The bewitching beauty and magic of Killarney is at your fingertips when you stay at Killarney Royal. Killarney Town and Valley is worthy of multiple day explorations whatever your interest. Wildlife and wilderness, spectacular landscapes, history and heritage, outdoor activities be it cycle routes, golf trips or mountain walking. The town has something to offer everyone. Killarney Town is a colourful and vibrant town with craft shops, galleries, museums, cafes and restaurants. Killarney is the ultimate base for touring in Ireland’s spectacular southwest.
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
Take a stroll down memory lane and explore the historical world renowned Muckross House and Gardens. Discover the spectacular views of the sparkling Lakes from the many breathtaking paths of discovery among 25,000 acres of National Park. The Gardens are renowned for their beauty; experience the fine collection of Rhododendrons, and the extensive rock garden hewn out of natural limestone. A visit here provides a fascinating insight into Victorian life. Muckross Traditional Farms are an exciting and interesting outdoor representation of the lifestyles and farming traditions of a rural community from the 1930’s.This is something worthwhile bringing children to.
The roar of the falls can most definitely be heard before you see them; the amazing Torc Waterfall is a further 5 minutes drive from Muckross House. Without a doubt this is an experience not to be missed and never be forgotten!
For shopping lovers discover The Killarney Outlet Centre which is at our doorstep here in The Killarney Royal Hotel. All merchandise is discounted with a selection of stores including Irelands first Nike Factory Store and also a Blarneys Woollen Mills Outlet Store. Killarney offers unique boutiques and art and craft stores where you can purchase memorable gems to bring back home. Downtown Killarney offers late night shopping from May to October, with many of the stores open seven days a week.
Pubs and Nightlife
The intimate pub ‘circuit’ in Killarney has to be experienced and is one of the best in the country, with the best in ‘pints’ and ‘pub grub’ temptations and a wide choice of live music in both traditional and contemporary.
Many of the pubs cater for large groups and set dancing is a popular activity among the locals. Killarney Music Pub Tour is a popular local tour where two professional musicians take you on a journey through traditional Irish ballads. A riverdance Violin soloist and Irish stories can be heard.
Mrs Courtney’s Tea Rooms
Only a few doors down, you will find the popular Mrs Courtney’s Tearooms, a real magical gem .Experience the China tea sets, the old fashioned embroidered tablecloths, beautiful cupcakes and butterfly buns, and of course a delightful selection of teas. An idyllic little place for those with a bit of a sweet tooth!
Louis Mulcahy Pottery
This famous potter’s workshop is located in the west on the Slea Head route outside Dingle town which is just over an hours drive from The Killarney Royal Hotel. Louis work reflects the scale and wonderful colours of the Peninsula. The stunning collection from Ireland’s most celebrated pottery runs from small items to enormous signature pieces that are exported around the world. In the summer months you can even test your own pottery skills by crafting with one of the team. For more information on this wonderful experience then visit louismulcahy.com.
National Folk Theatre
Siamsa Tire (the National Folk Theatre) is located in Tralee town which is a 30 minute drive from the Killarney Royal Hotel and performs an extensive programme with a wide variety of Traditional Music, song and dance to keep visitors entertained.
This outstanding venue is just a mere five minutes drive from The Killarney Royal Hotel. The Venue opened in 2000 and is now one of Irelands leading entertainment venues. The INEC has hosted many world famous artists, comedians and performers and continues to be a huge success. For information on upcoming events please click here.
Discover the magic and beauty of the spectacular Crag Caves which are said to be over 1million years old and described as Ireland’s most exciting showcave. This is an all weather visitor attraction which is the perfect place to visit on those rainy days.This is a mysterious ‘subterranean garden’ where you get to explore the wonderland stalagmites and stalactites with a guided tour throughout the caves and you can also relax in the Garden Restaurant before experiencing the indoor adventure Crazy Cave which is Kerry’s number 1 fun house.This exciting attraction is situated in the town of Castleisland which is no more than 20 minutes drive from The Killarney Royal Hotel.
Take an adventure on a boat through the famous and enchanting Lakes of Killarney. We particularly recommend the cruise of Lough Lein on the Lily of Killarney.There is an onboard commentary which informs you of the history and lore of the lakes. Notable landmarks include Innisfallen Island, on which are the ruins of a medieval Monastery, Ross Island with its 4,000 year old copper-mines, and the Oakwoods at Tomies Mountain. There are daily sailings from Ross Castle and is sure to be a fun day out.
Killarney offers a wide choice of Equestrian options, from organised riding and treks with one of its many Equestrian Centres, to the less formal mountain rides through the magnificent Gap of Dunloe.
Less than 30mins drive from the Killarney Royal Hotel, is home to the International Show jumping venue of Greens Glens Arena, where major International Show jumping Events are held each year.
If adventure is your idea of a dream holiday a local Kerry man Nathan Kingerlee is here to challenge you. From hill walking, kayaking, rock climbing and mountaineering it is all on offer with Outdoors Ireland.
Bring the walking boats and you are ready to go on your adventure with Nathan. For more information on this visit: outdoorsireland.com
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is more of an adventure than a tour. It truly is a spectacular sight. You can catch a bus to Kate Kearney’s Cottage, then enjoy a journey of miles ahead of you to be taken by horse, bicycle, or you can walk the famous gap through to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. After lunch the traditional style boat takes you through the three Lakes of Killarney and too Ross Castle and then drops you back to your Hotel. A magnificent day out!