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Top Choice Park in Killarney Region

Killarney National Park

Enclosed within Killarney's 10,236-hectare (25,280-acre) national park are beautiful Lough Leane (the Lower Lake or 'Lake of Learning'), Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake, as well as the Mangerton, Torc, Shehy and Pu…
Top Choice Bar in Killarney

Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder

Of the thousand-plus whiskeys stocked at this stunning contemporary bar, over 500 are Irish, including 1945 Willie Napier from County Offaly and 12-year-old Writers' Tears from County Carlow. One-hour courses (from …
Top Choice Cafe in Gap of Dunloe


In a glorious setting, this light-filled cafe adjoins a farm that provides produce from its fields and polytunnels, while seafood and meat are locally and sustainably sourced. Fantastic food spans sweet treats such …
Top Choice Castle in Killarney National Park

Ross Castle

Lakeside Ross Castle dates back to the 15th century, when it was a residence of the O'Donoghue family. It was the last place in Munster to succumb to Cromwell's forces, thanks partly to its cunning spiral staircase,…
Top Choice Pub in Killarney


Live music plays every night at this tiny traditional pub with leaded-glass doors, which is one of Killarney's most popular haunts. In warmer weather, the crowds spill out onto the adjacent lane.
Top Choice Historic Building in Killarney National Park

Muckross House

This impressive Victorian mansion is crammed with fascinating objects (70% of the contents are original). Portraits by John Singer Sargent adorn the walls alongside trophy stags heads and giant stuffed trout, while …
Top Choice Ruins in Killarney National Park

Muckross Abbey

Signposted 1.5km northeast of Muckross House, this well-preserved ruin (actually a friary, though everyone calls it an abbey) was founded in 1448 and burned by Cromwell's troops in 1652. There's a square-towered chu…
Top Choice Gardens in Killarney National Park

Knockreer House & Gardens

Killarney House, built for the Earl of Kenmare in the 1870s, burned down in 1913; the present Knockreer House was built on the same site in 1958 and is now home to a national park education centre. It isn't open to …
Wine Bar in Killarney

Curious Cat Wine Bar

Tucked away on New Market Lane, with barrels out the front, this hip little wine bar serves mainly European wines by the glass and bottle but also some standout Californian and New Zealand drops. Jazz and funk plays…
Natural Feature in Killarney Region

Gap of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a scenic valley squeezed between Purple Mountain and Carrauntoohil (at 1040m, Ireland's highest peak). In summer it is a tourist bottleneck crammed with coaches depositing crowds of day trippers…