Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park
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  • Susa V
    Pori, Finland57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see, easy access
    Wonderful place! We saw Torc waterfall, Ladies View (a bit further, went by car) and Muckross Abbey and walked around the park. I warmly recommend this national park. Easy paths to walk and bicycle. If you want hard-core paths, they are also available.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Steven E
    Falmouth, Massachusetts7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for everyone!
    The park is stunning in its natural beauty. Immaculately maintained and easily traversed. We rented bikes to travel around the park (paved roadways) which made viewing various areas easy.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Amy B
    San Diego, California138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning park with waterfalls, lakes and beautiful gardens at Muckross House
    We loved visiting Killarney National Park. Even though it was raining when we visited, we still loved seeing the Torc Waterfall, which is an easy 200m hike from the parking area. We hired a Jaunty Carriage across the street and then went by the lake to Muckross House and visited the gardens. We loved exploring the gardens and soaking in the beauty of this park. We wanted to tour it by bicycle but the weather wasn't cooperating. We loved our Jaunty Carriage Driver, Tiernan. He showed us some incredible sights and told us more about Irish music. This is a must see place on your trip to Ireland.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Troutman35
    Scranton, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful carriage ride
    We explored the park on foot as well as hired a carriage ride. 1hour carriage ride is the best way to explore the park. The ride was very informative and learned about the different parts. It’s huge over 400 acres, four lakes and an abundance of wildlife. We saw deer, heron eating brown trout, and many birds
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Kiamom
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Something for Everyone
    Killarney National Park was one of our favorite destinations on our trip to Ireland. The park is a beautiful well maintained area with something for everyone. We enjoyed visiting Muckross House and Abbey, visiting Ross Castle and its grounds, taking a boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney, riding a jaunting cart through the Gap of Dunloe, hiking trails and visiting the Torc Waterfall. There is ample free parking near the attractions and restrooms where you need them. I was pleased with the cafes that we patronized.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Rebecca R
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Give yourself more than 1 day to explore
    Killarney was our second stop on our driving tour of Ireland. We stayed at the Victoria House ( Highly recommend) which is directly across the street from the park. I only allowed 1 day for the park, but really needed 2-3 days to explore the park. We hiked and saw wildlife and lovely scenery and toured Muckross House and the working farm. There was a small admission fee for self guided touring and ample parking. We never made it to Ross Castle or Weir Bridge, due to time - but both had areas to park if you are not able or don’t have time to walk to each.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • laurapaul2018
    Compton, Canada91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing National Park
    My husband and I are very nature oriented so we enjoyed the lake and the waterfalls and the old bridges. The weather was spectacular so we were even able to jump in the lake and the waterfall. There are some gorgeous views of the mountains and wildlife as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 16, 2023
  • JayeinVA
    66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do! The biggest and best thing in Killarney!
    Beautiful park! A mix of wide open spaces and forest. Great place to see the local wildlife. Paved trails for walking or cycling. Go inside the visitor center, located in Killarney House, for new and educational exhibits. Definitely bring the kids!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Ron V
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great spot of nature and history, right in town
    The information provided at entry was friendly and helpful. We were provided free maps as well. We did get lost following the directions on Google maps in the park on our way to Ross Castle. A friendly man in a grounds vehicle stopped to help us, and said everyone ends up at the spot where we were and he was happy to give us easy to understand directions. The castle is well worth the walk! We saw lots of beautiful colors, and wildlife. The highlight was the family of deer. Definitely recommend this if you are in Killarney.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2024
  • RHtravels
    Rocky Hill, Connecticut868 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan at least a full day
    This is a lovely park and surrounding area. Unfortunately it rained the day we visited, but we still admired the beauty; it just isn't reflected well in the photos. We spent most of one day exploring the park, but we definitely did not see everything so allow more time, especially if you are doing long hikes. We hiked to Torc waterfall, and it was nice, but we have been to some real beauties in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Yosemite, however the vibrant green of Ireland cannot be beat. We went to Muckross House and enjoyed the gardens and view even in the rain. We drove to see Ladies view and even went thru a bonus tunnel. There was so much more to see, but the rain really stalled our day a bit, however we plan to come back and allow more time. Next visit, we will hike to Gap of Dunloe and we are hoping for sunshine.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 29, 2024
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AXSYD
Sydney, Australia235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The drive through Killarney National Park is a constantly unfolding vista of stunning beauty. Ladies View is spectacular but best enjoyed from a roadside stop about 100 metre further up the road from the main veiwing carpark lookout. Look for a broad gravel parking zone where the road winds round a sweeping bend. From this location you can look over the classic Ladies view of the national park lakes as well as lakes that sit back towards the road's summit (which are hidden by a creast from the traditional Ladies View carpark).
Written February 15, 2020
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sunsearcher2009
Kilkenny, Ireland245 contributions
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Aug 2020
We were on a week staycation around Ireland and brought our own bikes, this is the ideal way to see the National Park, it is ideal for cycling although you do have to keep an eye out for the jaunting cars. The cycle route is well sheltered and takes in Ross Castle, all the various lakes, Muckross House, Torc Waterfall and so much more, would highly recommend. Also very flat no hills to worry about.
Written August 20, 2020
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BGillman-202
Dublin, Ireland55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This park was such a disappointment as we had been looking forward to it.

