Top 10 Best Walks in Killarney
Derrycunnehy to Lord Brandon's Cottage and back
Amazing Woodland walk through Ireland’s best preserved Oak Wood at Derrycunnehy. Situated 1 km the Killarney side of Ladies View.
As you exit the Oak Woods on a clear day you will have a beautiful views of the Eastern Ridge of the magnificent MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Standing at over 3,000 feet and rising sharply. This is also a great place to spot White Tailed Sea Eagles, Buzzards and a variety of birds.
- Parking available
- Good boots recommended
- The Queen’s Cottage
- Derrycunnehy Falls
- Lunch at Lord Brandon’s Cottage
Cardiac Steps a local favourite
This is ideal in wet weather because you get a break from the elements, however be cautious as it can be slippy in places. A loop walk 4.7 km or full version taking in Torc Waterfall is 8 km, climb the hundreds of steps and walk across the face of Torc Mountain. It is a tough climb up the steps so you will need to be fit enough. On the top you will have some great vistas of the National park, pass a wishing well, see an old Hermit’s hut. You can also visit
- Views of Muckross House, Ross Castle, Middle and Lower Lake, Lake Hotel and Killarney town.
Walk around the Middle Lake
This is a very nice walk with plenty of interesting places to stop. you can park at Muckross House and walk around the lake its 10 km or 6 miles. You can also walk from the Lake Hotel and it makes up 15 km. Cycling this route is also an option, bike rental ……
You can also get a boat from halfway around a Dinis Cottage to Muckross House, they also do return journeys.
- Muckross Abbey
- Secluded beaches
- Colleen Bawn Rock
- Bricin Bridge
- Dinis Cottage Tea rooms
- The Meeting of the Waters
- Torc Waterfall
- Dundag Beach
- Old Boathouse
- Muckross House
Mangerton Mountain and the Devil's Punchbowl
A Mountain it is so decent footwear is required, the first couple of hundred meters it can be a bit soft and wet so be patient after that it starts to improve. When parking please leave space for local residents and emergency service personnel.
The climb is tough enough in the middle part but worth it as you get near the Devil’s Punchbowl it get easier and the views are getting better.
10.8 km ViewRanger Map here
Video of Mangerton in the Snow
Tomies Wood and O'Sullivan's Cascade
This is another you can do in wet weather once you have the right clothing. This walk is quiet nature walk, you may see Deer, Red Squirrels or even a Pine Marten. Take the steps down to O’Sullivan’s Cascade, an amazing place, this can also be accessed from Ross Castle via open boat from a local boat operators.
- Ross Castle
- Innisfallen Island
- Island on the left is the Brown Island, nest site of a pair of White Tailed Sea Eagles