Killarney

Killarney’s Holiday Village – The Location

At Killarney’s Holiday Village, we take pride in the quality of our holiday homes. After all, when you are surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, you should ensure the accommodation is of an equally high standard. Within walking distance of Killarney National Park and just a few minutes from Killarney town centre, Killarney’s Holiday Village gives you the ideal retreat after time spent exploring the delights of Muckross House & Gardens, the Ring of Kerry, the stunning Dingle peninsula, and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Killarney National Park

Stay at Killarney’s Holiday Village and you’re just a few minutes’ walk from Killarney National Park, 25,000 acres of pristine wilderness that is home to the highest mountains in Ireland, the country’s only wild herd of native red deer, and its most celebrated lakes. You can take a gentle stroll beside spectacular Torc Waterfall, walk through the Gap of Dunloe or, if you are feeling fit, climb Carrauntoohil. The landscape takes in everything from the perfect lawns of Muckross Gardens to the wild forests and bogs of the park’s more remote reaches.

For further and more detailed information about Killarney National Park please visit the Killarney Gem E-Book

The Lakes of Killarney

They’ve been celebrated in poems and songs, and now it’s your chance to see the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. The famous trio takes up roughly a quarter of Killarney National Park and comprises Lough Leane (Lower Lake), Muckross Lake (Middle Lake), and the Upper Lake. Popular viewing areas include Ladies View and Aghadoe, to the north of Killarney Valley. From closer vantage points, you might get to see deer swimming, salmon jumping, or even a white-tailed sea eagle soaring spectacularly above you. Hire a boat from Ross Castle and take a trip to the monastic serenity of Inisfallen Island.

Killarney Activities

You’ll never be bored in Killarney. A haven for golfers, anglers, walkers, gourmets, and fans of all things outdoor and beautiful, Killarney has an activity for everyone. Golfers will love the legendary parkland courses, with the Killeen course the highlight of the three courses at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, on the shores of Lough Lein.

Whether you are a novice or a veteran, Killarney National Park is the perfect place to enjoy guided horse-riding, taking in breathtaking views of the Lakes of Killarney and the McGillycuddy Reeks.

Walkers will appreciate the range of routes that you can follow without any guides, maps, or specialised equipment. Killarney’s Holiday Village is within easy reach of the national park, where you can amble through Muckross Gardens or through lush forests past herds of native red deer to Ross Castle and the tranquil Lower Lake.

If you like more strenuous hikes, Killarney is the closest town to the McGillycuddy Reeks, the highest peaks in Ireland. You are advised to use an insured guide for climbing mountains like Carrauntoohil. Take to the water with a kayak at Ross Castle and paddle around Loch Lein, taking in the unusual limestone formations on the lakeshore and the ancient monastic settlement on the island of Innisfallen.

Prefer to take it easy? The town of Killarney is within easy reach, offering you a wealth of quality shops and exceptional restaurants.

Wild Atlantic Way

You are just minutes from one of the world’s longest and most spectacular driving routes when you rent a holiday home at Killarney’s Holiday Village. Even the Garden Route in South Africa or California’s Pacific Coast Highway cannot compare to the Wild Atlantic Way, an incredibly beautiful route that extends 2,500km from Cork to Donegal, with the most memorable section passing close to Killarney. Clinging to the ruggedly scenic Atlantic coast, the Wild Atlantic Way can be approached in sections, so you can experience it at your own pace.

Some 350km of the Wild Atlantic Way passes through County Kerry. Depart from Killarney’s Holiday Village and drive in the direction of Milltown and Castlemaine, eventually reaching the Dingle Peninsula –the most westerly point in Europe. The coastal road at Slea Head on the Dingle Peninsula swings around the last port of call before America and opens up breathtaking views of the Blasket Islands and the Skelligs. You really should spend at least a day on this section of the Wild Atlantic Way, before returning to the comfort of Killarney’s Holiday Village, ready to relax, kick back, and dream of the sea.

