Killarney is a popular tourist destination. It is located in County Kerry in southwestern Ireland on the shore of Lough Leane. The city was name the best kept town in 2007 by the department of Environment. It was also named the tidiest and cleanest town in all of Ireland in 2011. This quaint town draws in travelers from all around the world.
The best time to visit this gem of the city is during the summer months. This is when you will be able to most enjoy one of its best features, the Killarney National Park. This park offers much for the outdoor aficionado. Killarney National Park covers over 10,000 hectares. It has a pedestrian as well as an automobile entrance. The pedestrian entrance is located directly across from St Mary’s cathedral. The park has three beautiful lakes, Lough Leane, Muckross Lake, and Upper Lake. There is a restored 14th century castle located in the park, Ross Castle. You can also partake in cruises of Lough Leane, they depart every from the castle and offer hour long cruises of the lake. The cruises are only available on weekends from the end of September until May. One of the main features of the park is the Muckross Estate. You can explore the 19th century estate and its buildings for a nominal fee.
Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg for outdoor destination spots in the city. This is a city and surrounding areas that can be trekked. Whether you want to do an average stroll outdoors is hike some of the highest peaks I Ireland this is the place to do it. There are many guided and self-guided tours that will take you around the beautiful lakes the area has to offer as well as some of Ireland’s oldest Oakwood’s. For a more strenuous walk there are old coach and bridle paths to hike. For those that want a hike that gets the blood pumping there is the MacGillicuddy Reeks. Here the summit will reach over 3,000 feet. This is your time so pick your adventure. All of these established treks are anywhere from 30 minutes to upwards of 4 hours.