Listed as the 8th top tourist destination in the world last year by Trivago, the delightful town of Killarney is a popular base for exploring Kerry.
Why you should go: Killarney is steeped in culture and history, and being adjacent to Ireland’s oldest National Park makes it the perfect destination for outdoor adventurers. The park is home to over 25,000 acres of mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls.
What to do when you’re there: Get your hiking boots on and climb Ireland’s highest mountain – Carrauntoohil makes for a challenging climb at 1038m. The Gap of Dunloe is a must-visit: the narrow mountain pass in County Kerry offers scenic views over western Ireland. Killarney is also home to many historic castles and homes: the 19th century Muckross House lies on the shores of Muckross Lake, the second of Killarney’s three famous lakes.
The best hiking maps: Click here to buy detailed 1:50,000 scale Ordnance Survey Ireland maps for County Kerry.
Where to stay: For fantastic mountain views and a warm welcome, The Lake Hotel is a great place to relax after a busy day.
Where to eat: Kate Kearney's Cottage sits at the Beaufort end of the mountain pass, the Gap of Dunloe. With a local pub feel, this is the perfect place to refuel after a day of adventuring. Live music, fantastic food and Irish hospitality create the perfect atmosphere for an evening of fun.
Interesting fact: Killarney was first made popular after Queen Victoria stayed at Muckross House in 1861.
Top tip: Late spring or early autumn visits will ensure you miss the crowds but still enjoy the warmer weather.