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The Best Things to do in Killarney (in 24 hours)

The Best Things to do in Killarney (in 24 hours)

Recently updated on May 23rd, 2024 at 11:19 am

Top sights to see and places to eat when you travel to Killarney

Planning a trip to Ireland, but you only have one day to spend in Killarney? Let our team of Celtic Experts show you the best way to spend your 24-hours so you don’t miss a thing. We’ve been designing dream trips in our native homelands for decades, so we know the best places to eat and see at all over the Celtic Isles.

Breakfast at the Park Hotel Kenmare

Park Hotel Kenmare

9:00 AM

In a magical setting on the Ring of Kerry, the Park Hotel Kenmare is within a short stroll of the Heritage Town. Start your day with a delicious breakfast on their Outdoor Terrace overlooking views of the gardens and Kenmare Bay before exploring the city.

Tour Killarney National Park

A scenic view of a valley with a river running through it

10:00 AM

Get a true taste of the great outdoors in Killarney National Park as you spend the morning immersing yourself in stories of the region as you join Local Specialist, Linda Woods for a hiking journey through a Biosphere Reserve that covers over ten thousand hectares of spectacular woods, waterfalls, mountains and lakes.

Lunch at the Seaweed Discovery Workshop

1:00 PM

Enjoy a variety of seaweed-based dishes and beverages on the edge of the Ring of Kerry in Caherdaniel Village at the Seaweed Discovery Workshop. This unique experience will teach you all about Ireland’s captivating tides, coastlines and sea life.

Muckross Farm

A boat floating on top of a lake surrounded by tall grass

2:00 PM

Transported back to rural 1930s Ireland with a trip to the Muckross Traditional Farms. Culture chasers, history lovers and families alike can explore the working farms and meet locals practicing traditional farming methods. Meet carpenters and blacksmiths, thatchers, Shepherds and sheepdogs before hopping on for an exciting jaunting car ride.

Take in the views of Dingle Peninsula

4:00 PM

Stretching out into the sea of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, the Dingle Peninsula is the best spot for taking in gorgeous views of the surrounding waters, mountains, and islands in the distance. Historically, this landmark is noted for uncovering memoirs documenting the rural life here all the way back to the 1800’s; making it a bastion of the Irish language and culture. It’s one of the most beautiful places to spend your afternoon.

Irish Whiskey tasting

6:00 PM

Discover the unique flavors of local Irish whiskey on a guided tour of the Dingle Distillery. Experience the sights, sounds and scents of a working distillery, learn the grain to glass whiskey making process, stop to enjoy tasting opportunities along the way and raise a glass with a joyful  ‘cheers’ or as the Irish say, ‘slainte!’.

Explore the nightlife in Killarney

A group of people sitting at a bar

8:00 PM – ?

Our team of Celtic Experts is always there to provide recommendations on where to find the best nightlife in Ireland, but now that you’ve been properly introduced to Killarney, it’s time to venture out for a night on the town on your own.

Ready to explore more of Ireland? Make sure to check out our destination guides as you plan your custom vacation to the Celtic Isles.

Jennifer Helsper

Jennifer Helsper

Jennifer Helsper started working in the travel industry in 2010 and has taken full advantage of every opportunity to explore the world ever since… Nowadays, she finds joy by encouraging others to do the same; hoping to inspire them to discover their own adventures along the way. Her random quirks and likes include: sporadic dancing, impulsive singing, spontaneous escapes and demolishing charcuterie boards.

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