When you stay at Killarney’s Holiday Village, you soon discover just how beautiful this area is. So what is the best way to experience this beauty when you’re short on time? We’ve found some of the best viewing spots in Killarney, so you can take in the best of the scenery with the least amount of effort.
The name says it all, really. Stop at the spot where Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting and take in all of Killarney’s famous three lakes, surrounded by towering mountains and lush forests. Located on the N71, Ladies’ View is just 14km from Killlarney’s Holiday Village.
North of Killarney, take the turn off the N22 main Tralee road that leads to Aghadoe and one of the most spectacular local views. Park in the area next to the Aghadoe Heights Hotel and cross the road. Here, the expanse of the Lower Lake opens in rippling waves or glass-like serenity, depending on the weather. The peaks of Tomies and Purple Mountain form an impressive backdrop, and the arch of Brickeen Bridge can be glimpsed as the gateway to the Middle Lake.
You get a huge return for not a lot of effort when you head up Torc Mountain, just off the Kenmare Road. One of the most accessible peaks in Killarney, Torc comes equipped with a series of mesh-covered wooden steps for ease of ascent. And when you get to the top, you will be rewarded with views of Muckross House and Gardens, Killarney’s Lakes, and the ageless folds of mountain scenery that stretch toward Kenmare.
Right in the heart of the town of Killarney, you will find the recently restored Killarney House & Gardens. Laid out like the grounds at the palace of Versailles, the gardens here lead the eye towards the lakes and mountains that have made this beauty spot so famous.
Head out the N70 Ring of Kerry road toward Killorglin and take the exit for the Gap of Dunloe. Park at Kate Kearney’s cottage and walk a few hundred metres to the foot of Strickeen Mountain. This small outlier of the McGillycuddy Reeks gives you a gentle introduction to Ireland’s highest mountain range. A moderate 440m hike gives you a wonderful prospect of the Hag’s Glen and its surrounding peaks.