Poised on the northeastern shores of the Lough Lein and Lough Leane, part of the world-famous Killarney National Park, Killarney is an Irish town in the southwestern part of the country and of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland, largely because of its focus on preserving the national history and heritage of its people, but also because of the landscapes surrounding as part of the Killarney National Park. This is one of the oldest tourist destinations in the world, with known tourism dating back to the mid 18th century , and today it boasts things such as Ross Castle—dating back to the 15th century—and festivals throughout the year such as the international musical festival known as SummerFest. Whether you want to explore the historical aspects of the town itself, or branch out into the surrounding countryside for some epic Irish scenery, Killarney lets you choose which is most important to you.
Killarney is a tourist destination, of that there can be no doubt. It boasts more hotels and hostels than any other city in the country outside of Dublin, and it is considered one of the top destinations for travelers, if not the destination. As such, it is fairly important that you book reservations well in advance of your trip, and plan to deal with crowds if you are here during the summer months when tourism is at its peak. You can choose to wander the streets of the city itself, or you can visit the Gap of Dunloe or the Ring of Kerry just outside, or see the Aghadoe burial grounds. Many people choose to take day trips out into the countryside, either walking or cycling, but tours of the castle and other buildings are available if the weather doesn’t want to cooperate. Either way, from the old buildings to the history and culture to the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes, Killarney can offer you a look into Irish life that no other place can match.