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8 Reasons You'll Fall In Love With Killarney On Your Next Visit

By seank

February 2, 2017 at 5:05pm

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As we emerge from winter and head into glorious spring, our minds are turning to our next adventure in the great outdoors. If that thought is currently going through your head, we have but one word for you: Killarney.

Actually, we'll probably need a few more words than that.

Killarney is the jewel in the crown that is Kerry – in this case, the ring that is Kerry. The southwestern county is world-renowned for its spectacular scenery, but right here in its own country it really doesn't get half the credit it's due. Let's rectify that.

What do I love about thee, Killarney? Let me count the ways. 

1. Glorious hikes

The landscape is just more dramatic here and it's best absorbed slowly during a long, invigorating hike. 

There are an abundance of walking trails to those from in these parts, like on Torc Mountain, Purple Mountain, and Mangerton Mountain.

Hags Glen Killarney

2. Killarney National Park

There's no better place to while away a day. With its sweeping vistas, lakes, and rare plant life, the park is a feast for your eyes.

Killarney Lake

3. Wildlife

Teeming with wildlife, photographers will have a field day trying to capture the local majestic deer at just the right moment.

Luckily enough, they're also ridiculously photogenic.

Killarney Deer

4. World-class hotels and spas

When spending a little time in Killarney, it doesn't hurt that there are plenty of world-class hotels and spas where you can rest your weary heads.

Spend one day exploring the great outdoors and the next being wined, dined and pampered – does that sound like a good time to you?

Thought so.

Couple Spa

5. Torc Waterfall

If you're making the trek to this neck of the woods, it's imperative that you come with a scenery to-do list. Top of that list should be Torc Waterfall.

In this particular instance, it's perfectly acceptable to go chasing waterfalls.

Torc Waterfall

6. Castles

While you're here, retreat a little further from the modern world and step a little closer to Ireland's ancient history. 

Play historian for the day and visit medieval ruins like the Anglo-Norman Parkavonear Castle in Aghadoe and the 15th-century Ross Castle, perched at the edge of Lough Leane.

Ross Castle Right

7. The Ring Of Kerry

Killarney is at the start and finish of this circular coastal route.

Should you choose to follow it, you'll visit Kenmare, Killorglin, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh.

There really is no better way to experience all the natural splendour that the county has to offer.

Ring Of Kerry

8. Innisfallen Island 

A trip to this minuscule island on Lough Leane is one to remember.

With its ruined monastery, roaming deer, and pervasive sense of splendid isolation, this lake isle is the very embodiment of Killarney's enduring charm.

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