One Day in Killarney: Itinerary + Tips

Killarney is a must-visit destination when traveling through Ireland. One day in Killarney allows you to experience the town and some of the best of Killarney National Park and its surrounding areas. If you only have one day in Killarney, don’t worry, because it’s enough time to see some of the highlights and get a taste of what the town has to offer!

Things to Do in Killarney

Note: Free things to do are also included for those on a budget!

Morning Recommendations

1. Explore Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is a favorite among visitors and locals to Ireland. The park is well known for its famous viewpoints such as Ladies View and Dunloe Gap. If you have limited time, consider doing a guided tour of the park to make sure you see all the highlights! You can drive through the park, rent a bike in Killarney town, or join a guided tour to explore the park. Note: There are tours from the town center for everyone in every price range!

Book a tour of Killarney National Park!

These Killarney National Park tours are some of the most popular to book in Killarney. With one day in Killarney it’s a great way to see the best of the park! Click here to check prices and book!

2. Do a Killarney Falconry Walk

Killarney Falconry

One of my favorite things to do in Killarney was a falconry experience. It’s an incredible experience where you get to handle and interact with a variety of birds of prey. The knowledgeable falconer will teach you about the history of falconry and introduce you to their incredible birds. You’ll never forget this experience!

Afternoon Recommendations

1. Visit Ross Castle

Ross Castle Killarney

Ross Castle is one of the most breathtaking castles in Southern Ireland. Located on the edge of Lough Leane, it’s quite an incredible sight with its tall stone walls and circular towers. Ross Castle admission includes a guided tour inside the castle. Afterward, feel free to wander the grounds at your own pace!

2. Take a Boat Ride on Lough Leane

Lough Leane is the largest of Killarney’s three lakes! With a view of Ross Castle and the Irish mountains, it’s difficult to resist a boat ride. You can rent a boat or join a guided kayaking tour to learn about the history surrounding the castle and lake.

3. Visit Muckross House and Gardens

Muckross House in Killarney - its worth visiting!

Muckross House is another popular choice for visitors to Killarney. It’s a Victorian mansion surrounded by beautiful gardens and walking trails. You can take a guided tour of the house or wander dreamily through the gardens.

Evening Recommendations

1. Stroll Around the Town Center

Take a stroll around the town in the evening. Explore its narrow streets filled with shops, cafes, and pubs. People watch and grab an ice cream while taking in the colorful buildings and lively atmosphere.

2. Shop Along High Street Before Dinner

Treat yourself to a souvenir and shop along the main town streets. You’ll find Aran sweaters, pottery, antiques, traditional Irish crafts, and modern souvenirs.

3. Enjoy Traditional Music at a Pub

Courtney’s Pub, known for it’s live music sessions! Credit: Courtney’s FB

Downtown has many options for live music, traditional Irish sessions, and great pub atmospheres. Head to a local pub in the town center for a pint of Guinness and some lively music.

4. Try Some Local Irish Food

After your day in Killarney, you’ll be hungry, so indulge in some local food! You can find many restaurants offering traditional Irish food along the town center. Make sure to save room for dessert!

Places to Eat in Killarney

Breakfast Options

For a hearty start, enjoy a breakfast in the town center. Cafe Du Parc and Manna Cafe & Bistro are both solid options to start your day.

Lunch Options

The Garden Restaurant at Muckross House serves a blend of local and international cuisine. Grab a table on their terrace during your visit to Muckross House! In town, Cronin’s serves a variety of traditional Irish food, and Murphys Bar & Restaurant is another popular spot.

Dinner Options

Murphy Brownes and The Laurels are both highly recommended for a dinners in Killarney. If you’re a lover of the Lord of the Rings, don’t miss The Shire Restaurant! This quaint pub offers delicious food and a unique atmosphere.

Tips for Making the Most of Your Day in Killarney

The weather in Killarney looked so nice this day – but it got very windy!
  • Dress for the weather. Ireland’s weather can be unpredictable! Dress in comfortable layers for the day and bring a rain jacket just in case.
  • Start early. Maximize your time in Killarney by starting your day early. This will give you more time to explore and take in the sights without feeling rushed.
  • Budget in advance. Ireland uses the euro as its currency, so make sure to budget accordingly. I recommend either converting euro in advance, or getting a travel card with no foreign transaction fees.

Where to Stay in Killarney

Credit: Killarney International Hotel

There is a range of accommodations for every budget here, and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. From luxury hotels to cozy B&Bs run by locals, here are my top picks for places to stay in Killarney:

  • Ardree Guesthouse: This cozy, family-run B&B, Ardree House, is walkable to town and provides an authentic experience and warm welcome. Quaint but complete with modern amenities, it’s a great base for exploring all Killarney has to offer.
  • Old Weir Lodge: Only a ten minute walk from the city center, this gorgeous lodge is on the grounds of the Muckross House. Imagine waking up in the morning and walking through the gardens next to the Victorian house!
  • The International Hotel: Centrally located, the International Hotel is popular with visitors. It’s easy to see why! It’s modern with a touch of luxury.
  • The Fairview Boutique Hotel: A four star boutique hotel located right in the town’s centre. Convenient for a relaxing night after a long day exploring Killarney! The Fairview stuff are very friendly and happy to provide trip recommendations.

Nearby Places and Attractions

While Killarney is worth the visit, there is so much that Ireland has to offer outside of Killarney. If you have more time to explore after your one day in Killarney, here are some other must-see destinations nearby:

Photo from when we drove to Portmagee to visit Skellig Michael.
  • Portmagee: A small fishing village on the Ring of Kerry not to be missed. This town is home to the Portmagee Marina where boats take off for landing tours to the ancient monastery and UNESCO Heritage Site, Skellig Michael.
  • Dingle: A charming town on the Dingle Peninsula with colorful buildings and coastal views.
  • Cork: Ireland’s “Rebel city” known for its lively culture, shopping, and food scene. Don’t miss a visit to the famous English Market!

I hope my one day itinerary for Killarney was helpful for your trip planning! No matter where you go next, you’re sure to find more of Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and warm hospitality.

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