Space for Families
Where else will you find a 26,000 acre playground to let the kids run wild! With a compelling landscape, and a smorgasbord of accessible, affordable, fun activities Killarney is a near-enough perfect short break for energetic young families as you will get anywhere in Ireland.
The largest of the three Killarney lakes, Lough Leane is idyllic to kayak around, all set to the magnificent backdrop of mountains and dense forests. Watch out for red deer coming down to drink at the lakeshore or you might be lucky to witness the majesty of the white-tailed eagles gliding above the water.
The northeastern realm of Killarney National Park is a weave of woods and wild meadows, known as ‘The Demesne,’ laid out between the town and the lake. It is superb for relatively flat, utterly picturesque family cycling and walking and it is here you will find Knockreer Children’s Playground and adjoining playing fields, ideal for a rest stop, a kickabout or perfecting your frisbee flying skills. Meander along the river to Ross Castle, feed the ducks and explore the old mining trail.
Muckross House and Gardens affords more amazing woods to explore. For the little ones the Rockery in the Gardens should not be missed for a game of hide & seek and the trip to Torc Waterfall should not be missed – arguably the best-known waterfall in the country. For something a little more challenging, and those with kids aged over 10, try the Torc Mountain Climb.