Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

Top 10 Free Attractions in Killarney

There are many free attractions available in Killarney for visitors to enjoy here are our top 10.

1. Muckross Abbey

Situated in the National park, 1.5 Km from the Lake Hotel, 1 km from the first gate to the National park on the left after you pass the Lake Hotel on the Muckross road.

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey Killarney

2. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is situated in the Killarney National Park 6 km from the Town centre and situated on the Ring of Kerry road. It is close enough to the Lakes of Killarney yet hidden in a beautiful wooded area under Torc Mountain.

Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall

3. Muckross Gardens

Muckross Gardens has many interesting paths that lead you around to places of great beauty, a little beyond and you can explore Muckross abbey of even Torc waterfall. Parking at Muckross House might be your best option if you like walking, you get the gardens, Old Boathouse walks Dundag beach and Arthur Young’s nature trail.

Muckross gardens

Muckross Gardens

4. The Meeting of the Waters

8 km from Killarney on the N 71 Ring of Kerry road from Kenmare there is a car park, here its just over 1.2 km to the Meeting of the Waters, it is situated close to Dinis Cottage.

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

Old Weir Bridge Killarney

5. Ross Island & the Old Copper Mines

Dating back nearly 4,000 years Copper was being mined in Killarney on Ross Island, thankfully it can be accessed over a bridge via a pathway that will lead you to such places as the Mining Trail, Governors Rock and Library point.

Ross Island & the copper mines

Ross Island & the Copper Mines

6. Walk the Gap of Dunloe

Starting at Kate Kearney’s Cottage you can walk the Gap of Dunloe, it is a magnificent glacial valley and you can walk in as far as you like. There is day tours available more information ….

Gap of Dunloe

Gap of Dunloe

7. Saint Mary’s Cathedral

8. Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney

Fishing on the Lakes of Killarney is free for Trout fishing, we recommend a pair of waders to get the maximum benefits and ask a local where it is safe to use them as the lake can get deep in many areas quickly.

9. Walk though Derrycunnihy Oak Wood

10. Killarney playground

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Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Ring of Kerry Private Guided Tours

Private Guided Tours of the Ring of Kerry

 

Would you like your own personal guide for the Ring of Kerry, we can recommend locally qualified and trained drivers with the expertise and knowledge that will make your experience a magical one. Take the worry of driving and let a local expert do the driving along with sharing the rich history the Ring of Kerry has to offer.

Along with the Ring of Kerry, we also recommend the “Skellig Ring” it’s part of the Wild Atlantic Way, rich in History and second to none when it comes to scenery.

Here are just some of the advantages of having your own personal guide drive you in Ireland :

  • Pressure-free travelling someone else doing the driving.
  • You’re the boss you pick your travel times and what interests you.
  • Stop where you like on the Ring of Kerry.
  • Get good local history and interesting stories when required.
  • Go where Tour Buses cant.
  • Eat-in uniquely Irish restaurants and Bars, those unique special places where your custom is much appreciated.
  • Visit our secret places not accessible by coach tours and sometimes unknown to other visitors.
Standing Stone Row Watervilley

Standing Stones Ring of Kerry

If you are getting a Private Guide on the Ring of Kerry here are some recommendations you may ask your driver about :

# Stone Forts at Cahersiveen, # Valentia car ferry,  # Cromwell point Lighthouse, # Valentia Slate Quarry, # Ireland’s most remote Pub “next pint New York”, # Saint Brendan’s Well, # Bray Head walk, # Skellig Experience, # Portmagee, # The Kerry Cliffs, # Skellig Chocolate Factory, # McCarthy’s Castle, # Fisherman’s Bar Waterville, # Eightercua standing Stones, # Derrynane House and Fairy Huts ( Kid’s favorite), # Moll’s Gap,  # Devil’s Punchbowl bar and the McCarthy Mór Castle at the Lake Hotel.

Other popular day tours are the Dingle Peninsula, Beara Peninsula, Killarney and its National parks, the Wild Atlantic Way and the Cliffs of Moher.

Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

Contact us for further information at catherine@lakehotel.com    or     ashley@lakehotel.com

Derrynane National park

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Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park

Cycling in Killarney National Park you can rent Bikes locally in the Town or at Flesk Caravan & Camping Park on the Muckross road near the Killarney National Park. Dave Sheehan’s bike rental is in an ideal location to access the Safe Jaunting Car / Walkway / Cycle path leading into the National Park. You can also rent bikes in Killarney from O’Sullivan Cycles and Lynes on the Muckross road.

There are many Cycling Trails in Killarney here are some great ones :

1. Cycle Muckross and Dinis Cottage

Cycling in Killarney

Cycling in Killarney

Its more or less flat, its 10 miles / 16 km and very scenic. You will pass the Magnificent Abbey that is Muckross Abbey (1448.AD), The Colleen Bawn Rock, Old Copper Mines, Brickeen Bridge, Dinis Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters. You can walk over the Old Weir Bridge its very scenic, Arbutus the Strawberry Tree grows here in abundance, when ripe it’s red otherwise you will find Yellow berries. So its back on the bikes and you will arrive at the Main road with cars and buses so be careful about 500 meters before you arrive at Torc Waterfall. After visiting Torc Waterfall you can pass the toilets and go under the little tunnel under the road and you are back in the Park with no cars or buses.

