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Killarney

 

 

Killarney ActivitiesWith its three famous lakes and great mountain ranges, Killarney has been the inspiration of poets and painters over many centuries. The Killarney National Park is internationally renowned both for its scenic beauty and scientific interest. Added to the beauty of the three main lakes are many other lakes in the folds of the mountains, numerous picturesque cascades and, rising to the west of the valley, the peaks of MacGillicuddy's Reeks. There are many walks and trails around Killarney ranging from a two hour tourist trail around the town itself to the 215km (135 miles) long distance walking route ("The Kerry Way") from Killarney around the Ring of Kerry.

 

There are many places of interest and of historical importance to visit in Killarney, such as waterfalls, churches and monuments; the town is an excellent centre for shops and cinema and for sporting enthusiasts and much more for the evenings there are singing pubs, banqueting, cabarets, dancing and drama.


 

 

 

Cycling

Bicycle Hire:

 

Killarney National Park, with its lakeside and forest pathways, trails, and roads, is a paradise for bikers. If you haven't brought your own wheels, you can rent whatever you need here, from 21-speed touring bikes to mountain bikes to tandems.

Rates:

 

Per Day:    € 13

Per Week: € 70

Golf

 

Killarney Golf and Fishing Club:

 

 

Golf in KillarneyThe Southwest of Ireland is particularly blessed with an abundance of wonderful courses and the natural Lakeside courses at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club are widely considered the jewels of the region and very deserving of their title - "The Nearest Golf Club to Heaven!"

Nestled amongst the splendor of the famous lakes of Killarney and with the spectacular backdrop of the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Ireland's highest mountain range, lies three unique Championship Courses to challenge you. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is one of the oldest, most established and internationally recognised clubs in Ireland where golf has been played since the 19th Century.

The Club offers three totally unique courses each with a different challenge to the golfer.

 

Mahony’s Point

Mahony's Point the shortest of our three courses at 6,800 yards is a lakeside course with spectacular views including the famous, breathtaking 18th described by Gene Sarazen as “one of the most memorable holes in the world”.

 

Lackabane

 Lackabane, which opened for play in 1999 is a Parkland course providing an excellent golfing challenge with enough water hazards that add both beauty and danger in equal measure.

 

Killeen

 Killeen, the jewel in the crown, re-opened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. That was before the changes in 2006, which will provide an even tougher challenge.

 

Rates:

 

Mahony's Point: €59

Lackabane: €39

Killeen: €69

 

 


 

 

Castlerosse Golf Club:

 

Golf in Killarney CastlerosseDesigned to the highest Standard, Castlerosse Golf Course is set on mature parkland, it commands views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s Lower lake, the McGillycuddy Ireland’s highest mountains, and the magnificent woodland stretching from Killarney Golf and Fishing club along the valley of the Laune River. It has 9 fully irrigated USGA standard greens plus a practice green and provides a worthy test for golfers of all levels. We hope that you will pay us a visit and experience yourself this excellent and exciting 9 hole course.

 

Rates:

 

9 Holes: € 19

18 Holes: €30

 

 


 

 

Ross Golf Club:

 

Golf in Killarney Ross

Ross Golf Club is located along the banks of the great fishing rivers of Killarney and is a championship standard 9 hole parkland course. The golf course is surrounded by a great expanse of seemingly endless woodlands. The restored 15th century Ross Castle is located near to this course. It is ideally located only a half mile away from Killarney Town.
The green fees at Ross Golf Club are very economical meaning that just about anyone with a penchant for golf can play here. The mountains in the background of the course add to the beauty of the splendid vistas available here. If you are visiting Killarney Town, this 9-hole parkland course is definitely worth checking out.

 

 

Rates:

 

9 Holes: €16

18 Holes: €25

Horse Riding

Muckross:

 

Horse Riding in Killarney KerryLocated in adjacent to Killarney National Park we are ideally located for pony trekking. We have horses, cobs & ponies for all ages and capabilities. You can choose to trek for 1,2,3 hours or for half a day. Hard hats and boots are provided..

These stables provide immediate access to treks & trails in Muckross - world renowed for its panoramic views of woodlands, mountains and lakes. See the red deer roaming freely in the Killarney National Park.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person Per Hour: €

 


 

 

Killarney Stables:

 

1, 2 and 3 hour ride outs in Killarneys National Park:

 

Horse Riding in Killarney IrelandAll our groups go into the National Park here in Killarney, which can boast being, the largest and oldest National Park in Ireland.  We ride though the Knockreer Demense, North of Lough Lein, (the largest of the three lakes in Killarney) and take in views of Ross Castle and Ross Island, along with panoramic views of Innisfallen Island & the McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range. The Kenmare Estate and the majestic mountains surrounding Killarney will all be appreciated.

 

All rides are supervised by guides with special care taken of nervous or beginner riders.  We cater for all levels of riding experience (walk, trot and canter depending on each individuals ability), and riders are grouped according to ability.  However, should you wish to arrange a mixed group we can accommodate your request.  Children must be 8 years or older in order to participate.

 

The Stables provides Riding Helmets and Rubber Boots (no extra charge).  Riding Helmets are compulsory and therefore must be worn.  Boots are there should you not have suitable footwear.

 

Rates:

 

Per Person One Hour: € 35

Per Person Two Hour: € 60

Per Person Three Hour: € 85

Kayaking/Canoeing

Kayaking Trips:

 

Lakes of Killarney

 

Kayak KillarneyExplore the Lakes of Killarney by kayak. This trip starts at Ross Castle, visiting Bronze Age copper mines and includes the option to visit the 6th century monastic site on Innisfallen Island.

