Spending 24 Hours in Killarney? Here’s Our Guide to a Gorgeous Time!

Killarney lakes with mountains at the backdrop

A lot of people, local and tourists, start planning their Killarney trip about this time.

Some of us want to spend a day in Killarney over the Easter break, some are looking for Killarney things-to-see and must-do-activities for late spring and summer. Whatever your travelling plans are like, it’s good to have all the information you want on hand. And that’s where we come in to help!

First things first. If you are planning to stay for longer, we suggest you sort out your accommodation first. There are plenty of lovely places to stay at in Killarney, but as you would know, it’s always better to book a tad early.

Where to stay

The Great Southern

We have made a mention of this hotel before, and we are recommending it again if you are looking to pamper yourself. It’s very plush and if you’re looking to treat yourself, this will tick all your boxes. Built in 1854, Great Southern Killarney still stands proudly as Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel and is situated on six acres of beautiful gardens right in the heart of Killarney town centre. The hotel is a member of the internationally renowned collection of independent hotels, Preferred Hotels and Resorts and Historic Hotels Worldwide. Check out the photographs of their rooms and their grounds on their website, and you are sure to be wowed.

Find an easy booking link here.

A couple on bicycles at the Great Southern in Killarney

Park Place Apartments

A lot of families want the comfort of renting out an apartment. It makes sense. Certainly so with children and also if you’re travelling with a larger group. You can sort out your laundry, cook a meal or pop a pizza in the oven. It makes for great savings and plus you can have all the comfort and space you need.

If an apartment is more of what you’re looking for, we would certainly recommend that you have a look at Park Place Apartments. They are placed conveniently in Killarney town centre, and these self-catering apartments offer modern kitchens and private laundry facilities. The world-famous Killarney National Park and Lakes of Killarney in Kerry are only 500 m away.

Have a browse, and book here.

Farmyard Lane Glamping

Glamping is huge these days. And why not? It’s such a lovely way to get the best of camping and luxury!

If glamping is on your mind, do check out Farmyard Lane Glamping. Boasting mountain views, Farmyard Lane Glamping provides luxury pod accommodation within an apple orchard on a working farm. There is free private parking and a shared kitchen, and the property is around 5 km from the Gap of Dunloe.

There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen complete with a fridge, an oven and a toaster. Sounds like your kind of a deal?

Curious to know more? Booking link here!

Once you have your accommodation sorted, obviously you will want some tips on things you could do with your family and friends.

Again, happy to help you with that.

Things to do

Killarney National Park tour

A horse and carriage at Killarney National Park Tour

This has to be on the top of your list. Obviously no one goes to Killarney and doesn’t do the Killarney National Park tour.

How about booking a Viator tour that gives you all of the below:

It helps you discover the highlights of Ireland’s oldest national park—and enjoy a one-of-a-kind way to explore—on this private horse and carriage tour. Pick from multiple departure times throughout the day, meet your guide at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney, and hop aboard. During your tour, you’ll see lakes and mountains, will explore routes that are closed to cars, and can even go for a tour of the 15th-century Ross Castle (additional expense). Enjoy a tranquil, personalized way to explore on this private tour Admire lakes, mountains, castles, and more, all in one tour See park highlights most visitors miss when you travel by horse and carriage Pick from multiple start times to suit your sightseeing schedule

Find a booking link here.

Guided Horse Riding Tour at the Killarney National Park

If you like horse riding, this may be the thing for you. Your guide will lead the group following the riding trail into the Knockreer Estate north of Lough Lein, taking in the essence of Killarney National Park. The trail will take you past Lough Lein, the largest of the three lakes in Killarney and across areas of stunning natural beauty.

Expect amazing views of soaring mountains, and rolling hills with a unique ecosystem including numerous species of fauna and flora.

Sounds interesting? Feel free to browse the offer and book here.

From Killarney to Ring of Kerry

Killarney is also a great base to start your Ring of Kerry tour. We found a guided tour which may interest you, but of course, you could also do it on your own via your own car.

We thought a guided tour was amazing because it means you don’t have to be at the wheel, and yet have plenty to see.

A winding route on the Ring of Kerry

What exactly does this tour offer? Here’s the itinerary.

You’ll see breathtaking scenery like Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil, experience Killarney National Park, stroll through the Kerry Bog Village, and more.

The first thing you’ll see when leaving Killarney is the view over the McGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, with the famous Gap of Dunloe clearly visible, slicing into the mountain range.

From there it’s on to the Kerry Bog Village, which offers fascinating insights into how people lived and worked in Ireland in the 18th century.

You’ll stop in Cahersiveen, one of the original towns along the Ring of Kerry. One of its many attractions is the Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church, named for one of Ireland’s most important historical figures, Daniel O’Connell, often referred to as the Liberator.

The next stop is the village of Waterville, where you can enjoy a walk along the seafront while taking in the charming surroundings. Majestic viewing points offer stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is where the coach will stop for free time for lunch and shopping.

Learn the often tragic history of Ireland and hear folklore from qualified local guides.

Return to Killarney through the rugged Moll’s Gap and take in the beauty of Killarney National Park.

If this sounds like your cup of tea, find an easy-peasy booking link right here!

A bite to eat (and drink!)

The Poterhouse – is an Irish family-run restaurant in the heart of Killarney town. You will find plenty of good reviews about this gastropub and restaurant, and we think you should definitely check this out.

Druids Restaurant – serves locally sourced food in the warm surroundings of an old-world atmosphere. Again, we have heard only good things about this restaurant but we would also want to hear from you if you head there.

The Fáilte Hotel – has a lovely bar which is a perfect blend of authentic old Irish pub, with contemporary styles and standards. Definitely a hot favourite with tourists and locals alike.

Does this sort you out for Killarney? If you need more, of course feel free to give us a shout.

(Btw, in case you were looking for more guides, do check out our Wicklow guide too.)


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