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Killarney National Park Tours

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Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park, with idyllic lakes and ancient woodlands backed by the serrated MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, is an area of stunning natural beauty. The park is also historically significant, with two heritage buildings on-site: Ross Castle, a 15th-century fortress-turned-hotel, and Muckross House, a stately Victorian estate. 

The Basics
Covering around 25,000 acres (10,000 hectares), Killarney National Park is truly vast. Organized day tours can help ensure you get to see all the best parts of Ireland’s first national park. Choose between short 1- or 2-hour tours by jaunting car (a two-wheeled horse and carriage), guided walks, or boat cruises and kayak tours on the lakes of Killarney. Day tours depart from Killarney and Limerick, and include stops at key park attractions such as the Gap of Dunloe, Muckross House, Ross Castle, and the Ladies View scenic lookout. Some full-day tours combine Killarney National Park with the Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula, and Mizen Head. Multi-day tours depart from Dublin and incorporate sights in Cork, Kerry, and—during longer tours—the west coast of Ireland.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Killarney National Park is a must-visit for walkers, wildlife lovers, and history buffs.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rainproof gear, as the weather here can be unpredictable.
  • Day tours typically last between six and 11 hours.
  • Most areas of Muckross House are accessible to wheelchair users. Ross Castle has only limited accessibility.

How to Get There
From Killarney town center, it is just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute drive to the entrance at the north of the park. Sights such as Torc Waterfall and Muckross House are farther from town (about 4.5 miles/7 kilometers), so it’s best to drive or go as part of an organized tour that offers transportation. 

When to Get There
Summer is the busiest season at the park, yet it is also the mildest and, therefore, best for outdoor activities. Early morning and late afternoon offer quieter visits, while fall and spring bring more opportunities for solitude. Winter can be cold—but starkly beautiful. 

Muckross House
Among the park’s biggest attractions is Muckross House, a 19th-century estate sitting upon the shore of the lake with which it shares its name. Queen Victoria stayed here during a visit to the national park in 1861. Today visitors can explore the impressive mansion’s interior, which is packed with period furnishings, as well as the manicured gardens and on-site farm dwellings that paint a picture of farming life in 1930s and 1940s Ireland. 
Address: Killarney, Ireland
Hours: 24 hour pedestrian access
Admission: Free
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17 Tours and Activities to Experience Killarney National Park

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The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

The Ring of Kerry Day Trip including Killarney Lakes and National Park

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Discover the Ring of Kerry on this incredible full-day tour that showcases one of Ireland’s most stunning destinations. Spend time exploring the MacGillycuddy Reeks and the shores of Dingle Bay, and then admire the coastal views of Kenmare Bay on this guided tour of must-see Ireland. You also pass through Ladies View and the Lakes of Killarney on this journey from Killarney to Ring of Kerry.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park

Ring of Kerry Tour from Killarney including Killarney National Park

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The Ring of Kerry and the Killarney National Park take pride of place on the Iveragh Peninsula, with some of Ireland’s finest coastal scenery — but the 177-kilometer (110-mile) journey makes sightseeing a challenge. This convenient 6-hour coach tour from Killarney makes it possible to complete the route in a day, plus take in traditional coastal villages such as Cahersiveen, Derrynane, and Glenbeigh. Visit the historic Bog Village with a guide, and discover top natural attractions including the Killarney Lakes, Rossbeigh Beach, and Macgillycuddy's Reeks.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour

Guided Killarney National Park Walking Tour

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Beat the crowds and enjoy nature’s tranquility on this private tour of Killarney National Park. The first national park in Ireland, Killarney is famed for its wildly scenic landscapes, its herd of red deer, and its medieval castle; it has also served as a film set and host to famous visitors like Charles de Gaulle. Pick a start time and duration that work for your schedule, and explore at your own pace.
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  • 2 hours
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$12.12
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Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

