting cars. If that is the case, think again. Killarney may welcome more visitors than any other town in Ireland, but this does not mean you will be assailed with neon leprechauns, overpriced accommodation, or unbearable “Oirish” entertainment on your arrival. The real reason why the tourist industry is so advanced in Killarney is that few other places in the world offer such an incredible abundance of things to see and do.
If you spent every waking moment exploring Killarney National Backyard, you would not uncover every wondrous corner of this 26,000-acre wilderness. Even locals are surprised by what they find in this wonderland of mountains, rivers, lakes, bogs, woodlands, and trails. Depending on your fitness levels and ability, you can take a gentle stroll in parkland just minutes from the town centre or tackle a mountain in the company of wild goats and native wild deer with ravens and white-tailed eagles circling overhead. Go pony trekking, boating, fishing, or cycling - and you won’t encounter a single leprechaun, plastic or otherwise.
Horses don’t come to Killarney just to pull jaunting cars or carry people through the Gap of Dunloe: The Killarney Races, run at the racecourse on Ross Road, provide 11 exciting days of racing every year, with an associated programme of great entertainment. Put on a bet, get dolled up up for Ladies Day, bring the kids along to the family-themed events, and meet friends old and new at one of the most beautiful racecourses in the world. Race meetings are scheduled for May, July, and September.
Killarney was the overall winner in the national Tidy Towns competition in 2011, and it has prominently in the national competition since its foundation. After the overall victory in 2011, Killarney was shortlisted for the special “Tourism Town” award in 2012. On the international front, Killarney Town won the International Challenge (Large) category of the 2012 Edition of Communities in Bloom.
No other town in Ireland has such a concentration of sumptuous spas. From the panoramic views at the luxury 5-star Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa Resort and the authentic Thai treatments at the Brehon Resort and Spa, to treatments at the Hotel Europe’s Espa facility designed to reflect the purity of the lakeside setting and the world-beating luxury of the Cloisters at Muckross Park Hotel, there’s a Killarney spa to pamper you.
We can thank Queen Victoria for helping to make Killarney a magnet for visitors. She arrived here in 1861 and stayed at Muckross House for a trip that included Ross Castle, Dinis Island, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey, and a boat trip on the lake.You could take tips from her trip for your own stay in Killarney. (The stag hunt might be a bit tricky, though).
British monarchs are not the only royals who love Killarney, Hollywood royalty feel at home here (literally) too. Actor Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, and Prometheus etc.) spent his childhood in Fossa, about 5km from the town, and returns frequently Ireland’s first talking film, The Dawn, based on a War of Independence story was scripted and filmed in Killarney in 1933.
Take a detour from the well-worn Ring of Kerry, just a few miles outside Killarney, to discover an age-old natural masterpiece. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow pass between the Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy Reeks created by the force of a massive glacier thousands of years ago.Walk through it, cycle it, take a jaunting car ride, or just marvel at its spectacular majesty.
If you are fussy when it comes to where you stay, Killarney is the place for you. No other place in Ireland outside Dublin has a bigger choice of accommodation, from sumptuous self-catering to five-star hotels. In fact, outside of the capital, Killarney has more hotel beds than anywhere else in Ireland. So, whether you’re after budget basics or a heavenly holiday home, you won’t be disappointed.
Whether you’re a fairytale-besotted kid or an adult with delusions of grandeur, everyone loves a castle. Ross Castle, perched right at the edge of the Lower Lake in the national park offers history, views, and even a cannon or two. Built in the 15th century, it was ruled by the O'Donoghue Ross chieftains in the middle ages. Take a guided tour, or just watch the swans float serenely past.
There’s a lot more to entertainment in Killarney than ballad sessions and storytelling for tourists, as you will discover if you visit the INEC. About 2 km outside the town on the road to Kenmare, the INEC is Ireland’s biggest multi-purpose events and conference centre, staging everything from musicals to rock and cabaret to comedy.
1.4km from Killarney
These superb 4 star vacation rentals are located within walking distance of Killarney town centre in beautiful County Kerry. The homes are just a 10-minute walk from Killarney town and are adjacent to the stunning national park. Each of the holiday homes has three spacious bedrooms and can sleep up to 6 people.
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2.5km from Killarney
This is a unique 4-star holiday home development set in the heart of one of the most picturesque regions of County Kerry, on the outskirts of Killarney town. Its location combines the panoramic beauty of the Killarney landscape and the convenience of a host of entertainment and leisure facilities nearby.
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0.9km from Killarney
These Killarney apartments offer both a town and country experience. These one- and two-bedroom apartments offer views of the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range in a tranquil country setting, yet they are just 10 minutes' walk from Killarney town centre. Features include an open-plan kitchen/dining area/lounge with multichannel TV, and a bathroom with shower and WC. Iron, hairdryer and electric blankets are provided, and cots and highchairs can be supplied.
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This one-bedroom apartment is located in scenic countryside within walking distance of Killarney town. The apartment features an open-plan kitchen/dining area/lounge with multichannel TV/DVD, and there is a shower and WC.
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5.3km from Killarney
These tastefully decorated apartments on Aghadoe Hill are just 5 minutes' drive from Killarney Town. Killarney is a very popular tourist destination due to its scenic location.
The holiday rentals are adjacent to all amenities, including golf on Killarney's three magnificent courses, woodland walks, angling, and pony trekking.
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5.4km from Killarney
This tastefully decorated holiday rental enjoys a prime location on Aghadoe Hill, just five minutes' drive from Killarney town centre. Nestled at the foot of the McGillycuddy Reeks, Killarney is an area of spectacular unspoilt beauty. You can spend days here touring Killarney National Park and its three lakes. Offering 3-star accommodation, it has two bedrooms, a large living room with panoramic views of the lakes and mountains and multi-channel TV. Private parking is also available.
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9.3km from Killarney
This delightful detached holiday home is located in a scenic rural area in the award-winning village of Beaufort, just 9km from the tourist town of Killarney in County Kerry. The bungalow enjoys views of the surrounding Kerry mountains and is 300m from pubs, local village, food store, and restaurants. It is a comforatable property with spacious gardens and a playground.
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8.7km from Killarney
Welcome to a cosy guest cottage on a 50-acre working farm in County Kerry, Ireland. You have a choice of two comfortable, fully furnished holiday homes with central heating, TV, patio, barbecue, and well-equipped kitchens featuring dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and microwave.
4.4km from Killarney
Stay at a delightful property near the County Kerry town of Killarney, famous for its breathtaking scenery and friendly ambience. This four-bedroom bungalow has a variety of facilities, such as oil-fired central heating, a microwave, a fridge, a dishwasher, cooking facilities plus free bed linen and towels.
0.6km from Killarney
Enjoy 3-star comfort in this dormer style semi-detached home. Of the four bedrooms, two are ensuite. The house has gardens front and rear, equipped with outdoor furniture.There is private parking in front of the house.
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