Killarney

Killarney, one of Ireland’s best known destinations, has a spectacular location at the foot of Ireland’s highest mountain range, the Magillicuddy Reeks and the shores of the beautiful lake Lough Leane. It has been a favourite tourist destination since the 18th Century when Viscount Kenmare began to attract visitors to his estate. However it gained international recognition in 1861 when Queen Victoria visited and its reputation as a destination of distinction began to take hold.

 

Nowadays Killarney blends tradition with contemporary style while the old Jaunting Cars still carry visitors to the scenic highlights in the old manner. The town itself is a bustling market town with a large selection of craft shops, galleries, restaurants and traditional pubs making the town the perfect place to base yourself while exploring the fantastic landscape nearby.

 

The Killarney National Park which surrounds the town includes the three lakes, Upper Lake, Muckross Lake and Lough Leane. The scenery is rivalled by the archaeological remains dating back to the earliest appearance of humans in the area to the Victorian Muckross House, the ruined monastery from medieval times on Innisfallen island or Ross Castle.

 

The mild climate supports a diverse range of flora with moss and ferns featuring strongly in the woodlands including some of the finest natural oak forest in Ireland.  Rhododendron and azaleas also feature as exotic imports bringing extravagant splashes of colour to the hills and lakeside where native deer may also be seen as well as a wide variety of birdlife. Torc waterfall has been a destination in itself for many generations of visitors but in the winter cascades may be seen tumbling down many mountainsides.

 

Within view of the town of Killarney the dramatic MacGillicuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range, form a backdrop to the park and offer fantastic outdoor opportunities for hikers and climbers. The area also offers ample choice for golfing, fishing, horse-riding, canoeing, cycling and swimming, letting you decide how best to experience the natural highlights of the area.

 

Take a leisurely lake cruise, explore the dramatic glacial valley known as the Gap of Dunloe or enjoy the timeless scene at Ladies View and soon you will understand why this area has been an inspiration to poets, writers, artists and musicians for many centuries. 

 

 

 

 

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