After 500 meters on the left is Dundag Beach a freshwater beach popular with locals in hot weather, next on the left is the Muckross Boathouse before you arrive at Muckross House & Gardens. After that, you are going to pass Muckross Abbey once again on the way back to the Muckross road Cycle path.

2. The Gap of Dunloe

Cycling the Gap of Dunloe

Cycling in the Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe, starts at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, heading up the gap to the Head of the Gap, on to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, hop on a Boat with Bike travel 22 KM’s to Ross Castle. or alternatively go to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House by road.

This magnificent Trip can be Booked locally at your Accommodation in Killarney.

3. Cycle to Ross Castle and the Old Copper Mines

Starting at Saint Mary’s Cathedral enter the National park through the big gates across the road, there is a beautiful Thatched Cottage called Deenagh lodge which is a tea room and serves refreshments, Pass the front door and straight down the hill until you meet a small bridge, turn right and stay on the roadway until you eventually meet another turn go right and follow the signs for Ross Castle.

At Ross Castle, you can visit the Castle, take Boat trips on the Lakes, Visit Innisfallen Island, even hire your own boat to row around the Bay of Ross. If you cycle past the Castle you will arrive at the Old Copper Mines, look out for the green water in an old mine shaft. Governors Rock and Library Point are worth a visit the pathway becomes a dirt path so care is advised. If you are lucky enough to be here in Springtime you will see an abundance of Wild Garlic and Bluebells all over Ross Island.

Cycling in Killarney

More information on Cycling in Killarney

After a great day cycling in the National park its time to relax and enjoy a relaxing meal in the Lakeside bistro overlooking a 12th Century Castle and the Lakes of Killarney. www.lakehotel.com

Free Maps of Killarney available to customers of the Lake Hotel, Why not drop in and try a “Martin Huggard” Craft Beer in our Lakeside garden and get your free Map of Killarney and on the reverse the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula with self-guided tours 😉

Craft Beer in Killarney

Craft Beer in Killarney

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Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

Killarney Web Cam

 

Killarney Web cam watch out for the wildlife regularly seen with the beautiful backdrop of the Lakes of Killarney.

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From this web cam you are looking out at the Lakes of Killarney, a 12th Century Castle, Mountains and on occasion you will see the Irish native Red Deer graze on the lawns. Our Web Cam can also be viewed at night to see our Castle under lights.
Enjoy !

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Killarney Restaurants

Killarney Restaurants

 Killarney Restaurants Lakeside Bistro

These Lakeside Killarney Restaurants are overlooking a 12th Century Castle, the Lakes of Killarney surrounded by Mountains and yet only 2 km from Killarney Town Centre. Situated in the Lake Hotel Killarney nestled in the most beautiful part of Ireland if your looking for Killarney Restaurants and a great place to eat there are two Killarney Restaurants that actually overlook the Lakes of Killarney.

Enjoy True Irish hospitality on the lakes of Killarney the Lakeside Bistro has been run by the Huggard Family for 75 years serving locals and Visitors alike. In 2015 we are introducing a Craft Beer first brewed in 1912 AD using the same traditional recipes used back in the day, we are also adding Museum type articles in the public rooms for visitors to enjoy and experience some real Irish Hospitality.

Visitor and non-residents are welcome to enjoy our unique Lakeside Location

  • Kids Menu
  • Vegetarian Menu
  • Vegan options, Gluten-free options
  • Family run, friendly staff
  • Walks on the ground
  • Wildlife can be seen from the restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Craft Beer

Lakeside Bistro 

Killarney Restaurants Lakeside

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Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Shopping in Killarney

Lynes of Killarney

Shopping in Killarney High Street

Shopping in Killarney High Street

There are many great shops in Killarney, we like Lynes of Killarney Children’s wear store, stockists of

Come and Shop with us in Killarney and check out the following brands, Timberland, Monnalisa, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Mayoral, DKNY, Hugo Boss, Billie Blush,  NZA, Scotch & Soda, Catimini, Steiff.

We are situated at 69 High Street Killarney on the left-hand side.

Killarney Stores

Killarney Stores

If you are shopping in Killarney why not drop in to see us,
we are a Family Run Store
and offer our customers top quality household goods and Children’s Clothes

Call us at +353 (0)64 6631146

Email: veronica@lynesofkillarney.com

www.lynesofkillarney.com

Christmas in Killarney

Christmas in Killarney

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Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving the Highlands of Kerry

Driving Highlands of Kerry

There are quite a few highland drives in the Kingdom of Kerry with magnificent scenery, here we take a look at the following :

Coomakista Pass

Views of Ballinskelligs Bay, Eightercua Stone row, Derrynane and Ireland’s version of “Christ the Redeemer”.