Jaunting Car Tour to Ross Castle from Killarney

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Do as the tourists of bygone years did, and explore Killarney by horse and carriage. The equivalent to a modern taxi, the jaunting car was popular in Ireland through the 19th and early 20th centuries. On this tour, you’ll learn about the area’s history, hearing tales of the Gaelic chieftains as you ride around Killarney National Park. Ross Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Killarney House Gadens are a few of the landmarks on the route.
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  • 1 hour
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Killarney National Park Tour

Killarney National Park Tour

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This is a private tour of Killarney National Park which brings you along park routes via Irish Gypsy Vanner Horse&Carriage, the routes we take which are inside the park are not accessible by car, these routes are some of the most breathtaking and picturesque in the region with mountain views across the famous lakes of Killarney. We have blankets onboard to keep you warm on those colder days as you tour the park and view the beautiful landscapes. We are the only jaunting car tour operator who focuses on small private tours and rest assure you will not be disappointed!
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  • 1 hour
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$39.38
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Killarney Jaunting Car Tour with Craft Brewery Beer & Pizza

Killarney Jaunting Car Tour with Craft Brewery Beer & Pizza

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Experience Killarney’s old-time charms the old-fashioned way in a horse carriage, or jaunting car, with your own personal “jarvey” driver/guide. Trot through the grounds of 15th-century Ross Castle, get a taste of Killarney National Park, and see sights including the cathedral and Lough Leane lake. Wrap up with a quintessentially modern experience: pizza and craft beer at the Killarney Brewing Company.
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  • 3 hours
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$59.04
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Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 3 hours.

Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 3 hours.

Follow the riding trail into the Knockreer Estate north of Lough Lein, taking in the essence of Killarney National Park. The stables are open all year for the 3 hour ride from 8am daily, offering hacking, trekking and trail riding into the Killarney National Park for three hours. Riders are asked to at the stables at least 30 minutes before start time. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981, and forms part of a Special Area of Conservation. Your trail will take you past Lough Lein, the largest of the three lakes in Killarney and across areas of stunning natural beauty. Expect amazing views of soaring mountains, and rolling hills with the unique ecosystem including numerous species of fauna and flora. All groups are guided, and all levels of experience catered for. For clients who come un-equipped, we can provide riding hats and boots.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$185.08
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Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 2 hours.

Killarney National Park Horseback Ride. Co Kerry. Guided. 2 hours.

Follow the riding trail into the Knockreer Estate north of Lough Lein, taking in the essence of Killarney National Park. The stables are open all year from 9am daily, offering hacking, trekking and trail riding into the Killarney National Park for one, two and three hours. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981, and forms part of a Special Area of Conservation. Your trail will take you past Lough Lein, the largest of the three lakes in Killarney and across areas of stunning natural beauty. Expect amazing views of soaring mountains, and rolling hills with the unique ecosystem including numerous species of fauna and flora. All groups are guided, and all levels of experience catered for. For clients who come un-equipped, we can provide riding hats and boots.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.11
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$146.11
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Private Killarney National Park Tour with an accredited chauffeur/guide

Private Killarney National Park Tour with an accredited chauffeur/guide

What better way to visit Killarney National Park than with a local native experienced accredited guide!
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  • 8 hours
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$508.93
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Highlights of Killarney Town & National Park Visit - Irish Experience Tour

Highlights of Killarney Town & National Park Visit - Irish Experience Tour

To experience the best scenic highlights of the beautiful town of Killarney and a visit to the National Park of Killarney this tour has it all. It is a fully guided tour, visiting the top highlights of the most popular town in Ireland. This fascinating & truly enjoyable walking tour offers an Irish experience like no other, including an unforgettable tour to view the magnificent National Park of Killarney.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Killarney Scavenger Hunt: O' My Killarney: Roving Through!

Killarney Scavenger Hunt: O' My Killarney: Roving Through!