On the plus side it is just outside Killarney, easy to get to, loads of parking and is actually quite large with some great views.

However there are some large negatives. We did a mix of walking and cycling. It is ideally suited to bikes with wide paths and flat terrain around the lake. However I think bikes aren’t that welcome, we found one small bike rack in the park (maybe 12 bikes) so most people chained bikes to railings. For example we cycled to Tork Waterfall to discover nowhere to leave bikes so we chined them to a fence. Loads of people doing that. We did a cycle around the lake and the best bit was that the trail for bikes just ends and you get dumped out onto the main road which has no hard shoulder or bike lane for the last 1-2km. We got a very nasty surprise with our 8yr old and didn’t enjoy that part with traffic so close. No signs or warning notes. In general as I said it felt like bikes aren’t that welcome even though there were loads on bikes the day we were there.

We like our hikes and really like getting to see a park and making the most of the amenity. However this park seems determined not to lay the trails out clearly, the only maps ones we could find were on sighs scattered around the house and left about 80% of the park apparently off limits. There were no maps on the site to buy or otherwise and we were advised to go back into Killarney and ask in the bike rental shops for maps!!!!!! That’s really not helpful when you’re at the park.

As the centre piece of Killarney tourism I must say we left disappointed. The lack of maps meant that we didn’t get the most out of our time or the amenities that we think are there. We found the national parks in Donegal to an equivalent standard in terms of forestry and views while offering a much better visitor experience.
Written August 16, 2020
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Deirdre W
Cork, Ireland77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We are so lucky to have such an amazing resource on our doorstep. Myself and my other half borrowed two bikes from the fab hotel we were staying in, Muckross Park Hotel, which is just across the road from the park and spend two magical hours cycling around Muckross Lake, one of the three breathtaking lakes in the park. After being cooped up in our 5km for so long it was so lovely to escape into such a spectacular place. Amazing xxx
Written June 11, 2021
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Susan M
Dublin, Ireland318 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This park is right there in the town. Run by the Council. There are many walks all marked out, There is also a beautiful little cafe for coffees or lunch housed in a house with a thatched roof and amazing old chimney pots. A "mst" to do while in Killarney.
Written September 14, 2020
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CaitrionaRyan
Dublin, Ireland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Myself and my partner decided to do the long 12km walk around the lakes. The walk is 99% flat and good surface. The whole walk took about 2.5 hours and we stopped in a coffee shop half way around. There is an option to take a boat back if your too tired at this stage for 10 euro per adult and 5 euro for a child. The waterfall is stunning and a must see when you are here- although going off peak times is best - early in the morning or later evening as there will be hundreds of tourists there mid day,.
Written May 26, 2022
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GerardQuinn
Naas, Ireland645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
All I can say is WOW. The national park is located about 4km outside Killarney town. The scenery is amazing with the lake walks and Muckross House and visitor centre. You can rent a bike in Killarney town and there is a cycle track out of the town to the national park. You can cycle the entire lakes and the views are amazing. You can also have a boat trip on the lakes (€10 per adult and €5 per child) and the boat team are so friendly and it’s so worth the money as the views on the lakes are amazing.

This is a must see location when in Kerry.
Written July 10, 2021
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CatwinM153
Athlone, Ireland136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Lots to see. Well signposted!! We did muckross house and gardens and torc Waterfall. Was beautiful! I would recommend planning out what you want to do before you arrive as there are some cool hikes and stuff that you might regret not being prepared for. Alot of the popular places accessible by car and lots of parking.
Written August 23, 2020
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Kelly J
Austin, TX10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The park itself is breathtaking and a welcome respite if you have spent much time in urban areas. The town of Killarney is nice and mostly walkable. I would have spent an extra half day here to see the Abbey on the lake. It is best to avoid the tourist traps around the Manor house. There's a lot of coach rides that really aren't worth the exorbitant price.
Written September 28, 2021
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Helen H
Balbriggan, Ireland124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
It’s been lovely this year given the pandemic to be able to appreciate what Ireland has to offer. I’m so glad we chose Killarney, the national park is incredibly beautiful. Perfect to spend a whole day there with good weather, with the choice of walking, cycling or taking a trip in the haunting cars. I would recommend renting a bike so as to really get to see the whole park as it is huge.
Written September 5, 2020
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