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Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Discover the lakes of Killarney on this scenic cruise. Enjoy a voyage to Lough Léin with panoramic views of the lakes, islands, and castles of Killarney National Park. Relax as you watch the sights pass by from your modern, heated, glass-covered boat, guided by your local captain and guide. Depart from 15th-century Ross Castle, as you make your way past some of Killarney's most famous landmarks. Drift past the ruins of St. Finian’s 6th-century monastery on Innisfallen Island. Continue to the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks to view Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. Pass Ross Island as your captain points out the flora of the area, including the ancient oak and yew forests and learn about the unique ecosystem of the area.

Killarney on Horse & Carriage: 1-Hour Jaunting Car Tour

Killarney on Horse & Carriage: 1-Hour Jaunting Car Tour

Be transported back to 15th-century Ireland with stories of the legendary stronghold of the O’Donoghue Chieftains and the ancient Castle’s tragic fall to the Cromwellian Army on their conquest of Ireland, the legend of the Lake, and much more. Learn more about the nature of the Park as well as its famous wildlife inhabitants including the Irish Red Deer. Take this unique opportunity to capture those special holiday moments as your guide pauses at some of Killarney’s most dramatic scenic locations before reaching the shores of Ross Castle, where you will be invited to explore the grounds of the 15th-century stronghold with breathtaking views across Lough Léin. And because your tour takes you through areas where no motor traffic is permitted, you can enjoy your jaunting ride in absolute paradise. As the tour comes to its end, you will be returned to the town center or your hotel with memories to last a lifetime.

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass situated between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. It spans 11 kilometers from north to south and consists of 5 lakes. Take a guided tour through the narrow and winding path, and discover a terrain formed by glaciers. Marvel at the towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple Mountains, and the silence and solitude of the rugged glen. After being transported by coach, arrive at the famous cottage marking the entrance to the Gap. The cottage is named after Kate Kearney who is reported to have died of childbirth here at the ripe old age of 102! An unlikely story! Embark on a 7-mile journey to Lord Brandon’s cottage by either trap, pony, or foot. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch at Brandon Cottage. Afterwards board a boat to Ross Castle, traveling through the 3 of the 5 lakes of Killarney. Be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. As the tour draws to a close you will be transported back to Killarney by motor coach.

Killarney: Killarney National Park Private Tour

Killarney: Killarney National Park Private Tour

Discover the most scenic views of Killarney National Park on a private horse carriage tour. Enjoy a short jaunt around the beautiful lakes, taking in the sights of Ross Castle and Carrantouhill, Ireland's tallest mountain. Meet your guide just outside of Killarney's town center at the Deenagh lodge tea cottage and board your carriage known locally as a Jaunting car for your relaxed journey around the lakes. Enjoy the views of the area on some of the most scenic routes in the region, only accessible by horse carriage. Admire the views of Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane. See a 6th-century monastery, and take in the sight of Ireland's tallest mountain, Carrantouhill. Keep an eye out for wildlife and the native deer population of the parklands. Learn about the rich history of the area from your guide as the horse trots gently along the lakeshore. After your relaxing jaunt through the countryside, return to Killarney town.

Killarney: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus to Killarney National Park

Killarney: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus to Killarney National Park

Travel on Killarney's hop-on hop-off bus between Killarney town center and different points in the majestic Killarney National Park, visiting a castle, lakeshore walks, manicured gardens, woodland paths, ancient monastic ruins, and a traditional farm. Start from Killarney town (Mission Rd) and travel to the 15th-century Ross Castle, now restored and opened to visitors. The castle is located on the shore of Lough Leane, the largest of Killarney National Park's three lakes. Next, head to Torc Waterfall with walking paths, steps to the waterfall viewing area, and the starting point to hike Torc Mountain (535m). Continue to Muckross House and Gardens, an estate steeped in history, and manicured gardens, where you can take a haunting car ride. Nearby is the Muckross Traditional Farms, a "living past" experience that relives life in rural Ireland in the 1940s and 1950s. Move onward to the next bus stop at Muckross Abbey, a monastery ruin with centuries of history to explore.

Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Walking and Boat Tour

Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Walking and Boat Tour

Enjoy a trip across the beautiful Lakes of Killarney and enjoy a walk through the Gap of Dunloe. Join us at O'Connor's Traditional Pub (7 High Street) Eircode V93 DV26 for the departure (10:00 am check in), or we can also collect you from your accommodation in the Killarney area. Please Note - The tour can go in two directions. Your journey begins with a bus trip to Kate Kearney's Cottage or Ross Castle* From Kate Kearney's there is a self guided walk (you can’t get lost) that is 7 miles (12km) in length and takes approximately 2.5-3 hours to walk The terrain is hilly and picturesque, the highest elevation is 840ft. The Gap walk ends at Lord Brandon's Cottage where you can stop for lunch and refreshment (please note Lord Brandon's Only accepts cash). At 2pm our traditional boat takes you through the Lakes of Killarney and to Ross Castle (1 hour 30 mins). While on the journey across the Lakes of Killarney you will take in amazing scenery, such as: Purple Mountain Dinish Island Meeting of the Waters Old Weir Bridge Bricin Bridge Innisfallen Island Macgillycuddy's Reeks Your boat journey finishes at Ross Castle, from their we will transport you back to O'Connor's Traditional Pub or your accommodation. If you wish, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch. *For those guests leaving from Ross Castle, you will start your journey on the boat across the lakes and finish at Kate Kearney's and then a bus journey back to O'Connors Pub For those who may chose not to walk, Jaunting cars are available at Kate Kearney's Cottage They charge €140 per jaunting cart, (€35pp) and the cart carries a maximum of 4 people. Please bring cash to pay the Ponymen The Jaunting cars take approximately 1.5 hours to travel the 7 mile journey through the Gap. Please note, as you may know the Jaunting cart's are operated independently of ourselves by the Ponymen's Association. Weather conditions: Sometimes the tour is done is reverse to suit weather conditions If the water level is low, please be careful as the short walk from the boat to path can be tricky. What to bring Please wear comfortable footwear and bring a rain jacket and/or sunblock, you will need one or the other or both!

Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

Boats depart from Reen Pier (near Ross Castle) in our red and black traditional boats. Enjoy a 10 minute boat ride out to Innisfallen island, you will then explore the island for 30-45 mins. Your guide will educate you about the history of the Island and the wildlife that inhabit the island. The boat will then travel back to Reen Pier. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park. The monastery was founded in 640 by Saint Finan the Leper and was occupied for approximately 950 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The island is also home to a heard of Sika Deer, explore the 21 acre island and if your lucky you might spot these beautiful animals.

Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Pony, Trap & Traditional Boat Tour

Killarney: Gap of Dunloe Pony, Trap & Traditional Boat Tour

Get the full Killarney experience on this comprehensive tour. Visit the verdant lake district where you will find Kate Kearney's cottage. Then hop on a pony and continue on through the Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy lunch and a ride in a traditional open boat. Your 14-mile voyage goes across all 3 of Killarney’s lakes with a pony and trap journey through the famous Black Valley and Gap of Dunloe. Enjoy an unforgettable adventure and the ultimate Killarney experience. The journey begins mid-morning at the world-renowned Kate Kearney’s cottage. Here you take a 7-mile jaunt on a pony and trap through the Gap of Dunloe where you can view a spectacular glaciated valley. Your pony and trap ride ends at Lord Brandon’s Cottage where you can enjoy a light snack (not included in the price). After lunch, get into a traditional open boat for an approximately 2-hour tour of the three lakes of Killarney. Pass by Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, Colleen Bawn Rock, Torc Mountain, Old Weir Bridge, the meetings of the waters, and more, ending at the 15th-century Ross Castle. The tour is the perfect way to see the rich and varied vegetation and scenery Killarney has to offer. Your tour will end in the mid-afternoon.

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

Gap of Dunloe & Lakes of Killlarney Boat Tour

The tour begins with a coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage. On arrival, you can arrange to take a jaunting cart ride through the six mile pass. This traditional Irish horse and cart ride will incur an additional cost which can be paid on the day. Alternatively, you can hike the six mile pass and enjoy the beautiful scenery at your own pace. Once through the gap, boats will be waiting on the Gearhameen River for the homeward journey via the enchanting upper, middle and lower lakes. On-board the boat, enjoy beautiful views of the national park and discover the famous Old Weir Bridge. Travel to the historic Ross Castle where coaches will be waiting to take you back to Killarney. Ross Castle is a 30 to 40 minute walk from the town center so there is an option of staying at Ross Castle after the boat trip and making your own way back to Killarney. 

Killarney: Guided Tour with Afternoon Tea

Killarney: Guided Tour with Afternoon Tea

Begin your tour with a lively jaunt through the bustling streets of Killarney Town, bursting with scenes of colour and charm before entering the quiet and peaceful surroundings of the picturesque Killarney National Park. Enjoy views of the magnificent MacGillycuddy Reeks, the highest mountain peaks in Ireland, witness the country’s last remaining herd of majestic Red Deer, and take in the unique sights and sounds of the Oak and Yew Woodland, as you learn about the history of the Park and how it came to be. Journey on towards Ross Castle and its Tower Keep on the edge of Lough Lein and be spellbound by spectacular views along the way. Once the ancestral home of the O’Donoghue Clan, you will be enchanted by the striking beauty of the Castle as you listen to your Jarvey Guide unfold its history with tales of woe and warship as well as the ancient prophecy and legends of the fortress. Take a quick jaunt back through the leafy green suburbs of Killarney’s Ross Road and back into the outskirts of the Town before disembarking from your journey at the Great Southern, Killarney’s Premier Historic Hotel and the perfect place to end the most memorable tour. Relax and rewind in the splendour of the spacious Grand Foyer where High Tea has been served since Victorian times. Relish in a selection of finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit or plain scones with clotted cream and jam, as well as a selection of pastries and banana bread, and of course, freshly brewed tea or coffee, complimented by a refreshing glass of prosecco. Children’s option also available. Please notify us of any dietary requirements.

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What people are saying about Ross Castle

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(4 reviews)

Tour was fantastic and very informative....my husband has recently become a wheelchair user and this was our first trip out and must say the driver was brilliant with his help and information given....would highly recommend this service

Excellent tour. Our ride through the Gap of Dunloe by jaunting car was surprisingly exhilarating as was the boat trip on the lakes. Beautiful scenery, and the weather was kind. Highly recommended.

It was such a lovely experience and the tour guide was so informative and kind. The park is absolutely gorgeous.

Very informative and peaceful cruise around a historical lake. We enjoyed it very much.

We really enjoyed our trip. We were able to see wildlife and the Ross castle was great.