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How to Spend 1 Day in Killarney

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How to Spend 1 Day in Killarney
A short hop from Shannon Airport, Killarney in southwest Ireland serves as the jumping-off point for the scenic, sprawling, and lake-dotted Killarney National Park—which, if you have only one day to explore the region, is where you’ll want to focus your attention. Here are some ideas on the best way to spend 24 hours in Killarney. 

Morning: Historic Houses and Castles
Get off to an early start at Killarney National Park’s two biggest crowd-pullers: the 19th-century Muckross House mansion and the 15th-century Ross Castle. These heritage properties are situated in the eastern part of the park, about 15 minutes from town by car. If you don’t have access to a car, a hop-on hop-off bus gets you to both. For a more traditional method of transport, clip-clop your way past Ross Castle on a jaunting car (pony and trap), or—if you don’t mind working up a sweat—on a bike.

Afternoon: Soaking Up the Scenery
Having explored the historical houses this morning, devote the afternoon to soaking up the scenery. Take a sightseeing cruise or go kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney, admiring views of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks range. Opt for a private lake cruise to disembark at Innisfallen Island, where you can view the remains of a old monastery. 

Alternatively, explore on foot. Join a guided walking tour or trek solo along the Gap of Dunloe, a picturesque glacial valley propelled into the spotlight after a visit from Queen Victoria in 1861. Some guided afternoon tours combine lake cruises with free time at the Gap of Dunloe. 

Night: Dining and Drinking
Back in town, it’s time to kick your feet up for a night of dining and drinking. Sample Irish delicacies such as boxty (potato cakes) and lake-caught fish at a local restaurant, then head to one of Killarney’s many pubs for a post-dinner pint or two. With any luck, you may even get to witness a traditional Irish music session. Killarney Brewing Company, which produces small-batch beers inspired by Irish legends, is a must-visit for craft beer enthusiasts.
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Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from KillarneyPrivate and Luxury

Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

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Do as the tourists of bygone years did, and explore Killarney by horse and carriage. The equivalent to a modern taxi, the jaunting car was popular in Ireland through the 19th and early 20th centuries. On this tour, you’ll learn about the area’s history, hearing tales of the Gaelic chieftains as you ride around Killarney National Park. Ross Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Killarney House Gadens are a few of the landmarks on the route.
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Guided Killarney National Park Walking TourNature and Wildlife

Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour

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Beat the crowds and enjoy nature’s tranquility on this private tour of Killarney National Park. The first national park in Ireland, Killarney is famed for its wildly scenic landscapes, its herd of red deer, and its medieval castle; it has also served as a film set and host to famous visitors like Charles de Gaulle. Pick a start time and duration that work for your schedule, and explore at your own pace.
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Hop On/Off Shuttle Visit National Park,Torc Waterfall,Muckross House,Ladies ViewNature and Wildlife

Hop On/Off Shuttle Visit National Park,Torc Waterfall,Muckross House,Ladies View

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The countryside outside Killarney boasts come of Ireland’s most captivating landmarks and beautiful scenery, but reaching the far-flung destinations independently can be challenging. With this hop-on hop-off ticket, reach diverse sites of interest such as Muckross Abbey, Ross Castle, and Torc Waterfall with ease by air-conditioned coach. Along the way, admire uninterrupted views over the famous lakes of Killarney and enjoy the freedom to explore at your leisure.
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Gap of Dunloe Half-Day Tour and Boat Ride from KillarneyNature and Wildlife

Gap of Dunloe Half-Day Tour and Boat Ride from Killarney

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Discover one of Ireland’s most photographed natural landscapes on a half-day tour of the Gap of Dunloe from Killarney. Visit Kate Keaney's Cottage, admire spectacular views of the McGillycuddy Reeks and the Purple Mountains as you hike or ride a pony trap (own expense) through the Gap, then cruise around the Lakes of Killarney to Ross Castle.
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  • 5 hours 18 minutes
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Shannon Airport Private Transfer: Killarney to Shannon AirportAirport & Hotel Transfers

Shannon Airport Private Transfer: Killarney to Shannon Airport

Have you been visiting Ireland? Enjoyed your holidays in the Kingdom? Think about getting transferred from your hotel/accommodation to Shannon Airport to ensure your trip is hassle free!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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