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Kenmare & Killarney National Park
Your tour of Kenmare & Killarney National Park starts from your accommodation. This morning we explore the National Park. Where better to start our day than at Killarney House and Gardens. This short visit will open your mind to the beauty you are about to experience on this wonderful tour.
Our next stop will be Ross Castle this 15th century castle is one of the best tower castle examples in Ireland, sitting on the Lakes of Killarney.
Muckross House and Gardens is the nucleus of the Killarney National Park. Enjoy a coffee stop and walk in the wonderful gardens that are on offer. Torc Waterfall a most wonderful photographic stop. You will start the most scenic drive in Ireland called the Lakeside Drive. This will bring you to Ladies View and Molls Gap. Views over the valley of the Killarney National Park .
It is then time for a well-earned lunch in the historic town of Kenmare, also one of Rick Steve’s favourite towns in the world. Kenmare dates back to 1670 and is a haven of tranquillity and gourmet food and breath taking scenery in on of the most natural environments in Europe.
Your return journey to your accommodation will bring along the Roughty valley and the valley of the Flesk River another area of outstanding beauty. You will end this wonderful day tour at St Marys Cathedral in Killarney, the finest church in Ireland.
Other attractions on your tour of Kenmare & Killarney National Park
Torc Waterfall is located just a couple of kilometres beyond the entrance to Muckross House & Gardens, on the Killarney-Kenmare N71 road. Only 200 metres from the road, the waterfall is best viewed after heavy rainfall. For the more energetic, hikes are possible from here up onto the Old Kenmare Road.
St Marys Cathedral
Visible from some distance, St Mary’s Cathedral is an iconic buidling close to Killarney town centre. Designed by the renowned English architect Augustus Welby Pugin, construction began in 1842 but the spire – a later addition – wasn’t completed until 1907.
Famous for its view down towards the lakes of Killarney, Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit to Killarney in 1861. They were so taken with the impressive view that it was named after them. Ladies view is located on the N71 road from Kenmare to Killarney.
Killarney Jaunting Cars
The jaunting car was the traditional means of transport for years and this is an ideal way to experience Killarney National Park at a slow pace. The horse and trap can be rented from a number of locations including Killarney town, Ross Castle, Muckross House and more.