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Killarney National Park

The essence of Killarney is it's natural beauty. The Killarney Valley with it's lakes, forests, parkland, castles, and monasteries is, in the words of Arthur Vincent, who presented Muckross to the Irish Nation, 'a playground for the world'. We want you to enjoy this great natural treasure.

There are 10,000 hectres of mountains, woodlands and lakes to explore!

Killarney Day Trip

Killarney has been welcoming visitors for 250 years and the Killarney Day Trip is the oldest and most traditional trip. It is a wonderful tour through the more remote parts of Killarney National Park.

From Kate Kearney's Cottage, you can walk, horse-ride or take a pony and trap through the wondrous Gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandon's Cottage. Travel by boat through the Lakes of Killarney and Innisfallen arriving at Ross Castle, while being regaled with fact and fable by your boatman. All these arrangements can be made at Friars Glen.

A day in the Killarney National Park at Muckross

Muckross is at the centre of the Killarney National Park. A visitor will happily spend a full varied day in this area exploring the beauty, discovering the history and partaking in activities.

Admission into the Park is free. Car parking is free in all areas. However, an admission charge applies to Muckross House and the Traditional Farms.

Muckross House

This is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland's finest stately homes in a setting of unrivalled beauty.

Muckross Traditional Farms

Three working farms, complete with animals, help to create this superb outdoor representation of the lifestyles and farming traditions of Kerry.

Muckross Gardens

Renowned for their beauty and noted particularly for their Rhododendron and Azalea collections. A restaurant, craft centre and shop are located in the Gardens.

Torc Waterfall

Nestled beneath Torc Mountain is the picturesque Torc Waterfall. A sight to behold - especially after heavy rains.

Muckross Abbey

This Abbey was built in the 15th century and was home to the Franciscan Community until 1780. It is considered to be one of the finest examples of a medieval Irish Monastery.

Nature Trails

All the nature trails are easily accessible from Friars Glen and suit all abilities. They have romantic and historical names A selection is listed on the Walking & Hiking page.

Boat Hire

Take a boat across Muckross Lake to Dinis Cottage. This is an old fishing lodge where refreshments are available. From there visit the Old Weir Bridge and the Meeting of the Waters.

Jaunting Car Trips

This is a traditional mode of transport to see the Park. We can arrange a trip starting from Friars Glen. A truly Killarney experience.


The National Park is suitable for biking. Bike hire is available outside the Park.

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