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  • Address: Killarney, Ireland
  • Hours: 24 hour pedestrian access
  • Admission: Free

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Killarney National Park Tours

Killarney National Park, with idyllic lakes and ancient woodlands backed by the serrated MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, is an area of stunning natural beauty. The park is also historically significant, with two heritage buildings on-site: Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress-turned-hotel, and Muckross House, a stately Victorian estate. 

The Basics
Covering around 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Killarney National Park is truly vast. Organized day tours can help ensure you get to see all the best parts of Ireland’s first national park. Choose between short 1- or 2-hour tours by jaunting car (a two-wheeled horse and carriage), guided walks, or boat cruises and kayak tours on the lakes of Killarney. Day tours depart from Killarney and Limerick, and include stops at key park attractions such as the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House, Ross Castle, and the Ladies View scenic lookout. Some full-day tours combine Killarney National Park with the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Mizen Head. Multi-day tours depart from Dublin and incorporate sights in Cork, Kerry, and—during longer tours—the west coast of Ireland.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Killarney National Park is a must-visit for walkers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rainproof gear, as the weather here can be unpredictable.
  • Day tours typically last between six and 11 hours.
  • Most areas of Muckross House are accessible to wheelchair users. Ross Castle has only limited accessibility.

How to Get There
From Killarney town center, it is just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the entrance at the north of the park. Sights such as Torc Waterfall and Muckross House are farther from town (about 4.5 miles/7 kilometers), so it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour that offers transportation. 

When to Get There
Summer is the busiest season at the park, yet it is also the mildest and, therefore, best for outdoor activities. Early morning and late afternoon offer quieter visits, while fall and spring bring more opportunities for solitude. Winter can be cold—but starkly beautiful. 

Muckross House
Among the park’s biggest attractions is Muckross House, a 19th-century estate sitting upon the shore of the lake with which it shares its name. Queen Victoria stayed here during a visit to the national park in 1861. Today visitors can explore the impressive mansion’s interior, which is packed with period furnishings, as well as the manicured gardens and on-site farm dwellings that paint a picture of farming life in 1930s and 1940s Ireland. 

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The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park, Killarney, null
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The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

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An essential part of any visit to Ireland, this tour circles the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, running through its many passes and valleys along the shore ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.93
Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park, Killarney, Day Trips
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Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park

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Most amazing and best part of Wild Atlantic Way Route - Ring of Kerry Coach Tour. Major sites to be seen - Iveragh Peninsula - Dingle Bay - Glenbeigh - ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.72
Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Limerick Including Torc Waterfall, Limerick, Day Trips
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Ring of Kerry Day Tour from Limerick Including Torc Waterfall

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From rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages and pastures green to peat bogs and picturesque mountain ranges, it is easy to see why the Ring of Kerry ...  Read more

Location: Limerick, Ireland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.14
Kayaking Tour from Killarney, Including Ross Castle, Killarney, Day Trips
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Kayaking Tour from Killarney, Including Ross Castle

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Explore the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a gentle kayak adventure exploring the spectacular history of Ross Castle and experience the lakes ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.51
Killarney National Park and Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour, Killarney, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Killarney National Park and Lakes of Killarney Boat Tour

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Cruise on Killarney’s largest lake Lough Léin (the lake of learning) in the comfort and safety of a covered, heated and modern vessel. Daily sailings ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.89
Ring of Kerry Day Tour Including Killarney National Park from Killarney, Killarney, Day Cruises
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Ring of Kerry Day Tour Including Killarney National Park from Killarney

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From rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages and pastures green to peat bogs and picturesque mountain ranges, it is easy to see why the Ring of Kerry ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.93
Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour, Killarney, Day Trips
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Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour

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Meeting point for this 2-hour guided walk in Killarney National Park is opposite St. Marys Cathedral which dates from 1842. Cross the road entering the ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $11.57
Full-day Private Mizen Head tour from Killarney, Killarney, Walking Tours
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Full-day Private Mizen Head tour from Killarney

Mizen Head tout through Killarney National Park, Kenmare to Glengariff through Caha Pass. Heading to Bantry along Atlantic Ocean coast of West Cork to Mizen ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: Flexible

From USD $81.02
4-Day Small-Group Ring of Kerry, Killarney and Cork Tour from Dublin, Dublin, Private Sightseeing ... 
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4-Day Small-Group Ring of Kerry, Killarney and Cork Tour from Dublin

A 4-day adventure including part of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. This tour will give you a real flavour of Ireland, from the wonderful scenery of the Ring of ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $645.52
Killarney Valley & National Park Tour, Killarney, Multi-day Tours
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Killarney Valley & National Park Tour

Enjoy your 6 hour tour of the Killarney Valley and National Park with full information provided by your driver. You visit Aghadoe's round tower and the Pugin ...  Read more

Location: Killarney, Ireland
Duration: 6 to 7 hrs

From USD $262.72

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