The southwest of Ireland has spectacular places of natural beauty, and Killarney is the ultimate base for touring this area.
Historically Killarney tourism goes back at least to the mid 18th century. When the then Viscount Kenmare (Lord Kenmare), began to attract visitors and new residents to the town. The date of 1747 was used in recent 250-year celebrations to honour the history of Killarney tourism. A visit by Queen Victoria in 1861 gave the town some international exposure.
Killarney benefited greatly from the coming of the railway in July 1853.
Killarney has been to the forefront of Irish Tourist for many years. The southwest of Ireland has spectacular places of natural beauty, and Killarney is the ultimate base for touring this area. The RING OF Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula play a big part in Killarneys tourism menu. For the tour bus business it is the start and finish of these scenic routes. It is a fact that it’s a holiday location for 250 years resulting in high quality accommodation to suit all budgets and holiday plans. You can be guaranteed with such tradition behind them, your welcome and their service will be professional as well as warm and friendly.
Principal Tour Options
We have listed below a number of the principal tours and outlined the traditional method of getting to the places outlined. The Killarney and South-west region offer numerous other touring options to the visitor, many of which can be tailored to suit specific requirements and indeed in most cases, constructed as you go along by simply exploring the landscape at your own pace. All can be also experienced in one’s own time and method of choice.
Jaunting Car Trips
Killarney is famous for the traditional Jaunting Car Trips of the local spots. It is a horse drawn carriage driven by a person known as a Jarvey. Jaunting Cars are available for large groups and independent travellers. Tours include The Lakes, Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and, just about anywhere in Killarney you might want to visit.
Boat Trips & Inisfallen
The lakes of Killarney are world famous beauty spots. No visit to Killarney is complete without taking a boat trip on its famous and enchanting lakes. Again the visitor has a choice of organised group boating trips in open lake boats, group & independent trips on the all-weather luxury Lake Cruisers or, in traditional rowing boats. One stop you should make is Inisfallen Island and its monastic ruins dating back to the 11th Century.
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