Killarney National Park

Killarney National park

Here you can find some of our favorite spots to see in the Killarney National park

The park covers a vast area with many accesses point around the Killarney area. Here we will show you the main places worthwhile visiting when you are discovering the Killarney National Park.

Here we will explore some of the highlights and spots you can visit when staying in Killarney.

View of the Killarney national park

Killarney National park

This view is from a walkway across Torc Mountain and offers great views of some of the Killarney National park.

  • Muckross lake is below and the Lower lake in the distance
  • The flowering plant is a Rhododendron which gives plenty of colour through out the National park from late April to mid Summer 
  • To the mid right in the image is Muckross House and gardens.
Muckross Abbey Killarney national park

Muckross Abbey Killarney

Muckross Abbey is one of the best preserved Abbey in Ireland, It is free to visit any time and is just a short walk from the parking areas. It is .5km and 1km from the carparks, 1.5km from the lake Hotel and can be accessed by Bike and Jaunting car (horse and buggy)

  • Yew tree in the center is said to be over 500 years old
  • Build in 448 AD and funded by Donal Og Mac Carthy also known as Dan of the Feathers.
  • Beautiful cloisters in the center of the Abbey not to be missed..


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Ross Castle Killarney

Ross Castle Killarney

Built in beautiful location by the lower lake and is open to the public in season.

  • Old Mining trail wort visiting close by
  • You can take open boat tours to Innisfallen island here.
  • Gap of Dunloe boat tours leave and arrive here depending on which way you do the tour.
Muckross House

Muckross House and Gardens

Possibly the highlight of the Killarney Muckross house and Gardens is well worth a visit.

  • Muckross Boathouse where you can take a boat trip to Dinis cottage
  • Visit the Traditional farms island.
  • Gap of Dunloe boat tours leave and arrive here depending on which way you do the tour.
  • Restaurant and Gift shop next to Muckross house
Torc Waterfall Killarney

Torc Waterfall

Amazing views of the waterfall and just a short walk from the Car park.

  • The Waterfall originates from the Devil’s Punchbowl, a glacial lake on the top of Mangerton mountain. 
  • This was once used to provide water to many homes and hotels in the area.
  • You can follow the steps for some higher vistas and even climb to the top of Torc Mountain for amazing views

Dinis Cottage and the Meeting of the Waters

Dinis cottage is situated beside the Meeting of the Waters, where the three lakes meet. It is a very scenic part of the Killarney National park.

  • Serving food and beverages daily
  • Has some very old etching in the windows of the dining area.
  • Views of the Muckross lake.
  • Boat service back and forth from Muckross house.
  • Outdoor seating
  • Ideal for pedestrians and cyclists to visit.
Copper Mines Killarney

Old Copper Mines Killarney

Killarney is home to an amazing story of mining copper dating back 4,000 years. Today you can enjoy the mining trail which starts at Ross Castle.

  • Pre historic mines and later in the 18th and 19th Centuries
  • Great trail for walking just under 3km
  • you can also cycle the road way to Library point
  • Great Colours in late Spring of Wild Garlic and Bluebells.


Killarney House

Killarney House

Killarney house was once the home of John McShane, famous for building the Pentagon in Washington DC, he was also known as the man who built Washington.

  • Open to the public and free access to the gardens
  • Mr. McShane was also known as the man who saved Killarney, you will have to visit the house to find out why?
  • Accessible by walking, Cycling and wheelchair.