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KILLARNEY & THE SOUTHWEST DESTINATION GUIDE

The best things to do in Killarney & the Southwest

Travel inspiration for your Killarney & the Southwest vacation

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Welcome to Killarney & the Southwest! As your Celtic Experts, we’re here to introduce you to the vibrant local restaurants, top sights and best places to stay on your vacation to Ireland. From perfectly-planned guided tours to custom travel packages, we can’t wait to share the traditional experiences of our homelands with you.

Explore the best places to eat, see and stay in Killarney & the Southwest

  • Murphy’s Ice Cream
  • Dingle Distillery
  • The Ring of Kerry
  • Muckross House
  • Killarney National Park

Top places to eat and drink in Killarney & the Southwest

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From hidden gems to iconic sights, these are the best places to start your very own Celtic story in Ireland. No matter where you decide to go, you’ll get authentic experiences hand-picked just for you.

Murphy's Ice Cream

Murphy's Ice Cream

When you’re craving something sweet, pop into Murphy’s ice cream shop—a town staple—and grab a cone before strolling down to Inch Beach to watch the surf.

Dingle Distillery

Dingle Distillery

Visit the Dingle Whiskey Distillery and discover the unique Dingle Whiskey which continually matures in the mild, moist climate of Ireland’s south-west coast. Learn the history of the distillery on a guided tour and see their three distinctive, hand-crafted copper pot stills used to create what they believe is the ultimate Irish whiskey.

What sights to see in Killarney & the Southwest

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Ring of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry

As Ireland’s most iconic scenic drive, The Ring of Kerry has inspired thousands of poets, writers, and artists from all over the world. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime adventure from the comfort of a car as your local guide tells you stories about the history, geography, and legends of the Ring of Kerry.

Muckross House

Muckross House

Satisfy your bucket-list or culture seeking cravings by visiting the magnificent Victorian mansion that’s set on the land around Killarney National Park.

Hiking National Park

Killarney National Park

On your Ireland tour you can capture the outdoors at Killarney National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that covers over 10,000 hectares of woods, waterfalls, mountains, and lakes. Immerse yourself further with the stories told by a local specialist during a hike through the park.

Best places to stay in Killarney & the Southwest

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Castlewood House

Castlewood House

Castlewood House is Dingle’s newest boutique property, located just a five minute walk from the lower center of Dingle town where style, elegance and attention to detail is exemplary.

Ardna Sidhe Country House

Ard na Sidhe Country House

Ard na Sidhe Country House is a 4 star Victorian country manor house located on the shores of Caragh Lake. Each of the 18 bedrooms are tastefully furnished with period antiques, and guests are encouraged to relax in the Lounge with its open fire and warm friendly atmosphere.

Cahernane House Hotel

Sandymount Hotel

Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, this boutique four star hotel is located just ten minutes’ walk from Killarney town centre. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a tunnel of greenery which unfurls to reveal the beauty of this imposing manor house, constructed in 1877 and formerly home to the Herbert Family.

Top trips that visit Killarney & the Southwest

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Brendan Vacations does not sell guided trips to Canadian residents but you can book guided trips through our sister company Trafalgar.com.

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Meet Catherine Reilly

As the head of our Brendan team, Catherine has been making friends with the Celtic community for over 35 years so she's learned a thing or two about where to go and what to do in Ireland and Scotland. Check out her own personally hand-crafted collection of all the can't-miss experiences you can have too.

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