 


Times: 09-30 – 12.30, 2-5 (Half Day)

Time 09.30- 16.30 (Full Day)

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: Half Day: €50

                   Full Day: €85 

Lake Cruise

Lilly of Killarney Tour:

 

Boat trip KillarneyCruise on Lough Léin in the comfort and safety of a modern covered and heated watercoach. See unrestricted views of the Killarney National Park and listen to live commentary that will entertain and inform you of the history and folklore of the area. Departing from the pier at Ross Castle, this enclosed water bus cruises the lakes for just over an hour.

 

Departure Times are: 10:30am,12:00, 1:45, 3:15

Rates:

 

Per Adult:            € 12

Per Child(U16):   € 6

 


 

MV Pride of the Lakes Tours :

 

Departing from the pier at Ross Castle, this enclosed water bus cruises the lakes for just over an hour.

 

Departure Times are: 11am, 12:30, 2:30, 4, and 5:15pm


Rates:

 

Per Adult:            € 12

Per Child(U16):   € 6

Mountaineering

Carrauntoohill - Irelands highest mountain - 1039m:

 

Killarney hillwalkingClimb Carrauntoohil, Irelands majestic highest mountain (1039m), with spectacular views over the southwest and as far north as Galway Bay. A reasonable level of fitness  is required.

Distance: (depending on route) 12km / 7.5miles

Ascent: up to 1,150m / 3,750ft

 

 

Start: 9.30 Kerry Ocean Lodge, Glenbeigh

        10.15 Tourist Office, Beech Road, Killarney

 

Rates:

 

Per Person: € 75 Minimum of 2 people

Tennis

Hotel Court:

 

Tennis courts are available to book through day membership in conjunction with the hotel. There are Savannah courts which are flood-lit for evening players.

 

Rates:

 

Per Hour:   €

Tours from Killarney

Ring of Kerry:

 

An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks – runs through ts many passes and valleys along the shore of Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay.

There is an unspoilt nature to Ireland's most beautiful region and the Ring of Kerry provides many unforgetable memories as it passes through the many picturesque villages such as Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and returns via Ladies View, the famous Lakes of Killarney and through the Oakwoods of Killarney's magnificent National Park.

 

The tour leaves Main Street Killarney at 10:30 every day during the season and returns at approximately 17:00 hrs.

 

Dingle & Slea Head:

 

Irish Tours The Dingle Peninsula has the most rugged Atlantic coastline in Kerry and is scattered with forts and pre-historic huts such as the Gallarus Oratory. Much of Irish heritage is maintained in this Irish (Gaelic) speaking region including traditional music and art forms. Considered by many to have some of Europe's most spectacular scenery, the peninsula also supports both a rare and unique assortment of flora and fauna.

 

Slea Head is the most westerly point in Europe and standing there, looking towards America, instills a feeling of excitement and empathy with the millions of emigrants who took this route.

There are splendid views around Slea Head, especially of the Blasket Islands and the scattered rocks.

 

Gap of Dunloe:

 

Considering a walking, rambling or hiking tour – look no further as The Gap of Dunloe is 7 miles and takes 90 minutes. There are daily tours to the magnificent Gap of Dunloe leaving from our office in the centre of Killarney.

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage where you can take a jaunting car through the six mile pass (this is at your own risk) – alternatively keen walkers may care to “Walk the Gap” as the Gap offers an ideal opportunity for hiking.

 

Killarney ToursOnce through the gap, boats are waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting Upper, Middle & Lower Lakes to historic Ross Castle where coaches await for the journey back to Killarney.

 

 

 

 

Killarney Highlights:

 

The points of interest visited are: The ruins of Aghadoe, Gap of Dunloe, Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and spectacular views of the famed lakes of Killarney.

 

Lilly of Killarney Tour:

 

Cruise on Lough Léin in the comfort and safety of a modern covered and heated watercoach. See unrestricted views of the Killarney National Park and listen to live commentary that will entertain and inform you of the history and folklore of the area. Departing from the pier at Ross Castle, this enclosed water bus cruises the lakes for just over an hour.

 

Departure Times are: 10:30am,12:00, 1:45, 3:15

 

Rates:

 

Ring of Kerry:                             € 27

Dingle & Slea Head:                    € 27

Gap of Dunloe

Coach – Walk – Boat:                 € 30

Coach – Pony & Trap – Boat:     € 50

Killarney Highlights:                     € 17

Lilly of Killarney – Lake Cruise:   € 12

Walking Trips

Killarney Guided Walks:

 

Guided Walks KillarneyGreat relaxing walks where the emphasis is on fun and relaxation. We meet every morning at 11am for the two hour walk(other times on request). Beautiful scenery, mountains, lakes and woods; some by old landlord houses with lovely gardens. We walk through woodland, parkland, along the lake shore and the river walk. In fact just about wherever you and your feet want to go!!

Visit ancient places like the old copper mines (dating back 4000 years), 6th century monastery ruins on Innisfallen Island or the 15th Century Ross Castle. See where Brother Cudda slept for 200 years, where Queen Victoria visited in 1861 and where President De Gaulle of France stayed in 1969. Also, in the same year, where part of the award winning Ryan's Daughter (starring Robert Mitchum) was filmed.

See our native red deer or the Japanese Sika introduced here in the mid 19th Century. Unusal trees here are the arbutus (Strawberry Tree) fuscia and Monte Rey Pines. You might see the rare Kerry cow on your walk (brought to Ireland by the Celts). In season, you will also see abundant local flora including wild mint, garlic and myrtle.

 

Rates:

 

Per Adult: € 9.00

Per Child: € 5.00