Visiting the Park
There are a multitude of ways for visitors to see
and experience for themselves the scenic splendour, subtle beauties
and cultural heritage of Killarney National Park.
For the active, walking and cycling are two of the
best ways to see the National Park. The network of surfaced tracks
in the Muckross, Knockreer and Ross Island areas are ideal for both
cyclists and walkers, and bicycles can be rented
from many locations in and around Killarney Town. There are many
low-level walks of all lengths in the Muckross area, including several
nature trails, details of which can be obtained from the National
Centre at Muckross
Active walkers will enjoy the Old Kenmare Road or the track around
Tomies Oakwood, with
its magnificent views down over Killarney and Lough Leane. The circuit
of Muckross Lake is a medium length (2-3 hour) walk with minimal
height gain, and once again has plenty of the superb scenery for
which Killarney is justifiably famous.
For the more energetic it is possible to combine
a walk or cycle ride with a boat trip by travelling to the top of
the Upper Lake by open boat (most boat operators will take bikes
on board), and returning to Killarney by cycling via the Gap of
Dunloe or walking via the Old Kenmare Road (not to be underestimated!).
Boat Trips are available in several locations
within the National Park, however the main boating centre is at
and from here visitors can embark on a traditional open boat trip
through the entire lake system to Lord Brandon's Cottage at the
head of the Upper Lake. This trip lasts approximately 1½-2
hours, and is one of the finest ways to experience the unspoilt
'wildness' of the National Park. Alternatively, covered 'waterbus'
trips around Lough Leane are available, which include a commentary
on some of the natural aspects of the area. Many shorter boat trips
are also available from Ross Castle, such as trips to the Island
One of the most conspicuous features of the Killarney
area is the many horse-drawn Jaunting Cars to be seen operating
both within and outside the National Park. Jaunting cars are a pleasant
and traditional way to see the area and operate on many different
routes. There are jaunting car stands at Muckross House, Torc Waterfall
and Killarney Town.
To see the area by car, the best road to take is
the Kenmare Road towards Moll's Gap. This will take you past the
magnificent Ladies View viewing point, from where you can enjoy
a superb panorama of the Upper Killarney Valley.
For groups with an interest in the Natural History
and Ecology of the National Park, staff of Killarney National Park
Education Centre are available to lead walks and give slide shows.
For more details click here.
visit in the National Park include:
The climate in Killarney is oceanic, and is heavily
influenced by the gulf stream. This means that temperatures are
generally cool in summer (July average approximately 15°c),
mild in winter (February average approximately 6°c), and it
can (and often does!) rain at any time of the year. Rain generally
tends to be light and showery however, and persistent heavy rainfall
is not common.
Access to Killarney National Park is open all year
round, and there is no charge for visiting the Park (with the exception
of certain special sites such as Muckross House and Ross Castle).
Please note that camping within the National Park is generally not
permitted, however there are many campsites close to Killarney itself.
Further details of all of the above can be obtained
by contacting the National Park Visitor Centre at Muckross
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