Kicking Back in Killarney

Kerry, KillarneySituated in the spectacular county of Kerry, Killarney attracts plenty of visitors to the green and often rainy southwest regions of Ireland. It offers fantastic landscapes, a lively atmosphere, great traditional music and a well-developed tourist infrastructure. It’s also a very good base to tour the famous Ring of Kerry drive, with its dramatic coastal views.

The town is located next to the Lakes of Killarney – a chain of impossibly twisted lakes, wonderfully filled with little islands. The most notable is Innisfallen, and tourists can hire a rowboat to row out to this island and see the famous 7th century monastery. The best way to see the lakes is from a boat with trips leaving every half hour from Kenmare Castle, a monument of national importance that leaves a haunting reflection among the fog which often shrouds the lake. Also within the national park is Muckross House which has earned the name ‘Jewel of Killarney’, and visitors shouldn’t pass by this interesting site.

Another way to see the lakes from a different perspective is from the ‘Ladies View’ on the roadside that goes up the hills behind the Killarney National Park. One more great way to take in the view of the lakes is to take one of the many walking trails that follow the winding shoreline of the lakes.

One of the main reasons tourists visit Killarney is to drive the memorable Ring of Kerry, a road which leisurely winds its way around the Dingle Peninsula, affording impressive views of the coastline and stunning mountains. Tralee is 20 miles northwest of Killarney. It is the commercial hub of County Kerry and three times as large as Killarney. The harbor in Tralee is four miles to the northwest of the town, at Fenit – an important sailing center.

On rainy days, the locals enjoy meeting to spin a few yarns around pints of Guinness. But the real draw card is the outstanding ‘diddly eye’ music, which visitors can enjoy in several venues across the town.