Book Review: ‘Scenic Walks in Killarney’

‘Scenic Walks in Killarney – A Walking Guide’ by Jim Ryan is a welcome addition to the many books that feature some of Killarney’s finest walks. Although it is not the first book to cover these walks, it is one of the better ones that address the needs of more casual walkers who may not want to venture into the hills and uplands of Killarney National Park. Continue reading

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Coolwood Wildlife Park and Zoo

There is no shortage of things to do in the Killarney area, many of which revolve around the flora and fauna of Killarney National Park. If you have an interest in birds and animals of a more exotic nature, then a visit to Coolwood Wildlife Park & Zoo is worth considering. Coolwood provides a great opportunity to experience a wide range of animals in a tranquil, secluded woodland setting. Entertainment for all the family is guaranteed and it is a great option to pass a few hours, whatever the weather. Continue reading

Innisfallen – An enchanted island

Visitors to Killarney usually ask some variant of the “what it is that I should see when in Killarney?” question. There are dozens of answers, but a trip to Innisfallen Island is not always included in the “must see” list. It should be. Innisfallen is a magical, special place that needs only a couple of hours of your time. In return, you will be rewarded with an enchanting experience that will linger long after you leave the island. Continue reading

Knockreer and Ross Island 10k Loop

The Knockreer and Ross Island Loop in Killarney National Park is a superb 10km route close to Killarney town. Whether you are a runner, cyclist, hiker or a stroller, the route has something for everyone; stunning views, historic sites and nature at its finest. This trail boasts the convenience of a starting point close to the town centre but also provides a varied landscape with great opportunities to observe nature at close quarters along the way. If you’re looking for a great 10k run or a beautiful walk through Killarney National Park, this route is one of the better options available in the Killarney area. Photo opportunities present themselves at several points along the way and you’re never too far from civilisation if you need to get back to the town. Continue reading

Muckross Traditional Farms

A visit to the Muckross Traditional farms is an enjoyable and informative way to while a few hours in a beautiful part of Killarney National Park. Situated in the majestic surroundings of Muckross House & Gardens, the traditional farms provide a real-life glimpse at what life in Ireland was like in the early part of the twentieth century. This is not a museum tour in the traditional sense. It is a working farm that utilises the tools and practices of the time to re-enact a way of life that is slowly fading from memory. Continue reading