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1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

1. 1-Hour Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Discover the lakes of Killarney on this magnificent 1-hour cruise Cruise on Killarney's largest lake, Lough Léin (the lake of learning) in the comfort and safety of a modern glass-covered boat. Drift through the islands on board the MV The Lily of Killarney watercoach cruiser and relax in the beauty and splendor that surrounds you. You also may be fortunate to see the magnificent Red Deer herds that roam the Killarney valley, and the elusive White Tailed Eagle which resides in the region. Throughout your tour, your captain will share his insight and knowledge of the flora, fauna and history of the area. Recorded tours in French and German are available upon request.

Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

2. Gap of Dunloe: Guided Boat, Jaunting Car, and Bus Tour

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

3. Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage. On arrival, you can arrange to take a jaunting cart ride through the six mile pass. This traditional Irish horse and cart ride will incur an additional cost which can be paid on the day. Alternatively, you can hike the six mile pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Once through the gap, boats will be waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting upper, middle and lower lakes. On-board the boat, enjoy beautiful views of the national park and discover the famous Old Weir Bridge. Travel to the historic Ross Castle where coaches will be waiting to take you back to Killarney. Ross Castle is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center so there is an option of staying at Ross Castle after the boat trip and making your own way back to Killarney. 

Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

4. Kerry: Full-Day Tour from Dublin

This full-day tour from Dublin to Kerry takes you to a mystical and unspoiled region of Ireland that has attracted visitors for hundreds of years. The region boasts some of the finest coastal scenery in Europe. You’ll discover quaint towns and enjoy panoramic views of a landscape that was carved out of rock during the last Ice Age. Detailed Itinerary Adare On the way to Kerry you’ll stop at one of Ireland's most picturesque villages. Adare’s thatched cottages and lovely stone buildings line the village's broad main street. You’ll see medieval monasteries and ruins as well. Killarney National Park This is probably the most beautiful and admired national parks in the world. Admire the stunning views of the Lakes of Killarney and Black Valley at stops in Aghadoe and at Torc Waterfall. Enjoy a stroll by the lakes of Killarney. Town of Killarney Killarney is the best-known town in County Kerry and the gateway to the region. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, it’s easy to see why it has often been voted the best place to visit in Ireland. Take some time to explore the town. Torc Waterfall See this 18-meter-high waterfall that cascades through Friars Glen. Take a walk through the wooded area and enjoy the tranquility. Killorglin You’ll pass through Killorglin, home of the Puck Fair, an ancient Celtic festival where a goat is crowned king of the village. Dating back to 1613, this is one of the oldest festivals in the world. You’ll also see part of the famed Ring of Kerry on this part of the tour. Dingle Bay Enjoy a panoramic drive along the famous Dingle Peninsula. Stop to take in amazing views of Dingle Bay, and enjoy a visit to famed Inch beach, where the wild Atlantic hugs the Celtic shores. Wild Atlantic Way Your drive along Dingle Bay and the Atlantic Coast continues with even more breathtaking views. You’ll also drive along the well-known Wild Atlantic Way, and head to the other side of the Dingle Peninsula, where you’ll have spectacular views of Tralee Bay and the remote landscapes of the Dingle area. Inch Beach Inch Beach, stretching along the Atlantic coast for miles, is one of the most famous beaches in Ireland. Stop for a walk on the sand and admire the views of a site that has appeared in many movies.

