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Killarney [1] is one of Ireland's leading tourist destinations because of the abundant scenery nearby in Killarney National Park. It is also situated on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive.

Lower Lake at sunset from behind Ross Castle.

Understand

Killarney town itself is probaby the main tourist centre outside of Dublin. There is probably a hotel bed for every inhabitant. However the scenery begins right on its doorstep. You can see Ireland's highest mountains from the town (weather permitting) and walk straight into beautiful parkland from the town streets. The weather needs to be mentioned. Ireland is rainy and Killarney — in the southwest — is one of the wetter parts of of the country. It is located on the Ring of Kerry, a circuit of various towns and villages in Kerry, which showcases some of the finest scenery in Ireland.

Get in

By plane

There is a small international Airport at Farranfore 10 lm to the north. There are regular flights from London, Frankfurt and Dublin.

By train

Killarney is on the Dublin-Tralee railway. It is about 3 hours from Dublin. The train station is only a few hundred metres from the centre of town.

By car

Killarney is situated approximately two hours from Shannon Airport, one and a half hours drive from Cork Airport and 3 and half hours drive from Dublin Airport. It is possible to rent a car from anyone of these places or to drive directly to Ireland via Ferry from the United Kingdom or Europe.

By bus

The bus station is located next to the train station.

By boat

Get around

By bicycle

Cycling is an ideal way to see the Killarney National Park. There are paved bicycle paths in Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island.

If you do not have a bicycle, there are several places in Killarney where you can rent them.

See

Pigs at Muckross Traditional Farms
Huge flocks of Rooks appear on the town's rooftops at sunset, reminiscent of Hitchcock's "The Birds." In summer, they concentrate down near the cathedral. The Rook population is estimated at 10,000 - more than the number of people living in Killarney! The town's a bit heavy on the tourist pub scene, but pleasant.

Do

Meeting of the water

Venture out to the countryside.

Visit Muckross House and Estates.

Visit Ross Road and Killarney National Park, which is very near to town — approximately 1 mile.

Take a boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney. Boats leave Ross Castle regularly during the summer.

Learn

Work

Killarney always has lots of jobs available in the hospitality industry, especially during the summer months. The free local newspaper The Killarney Advertiser has several pages of job vacancies.

Buy

Eat

  • CRONIN's This small cafe has a friendly, unpretentious setting and gives a particularly hearty welcome to families. There are a good variety of hot and cold options, with something to suit everyone. Salads, soups, sandwiches, and hot entrees are available throughout the day and evening, all for very economical prices. Specials offer daily diversity to the menu. A special child's menu has a number of pleasing standards with generous helpings of chips. Enthusiastic and fast service makes eating at Cronin's a pleasure.
  • Scéal Éile A nice restaurant and café on Main Street. Try to get a window seat if you're dining on the second-floor restaurant. On a sunny day, the window boxes compliment the view as the bustling life goes by. The menu is varied and quite nice, as are the staff.

Drink

There is a wide variety of the pubs and bar in Killarney.

To visit an authentic Irish pub, visit Jimmy Briens pub.

Sleep

  • Killarney Golf Club, [2]
  • Killarney Hotels, [3]
  • Killarney Park Hotel, [4]
  • Killarney Royal Hotel, [5]
  • Sunny Banks B&B, tel (064) 34109. Just across from the Bus station. A nice, clean, and friendly place with en suite bathrooms and TV.

Contact

Stay safe

Killarney is safe. Keep your radar up just as you would in any other urban area, even a little less. In case of trouble call the local police (known as the 'Garda') 064-31222.

Cope

Get out

Ring of Kerry



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