9 Amazing Activities to do When You Visit Killarney

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Killarney is an absolutely stunning town located in County Kerry in the south west of Ireland and it offers so much when it comes to outdoors adventure, activities, ancient history, whiskey tasting, shopping and culture.

But unless you’ve already read your way through several Lonely Planet guides or crawled through the online reviews, you might not even have heard of this beautiful part of Ireland.

So I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Wild n Happy tours and Killarney Guide app to show you why you really have to head to Killarney on your trip to Ireland and what you can do when you come here. Read on and I’ll share all.

#1. Kayak on the Lakes of Killarney

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Unleash your adventurous side by climbing into a kayak and exploring the gorgeous lake with an experienced guide. You’ll learn everything you need to about kayaking and have a chance to see Killarney from a whole new angle, including those hidden islands and inlets, eagles, ruins and much more. Find out more here.

#2: Taste the finest in Irish whiskey

Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur or you just like the occasional whiskey and coke, you’ll find it well worth visit the Celtic Whiskey Experience in Kilkenny. The place is wonderfully interactive and you’ll learn everything you want to (and a whole lot more than you didn’t even realise you wanted to!) about the history of Irish whiskey, what happens during the distillation process and you’ll even get to taste a selection. They offer courses, masterclasses and private events. Be sure to check their website for more info.

#3: Climb Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil

Carrauntoohil is a mountain whose name is hard to pronounce and whose peak is challenging to reach. Whilst it’s not massive (1038 metres/ 3406 feet), it’s certainly a wonderful place to explore in Ireland. Along the way you’ll enjoy breath-taking views of the glacial-formed lakes and rivers, mountain ridges and other highlights of the Kerry countryside. Make it to the top and you’ll see a large cross in memory of the climbers who didn’t make it, you can shelter from the wind and enjoy a cuppa and you might even see the sea. Find out about guided tours here.

#4: Take a guided cycling tour of Killarney National Park

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Cycling fans listen up! Make sure you get yourself to Killarney National Park when you visit the area. Most of the tracks are very flat or gently sloped and the scenery that unfolds around you is beyond words. You can take a guided cycling tour with our friends at Wild n Happy tours or if you’re feeling brave, you can hire a bike and explore by yourself.

#5: Visit Torc Waterfall

Torc waterfall lies at the base of Torc mountain and whilst it’s not the biggest in the world (approx 20-25 metres/ 70- 80 feet high), it’s definitely one of the most special. As you walk the path through moss covered trees and plant, you feel as if you’ve taken a step back in time and are finally touching the real Ireland. You can even climb the steps next to the waterfall and treat yourself to a stunning view across the local landscape. But a word of warning- this place can get a little congested during the summer… Read more here.

#6: Go souvenir shopping

One of the best parts of any trip is seeing the look on your loved one’s faces when you take them some very special souvenirs. So why not pop over to Christy’s in Killarney town to find some absolute gems. There’s Irish handmade gifts, jewellery, wool clothing, stuffed lambs and leprechauns and much more on offer. And it’s pretty affordable too.

#7: See how proper craft beer is made

Love craft beer? Then make sure you arrange a tour with the Killarney Brewing Company. This small independent company is proud to create beer free from additives and preservative use only the finest ingredients in their beer which tastes amazing! The atmosphere is also great, the staff are friendly and it’s all low-key and homely. Brilliant!

#8: Visit The Gap of Dunloe

If you’re looking for wild Irish countryside, you’ll definitely want to pay a visit to the Gap of Dunlow. It’s a narrow mountain pass formed by glacial flows and features five beautiful lakes; Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough. Stretching 11km from north to south, you can make a day of it, enjoy the adventure and the sense of freedom and even take a tour on a horse and cart if you want. Find out more here.

#9: Don’t miss The Ring of Kerry

No trip to Killarney would be complete without paying a visit to the famous Ring of Kerry route. This 111 mile (179 km) loop is one of the most unspoilt regions of Ireland and boasts history, stunning beaches and incredible outdoors pursuits too. It’s no wonder that it’s so popular with visitors. It’s best to drive, but you can also take a tour bus to see the Ring of Kerry in its full glory!

As I’m sure you’ll agree Killarney is a town that is well worth visiting on your trip of Ireland. If you want more recommendations like this, or you want to book your place on a tour, please download the Killarney Town Guide ( Android / iTunes ) and visit the Wild’n’Happy tours website.


Where to stay

Neptune’s Town Hostel, Killarney

Killarney Railway, Killarney