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Day 2-3
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Killarney serves as an excellent gateway to the Ring of Kerry, but you'll want to linger here. The big attraction is its natural beauty; the blue lakes and sandstone mountains have inspired poets and painters for centuries. You can spend your time exploring the three lakes, hiking in the Killarney National Park, or taking it easy by hiring an old-fashioned horse and buggy to take you around. The park also has two historic sites which are well worth a look.

  • Art and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Natural Beauty


  • Explore the three lakes of Killarney which are dotted with islands. The largest is Innisfallen, which you can reach by hiring a rowboat at Ross Castle.
  • Muckross House, located in the national park, has beautiful gardens and showcases the work of Irish artisans.
  • Massive glacial rocks form the Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass which also gives off a strange echoing sound.

Side Trips

  • Ross Castle, just 1 mi/2 km south of Killarney, is a fully restored 14th-century stronghold.
  • Feeling strong? Hire a rowboat at Ross Castle and get yourself to Innisfallen Island, home to romantic ruins.