Europe | Ireland (Eire) | West Coast | Killarney – Blarney Castle and the Lakes of Killarney (54 miles)
Beautiful landscape, breathtaking views of mountains and seas. Inland the tranquillity of Gougane Barra should be witnessed, along with the many other valleys, rivers and castles in this area of natural beauty and compelling contrasts.
places to visit
Blarney Castle – the beautiful ruins of this castle are set in picturesque grounds. You have to climb the many narrow stone steps to the top of the castle to see the amazing view. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone, set in to one of the walls, you will be given the gift of the gab, hence there is normally a queue.
There are cruises along the lakes of Killarney
Into the Wilderness tours – guided experience for lakes, mountains and glens, 00353 64 31251
The Gap of Dunloe Trip – 00353 64 31068
Muckross Traditional farms – history of farming in Ireland, with 5 life-size. cottages that you walk in, and chat with residents. A long walk takes an afternoon, but very interesting. 00353 64 31440
Killarney National Park – cycle round, hire bikes from ONeills, Plunkett St, 00353 64 31970
Killarney International Youth Hostel – 17th century mansion, in 75 acres of lawns and forests, overlooking the lakes of Killarney and Macgillycuddys reeks. Bike hire on sight. ?7.50 – ?9.50
00353 64 31240
Neptunes Killarney Town Hostel – in town centre, dorms, ?8
00353 64 35255
Peacock Farm Hostel, Muckross – extensive views overlooking lakes and mountains. Horses, tours, cycling and rafting arranged, dorms, ?7
00353 64 33557
Bunrower House Hostel – estate lodge, set in own gardens adjacent to Killarney National park, Ross Castle and the shores of Lough leane.
00353 64 33914
Climbers Inn, Glencar, Killarney – dorms ?9.50
00353 66 60101