Red Deer in the Killarney National Park
Take a trip into the Killarney National park to see our Native Red Deer herds.
You can see Red Deer in Killarney all year round but for us, the best times are in the late Spring for calving and most spectacular in the Autumn for the Annual “Deer Rut”. The best time to observe the Deer Rut is generally the second week in October each year. If you are patient or lucky you will be able to see great battles between rival Stags and guaranteed to hear the ghost-like sounds around the Lakes of Killarney and the National park.
One of the best ways to get around is by foot for the Mountain Woods, or by Cycling in the low lands of the National park. One of the easiest places is to visit Knochreer estate opposite Saint Mary’s Cathedral at the bottom of New Street. Here there is parking of if you are walking its a short walk if you are cycling even quicker. There is a large herd of Deer always present in this part of the National park.
In the Muckross House area of the National park, there are also quite a few herds of Native Deer to be seen and one herd present most of the time right across from the entrance to Muckross House.
More herds can also be found in fields on the Torc Mountain side of Muckross House along with a few herds on Mangerton Mountain and on the Old Kenmare road behind Torc Mountain.
“Tuan” the King of the Deer a name give to the Stag who wins the “Rut” battles in Castlelough each year, it is an old Irish name given to a Stag the Fianna gave free passage to. Tuan had magical powers and could transform into a Wild Boar and an Eagle.
If you like Photography we would recommend a 200 mm zoom lens minimum and remember its best to keep your distance and not hassle the Deer.