Killarney (Cill Airne)
Welcome to Killarney Town and Valley (Cill Airne in Gaelic means the Church of the Sloes). Whether you are intending to visit or coming to live and work in Killarney, we hope you will find the information and contacts you require to suit your purpose of visit. We are all very proud of our vibrant "little" town and the incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside which makes Killarney a very special place indeed. Brim full of history, heritage, activities, and world class hospitality. Killarney is populated with enthusiastic and welcoming people, and this enthusiasm is reflected in many national and international awards, the most recent being when Killarney was selected as Ireland's Tidiest Town for 2011.
Festivals abound in Killarney, from St.Patrick's Day to Christmas in Killarney; your choice is endless and unbeatable. Killarney has over 250 years experience in welcoming guests. With Ireland's finest choice of Accommodation, Dining & Entertainment, Touring & Shopping Options, Sporting Activities galore and many nearby Blue Flag Beaches, - all located in the midst of breathtaking and ever-changing beautiful landscapes, you will not be disappointed.
With 26,000 Acres of “free to roam” Killarney National Park surrounded by Kerry’s wonderful landscapes and wilderness, miles of nearby golden “blue flag” beaches and a choice of accommodation, dining and entertainment options second to none, there are few places elsewhere on this earth that can offer the outdoor enthusiast such wonderful choice within such an intimate and hospitable location.It is said that ‘in Killarney, you will find a different walking route for every day in the year’. This may be an exaggeration, but only just !!. At any time of year, with or without guides, walkers can choose from low level parkland walks around beautiful lakes and through some of Ireland’s oldest Oakwoods, to higher level hill walks on old coach roads and bridle paths, or for the more adventurous, take on the 3000 feet + summits of the “iconic” MacGillicuddy Reeks. Long and short “linear” walks including some of the pioneering “waymarked” walks like the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way can be navigated in full or in part. Killarney has a plethora of “loop walks” where walkers return to the start point without recovering their steps – some can be completed in 30 minutes while others can take 4+ hours.
Many of Killarney’s accommodation providers cater specifically for the outdoor enthusiast.
‘Route Maps’ and ‘Pocket Guides’ are available for the recognised established routes, but Killarney offers the pleasure of numerous walking options that are still very much in their ‘undiscovered’ state, presenting the walker with the opportunity to explore and discover at will !!. For High level Mountain Climbs, we recommend that experienced and insured guides are used. For the ‘Longer Distance Walks’, fully organised / guided options are also available.
Remember when visiting the countryside and nature – “Leave No Trace”.
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