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Lakes of Killarney

As we close 2021, another Covid year many would like to forget, I look forward to returning to near normality in 2022 and resuming touring parts of Kerry and Ireland that I love and know so well.

High up on my list of ‘must see’ locations is The Lakes of Killarney. Ireland and Kerry is renowned for its coastal scenery, the Wild Atlantic Way offers so much to the discerning visitor. But don’t make the mistake in thinking inland parts of the country can’t offer the scenery and atmosphere found on the coast.

The Lakes of Killarney is but one example of stunning scenery, to visit Ireland and not experience this area would be unforgivable.

The Lakes of Killarney are situated in the Killarney Valley, an area surrounded by mountains and dominated by the 25,000 acre Killarney National Park. There are three lakes which are fed from local rivers. The Lakes of Killarney are situated 66 feet above sea level, and the highest peak of the surrounding mountains is 3414 feet. The lakes themselves are entirely within the perimeter of Killarney National Park.

The Lakes of Killarney are now entirely used for recreational purposes. And this is the delight it offers visitors. Boat trips through the lakes offer the visitor a day you will never forget. For photographers it is a dream.

Lakes of Killarney
The area sits adjacent to the town of Killarney, a lovely Irish town which can sleep 13,500 visitors each night and offers restaurants and night life to suit all tastes. The range of accommodation spans from 5 Star Hotels to hostels and restaurants range from fine dining to fast food outlets.
Boat trips on the lakes are operated by local experienced boatmen who are licensed and subject to regular inspections.

A fantastic day out could include a 90 minute boat trip through all three lakes from Killarney Town to Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the Black Valley, right at the foot of the McGillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range. Following some light refreshments, visitors would then have an opportunity to travel by horse drawn transport or walk through the Gap of Dunloe, awesome scenery. At the other side of ‘the gap’ is the traditional Irish Pub called Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Here awaits a hearty meal, fine drinks and traditional Irish sing and dance. You would then return to Killarney.

Touring Ireland is about experiencing its unique history, culture and rugged scenery. The Lakes of Killarney tick all these boxes. In all my years guiding I have never experienced an underwhelmed visitor after a day on the lakes. I can guide you through this area of natural beauty as part of a guided tour of Ireland or as a single day out.

2022 is a year to come to Ireland. Contact me for suggestions and an itinerary that will make the most of that journey.