Killarney serves as the jumping-off point for the scenic, sprawling, and lake-dotted Killarney National Park—which, if you have only one day to explore the region, is where you’ll want to focus your attention. Here are some ideas on the best way to spend 24 hours in Killarney.
Muckross Estate, Killarney
Include a visit to Muckross Abbey while hiking or cycling through Killarney National Park. Opt for a guided sightseeing or hop-on hop-off bus tour to ensure you see all the top park highlights. Visitors are free to wander the mysterious church, courtyard, and graveyard ruins of Muckross Abbey on their own or picnic among the trees. This is a great spot to rest between sightseeing jaunts into the park.
Self-Guided Bike Tour of Killarney National Park, Muckross Gardens & Waterfall
$17.66 per adult
Very enjoyable experience would highly recommend. Perfect way to see all the views. I even managed to get engaged on the journey which was a plus!
Shane_H, Sep 2020
Things to Know Before You Go
- A must-see for first-time visitors to Killarney, especially history and archaeology buffs.
- Entrance to the Muckross Abbey is free.
- The path to Muckross Abbey is unpaved and may be difficult to navigate with wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Muckross Abbey is found in Killarney National Park, 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south of the town of Killarney. The Abbey is easily reached via bike, car, or hop-on hop-off bus, or via the pedestrian path from the outskirts of Killarney. The ruins are just a 5-minute walk from the Muckross Abbey Car Park.
When to Get There
The ruins of Muckross Abbey can be visited year-round. The Abbey is a popular tourist destination so visit first thing in the morning or later in the evening for the best chance of having the ruins to yourself.
Other Killarney National Park Attractions Designated Ireland’s first national park in 1932, Killarney National Park encompasses the Lakes of Killarney, high mountain peaks, yew woodlands, and several historic and archaeological sites. Highlights include a visit to Muckross House, a 19th century mansion now museum and gardens, a hike to the Torc Waterfall, a scenic drive along the Lakes of Killarney, and a boat ride to Innisfallen Island to see the ruins of the seventh century Innisfallen Abbey.
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