A Travel Guide to Killarney, Ireland
With its famous hospitality and beautiful natural landscapes, Ireland is one of the most popular countries worldwide for tourists. Within Ireland, few spots attract visitors quite like the charming town of Killarney, which is located in Kerry. Killarney offers the perfect blend of natural beauty, rich history, a vibrant nightlife, and a variety of attractions and activities. Whether you’re travelling with your family, partner, or friends, there are sights and activities which you’re bound to enjoy together.
Climate and weather
Killarney enjoys a stable, temperate climate where visitors are unlikely to feel freezing cold or unbearably hot. The temperature averages 5-15°C (41-59°F) year-round, however, this can go below 0°C (32°F) in winter months and above 20°C (68°F) during the summer. Visitors to the area should be prepared for rain at any time.
Getting to Killarney
The nearest airport to Killarney is Kerry Airport which is just a 15-minute drive from the town. You can also fly into the international airports of Shannon (1.5-2 hours’ drive) or Dublin (3-4 hours’ drive). The town is well-connected by public transport links. However, the best way to discover the area’s charms is by car.
Things to do in Killarney
1. Outdoor Activities
If it’s an outdoor adventure that you’re looking for, then Killarney is the perfect fit. Killarney and its surrounding areas offer a diverse range of activities including rock climbing, sea sports, golf, paintballing, kayaking, abseiling, cycling, fishing, horse riding or mountain hiking.
2. Explore Killarney Town
Within Killarney itself, there is a wealth of things to see and do. Enjoy the town’s diverse shopping experience and its rich variety of nightlife – whether you want to spend an evening a pub listening to traditional Irish music or bopping along to tunes in the nearby club. Killarney is famed for its fabulous food culture – so don’t miss out on its many eateries.
3. Killarney National Park
A day out at Killarney National Park is a must, with plenty of beautiful scenery and the chance to see Irish wildlife in its natural habitat. The park encompasses many natural sights including lakes, waterfalls, mountains and much more.
4. Explore the History
An ancient spot, there are many historical gems just waiting to be discovered in Killarney. Visit the captivating Innisfallen Island to get a glimpse of what life was like for the early monks in Ireland. Muckross Abbey is another unmissable spot as is Killegy Celtic Cross.
Places to Stay
If you are interested in visiting Killarney and would like some ideas on where to stay during your trip to “The Kingdom”, be sure to check out the Ard na Sidhe Country House Hotel.