From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

5. From Cork: 9-Hour Guided Ring of Kerry and Killarney Tour

Take a 9-hour guided bus tour of the enchanting county of Kerry and admire magnificent scenery from soaring hills to rolling landscapes scattered with traditional stone walls. Enjoy the unsurpassed, rugged coastline and the buzz of the traditional town of Killarney. Board your bus at the meeting point in Cork, then feel Irish rural life from days gone by coming alive at your first stop at the Kerry Bog Village in Glenbeigh. Wander through thatched cottages, visit a traditional farmhouse, and meet the resident Irish wolfhounds. You might even choose to treat yourself to a little something to drink at the Red Fox Inn. From Glenbeigh, travel around the Iveragh Peninsula, along the most beautiful stretch of coastline. The next stops are at Waterville and Coomakista, two of Kerry’s most scenic spots with panoramic views stretching from the mountains to the sea. Look toward the ocean and catch a glimpse of the iconic Skellig Islands, Celtic pyramids reaching out from the sea. These natural monuments were famously featured in the recent Star Wars movie. Make your next stop on the famous Ring of Kerry in Sneem, a picturesque Irish seaside village nestled in the sheltered waters of Kenmare Bay with wonderful choices for a traditional Irish lunch. Choose bacon and cabbage — an Irish staple — or, since you are beside the sea, freshly-caught fish served with chips. Lunch is at your own expense. After the lunch stop, prepare for a drive you will never forget. Verging deep into the MacGillycuddy's Reek mountains and the moody Black Valley, numerous scenic viewpoints can be found along the route: Moll’s Gap mountain pass, Ladies View lookout (a favorite spot of Queen Victoria), and even a Leprechaun crossing. Along the shores of Lough Leane, drive through the woodlands of Ireland’s last native oak trees. Then, arrive in Killarney, often voted the most beautiful town in Ireland. Killarney has so much to offer. Opt to spend your time seeing the surrounding area from a traditional horse and cart or walk the streets soaking up the atmosphere. Finally, hop back on the bus for the return journey to Cork where you will be dropped off at the starting point.

Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

6. Ireland: 5-Day Escape to the Southwest Tour

Discover the scenic splendor of southwest Ireland on a comprehensive 5-day tour of The Burren, the Dingle Peninsula, and the fabled Ring of Kerry. Stop at historic castles and monasteries, and wander the colorful fishing villages to sample fresh seafood. Enjoy dramatic views from the Cliffs of Moher, and stroll along the vast stretch of Inch Beach watching the local surfers. Transportation is by small minicoach, with accommodation in quaint bed and breakfast guesthouses for a more intimate experience. Day 1: Depart Dublin and head west through the farmland and peat bogs of Kildare and Offally counties. Stop at Locke’s Distillery, reputedly the oldest legal distillery in the world. Sample the local whiskey to experience the true spirit of Ireland. Continue west to the mighty Shannon River, and vist the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. Admire its collection of churches, stone crosses, and round towers. After an afternoon stop in a traditional pub in one of the attractive villages, travel to Galway City to check into your base for the night. This lively student town has no shortage of good pubs and restaurants to enjoy in the evening. Day 2: From Galway City it’s only a short drive along the coast to The Burren, one of Ireland’s great natural treasures. Marvel at the limestone pavements, barren hills, and rare flora. See Christian settlements and ancient stone monuments. You will spend most of the morning exploring this unique area, stopping in Kilfenora for lunch. Known as the “Town of the Crosses,” there will also be time to visit the old cathedral before driving to the Cliffs of Moher. Marvel at this natural beauty, where the cliffs drop almost 700 feet into crashing Atlantic Ocean waves. Take a walk along one of the cliff top trails, and watch the seabirds at work. Alternatively, visit the award-winning environmental exhibition to learn about the region’s ecology. Then, travel south through County Clare, passing the famous golf course and beach at Lahinch to catch the ferry across the Shannon Estuary and into County Kerry. Go to the beautiful lakeside town of Killarney, your base for the next 3 nights. The pubs here are great for food and most have live music in the evenings. Day 3 Today, you will explore the Dingle Peninsula, one of the most scenic parts of Ireland. Your first stop in this heartland of Gaelic culture will be Inch Beach, a vast expanse of sand facing the Atlantic Ocean popular with surfers. From here, increasingly narrow roads lead onto the peninsula itself, through the town of Dingle and out to Slea Head. This is an area of ancient forts and dwellings that date back thousands of years. Visit some of the best examples along the way. Enjoy views of the Blasket Islands as they rise dramatically from the sea. Marvel at the mountains of the famous Ring of Kerry to your south. Weather permitting, time will be allotted for a walk on the beach or along the cliff tops. Learn why the area is important in Gaelic literature. Then, head back to Dingle town with its brightly colored buildings and busy harbor. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, before returning to Killarney. If the weather is good you could enjoy an evening walk in Killarney National Park, just on the edge of town. Day 4: Today, you will take one of the world’s classic routes, the 100-mile Ring of Kerry. Depart Killarney and enjoy the views to Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. Join the coast road through Glenbeigh and Kells to Cahersiveen. Possible stops along the way include Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace, and the ring fort of Cahersiveen. Go to the little fishing village of Portmagee for a lunch of local seafood. Alternatively, cross to the island of Valencia and visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the small community of monks who once lived on the nearby rock island of Skellig Michael. In the afternoon, stop in picturesque Waterville, a favourite holiday destination for Charlie Chaplin. Stop again at the top of the Coonmakista Pass for one of the best views in Ireland. From here, the road drops down to sea level, where you will visit Derrynane House, the family home of Daniel O’Connell. You can stroll in the gardens and down to the beach, as well as look inside the house itself. Continue around the Ring, stopping at Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. There will also be time for a short walk to the Torc Waterfall before returning to Killarney. Day 5: The final day of your tour heads east through the mountains of West Cork and the market town of Macroom. Then, drive along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Visit the castle and take one of the woodland walks to the mystical Rock Close. Explore the village of Blarney, stopping for lunch and a bit of shopping. There may even be time to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, although in peak season it can be very busy. In the afternoon, head to the Rock of Cashel to see the medieval monastery complex high above the town. Finally, go to Kilkenny, a bustling city with a fine castle and park, as well as some lovely riverside walks. Visit the National Craft Centre, or just hang out in one of the pubs for a last Guinness. Hit the road again for the final leg of your journey, arriving back in Dublin at approximately 19:30.

