Find the Best Day Tours from Killarney

Embark on Killarney’s Top Tours: Adventure Awaits at Every Turn

Dive into the heart of Killarney’s natural playground with Wild N Happy Travel, where we bring you the cream of the crop in Killarney tours. Ready to paddle through serene waters with our celebrated Killarney Kayak Tours at Killarney National Park or Ross Castle, or pedal across picturesque landscapes on our Cycling Tours? Maybe you’re up for the challenge of our immersive 2-day Killarney Adventure tour. Whatever your flavor of exploration, we’ve got you covered. And for those eager to branch out, our Ring of Kerry and Dingle Tours are waiting to amaze you just around the corner.

Experience the Essence of Killarney: Day Tours for Every Explorer

Killarney is one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets and the perfect spot for anyone who loves the great outdoors,  is an adventurer’s paradise and offers some of the best day tours from Killarney. Imagine yourself gliding across tranquil lakes, conquering mountain summits, and weaving through ancient forests on foot or two wheels. It’s all here, offering you the complete Wild and Happy Experience. If your heart is set on discovering the wonders of Killarney, let us elevate your journey with experiences designed to thrill and memories that last a lifetime. Have queries or need a local’s insight? Reach out to us, and let’s get you on the path to your next great adventure!

The best Killarney day tour and multi-day tour experiences

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Walking Tour

Torc Mountain Hike – Killarney Day Tour

From€25
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Availability : Mar-Oct
Min Age : 5+
Join Wild N Happy for an amazing day in Killarney National Park. This Torc Mountain hike is the best way to explore Ireland's first national park!
Kayaking
Killarney kayaking tour

Killarney Kayaking Tour – Ross Castle

From€40
2 Hours
Availability : Mar-Oct
Discover the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a mesmerizing Killarney kayaking tour exploring Ross Island.
Cycling Tour

Killarney Cycling Tour

From€45
3 hrs 30 mins
Availability : Mar-Oct
Check out the Killarney Cycling Tour here at Wild N Happy. Cycling around Ireland's oldest national park with local expert guides.
Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing & Abseiling in Killarney

From€50
3 hrs 30 mins
Availability : Mar -Oct
Min Age : 5+
Check out the Rock Climbing and Abseiling in Killarney here at Wild N Happy. Get a taste for rock climbing with a professional guide.
Kayaking
Small goup enjoying a kayaking tour in Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Killarney Kayak Tour – Innisfallen Island

From€50
2 hrs 30 mins
Availability : Mar-Oct
Discover the hidden beauty of the Lakes of Killarney with a gentle Killarney kayaking tour exploring the magical island of Innisfallen.
Hiking

Carrauntoohil Guided Hike

From€50
1 Day
Availability : Mar-Oct
Min Age : 10+
Summit Ireland's tallest peak, Carrauntoohil, near Killarney, on this spectacular 1 day guided hike,
Day Tour
Ring of Kerry - Bray Head, Valentia Island

Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island

From€65
9 Hours
Availability : Mar - Oct
Join Wild N Happy for an amazing Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Day Tour. Journey off the beaten track to see the real Ireland!
Boat & Hike or Bike Tour

The Gap of Dunloe Tour

From€65
6 hrs 30 mins
Availability : Mar-Oct
Explore the wild landscapes of the Gap of Dunloe and the Lakes of Killarney on this wondrous 1 day tour.
Day Tour
Dramatic cliffs of Dunmore Head on the Dingle Pennisula in Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle & Slea Head

From€65
9 Hours
Availability : Mar-Oct
Discover the stunning Dingle Peninsula with its rugged coastline, colourful town, Gaelic culture, and layers of history to explore.
Multi-Day Tour
Friends holding baby lamb in Co. Kerry, Ireland

Dingle & The Ring Of Kerry Day Tour

From€130
2 days
Availability : Mar-Oct
Explore the beautiful destinations of Dingle and the Ring of Kerry on this unique off the beaten track experience.
Multi-Day Tour

Discover Killarney – 2 Day Tour from Killarney

From€130
2 Days
Availability : Mar-Oct
Explore the wild and adventurous landscapes of Killarney and its majestic national park on this 2 day tour.
Multi-Day Tour

Discover Wild Kerry Tour

From€195
3 days
Availability : Mar-Oct
Discover Wild Kerry on this 3 day tour exploring the spectacular settings of Dingle, the Ring of Kerry and Killarney!

