One of Ireland’s most visited areas has to be the county of Kerry. The wildness of the landscape and the unmistakable green countryside make it an unmissable destination on your journey around the emerald isle. Killarney is arguably one of Ireland’s most famous and most visited towns in the west and it’s easy to see why.
The winding streets are full of quaint cafes and restaurants as well as traditional pubs where you can while away a few hours enjoying local music and chats with the locals.
The surrounding countryside is what makes this destination so loved, however. The lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park are some of the most wonderful examples of Ireland’s lush green countryside.
Just minutes from the town and resting on the banks of the lakes is Ross Castle. This 15th-century castle is in excellent condition offering a look into Ireland in the Middle Ages. The drive around the lakes is an unmissable experience that should be on everyone’s itinerary during their tour of Ireland. Another great stop along the way is Moll’s Gap, offering breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks mountains, the highest mountain range in the country. Journey through the Black Valley and see the Gap of Dunloe, an 11km route which passes five lakes: Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough.
Torc Waterfall is also worth the stop to see the beauty of the water cascading down the foothills of Torc mountain. Ladies View offers stunning views across the lakes, well worth the stop to get some photos.
In the heart of Killarney National Park stands Muckross House, the 19th-century Victorian mansion. Visited recently by Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, the house hosted Queen Victoria and her family in 1861. Today, the house is one of the most visited points in Killarney National Park. You can see master weavers at work in the craft workshop or visit the traditional farms to see what life was like in rural Ireland in the 1920s and 30s. The gardens and grounds of the house are well maintained and perfect for an afternoon stroll.
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