From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

7. From Dublin: 3-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry & the Cliffs of Moher

Day 1 Check in Dublin Heuston (Customer Service Desk) for 07:00 departure of InterCity train (breakfast available) to Cork. Transfer by road to Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone. After time for lunch and shopping and a flavor of Cork City, visit Cobh Heritage Centre, home of the "Queenstown Story," where the Titanic made its last port of call, and from where 3 million Irish people emigrated. Depart Cobh by train to Killarney, where you will be taken to your bed & breakfast accommodation, with en-suite facilities. There are numerous restaurants in Killarney, as well as traditional pubs-many with live traditional Irish music. Day 2 Embark on the famous Ring of Kerry tour, which is a largely coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, with lots of stunning mountain and coastal scenery, including the famous Lakes of Killarney. After the day's touring, the evening is free in Killarney. Day 3 Leave Killarney for Limerick, to join the Cliffs of Moher tour. Take a short city tour of Limerick, and then visit Bunratty Castle, before lunch at a traditional pub at Doolin. You will have plenty of time to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, before taking the coastal route around Galway Bay, with stops for photos. Return to Dublin by InterCity train, arriving at 20:45. * Prices are per person sharing Single Room Supplement applies

Killarney: Town Highlights & Traditional Jaunting Car Tour

8. Killarney: Town Highlights & Traditional Jaunting Car Tour

Enjoy a comprehensive, fully guided walking tour including a visit to Killarney national park and lake. See and hear about the area's past and present and enjoy many stories about colorful local characters along the way. Get a feel for the local people as well as incredible insights into Irish life and culture. Your professional, local English-speaking guide will take you on an extraordinary tour through the main streets of Killarney town. Continue on towards the Gothic masterpiece of St Mary's Church of Ireland to enter its wonderful interior as well as see the church's garden. Next, ride in a traditional horse-driven jaunting car to view the breath-taking Lakes of Killarney and the world-renowned scenery of the Killarney National Park. Your time in the Park will include a stop to take a photo of Ross Castle, a 15th century tower house and keep on the edge of Lough Leane. It is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan, later associated with the Brownes of Killarney. Your driver guide will share facts and anecdotes about this famous Castle. Be prepared to be stunned with the most extraordinary landscape while taking in the breathtaking views of the nearby lake.

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What people are saying about Killarney

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 38 reviews

This was a great experience start to finish! The pony & trap ride through the gap was breathtaking. Lunch at the Cafe was tasty, and they had the cutest little resident Frenchie . (Note: the cafe is cash only.) The boat ride across the lakes was really fun and filled with stories, history, and jokes from our driver. We had the best time!

Fantastic experience, Shane was exceptional on his knowledge of the area and he made it a very fun and enjoyable experience for us. The Lake and River Tour was equally as brilliant. You can tell all the guides have a real passion for what they do. I would highly recommend this tour. A++

We highly recommend this activity. It is not strenuous but you may be required to walk for a few minutes during part of the uphill portions during the jaunting cart ride. It was a fun day and our cart driver and boat driver were quite persons and witty.

Lovely, peaceful boat ride across the lakes. Knowledgeable guide who told us lots of local history. The pony and trap was lots of fun. Great trip!!

Great tour, first by a jaunting car, then by boat. Wonderful scenery. The boat man had a great sense of humor and a very cute dog.