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Killarney FAQs

What are the best day tour experiences in Killarney?

Looking for the best and unique experience while visiting Killarney? Then check out Wild N Happy’s top list of experiences below and unearth the real Killarney. 

1. Ross Castle Kayak Tour 


The Ross Castle Kayak Tour is the best way to experience the Lakes of Killarney and offers you a real unique insight into the historical importance of Ross Castle. You will get the opportunity to kayak through a limestone cave and delve into how the Lakes surrounding landscapes were formed and observe beautiful nature close at hand.

Location and Key Information

Address: Ross Castle, Lower Car Park, Ross Road, KillarneyFind on Google Maps

Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


2. Innisfallen Kayak Tour

Set in the heart of Ireland’s first National Park, the Innisfallen Kayak Tour on the Lakes of Killarney will let you experience the unique beauty of Innisfallen Island and its rich history and wildlife diversity.

Location and Key Information

Address: Ross Castle, Lower Car Park, Ross Road, KillarneyFind on Google Maps

Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


3. Carrauntoohil Guided Hike

On the bucket list for many is to hike to the top of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. It is an impressive pyramid shaped mountain that soars 1040 metres into the Killarney skyline and sits high upon its throne, the MacGillyCuddy reeks. The Carrauntoohil Guided Hike offers striking views of steep gullies, glaciated formed lakes and knife edge ridges that have been carved out and shaped by nature’s delicate hands.

Location and Key Information

Address: Cronins Yard, Mealis, Beaufort, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Find on Google Maps

Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


4. Killarney Cycling Tour 


The best way by far to explore Killarney town and National Park is by bicycle. There are some many great places to visit and the park offers a wide variety of trails that will take you off the beaten track. The Killarney Cycling Tour takes you on a magical journey from the centuries old ruins of Muckross Abbey to the majestic Torc Waterfall that flows into the glacier shaped lakes of Killarney

Location and Key Information

Address: Killarney Tourist Information Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


5. Torc Mountain Hike

Take a unique way to explore the true beauty of Killarney with a spectacular guided Torc Mountain Hike where you will get to experience the incredible scenery of Ireland’s first national park. From Torc Waterfall, ancient woodlands and then finally reaching the summit of Torc, 535m, for a majestic view of the Lakes of Killarney and its surrounding mountains.

Location and Key Information

Address: Torc Waterfall, Lower car park, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/

6. Boat & Bike Tour of the Gap of Dunloe  

The Gap of Dunloe Boat & Bike Tour is a full day experience departing at 10:00 am and returning to Killarney at 4:30 pm approximately. It is a highly recommended way to get a bird’s eye view of Killarney National Park, the Lakes of Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe. 

Your adventure can start at Ross Castle where you can bring your rented bike on the boat which passes through the three lakes before arriving at Lord Brandon’s Cottage. From here, jump upon your bike as you meander through up and through the magnificent Gap of Dunloe. You can stop off at the traditional Irish pub of Kate Kearney’s for lunch before returning by road to Killarney.

Location and Key Information

Address: Killarney Tourist Information Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/

7. Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island Day Tour

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most famous, beautiful and renowned scenic driving routes in the world. People from the four corners of the earth come to experience its fascinating history, enchanting landscape and amazingly friendly people. 

The Ring of Kerry & Valentia Island day tour will take you off the beaten track to explore this destination’s dramatic landscapes of wild rugged coastline, golden beaches, glistening lakes, picturesque villages and spectacular mountain ranges.

Location and Key Information

Address: Killarney Tourist Information Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


8. Dingle & Slea Head Day Tour

Considered one of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland, the Dingle Peninsula, is an idyllic paradise for those who want to experience the real wild side of Ireland.

