People have been escaping to Killarney – in the ancient Kingdom of Kerry – for over 250 years. They come for the legendary beauty: the lakes, waterfalls, mountain peaks and heartstopping views. And they come for the craic agus ceol: the good times and the banter, the pubs, live music, and easy Irish charm.

Queen Victoria visited and fell in love with it. Poets and songwriters have waxed lyrical about it. It’s known as “the home of the traditional Irish welcome”, because this is where Irish tourism began.

“Beauty’s home, Killarney” (as the song goes) is in Ireland’s first great National Park, where Na Crucha Dubha – the country’s highest mountains – ring three gorgeous glacial lakes. Ireland’s only herd of native red deer roam wild here in ancient woods of oak and yew. Rare white-tailed sea eagles drift overhead.

The town is on the north-east shore of the largest of the three Lakes of Killarney –Lough Leane, or Lake of Learning – where the medieval monks of Inisfallen recorded the earliest history of Ireland. Killarney makes it easy to enjoy nature – to be as active or as laid-back as you choose. There are easy strolls and challenging hikes, trips and tours. Everything’s geared towards making sure you have a great time. The boat trip across the three lakes is a magical experience. Back in town, the streets are a hive of activity, full of life … Irish through and through. No wonder, when you say “Killarney” to an Irish person, they’ll start to smile …

Killarney’s a great base for exploring South West Ireland’s three Wild Atlantic Way peninsulas – Dingle, Beara and Iveragh – and the world-famous Ring of Kerry. When staying in Killarney why not book a private sightseeing tour with Kerry Experience Tours to discover the best the area has to offer. Of course we would also be happy to arrange a tailor-made chauffeur-driven vacation for you including all transfers, sightseeing tours and your accommodation in Killarney.