Make the most of your trip to the Kingdom with our 24-hour 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. We have rounded up the top things to see and do when in Killarney on your next visit. Experience the magic of Killarney with its breathtaking views, historical treasures and warm welcome. Nestled in the National Park, Killarney is at the heart of the Kingdom. Here’s how to make the most of your short stay in Killarney.
Killarney National Park
Step outside the door of The Towers Hotel, and you’ll find yourself at the entrance to Killarney National Park 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 and is a designated UNESCO Biosphere?
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.
Savour Local Flavours
With no shortage of places to dine in Killarney town, plan ahead and book your dining. Why not try a warming traditional meal at the Tower's Scruffy's? Scruffy's is the ideal place to see GAA or Premiership with big screens or enjoy a meal at the Innisfallen Restaurant. The Towers Hotel O'Donoghues Bar is currently undergoing renovation but stay tuned for updates. Across the road from the Towers Hotel, our sister hotel the Plaza Hotel has many dining options too, including Café Du Parc for brunches and cocktails, or the Tan Yard for contemporary dining overlooking the National Park.
After you indulge in all the delicious local flavours, why not get in a workout with a hike up Cardiac Hill? This steep ascent along the slopes of Torc Mountain is worth it for the panoramic views of the McGillicuddy Reeks, Lakes of Killarney, and Killarney National Park.
Cycling in Killarney
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.
The Gap of Dunloe
Best explored by foot, the Gap of Dunloe, stretches 11km and takes in 5 scenic lakes, through the MacGuillicuddy Reeks Mountain range, this glacial valley simply must be experienced to be fully appreciated.
For things to see and do in Killarney, please contact our Reception Team who will advise you on your visit.