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Located on the stunning Killarney Lakes and ‘Ring of Kerry’, surrounded by mountains, Killarney has been a favourite with tourists since the 18th century. Today, the town easily blends the old with the new in its many traditional pubs, jaunting cars, modern restaurants, shops and art galleries. The town also has a five screen cinema, Ireland’s National Events & Conference Centre, Killarney Racecourse and Aura Sports & Leisure Centre.
The town of Killarney is at the gateway of the Killarney National Park which boasts acres of stunning scenery, lakes and archaeological remains. Bicycles are available for hire locally and the Killarney Riding Stables offers trekking through the park for all levels of rider from novice to advanced providing a novel and fun means of enjoying this spectacular scenery. The park has a variety of sub tropical plants which are unique to this part of Ireland due to its particularly mild climate caused by its proximity to the Atlantic Gulf Stream. In addition to the National Park, Cool Wood Wildlife Park is a 47 acre complex or wildlife park and sanctuary situated on the outskirts of the town.
The majestic MacGillycuddy Reeks stand to the west of the Killarney Valley and offer some fantastic hikes and cycle trails with well known vantage points such as the Gap of Dunloe. For those who are feeling less energetic, there is a huge choice of coach trips and boat trips around the ‘Ring of Kerry’ and Lakes of Killarney.
There are a number of heritage sites in the area of particular interest including the Victorian Muckross House, Medieval Ross Castle and the ruins of the monastery on Innisfallen.
Muckross Lake, the middle one of the three Killarney Lakes, are well stocked with salmon and brown trout. Boats are available for hire from Muckross House and the best fishing is usually to be had in September.
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is situated on the shores of Lough Lein and is overlooked by the McGillycuddy Reeks. The club is comprised of three championship courses – Mahony’s Point, Lackabane and Killeen. Other golf courses in the immediate area include Castlerosse Golf Course and Ross Golf Club.
Our self catering accommodation in Killarney provides the ideal base from which to explore both the town and spectacular surrounding countryside.
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