Ring of Kerry
Ring of Kerry


Coomanaspic Pass

Ireland’s Highest pass, Portmagee to Saint Finian’s bay and the Skellig Chocolate factory & Saint Finian’s Well.

Ballaghisheen Pass

Ballagh Oisin or Oisin’s pass and the road to Tír na nÓg the “Land of the Youth”. From Glencar to Waterville in the Heart of Kerry

Ballaghbeama Pass

High in the Kingdom of Kerry from Glencar to Molls Gap.

Ballaghbeama Pass Kerry

Conor Pass

Another stunning Mountain Pass in Kerry, waterfalls and corrie Lakes, Brandon bay to Dingle Town.

Conor Pass Dingle, County Kerry

Caherconree Pass

Caherconree : Cú Roí’s stone fort high up on the Peak, this road is a steep mountain road from Camp.

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Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Family Run Hotels Ireland

Over 100 years of Irish Hotels History!

There are still many Family Run Hotels in Ireland this is our story, Ashford Castle, Ballynahinch Castle, the Lake Hotel, Royal Valentia, Southern Hotel Caragh Lake, Butler Arms & Bayview hotels in Waterville were all once run by the Huggard family of Waterville County Kerry and was to become Ireland’s first hotel chain. (The image above is of Shivaun, Billy, Niall, Mary, Joe, Martin, Tony and Colman missing from the image Steven the youngest)

Today you can enjoy our existing family Run hotels in Killarney & Waterville still offering True Irish hospitality. The marvellous family tradition in the hotel trade is being maintained and further developed in County Kerry at the award-winning Lake Hotel in Killarney and the popular Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville which are now owned and run by third and fourth generations of Huggard’s.

History killarney hotels

History of Irish Hotels

The secret to success that has served the family so well down through the generations is the emphasis placed on quality, attention to detail, first-rate customer service, a warm welcome and a determination that all visitors to hotels run by the Huggard family become friends as well as guests.

The proud history of the family’s involvement in Ireland’s hospitality trade dates back 100 years when Martin Huggard, an enterprising farmer and fisherman, and his wife Mary Doyle, operated the 28-bedroom Bay View Hotel, overlooking the sea at Waterville, Co Kerry. They were blessed with seven children, Noel, Maud, Hilda, Billy, Cecily, Brendan and Patricia, many of whom went on to leave a hugely positive imprint on Irish tourism in general and on the hotel industry in particular.

Martin and Mary acquired the 60-bedroom Butler Arms Hotel in Waterville in 1917 and, as the years progressed, the Huggard hotel empire grew with the purchase of Caragh Lake Hotel near Killorglin, the Royal Hotel on Valentia Island, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel in Connemara and the landmark Ashford Castle, also in Connemara.

n 1940 the family purchased the flagship Lake Hotel, on the shores of the world famous Lakes of Killarney, which dates back to 1820 and boasts a spectacular, unrivalled location with all-encompassing views of Killarney’s world famous scenery. Hilda Huggard was actively involved in the daily running of the hotel from the day of purchase until her passing at the age of 84 in 2001.

The Lake Hotel, which has been carefully developed to become one of the finest establishments in the country, is now personally run by Tony, Colman, Niall and Joe Huggard, and it has enjoyed remarkable success, including the receipt of several national quality awards for cuisine, quality, service and hospitality.

More on Irish family run Hotels in Ireland

 Huggard History of their Family run Hotels in Ireland

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Torc Waterfall Killarney

Torc Waterfall Killarney

Torc Waterfall Killarney

A visit to Torc Waterfall is well worthwhile while visiting Killarney, it is 4.5km from Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare. Other interests in the area include the following :

The Lake Hotel

Muckross Abbey (free)

Muckross House (Gardens free)

Torc Mountain (free)

Muckross Traditional Farms

Dinis Cottage Tea Rooms

Torc Waterfall in viewed on a pathway that had many walking options you can enjoy, there are three main walking routes that can me has taken here, they are mostly well tree-lined so are ideal in wet weather, you can also climb the top of Torc Mountain where you can get an amazing view of Killarney National park. From the carpark, it’s about a 300 m walk to see the waterfall in its most spectacular form, an ideal place to take images or movies on your camera.

You can Drive to Torc Waterfall, Cycle or Walk, you can even get a Jaunting Car (horse and carriage) or the new Red Bus which stops at the Waterfall and is available from Killarney.

We recommend walking and cycling that way you get to see more of the National Park and can easily stop at the Abbey, House and gardens in Muckross.

Points of Interest :

Torc Waterfall originates from the “Devil’s Punchbowl” a Glacial lake on the top of Mangerton Mountain, it once supplied water to the town of Killarney. It flows into the Middle Lake and then on into the Lower Lake before entering the Laune River and then entering the Atlantic Ocean.

View from Torc Mountain

View from Torc Mountain

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