Sitting on the edge of Europe with the roar of the wild Atlantic beating against its sandy shores, take a unique off the beaten track experience with a Dingle & Slea Head Day Tour in which you get to explore a rugged wild landscape strewn with archaeological wonders and immerse yourself in a living Gaelic culture that has shaped Dingles unique history.

Location and Key Information

Address: Killarney Tourist Information Centre, Beech Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


9. Rock Climbing & Abseiling

If you are looking for a memorable adventure then look no further than a Rock Climbing and Abseiling experience in the Gap of Dunloe just outside the picturesque town of Killarney. The walk up through the Gap of Dunloe is superb. Peace and quiet and the sounds of the birds on the trees as you walk along.

Location and Key Information

Address: Kate Kearney’s Cottage, Gap of Dunloe, Dunloe Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry Find on Google Maps
Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/


I should say there are many more experiences in Killarney but the list can go on forever. So hopefully this concise recommended list of the best experiences to have while visiting Killarney has benefited you. 

What are the best places and attractions to visit in Killarney? 

If you are looking to discover all the best places to visit in Killarney then check out Wild N Happy Travel’s recommended list of the best attractions to visit in Killarney.

Discover through a local guide’s eye the best places to visit, each telling a story of how Killarney has been shaped. From its national park to the ruins of a 15th Century Castle on the Lakes of Killarney, Killarney has so much to offer.

1. Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is Ireland’s first National Park and was initially known as the Bourn Vincent Memorial Park and comprised about 4,300 hectares. It was given to the State in 1932 by Arthur Vincent and his parents-in-law, in memory of Maud who died in 1929.

Today the park is called Killarney National Park and it is more than double the size it was in 1932. It includes the three lakes, Knockreer Estate, Ross Island, Innisfallen and the townlands Glena, Ullauns and Poulagower. The options for outdoor activities in the national park are almost unlimited, as they include hiking, walking, cycling, kayaking and much more. Red deer are very common in the area and it is not unusual that they cross your path without hesitation.

Location and Key Information

Address: The National Park, Dromyrourk, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Maps

Website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie

2. Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms

Muckross House is a 65 room mansion house designed by William Burns and completed in 1843. Queen Victoria visited Killarney and stayed at the house in 1861. 

This is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Ireland with house tours, traditional farms, a garden restaurant and craft shop to enjoy. In 1932, William Bourne and Arthur Vincent gifted Muckross House and the accompanying 11,00 acres to the Irish State and also created Ireland’s first National Park.

Location and Key Information

Address: The National Park, Dromyrourk, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Maps

Website: www.muckross-house.ie

3. Muckross Abbey

Muckross Abbey is an ecclesiastical site in Killarney National Park. It was founded in 1448 as a Franciscan Friary and is 1,5 km from Muckross House.

The central feature of Muckross Abbey is a central courtyard that contains a huge Yew tree surrounded by a vaulted cloister. It is traditionally said that this tree is as old as Muckross Abbey itself. The abbey was burned down in 1654 by Cromwellian forces under General Ludlow and fell into ruin over the years. But also after the Cromwellian war it was used as a burial place of local chieftains.

Location and Key Information

Address: Carrigafreaghane, The National Park, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Maps

Website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie


4. Killarney House & Gardens

In the 1720s Valentine Browne built a French chateau style residence on today’s site, which was called Kenmare House as it was the residence of the Earls of Kenmare. 

Since then, the house and gardens have seen many new owners, changes in styles and ultimately a new direction in its life. In 1959, the then owner, Mrs Grosvenor sold the Kenmare House together with 100 km² land to an American syndicate, which resold it to John McShain, an American building contractor in 1959. McShain and his wife extensively renovated the building and renamed it Killarney House. In 1978, they sold the house and most of their grounds to the Irish state in order to protect its beauty and make it part of the Killarney National Park.

In 2011, restoration works began and in 2016 the house was opened to the public. It is now used as a visitor centre of Killarney National Park, offers tours through the historic rooms and the garden and holds changing exhibitions.

Location and Key Information

Address: Killarney House & Gardens, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Maps

Website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie


5. Ladies View

Ladies View is a scenic viewpoint on the Ring of Kerry tourist route. It is located around 19 km south west from Killarney town and is ranked as one of the most photographed places in Ireland. 