Ring of Kerry

You have a wealth of touring options when you rent a holiday home at Killarney’s Holiday Village, one of the most famous of which is the Ring of Kerry, a 180km drive that loops around the gorgeous Iveragh Peninsula. Starting from Killarney’s Holiday Village, drive in the direction of Killorglin and continue along the coast, taking in Cahersiveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare until you reach the comfort of your holiday home again.

It’s worth taking time to venture off the route a little to take in scenic gems including the Gap of Dunloe, Rossbeigh Beach, Derrynane House, Staigue Fort, and Valentia Island. On the traditional route itself, you will enjoy the beauty and history of places like Waterville, a delightful town nestled at the mouth of Ballinskelligs Bay, with some of Europe’s best salmon and sea trout fishing and a celebrated golf course.

Then there is Kenmare, a charming heritage town surrounded by lush scenery and filled with gourmet restaurants and quirky shops. As you approach Killarney, you will pass Ladies View, named after Queen Victoria’s ladies-in-waiting in honour of the 1861 royal visit. Stop for the stunning panorama of Killarney’s three lakes and the national park, take in Muckross House & Gardens, and then it’s home to Killarney’s Holiday Village.

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What's On In KillarneyWater SportsAngling/BoatingGolfHorse RidingLeisure Centre - Swimming & TennisHill Walking
When it comes to a variety of things to do you will be spoilt for choice in and around Killarney, there is always a holiday atmosphere and buzz with so much going on in this beautiful and charming town. From entertainment options in The INEC, located just 500 meters from our holiday homes, to Horse Racing meetings, walking festivals, the list is endless.
Water enthusiasts will not be short of activities to keep you entertained near Killarney’s Holiday Village. The Star Outdoors Activity Centre in Kenmare, a twenty five minute drive hosts sailing, canoeing, kayaking , activity water sports, hill walking to name a few. Some of the best surf in Ireland is available in the Dingle area and Inch beach a mere half hour’s drive is one of the finest beaches in Ireland. While there you might as well try out some surf lessons, Kingdom Waves Surf School should be able to help you out with this.
Fishing in the Killarney District. The Lakes of Killarney Killarney’s Holiday Village’s proximity to the lakes of Killarney, makes it a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts. There are three Lakes in Killarney, known as Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake. Killarney and the surrounding district has some of the best Salmon and Brown Trout waters in Ireland and is an ideal base for the fishing enthusiast. Trolling for Salmon with either spoons or minnows is the most popular method used. Fly-fishing for Trout with wet flies is very effective but spinners can also be used. The most popular flies are Bibio, Black Zulu, Jungle Cock, Bog Fly, Alder, and early in the season Hawthorn’s and Duck Flies. The Lakes contain fourteen species of fish, including the Charr, a species of fish which usually occupies Sub-Artic lakes. Trout fishing on Killarneys lakes is free and for a small licence fee you can hunt for the magnificent wild Atlantic salmon. On many of the nearby rivers and lakes for a small weekly or daily charge you can fish for Brown trout, Sea trout, Rainbow trout and Salmon.You will find some wonderful wild Brown Trout fishing in the Gap Of Dunloe / Black Valley region. This area is full of small lakes and streams. Especially for the dedicated Fly Angler, you will have great fun with Small Brownies. The Laune river drains the Killarney Lakes. There is excellent Salmon, Trout and Sea Trout fishing available. Late summer and September is about the best period for Brown Trout. Sea Trout fishing is possible usually in the May to June period. Local enquiries will provide current details on the availability of day permits. The river Laune drains the Killarney Lakes. Killorglin is a prominent town west of Killarney on the N.70 Ring of Kerry touring route. The River Laune flows from Lough Leane near Killarney to reach the sea just north-west of Killorglin after a distance of approximately 22 Km. The River Laune is a very good Spring Salmon river. The catches recorded from this river in recent years have been excellent.
