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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 National Park by the lovely thatched cottage and walk up the hill to Knockreer House, and Dairy Cottage where President Charles De Gaulle of France spent nearly two weeks in June 1969. Just after this a great vista of the lake, and mountains opens where you are likely to see some of our native red deer grazing in the fields. Your guide knows all the best places off the beaten path as he was born just a short distance away, and you should enjoy the company of Rua the friendly red setter.
  • Private Killarney National Park tour can be customized to your needs
  • Follow your guide off the beaten path in Ireland’s oldest national park
  • A local guide adds to the experience
  • Learn area history as you take in scenic lake and mountain views
What to Expect
Meet your guide across from St. Mary’s Cathedral outside O’Shea’s Funeral Home for this walking tour of Killarney National Park. Led by a private guide, this tour can be lengthened and customized to your needs. As you walk, your guide shares local history, including how St. Mary’s Cathedral was once used as a shelter during the great famine. You might stop at the nearby Deenagh Lodge, a historic gate lodge, now a popular seasonal tea room. As you explore the national park on foot, look for red deer grazing in the fields take in the sweeping mountain and lake views. Led by a local guide, this off the beaten path tour has a mascot in Rua, the friendly red setter.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Outside O'Sheas Funeral Home opposite Killarney Cathedral
Departure Time
11:00 AM
  • Special footwear not required, but if you have walking boots you are advised to wear them
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Mike was an amazing guide. The park is breathtaking. Mike was very informative and nice to just chat with. We got to see 2 big buck Red Deer and a group of females.More

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Gortrua, Owner at Killarney Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Its all romance in Killarney National Park now as the rutting season has begun. The roars of the big red deer stags can be heard as they fight over the women, a bit like the dance halls of former years. Our smaller breed of deer...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Richard gave us very good insight into the history behind the buildings of killarney and the surroundings and since he is a local guide, he is able to give us a glimpse of what its like to grow up in Killarney. He quickly made the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Gortrua, Owner at Killarney Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Yes there is a lot to see quite close to the town as Killarney National Park which covers an area of some 26,000 acres stretches right into the centre. So for generations local people who wanted to walk were in a wilderness area within minutes...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I really enjoyed this walking tour through Killarney national park. Richard is a very experienced guide who grew up on the opposite of the park. He knows every tree and route through the park and even speaks Irish. What more do you want? Definitely recommend...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Gortrua, Owner at Killarney Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Yes I was born just across the road from Killarney National Park, and for me its a labour of love walking with people to show them some of my favourite places. I also love the Irish language so its great when people speak it to...More

Reviewed September 7, 2019

Richard took us on a great hike through parts of the park which we might not have found. He grew up here and calls the park his back yard. We saw so much natural beauty and he has a spot where we were able to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Gortrua, Owner at Killarney Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded September 8, 2019

I knew you would enjoy the lake here in Killarney National Park you could compare it to the huge lake you live near back home. There is a lot of variety in the two hour walk, and I was happy to walk with you through...More

Reviewed August 31, 2019

Richard gave us a tour through the trees and goalf court, accompanied by his lovely dog : Rua. It felt like an "unconventional tour", as if your grandpa took you to the secrets paths he discovered through his numerous walks. It was a cosy atmosphere...More

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Date of experience: August 2019
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Gortrua, Owner at Killarney Guided Walks, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Sometimes I include a little of Killarney Golf Course in my walk in my two hour guided walk as golf is very popular here having hosted the Irish open four times in recent years. The non golfers in some groups walk with me as they...More

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Niall O
September 12, 2019|
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Response from Tinfork | Reviewed this property |
The garden and most of the ground are flat with paved walkways either gravel or asphalt but there are sections around the falls that have steps and incline paths.
Mary O
July 15, 2019|
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Response from Danny D | Reviewed this property |
Think you could do this walk, there is some up hill walking, but you could take it slow, just let Richard know you have some limitations. He was most helpful!
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