Visiting Killarney with Kids
Killarney is not to be missed for families! Nestled beside the Ring of Kerry, this city and surrounding area offers your family weeks of fun and adventure. We had no idea how much Killarney has to offer but we are sure glad we came. Here is our trip to Killarney!
Where We Stayed
The Fairview Killarney– This hotel was a one minute walk from the train station! We arrived from Irish Rail and were in our hotel in moments. We were greeted by the staff which lived up to the famous Irish Hospitality that we all know and love. The beds were extremely comfy and we were greeted with a complimentary breakfast every morning. Not to mention, this hotel with right in the city, with so many things a short walk away.
What to Do
When we arrived in Killarney, we explored the city center and found so many shops and restaurants to explore. There is something for every taste. We love the Briin Restaurant and Boty House which is a classic Irish restaurant and craft shop. It has a yummy casual fare, we love the antique lamps and they have vegetarian options if you are looking for something veggie.
Take pictures on all of the famous streets or hang out and listen to people playing music in the streets. It’s always fun in Killarney!
Get ready to explore Killarney National Park! Spend a whole day there and pack a lunch. You will see views of breath taking mountains and have your children explore to find Ross Castle. Once you arrive, explore the grounds and take a boat to Innesfallen Island where you will find an 11-12th century Romanesque Church. This island is filled with whimsy and mystery.
Don’t forget about the deer! You are bound to see them, sitting or frolicking the in the forest. We were surprised to see the male deer, as it can be quite rare.
Killarney is also a great home base for exploring the Ring of Kerry which is a stellar visit for families. Whether you are hiking or renting a car to drive around, you will have to see the Selig Michael and the Selig Islands. The Derrynane Historic Park is breath taking as is the Ring Forts.
There is a lot of history in the Ring of Kerry and for an educational side of the trip, you ca take your children to the Kenmare Heritage Centre in Cahersiveen.
These sites are stunning and really bring you back to nature. The fresh air, the beautiful landscape and endless green hills and mountains for your children to play on calls for a trip of a lifetime and a great sleep that night for the children! Spending three days exploring the Ring of Kerry is best, but if you are there for a shorter time, make sure to plan out ahead of time what you would like to see. Driving in the mountains is a slow process so sit back and enjoy the views!
Killarney can be a great place for shopping, sightseeing and hiking. It can also be a great starting point to visit the Ring of Kerry. When you are visiting Ireland, you can’t miss Killarney!