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Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

24 hour pedestrian access
Killarney National Park Cork Road, Killarney

The Basics

Covering around 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Killarney National Park is truly vast. Organized day tours can help ensure you get to see all the best parts of Ireland’s first national park. Choose between short 1- or 2-hour tours by jaunting car (a two-wheeled horse and carriage), guided walks, or boat cruises and kayak tours on the lakes of Killarney. Day tours depart from Killarney and Limerick, and include stops at key park attractions such as the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House, Ross Castle, and the Ladies View scenic lookout. Some full-day tours combine Killarney National Park with the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Mizen Head. Multi-day tours depart from Dublin and incorporate sights in Cork, Kerry, and—during longer tours—the west coast of Ireland.

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Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
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$40.40 per adult
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Beautiful ring of Kerry
Beautiful trip around the Ring of Kerry. Tom the driver was knowledgeable and funny. He pointed out all the interesting spots and history, as well as the spectacular history. Don’t miss it.
Brian_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Killarney

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Killarney National Park Tour
PeterO, Jan 2022
Killarney National Park Tour
Really enjoyed our tour around Killarney National Park. Amazing scenery and plenty of opportunities to hop out and take photos along the way. Our tour guide Damien was sound, very knowledgeable of the area and gave us great information about the place. Highly recommend this tour, great way to shake off the cobwebs!
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Brilliant
Shetal_P, Jul 2021
Killarney National Park Tour
Enjoyed every minute of the jaunting carriage ride. I would definitely do another trip. Carraige had hand sanitizers and was clean.
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beautiful and you just might learn something.
Alan_L, Jul 2021
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
great guide. incredible beauty. very comfortable. Enough time at each stop and very safe social distancing. highly recommend.
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To explore Killarney,...
Anila_K, Oct 2021
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
To explore Killarney, this is one of the best choice. Richard brought us around the park, explained everything in detail. The 2hr walk was woryh and enjoyed the nature's beautiful sceneries.
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Couldn't recommend the...
Martin_C, Oct 2021
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
Couldn't recommend the guided tour with Richard Clancy we had yesterday. Richard was an excellent guide with great enthusiasm and knowledge.Highly recommended.
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Amazing!! DJ is the best...
Antonie_N, Oct 2021
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Cork: Including Killarney National Park
Amazing!! DJ is the best guide. 100% recommend. it was my second trip with paddyvagon and definitely not the last. The price is very affordable and we always see many places from Ireland. I'd just work harder on the amount of time that's usually small. I wish you a lot of participants and a lot of other such trips.
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Very much enjoyable tour!
Ilze_B, Oct 2021
Killarney National Park Tour
This was incredible experience, such a great ride trough Killarney National Park with great guide Damien(sorry if I put his name wrong ) and the main rider Paddy . My mum was very exited. If you visiting Killarney jaunting drive is a must in to do list ! Very recommended!
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Our family enjoyed the...
Molly_O, Dec 2021
Killarney National Park Tour
Our family enjoyed the beautiful tour of the park with Damien and the sweet horse Molly. Damien was very knowledgeable and provided us with history of the area and great recommendations on other sites to see.
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ring of Kerry and Killarney national park
kay_hatton, Sep 2021
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park
bus driver was so nice and was good fun showed us all the places of interest and was willing to stop if anybody wanted to get off the bus pick up point very near and easy to get to good value for money
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Fantastic carriage ride in Killarney
Christa_F, Dec 2021
Killarney National Park Tour
Our guide Damien was wonderful! The park was beautiful and we had such a fun time!! We'll miss Ireland but we'll miss Molly more❤️
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The most entertaining hike ever!
Leslee_V, Oct 2021
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour
It was late September and rainy so I was the only hardy soul that showed up for the hike. James was my knowledgeable hike leader and Richard joined for a bit as well. When we had to take cover under the trees during the rainstorm, they were literally dancing and singing in the rain for a good laugh. Stunningly beautiful scenery and the funniest, most entertaining hike leaders you could ever want. I'll go again next trip!
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Amazing time!
leslielawson, Jul 2021
Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 2 hours.
Amazing tour with Tamara! The stables are fantastic, and they tailored our speed & horses to our skill level which made for a much more enjoyable time. The route is lovely going through the national park, with deer spotting along the way. Helmets & boots were provided, and the horses were saddled for us upon arrival. The staff/team was super nice and helpful. Highly recommend heading here for any skill level!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Killarney National Park is a must-visit for walkers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs.

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rainproof gear, as the weather here can be unpredictable.

  • Day tours typically last between six and 11 hours.

  • Most areas of Muckross House are accessible to wheelchair users. Ross Castle has only limited accessibility.

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How to Get There

From Killarney town center, it is just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the entrance at the north of the park. Sights such as Torc Waterfall and Muckross House are farther from town (about 4.5 miles/7 kilometers), so it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour that offers transportation.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

Summer is the busiest season at the park, yet it is also the mildest and, therefore, best for outdoor activities. Early morning and late afternoon offer quieter visits, while fall and spring bring more opportunities for solitude. Winter can be cold—but starkly beautiful.

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Muckross House

Among the park’s biggest attractions is Muckross House, a 19th-century estate sitting upon the shore of the lake with which it shares its name. Queen Victoria stayed here during a visit to the national park in 1861. Today visitors can explore the impressive mansion’s interior, which is packed with period furnishings, as well as the manicured gardens and on-site farm dwellings that paint a picture of farming life in 1930s and 1940s Ireland.

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