The name refers to Queen Victoria’s and her court ladies’ admiration of the view, when they visited Killarney in 1861 and stayed in Muckross House. The view includes the lakes of Killarney and the valley and is breathtaking at every time of the year. 

Location and Key Information

Address: Ladies’ View, Derrycunnihy, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Maps

Website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie


6. Torc Waterfall

Torc Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located at the base of Torc Mountain. It is 70-80 feet (20 metres) in height and is located around 8 km south from Killarney. 

The waterfalls are a 200 metre walk from the car park just off the N71 road and the climb to the top of the waterfalls is by way of a stone path of about a hundred steps (and circa 55 metres in elevation gain), and takes around 30 minutes to complete. The name Torc comes from the irish translation for “wild boar”, as the area is associated with many legends involving wild boars. You can hike  to the summit of Torc Mountain or walk the nearby Muckross loop trails in blue, red or green for a great experience. 

Location and Key Information

Address: Cloghereen Upper, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Find on Google Maps

Website: www.killarneynationalpark.ie


7. Ross Castle & Island

Ross island is a beautiful setting on the shores of Lough Leane on the Lakes of Killarney. The island is famous for having one of the oldest copper mines in Europe, dating back to the Bronze Age (5,00 years ago) and it is also home to a 15th Century castle known as Ross Castle. 

This impressive castle which sits proud on the edge of Lough Leane was once ruled by the O’Donoghue clan and famously was amongst the last to surrender to the notorious Roundheads of Oliver Cromwell. There are daily tours available to enjoy all of its fantastic interior and history.

Location and Key Information

Address: Ross Castle, Lower Car Park, Ross Road, KillarneyFind on Google Maps

Website: www.heritageireland.ie


8. The Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a stunning glacial formed mountain pass between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (west) and Purple Mountain (east). Its name comes from Gaelic (Irish) Dún Lóich, means “Lóich’s stronghold”, otherwise known as Bearna an Choimín meaning “gap of the common-land”.

It is about 11 km (6.8 miles) from north to south and within the valley are five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake, and Black Lough (north to south). These lakes are connected by the River Loe. Between the first two lakes is an old arch bridge called the ‘Wishing Bridge’ so named because it is said that wishes made while upon it are destined to come true.

Location and Key Information

Address: The Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, Co. KerryFind on Google Map

Website: The Gap of Dunloe


9. Aghadoe Viewing Point

Aghadoe is a spectacular viewing point that overlooks Killarney town, the lakes and mountains of Killarney.  

It takes its name from Acha Dá Eo, which is Gaelic (Irish) for “The place of the two yew trees” which was a tradition to have in churchyards to protect the building and cemetery from evil. The area is famous for its views of the lakes and islands, including Innisfallen Island. There is also the ruins of a 13th century Parkavonear Castle and of “Aghadoe Cathedral,” an old Romanesque church which makes it a stunning location for views, historians and archaeologists. 

Location and Key Information

Address: Aghadoe, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Find on Google Maps

Website: Aghadoe


10. Visit Innisfallen Island  

This is a must do for everyone. The island is located on Lough Leane and is home to a herd of wild deer and the ruins of Innisfallen abbey and monastery which was founded in 640 by St. Finian the Leper

It was occupied for approximately 850 years and during this period, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. According to tradition the Irish High King Brian Boru received his education on the island. You can explore this amazing island by hiring a rowing boat or taking the relaxing Innisfallen Kayak Tour from Ross Castle. 

Location and Key Information

Address: Innisfallen Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry – Find on Google Maps

Website: http://wildnhappytravel.com/tours-of-killarney/

When is the best time to visit Killarney?

To be honest, there isn’t one! Each season offers a different experience of this popular tourist destination. It’s all down to personal preference, but if you are looking for a holiday with a warm, friendly welcome from the locals, and a holiday full of unique culture, beautiful scenery, history and “craic”, then all I can say, without a doubt, whatever time you come, you will have an enjoyable time.