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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  • 2 hours
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Day Tour - Killarney At Its Best

Day Tour - Killarney At Its Best

Get a comprehensive tour of Killarney with personalized attention on this private excursion. Get to know the quaint town of Killarney, its shops and pubs, then head over to Killarney National Park. Visit landmarks such as the Muckross House, Gardens, and Traditional Farms and others. Enjoy the flexibility to move at your own pace and ask plenty of questions.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Ring of Kerry Hike - 5 Day Self-Guided Tour

Ring of Kerry Hike - 5 Day Self-Guided Tour

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This holiday gives a wonderful introduction to some of the remoter parts of the Ring Of Kerry. This hike will bring you face to face with nature at its best. Starting in the charming town of Killarney you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Irish Traditional music. This 5 day Ring of Kerry hike takes you between the glorious Three Lakes Of Killarney and the ancient “passes”. You will be weaving between the mountain range of the McGillycuddy Reeks.   Starting from Killarney National Park and the beautiful Muckross House. Your hike follows into the Black Valley with views across to the well-known Moll’s Gap and Ladies View. From there you continue following a network of ancient paths that are nearly as old as the land itself. Following the Kerry Way to reach the northern shores of the Ring of Kerry with views across to the Dingle Peninsula. This 5-Day Holiday will be a highlight ensuring you have lasting memories of the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry.
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  • 5 days
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Ring of Kerry Hike - 8 Day Self-Guided Tour

Ring of Kerry Hike - 8 Day Self-Guided Tour

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This hiking itinerary enables you to explore the south west corner of Ireland. Considered one of the finest drives in the world, it is magical on foot, from rugged cliffs to golden beaches, small villages, green pastures, peat bogs and always picturesque mountain ranges.  You will see the “real” Ireland, away from crowds and only the sounds of nature to accompany you. This area was first settled around 300 BC by the people of Ciar – an early Celtic Tribe, and your holiday will immerse you in almost 10,000 years of dramatic history. Starting in Killarney near the magnificent Three Lakes you walk south to the heritage town of Kenmare, then through the old villages of Sneem and Caherdaniel before swinging westward with views of the monastic Skellig Islands Your route continues to Waterville – a favoured fishing location for Charlie Chaplin – through Caherciveen before finishing in Glenbeigh.  
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  • 8 days
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Muckross Park tour

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Muckross Park tour

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This tour brings you inside the breathtaking Muckross Park Estate of Killarney National Park. The routes we take via horse&carriage aren't accessible by car and boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the area! Discover the beauty of Killarney aboard the traditional mode of transport and get to meet a loveable Irish Gypsy Vanner horse up close and personal "known as the golden retriever of the horse world for their loving nature and intelligence!" We take great care of all our horses and have won awards for doing so. Visit the haunted Muckross Abbey built in the year 1448. Inside discover an ancient poisen Yew tree! But don't touch! The area is rich in history and culture and your guide will be sure to keep you entertained as you visit some of the most amazing sites The Kingdom of Kerry has to offer!! We also have wollen blankets on board to keep all passengers warm on those cooler days while out touring the National Park.
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  • 1 hour
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$36.35
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Off the beaten Path Private Tour of Ring of Kerry

Off the beaten Path Private Tour of Ring of Kerry

What better way to see the 'Ring of Kerry' than with a local experienced and licensed native guide who loves sharing her passion for her native land. Sit back and listen to the fascinating stories that go with territory. Spend most of your day in the 'off the beaten path' tracks where the coaches cannot go and which have the most spectacular of all the scenery.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$508.93
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Private Ring of Kerry luxury tour with accredited guide

Private Ring of Kerry luxury tour with accredited guide

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Book a private tour with a dedicated guide for a completely personalized tour of the Ring of Kerry from Killarney. Climb into a private vehicle, where you can relax and enjoy the scenery this route is so famous for, instead of focusing on driving and directions. Your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests and provide in-depth commentary.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Killarney National Park hours of operation?
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Killarney National Park hours of operation: 24 hour pedestrian access. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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What's the best way to experience Killarney National Park?