What’s Up in Killarney - The Ross Hotel Kerry

Get Off The Beaten Track
July 2018
Killarney’s successful links with tourism and its world wide reputation as a destination for one stop beauty dates back to the mid 1700’s and really cemented itself with the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861. Since then, visitors have flocked to this vibrant and attractive hub for the whole County of Kerry and the once small village has blossomed into the thriving town of Killarney as we now know it.

We all know what are the places to go to, from Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. But there are some other hidden gems and things you can do to enjoy the wonders of our local town. Read on for more. If you're looking for top quality and value for money Killarney accommodation then you've come to the right place!

Killarney - Off The Beaten Track Attractions

  • Hire a Bike and cruise around the Muckross and Dinis Loops, and drop off for a relaxing coffee and a scone at the gorgeous, picturesque Dinis Cottage!
  • Take a Sunset Kayak arond Ross Castle 
  • Enjoy a pint of the black stuff at the oldest Pubs in Killarney, Buckley's Bar on College Street and O'Connors on High Street are two favourites!
  • Hike Torc Mountain and marvel at the incredible views of Killarney and its Lakes; its not too hard!
  • Go and have a natter with the Book Binder at Muckross House Traditional Craft Centre and find out how the old books are restored.
  • Chill out with some delicious ice cream from Killarney's Best Ice Cream Shops. We recommend Rocky Road from Gaelic Gelato or Honeycomb Crunch from Macs, all in the Town Centre.
  • Book an Irish Whiskey Tasting Session in the Garden Bar at the Killarney Park Hotel, and follow it with a game of snooker in the Billiards Room.
  • Catch a local GAA Match to witness the blood, sweat and tears of our National Game.
  • Visit the fantastiically newly restored Killarney House and Gardens, the former home to the Earls of Kenmare and the McShain Family. Killarney House is the jewel in the crown of Killarney National Park which gives access to the Park from Killarney Town Centre.
  • Visit the Pink Lounge at The Ross, which has a selection of over 60 Gins from all over the world, with a variety of refreshing Tonics and tasty garnishes to choose from.
  • Play a Round of Golf on the Killeen Course in the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, the home of the Irish Open.
  • For the Kiddies, take a stroll down to the playground opposite Killarney Cathedral. They will be entertained for ages and you can grab a takeaway coffee from nearby Deenagh Cottage!
  • Enjoy Live Music Bands in the Killarney Grand every night of the week in the Summer. The crowd and craic is always massive!
  • Nab yourself a bottle of Irish Whiskey from JC O'Sheas Off Licence on High Street to take home - it's a little different to boring old Duty Free!
  • Convince a boatman to take you to Innisfallen Island and take a walk around this little island and imagine what it was like to live here in the 8th Century with Monks and their Students, the future High Kings of Ireland.
  • Climb Carrauntouhil, the highest mountain in Ireland, and stand on the ceiling of this great country.
  • Have a Boxty in Bricin Restaurant, and have a chat with owner Johnny Maguire, one of Killarney's greatest characters.
  • Try some Rock Climbing in the Glacier Valley, the Gap of Dunloe.
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