The evenings are getting longer, the weather is slowly brightening and we’re looking forward to Spring in Killarney. Plan your visit to The Kingdom and start working on your bucket list, making time for the best hikes in Killarney, some fantastic meals and a round of golf. Here are some of the highlights of a trip to Killarney and a stay in the majestic Cahernane House Hotel.
1. Cycle in Killarney National Park
Cycling is a popular activity in Killarney and when you see how easy it is to explore Killarney National Park on two wheels, you’ll love it too. Visit the attractions inside the park in half the time while getting your daily exercise and enjoying the fresh air. Cahernane House Hotel has a limited number of bikes guests can borrow free of charge on a first come first served basis.
2. Torc Waterfall
Torc Waterfall is one of the most majestic sights to visit in Killarney National Park. Cycle or hike to the base of the waterfall and climb the steps to the top while admiring the beauty of this powerful feat of nature. The waterfall is about 20 metres high and most impressive after heavy rainfall. It’s a perfect picture location so make sure to bring your camera.
3. Ross Castle
Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake and is one of the park’s oldest and most impressive structures. Once owned by O’Donoghue Mór, it’s said that he returns from the lake on his magnificent white horse and circles the lake every seventh year to bring good fortune. Ross Castle is open to the public during the summer months but its as impressive from the outside so no need to worry if you can’t get in.
4. Muckross House
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms is Kerry’s most visited attraction and is famous across the world for its beauty. Set in the heart of Killarney National Park, The nineteenth-century Victorian mansion is set against the stunning beauty of Killarney National Park close to Muckross Lake and is an ideal base to explore the park from. Explore the period-style rooms, the servant’s quarters and the beautiful gardens for a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the landowning class in Killarney way back when.
5. Walk around Killarney Lakes
It wouldn’t be a trip to Killarney without enjoying a relaxing walk around the three Killarney Lakes. The lakes occupy a valley stretching south between the McGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, the highest mountain range in Ireland. The lakes and the islands they contain are lush with forest and woodland with more wild flora and fauna than you’ll find anywhere else in the county, perfect for a Sunday stroll or a picnic in the wilderness.
6. Boat trip to Innisfallen Island
While you’re exploring the lakes, plan a boat trip to explore one of the beautiful islands. Discover enchanting Innisfallen Island, the largest island on Lough Leane, which is the largest of the three Lakes of Killarney. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period, and a herd of wild Sika deer.
7. Dinner in Herbert Restaurant
You’ve seen the best of nature in Killarney, now taste it. Herbert Restaurant, within the majestic Cahernane House Hotel, takes food very seriously. Paul O’Connor, our talented Head Chef is passionate about local and homegrown produce, handpicking only the finest suppliers and ingredients to create a menu reflecting the wonder of Killarney. Enjoy a meal you’ll never forget in opulent surrounds in Herbert Restaurant.
8. Killarney Golf Club
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club is one of Ireland’s most prestigious and historic golf clubs located inside Killarney National Park. A fantastic welcome awaits visitors both by the friendly staff and the stunning surrounding. If you get a clear day, the view from the course is unrivalled taking in mountains, lakes and valleys to give you the most beautiful round you’ll ever enjoy. It’s the perfect way to relax after a couple of days of exploring.
9. Enjoy a pint in a local pub
See the Killarney you see in movies and TV shows by enjoying some live Irish music in a traditional Irish pub. It’s not all leprechauns and shamrocks here – you’ll find eclectic venues, modern menus and delicious drinks (not just pints of Guinness!) in the many pubs in the town centre including J.M. Reidys, Murphy’s Bar, Courtney’s Bar for all of the great sporting moments.
10. Overnight in a Manor House
Have you always wondered how the other half live? When you book Cahernane House Hotel’s stunning Manor House as your Killarney accommodation, you’ll wonder no more. Experience the opulence and comfort of our exclusive hire Manor House, perfect for wedding parties, family get-togethers or groups of friends. With all of the modern amenities of a hotel with a traditional charm, a stay in our Manor House is one you won’t forget.
Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Cahernane House Hotel Killarney, a charming four-star boutique hotel, beautifully set on a picturesque private estate and near the bustling Killarney town centre. Her fondness for travel, food, and cultural appreciation makes it easy for her to write inspiring pieces of content about them.