KILLARNEY GOLF AND FISHING CLUB. With 3 Championship courses the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club can offer 3 totally unique options and challenges to the golfer within 10 minute drive of our village. Golfers will find Killarney and the courses nearby some of the most stunning in Ireland. Killarney Golf and Fishing Club was host to the Irish Open in July 2010 and will host this prestigous event again in 2011. Championship Golf Courses Mahony’s Point Mahony’s Point the shortest of our three courses at 6,800 yards is a lakeside course with spectacular views including the famous, breathtaking 18th described by Gene Sarazen as “one of the most memorable holes in the world. Lackabane Lackabane, which opened for play in 1999 is a Parkland course providing an excellent golfing challenge with enough water hazards that add both beauty and danger in equal measure. Killeen Killeen, the jewel in the crown, re-opened in 2006 offering both spectacular lakeside scenery and also challenging golf to long hitters with water features on nearly every hole and fast greens. Nick Faldo, on winning the first of his two successive Irish Opens in 1991, was one of only three players to finish under par. That was before the changes in 2006, which will provide an even tougher challenge. These Killarney Golf and Fishing Club courses are only just a sample of the spectacular golf opportunities in Killarney and beyond. There are in excess of twenty golf courses in the Kerry region such as… Ardfert Golf Club: This mature and challenging parkland course is located just 6 miles from Tralee, 3 miles from Banna Beach and within 45 minutes of Killarney. Some great deals on distance membership are available. Beaufort Golf Club: Set amongst 200 year old trees, 15th century castle ruins, two lakes and rolling meadows this 18 hole course is located just 7 miles from Killarney. Castleisland Golf Club: Offering a new parkland course, built on 200 acres, with modern sand-based greens and tees. This excellent course is built to the highest championship standards. Kenmare Golf Club: Boasting some of the finest scenery imaginable, this course represents a fair test of golf and is unique in that it suits all standards of golfers. Killorglin Golf Club: An 18 hole parkland course, overshadowed by the majestic Macgillicuddy Reeks Mountain Range while enjoying magnificent panoramic views of Dingle Bay and the Slieve Mish Range beyond. Ring of Kerry Golf and Country Club: One of the most spectacular settings in Ireland, this 18 hole course provides panoramic views across Kenmare Bay with the Kerry Mountains serving as a backdrop. Other courses can be found at, Tralee, Dingle, Ballybunion etc….all are within easy driving distance of the village. Kerry – Truly a golfer’s paradise!
Killarney is famous for its jaunting cars and these horse drawn cars offer a novel means of transport touring Killarney. Pony Trekking is also very popular and again is available within minutes reach of the village. Pick up points of hire are located across from the Killarney National Park main car entrance or from Killarney Riding Stables near Killarney Golf & Fishing Club where qualified guides and instructors offer various trail tours through the park.
The Aquila Club in the Gleneagle Hotel is just 500 metres from Killarney’s Holiday Village. We have a super discount price arranged for our guests at Killarney’s Holiday Village who wish to use the facilities of the The Aquila Club, which boasts one of the largest swimming pools, 25 meters, in the Killarney area. The Aquila Club also boasts a Kiddie’s 10 meter swimming pool and additional activities and facilities include: Sauna, Jacuzzi & Steam Room Tennis Gymnasium Pitch & Putt A Teen Zone Pool Table area Something to keep all the family entertained, all within walking distance from our holiday homes!
HILL WALKING/ CYCLING IN THE KERRY REGION Hill Walkers and Climbers are again spoilt for choice in Muckross with Killarney National Park on your doorstep comprising 25,000 acres of lush forestry and hiking trails . Travel a little further a field and you will find several well known hiking areas such as the Gap of Dunloe or the highest mountain in Ireland , Corran Tuathaill. Killarney Guide Walks provide ideal walks around the Killarney area for young and old alike while for scrambles and climbs in magnificent mountainous terrain visitors should check out Kerry Climbing. Bike hire is available within yards of the entrance to our holiday village and also in Killarney town at O’Sullivan’s bike shop. This has proven to be very popular with our guests as you literally enter Muckross and the Killarney National Park just across the road from the homes. You can spend many pleasurable hours cycling around the park , eg, pass Muckross House and continue to Dinis Cottage where the Meeting of the Waters is situated. This beautiful cycle carries you through a wooded forest area with many beauty spots on the way. Once you reach Dinis Cottage a lovely café can provide you with homemade snacks and drinks to replenish your energy. ! Killarney National Park with 25,000 acres provides you with several different cycle routes to see the sights this beautiful region has to offer.