Car Hire Killarney

Killarney is a popular tourist town in County Kerry in the south west of Ireland. It is mostly visited as part of the ‘Ring of Kerry’ drive and because of the nearby lakes and mountains of the Killarney National Park. It has been a tourist destination for over 250 years and was made more famous when visited by Queen Victoria in 1861.

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Of course, the Killarney National Park is the main attraction with its beautiful lakes and mountains along with woodlands and waterfalls. The McGillycuddy Reeks are the highest mountain range in Ireland and a must see is the Torc Waterfall. The park is famous for having its own native red deer and species of oak and yew trees, only found in this region. Muckcross Abbey is nearby, a 15th century ruined Franciscan monastery and there is also a working farm and Victorian house, you can visit.

The picturesque Ross Castle and its medieval tower can be seen on the lakeshore of Killarney Lake. You can take a boat trip from here around the lakes and to Innisfallen Island, where there are ruins of an ancient monastery. The Gap of Dunloe is just outside of Killarney – it is a wild gorge with steep sides and deep glacier lakes – you can hike there or take a ‘jaunting car’ to the Black Valley and then return by boat to Ross Castle.

Many visitors come by car to drive the ‘Ring of Kerry’ – a 179 km drive with amazing views and quaint towns to stop at. A popular stopping point is Ladies View, where you can see the tallest mountains and 3 lakes. The Dingle Peninsula beaches and Conor’s Pass are there to be explored, along with the Skellig Michael Island and museum. For great views of Killarney, head to Aghadoe and whilst you are there look for the 13th century ruins of Parkavonear Castle and the Ogham Stones.

In Killarney town, you can take a guided tour on a ‘jaunting car’ and let the driver tell you stories of myth and legend. Buildings of note are the gothic St Mary’s Cathedral and the oldest building in town, Killarney House which is currently under restoration and dates back to 1740.  By day, you can shop at the town’s quaint gift and craft shops and by night take the Killarney Ghost Tour, if you dare! Then, what better to do than enjoy the craic and music at one of Killarney’s traditional pubs.

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The town has 19th century style architecture with narrow streets, packed with restaurants and craft shops and is on the shores of Lough Leane. One of the most well known sights in Killarney is the ‘jaunting car’, a horse drawn carriage that provides guided tours of the town.

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