Killarney City Guide

Killarney, Ireland

Killarney has been heavily commercialized and there is little of architectural interest in this city, but its location amidst some of the best lakes, mountains, and woods in Ireland definitely compensates. Cycling is a great way to see the terrain, and because local transportation is sparse, this is a good option for visitors. Around the town, there are three beautiful lakes – Lough Leane, Muckross Lakes, and Upper Lake – that lead to MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountains in Ireland. The entrance to Knockreer Estate, part of the Killarney National Park, is near Killarney’s cathedral. Tall wooded hills form the backdrop to Lough Leane, and the main path through the estate leads to the restored 15th century tower of Ross Castle. Immediately south of Killarney is Muckross Estate, where you can see Muckross House, a beautiful 19th century neo-Elizabethan mansion with beautiful gardens and a working farm. From the estate you can walk the paths along the shores of Muckross Lake to see one of the town’s celebrated spots, Meeting of the Waters, followed by Torc Waterfall. If you walk up the path to Ladies’ View you will be rewarded with a spectacular view of the entire town.