Killarney town is surrounded by 26,000 acres of National Parkland, including three stunning lakes. The focal point of the National Park for visitors is Muckross House and Gardens a late 19th century mansion featuring all the furnishings and artefacts of the period and is a major visitor attraction.
For the active, walking and cycling are the best ways to see the National Park. There is a network of surfaced tracks in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the park which are ideal for both cyclists and walkers. Bicycles can be rented in and around Killarney Town. There are numerous low-level walks as well as some marked circular routes and some nature trails in the Muckross area. All routes provide the visitor with wonderful views of Killarney’s spectacular scenery.
For those that prefer something a little more energetic there is the magical Gap of Dunloe trip. This involves a boat trip from Ross Castle through the Lower and Middle lakes into the upper lake to Lord Brandon’s Cottage. (Boat operators will take bikes on the trip) From here you can either, walk, cycle or take a pony and trap through the 12 kilometres to the Gap of Dunloe to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Boat trips are available at Ross Castle and at Dundag in Muckross. There are trips to Innisfallen Island on the Lower Lake and to Dinis Cottage on the Middle Lake. Two covered waterbuses operate from Ross Castle on the Lower Lake. Horse drawn jaunting cars are available in Killarney Town and Muckross and offer a traditional and enjoyable way of experiencing the National Park.
Knockreer, Killarney House and Ross Island are all within walking distance of Killarney Town. Muckross House and Gardens, Walled Garden Restaurant and Traditional Farms and can be accessed by the motor entrance on the Kenmare Road N71 approximately 6.5 kilometres from the town.