The majority of people visit in the peak season, which is June, July and August, in hopes of good weather. However, I’m sure you have heard that in Ireland, there is no guarantee of “good” weather. 

If you want a better idea of the average temperatures and daylight hours from month to month here is a table of all the averages for you. This might help you decide which specific month you’d like to come for your trip. 

 

Average Temperatures in Ireland

Spring

 

Summer

 

Autumn

 

Winter

 

February   

5°C
(41°F)

May

11°C
        (51°F)   

August

14°C
(57°F)

November

7°C
(44.6°F)

March

6°C
     (42.8°F)       

June

13°C
(55°F)

September 

13°C
(55.4°F)   

December   

6°C
(42.8°F)

April

8°C
(46°F)

July

15°C
(59°F)

October

10°C
(50°F)

January

5°C
(41°F)

 

Average Hours of Daylight in Ireland

Spring

 

Summer

 

Autumn

 

Winter

 

February  

9 hrs
15mins

May

15 hrs
15 mins

August

15 hrs
15 mins

November

9 hrs

March

11 hrs

June

16 hrs
50 mins

September

13 hrs
15 mins

December

7 hrs
30 mins

April

13 hrs

July

16 hrs
50 mins

October

11 hrs
15 mins

January

7 hrs
15 mins


So now hopefully you have all the information you need to make an informed decision about when is the best time for you to come visit.

What is the weather like in Killarney? 

We have a saying in Ireland ‘If you don’t like the weather just wait a minute’. Which means expect to have four seasons in one day. 

As Killarney’s weather is dominated by the Atlantic Ocean, as such we have far smaller temperature variations across the seasons than other countries this far north of the equator. Temperatures vary from an average of 8°C / 46°F in the winter to 19°C / 66°F in the summer. 

For more general weather information we suggest you visit worldweather. 

What currency is accepted in Killarney? 

In Killarney they use the Euro as our currency. However, as part of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland’s official currency is the British Pound.

Is tipping customary in Killarney?

Tips are not included in our tour price and tipping is entirely at your discretion. A guided price to tipping in Killarney is generally between 10-15% of cost value.

What is internet access like in Killarney? 

Internet access is quite good in Killarney with most B&Bs, hotels, cafés, pubs and tourist attractions providing Wi-Fi access to their customers or visitors.

Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Killarney?

Mobile phone coverage is good in most parts of Killarney. However, ensure your global roaming is fully activated before travelling to Killarney, so you can enjoy the benefits of your phone plan away from home. 

What are toilets/restrooms like in Killarney?

Toilets/Restrooms in Killarney are modern and flushable. In addition to the public restrooms you can also find them in most attractions, restaurants and pubs.

Is smoking legal in Killarney? 

In 2004, Ireland became the first smoke-free country in Europe. While smoking is prohibited in work and public places, it is however permitted in the street, in some hotel rooms and in private accommodation.

Can I drink the water in Killarney?

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Killarney, however, it is recommended to ask your accommodation venue if it is possible to drink their water.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Killarney?

While most Killarney stores and hotels accept major credit cards, smaller cafes, pubs and shops might require a minimum purchase amount. As a few of them do not accept credit cards at all, it is always a good idea to carry a little bit of cash.

What is ATM access like in Killarney?

ATMs are common in Killarney, they can generally be found outside banks, in grocery stores and in transit centres.

What to pack for a tour in Killarney? 

  • Rain jacket and pants 
  • Walking boots, shoes or appropriate footwear for watersports
  • Rucksack or appropriate bag for carrying food and clothing 
  • Suitable hiking clothing (fleece, hat, gloves, etc.)
  • No cotton t-shirts or jeans as these items will hold water and may accelerate chances of hypothermia
  • Spare clothes and shoes for after activities
  • Food, warm drink and water (500 litres approximately)

What are the emergency numbers for Killarney?

If you are within the Killarney area you can omit the prefix 064 for any of the numbers below that have that prefix.

The emergency services can be contacted by telephoning 112/999. This number is accessible free of charge from any telephone and is the initial contact when requiring the Police (Garda), Ambulance, Fire Brigade or Lifeguard emergency services.

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