Killarney is located on the mild South West of Ireland in the County of Kerry - As Ireland's premier visitor destination Killarney has the longest season in Ireland - providing visitors with pleasure for 12 months of the year. Known locally as 'The Kingdom', Kerry is, in every conceivable way, the "Jewel in the Crown" of Ireland's scenic and golfing locations. Its rugged Atlantic coastline with miles of golden un-crowded beaches, warmed by the currents of the Gulf Stream, contrasts in a unique way with the majestic mountains, woodlands and mystical lakes of its interior. Its remoteness from the major centres of population has enabled it to preserve a unique way of life that refreshes the mind and relaxes the body. For those following outdoor pursuits - Jogging to Surfing - Killarney & Kerry
Killarney is the gateway to the Ring of Kerry and a Kingdom steeped in ancient history, blessed with warm and friendly people and offering the visitor a treasure chest of memories that will last a lifetime. Fast becoming the new home for Irish traditional music, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry always provide entertainment where ever you go.
Kerry has some of the worlds finest golf courses - Killarney itself has 7 courses - With such a wide range of accommodation, this is the perfect destination for golfers of all standards and budgets.
Fishing licences can be obtained from O'Neill's at 6 Plunkett Street. Licences are needed for fishing for sea trout and salmon. They cost between £3 and £25. If fishing in a privately owned lake or river a permit is also required from the owner. O'Neill's also arranges boats and gillies and supplies tackle and bait. Fishing trips also arranged through Castlelough Tours at O'Connor's Pub in High Street. The River Flesk drains the West Cork mountains and runs into Lough Leane. It has trout and spring salmon. All methods of fishing are allowed. The River Laune drains the Killarney lakes and is excellent for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. Barfinny Lake is about 10 miles/17km south of Killarney on the road to Sneem. Take the Kenmare road out of Killarney and look for a left turn at Molly's Gap. It is stocked annually with rainbow trout. Worms, spinners and flies are allowed. Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and Upper Lake have both salmon and trout and tolling for salmon is popular. A boat and gillie would cost about £50 for a day.
There are several possible rides you can take in a jaunting car. At the first entrance to Muckross House, on the road to Kenmare, are jaunting cars which will take up to four passengers on a variety of tours around the grounds. They vary in price. It costs about £25 for a long ride, seeing most of the grounds plus stops at the Friary, gardens and house. A short trip into the estate and back is around £7. The drivers are there from about 9a.m. to about 7p.m. Other rides to be had are into the Gap of Dunloe. Rides can always be arranged along the stretch of road between the tourist office (Town Hall) and the Lakes Cinema. Jaunting Cars Web Site
Day membership at the Gleneagle Hotel includes two hard surface courts. Racquets for hire and lessons available. Contact the Destination Killarney.
At the Racecourse, Ross Road. Meetings during May and, especially, July.
During the summer there are many pubs or hotel lounges in Killarney that provide musical entertainment. (The problem, in fact, is to find a pub for a quiet drink). The type of music ranges from traditional Irish music, to country and western and popular. Some of the places that can be relied on for regular and lively sessions are listed below.