Killarney Day Tours National Park
Situated next to Killarney, the National Park draws visitors all through the year. As Ireland’s first national park, it enjoys pride of place among the local attractions. In 1981, it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve owing to the sheer diversity of its habitats. The extensiveness and quality of the wildlife is striking, and makes it extremely important in terms of ecological value.
The national park has a herd of native Red Deer, which is the only remaining in Ireland. The ecology here is extremely varied, with mountains, parks, lakes, bogs and waterways. For those backpacking through Ireland, this opens up a lot of opportunities for exploring just the geological elements.
The Upper Lake, Muckross Lake and Lough Lake are the Lakes of Killarney which link with each other to form a breathtaking expanse of ecologically rich waters. You can spend a few hours at the lakes and try out sport angling. Depending on the season, you may be able to catch salmon or brown trout. A boat trip can take you through the Middle and Lower lakes and onto the Upper Lake. From there, you should go on to Lord Brandon’s Castle. Once you get off the boat, you will have a 12 kilometer stretch that you can backpack through.
At the end of the trail lies the Gap of Dunloe where you can visit the well known Kate Kearney’s Cottage. There are several places that you can visit in Killarney National Park. Of these, Muckross House and Ross Castle are two places you should not miss out on.