The Killarney National Park Day Tour

Take Ireland’s tallest mountain range, its only wild herd of native red deer, its biggest ancient oak forests, and its most famous lakes, and set them in 25,000 acres of pristine wilderness. You’ve just found Killarney National Park.


Killarney National Park is somewhere you could explore for the rest of your life and never uncover all of its delights, but at Hand in Hand Tours, we will give you a tantalising flavour. Whatever your interests and timeline, we can tailor your Killarney National Park day tour to suit. Here are just some of the highlights you may wish to include…

Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

Muckross House is an elegant Victorian mansion beloved by locals and tourists alike. Set in manicured gardens against the rugged backdrop of Killarney National Park, this is a stunning tribute to the visit of Queen Victoria in 1861 (which almost bankrupted the owners). Enjoy a tour of the house, stroll among the gardens on the shores of Muckross Lake, and linger over lunch in the airy restaurant.

The grounds contain an impressive rockery, built out of the local limestone, with lush shrubbery and an arboretum.


You could also pay a visit to Muckross Traditional Farms, which recreate Ireland of the 1930s and 1940s. Three working farms house a traditional-style primary school, a labourer’s cottage, a carpenter’s workshop, and a blacksmith’s forge.

Ross Castle

Ross Castle is poised on the edge of Killarney’s lower lake (Lough Leane) guarding the stronghold of 15th-century O’Donoghue Mór. According to legend, O’Donoghue remains in a deep sleep at the bottom of Lough Leane, but he emerges on the first morning of May every seven years to ride his white horse around the lake.

If you see him, you are said to be guaranteed good luck for the rest of your life. What is not legend is that Ross Castle remained the last stronghold in Munster to resist Cromwell, eventually falling to General Ludlow in 1652. It has a fascinating history and is well worth a guided tour. The castle is open to the public in summer.

Torc Waterfall

Situated just 2.5 km (1.5 miles) from the entrance to Muckross House, you will find the carpark for Torc Waterfall. Particularly after heavy rain (and we get quite a lot of that around here), Torc Waterfall is an impressive cascade of about 200 metres (220 yards) gushing from the side of Torc Mountain. A series of steps follows the path of the waterfall and extends beyond it, to give you stunning views of Muckross Lake.

Ladies View Killarney

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms
  • Closeby, don’t miss the 15th century Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall
  • Visit Killarney House and Gardens, adjacent to Killarney town, which contains an excellent interpretive exhibition of Killarney National Park
  • Travel out to the Gap of Dunloe and enjoy this scenic wonder sitting between Tomies and Purple mountains and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
  • Stop at Kate Kearney’s Cottage on your way from ‘the Gap’ for a quick pint

Tour Highlights

  • Visit Muckross House and Muckross Traditional Farms
  • Closeby, don’t miss the 15th century Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall
  • Visit Killarney House and Gardens, adjacent to Killarney town, which contains an excellent interpretive exhibition of Killarney National Park
  • Travel out to the Gap of Dunloe and enjoy this scenic wonder sitting between Tomies and Purple mountains and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks
  • Stop at Kate Kearney’s Cottage on your way from ‘the Gap’ for a quick pint

The Gap of Dunloe

Starting about 12km (7.5 miles) from Killarney town, the day trip through the Gap of Dunloe is an experience you will not forget, and one that will give you a true flavour of the variety of scenery in Killarney National Park.

You can travel by pony, jaunting car, or foot through the dramatic pass carved by glaciers between the McGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain before taking a boat ride through all three of the famous Lakes of Killarney. We will then transport you from the pier at Ross Castle to your accommodation or preferred destination.

Killarney House & Gardens

Set behind “the Golden Gates,” next to Killarney town, you will find the delightful, chateau-style Killarney House. Once the stable block of a French-style mansion by Valentine Browne in the mid-1720s, it has been lovingly restored.

 Today, you can tour the historic rooms and stroll in the exquisite gardens. A new interpretive exhibition centre provides fascinating insights into the local landscape and the conservation work underway to protect it.

Remember!
These are just some of the attractions within Killarney National Park. Allow Hand in Hand Tours to design your perfect experience. Please contact us to discuss tour requirements.