Killarney in Co. Kerry is part of the ring of Kerry next to the Killarney national park surrounded by the three Lakes of Killarney, Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake it is also home to Muckross estate, St Mary’s cathedral, the 15th Century Ross Castle and Muckross Abbey.
Killarney town and national park is over looked by the Macgillycuddy Reeks mountain Range which includes Irelands heist Mountain Carrauntoohil standing at over 1000 meters with its tip touching the sky like a giant guardian to the town below. These are magnificent when viewed from Killarney town and are a calling for many walkers to explore. You can also find the famous Torc Mountain and waterfall’s which see many people each year flooding to walk along the ridge or take romantic photos by the falls.
Muckross estate was bought as a wedding present to Maud Vincent by her father in 1910. In 1929 Maud died and the estate was donated to the Irish Free State in her memory in 1932. At this time the estate covered 43.3 square kilometers. By 1970 due to threats to Irish national parks it was decided to make it a category II ICUN Park and it was expanded to include the Killarney lakes. The park is now more than double its original size and the oldest national park in Ireland.
This is a very vibrant and bustling town, Killarney is known worldwide for it live music, bars and evening dancing. Throughout the town and surrounding area you will find a number of Hotels and B&B which become full during the holiday seasons and event weekends. Hotels have live music nights from famous Irish singers or céilí nights which are known internationally and can be booked up a year in advance. If you are looking to get a piece of Irish music culture then this is the town to be.
There is so much to do in Killarney you will find it hard to fit it all in. For the walkers you have landed in a great area from strolling the lakes and national park to the challenges of the mountain tops, Torc Mountain provides 3 different challenging walks from a stroll along the lower ridge to a climb named cardiac hill to the upper ridge.
There are water sports, horse riding, cycling, swimming, dancing, history tours and historic building to visit, adventure runs, shopping and eating out. Driving the ring of Kerry or Dingle for a whole day tour, what more can a small town offer. This is my favorite town in Ireland and I always try to visit when travelling around the west coast.
When we come to Ireland we are lucky to have family very close to the town where we can stay. If you are coming here with your motorhome then you can stay at Killarney Flesk caravan and camping site which is a 30 min walk to the town or Fleming’s White Bridge park which is also a 30 min walk to town. Further out you have Donoghues White Villa Farm Park and Fossa Park. For parking in Killarney head down Mission Road and on your right is a large parking area, near the post office, which usually does not have restriction for campers. I have also seen people stopping over night here. Lidl which is in town also allows free stopovers as does Tesco, it’s advised to enquire with the manager to ensure this has not changed. There is currently no designated Aire in Co. Kerry and the council do not promote stopovers around the county. You can find locations on the web where people have stopped over night, but it is unsure if you may be moved on. We have stopped at Slea head and found it to be OK for a free stopover. If people know of safe stopovers around Killarney then please let me know and I will add it to the web site.