Make the most of your trip to Killarney
Epic scenery, local history, delicious local flavours, and more. Kerry has something for everyone.
Discover the magical surroundings on your doorstep with a staycation at the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa. From adventures in nature to sea-swims, there are plenty of reasons for you to plan a local escape a short journey away.
We have rounded up our ultimate top things to see and do when in Killarney. While we recognize you can't travel too far for the next while, we've put together our own edit of our recommendations to help you make the most of 'your kingdom'.
At the Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa, we take great pride in providing a warm and inviting environment for our guests to relax and enjoy. The Killarney National Park is a sprawling 26,000-acre landscape of gorgeous looped walks, tranquil woodlands, and lakes, remember to keep an eye out for some wildlife on your way. Did you know the park is home to the only herd of native red deer in Ireland and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere?
Make the most of your trip to the Kingdom with our guide to Killarney. Whether it's the stunning scenery, catching some waves or tucking into delicious local flavours, Killarney is the perfect base to explore Kerry.
Here's how to make the most of a short stay in Killarney.
Killarney National Park
Step outside of the Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa, and you'll find yourself at the entrance to Killarney National Park, just across the street.
The Killarney National Park is a sprawling 26,000-acre landscape of gorgeous looped walks, tranquil woodlands, and lakes. Remember to keep an eye out for some wildlife on your way. Did you know the park is home to the only herd of native red deer in Ireland is a designated UNESCO Biosphere? Explore at your own pace and don't forget to ask about our complimentary bicycle rentals.
Enjoy a panoramic and spectacular view of Killarney at Ladies View. Take a photo-stop at this point to experience the views. No matter the season, Ladies' View will leave you speechless.
Top Tip: There is a parking area and path that leads to a scenic view of the upper Lake.
Cycling in Killarney Town
Did you know the Plaza Hotel offers complimentary bicycle rental to all guests? Why not take in the beauty of the national park by bike and take a to-go picnic from Café Du Parc for the journey. Rain or shine, the beauty of the Killarney National Park is a sight to behold and one not to miss when in the area.
Experience the serenity of the lakes of Killarney with a gentle kayak tour through nature.
With kayak tours through the lakes taking in Innisfallen Island, Ross Castle, and the unique landscape of Killarney. Complete your evening by enjoying a warming dinner at the Tan Yard Restaurant.
Drive the Ring of Kerry
No visit to Kerry is complete without exploring the Ring of Kerry. Described by travel writers as one of Ireland’s most iconic driving routes, the Ring of Kerry offers some of the most scenic views in Ireland. Wander the curving roads, jagged coastlines, and be amazed at every turn. Begin the journey from Killarney.
Hiking - Cardiac Hill & Torc Mountain
With its winding path and spectacular views, Cardiac Hill is defiantly worth a ramble. Not for the faint-hearted, the trail is highly recommended if you are looking for a challenge, while your hard work will be rewarded with amazing views of the lakes when you reach the top.
If you want to do a longer hike, try Torc Mountain. Your journey to reach the top of Torc will allow you to take in breath-taking views of the famous Torc Waterfall and lakes along the way.
Walking Trails - Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe – a quick drive from Killarney –is a must-see. Stretching 11km through the Black Valley, you can walk, cycle or climb through the wondrous views of the natural beauty.
A great place to start exploring is the Muckross Estate, just outside Killarney Town. Walks include visits to the beautiful formal gardens and historic buildings of the Muckross Demesne. You may even be lucky enough to spot some Red Deer along the way!