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  • 1. Gap of Dunloe

    Geological Site

    Massive, glacial rocks form the sides of this narrow mountain pass that stretches for 6½ km (4 miles) between MacGillicuddy's Reeks and the...Read More

  • 2. Killarney House

    Garden/Arboretum

    Hidden away behind tall walls in the center of town for many years, Killarney House and its formal gardens are now open to the public as a visitor...Read More

  • 3. Ladies' View

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    This famed viewpoint, with a stunning panorama of the three lakes and the surrounding mountains, is especially glorious on a sunny day but worth...Read More

  • 4. Muckross House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Hero of 1,001 travel posters, the ivy-covered 19th-century Elizabethan-style manor known as Muckross House, 6½ km (4 miles) south of Killarney...Read More

  • 5. Aghadoe

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This is an outstanding place to get a feel for what Killarney is all about: lake and mountain scenery. Stand beside Aghadoe's 12th-century ruined...Read More

  • 6. Innisfallen Island

    Island

    The monastic ruins on Innisfallen Island include a Celtic cross and date from the 6th or 7th century. Between AD 950 and 1350 the Annals of...Read More

  • 7. Kate Kearney's Cottage

    Restaurant–Sight

    At the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe, Kate Kearney's Cottage is a good place to rent a jaunting car or pony. Kate was a famous beauty who sold...Read More

  • 8. Killarney National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    The three Lakes of Killarney and the mountains and woods that surround them make up this beautiful national park. It extends to nearly 25,000...Read More

  • 9. Lord Brandon's Cottage

    Restaurant–Sight

    The Gap of Dunloe's southern end, 7 km (4½ miles) west of Killarney, is marked by Lord Brandon's Cottage, a basic tea shop serving soup and...Read More

  • 10. Muckross Friary

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The monks were driven out of this 15th-century Franciscan friary by Oliver Cromwell's army in 1652, but it's amazingly complete (rare among...Read More

  • 11. Ross Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    A fully restored 15th-century stronghold of the O'Donoghue Ross clan, sited on the lower lake 2 km (1 mile) south of town, this castle was the...Read More

  • 12. Torc Waterfall

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    You reach this roaring cascade by a footpath that begins in the parking lot outside the gates of the Muckross Park, 8 km (5 miles) south of...Read More

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