A Guide to what Killarney National Park Offers
Right at the heart of County Kerry is the inspirational scenery of Killarney National Park; one of only 6 national parks in Ireland and the only national park in County Kerry. With its inspirational glassy lakes, mountains and wooded hills, Killarney National Park is a joy to discover on a cottage break and a sight to behold.
Situated to the south of the town of Killarney is Killarney National Park. This park is home to the highest mountains in Ireland; McGillycuddy’s Reeks, as well as some wonderful glassy lakes. The largest lake within Killarney National Park is Lough Leane. This is not the only lake found within the park though as also within the park is Muckoss Lake and Upper Lake.
Points of interest within the park include Ross Castle (an impressive castle with prominent tower house that dates back to the 15th century) and Mucross House and Gardens where there is also a shop and restaurant.
There is also a popular tearoom at Killarney House, whwere there is also an education centre.
Perhaps the best draw of the park though is its stunning natural beauty and unspoilt nature which makes it a great place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, orienteering, pony trekking and wildlife watching for deer and birds. For something different, you may want to try a pony and trap ride or book to take a boat trip through the tranquil lakes.
Whatever you opt to see and do in Killarney National Park, this is a truly beautiful part of County Kerry.