Jaunting Car Trips

The traditional way to tour all of the local 'beauty spots' is by Jaunting Car (local 'unique' horsedrawn carriage), in the company of a 'Jarvey' (driver & guide) who will spin the 'old stories' at every corner on the road. Jaunting Cars are available for large groups and independent travellers. Tours include The Lakes, Ross Castle, Muckross House & Gardens, Torc Waterfall and, just about anywhere in Killarney you might want to visit.

Gap of Dunloe

Arguably, the most varied and exciting tour in Ireland. The Gap of Dunloe Tour is of approximately 7 hours duration. The day begins with a coach ride to Kate Kearney's Cottage where, after partaking of suitable refreshments, the visitor then travels through the 7 mile Gap of Dunloe mountain pass on horseback, horse-drawn trap or on foot if so desired, to Lord Brandons Cottage on the shore of the Upper Lake.
Lunch can then be had before departing by boat through each of Killarney's three Lakes, arriving at the 15th Century Ross Castle, where your coach awaits to return you to Killarney.

Muckross House

A visit to Killarney, or indeed Kerry, is not complete without a visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens. One of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions, this magnificent Victorian mansion was built in 1843 and forms the centrepiece of the equally renowned Killarney National Park. The elegantly furnished family rooms in the upper floors and the spartan servants quarters in the basement, clearly depict the 'upstairs - downstairs' divide of that era. The Gardens are renowned world-wide for their beauty and, in particular they are noted for their fine collection of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, extensive water garden and an outstanding rock garden hewn out of natural limestone.

The nearby Muckross Traditional Farms are full working examples of rural life in the 1930's. Take a stroll down memory lane to a time before the advent of electricity, when all work was carried out using traditional methods. Meet and chat with the farmers and their wives as they go about their daily work in the houses, on the land and, with the animals.
Together with the Craft Workshops in Muckross House, the superb extensive Gardens and, the surrounding National Park, this is a location of immense beauty and historical interest. An experience not to be missed and never to be forgotten. Muckross House & Gardens are open all year (excl. Christmas) and the Traditional Farms are fully open May - September inclusive, with limited opening during March, April and October. Entrance to the National Park and Muckross Gardens is free. Special Group Rates apply to the House and Farms and substantial savings can be made by buying a 'joint ticket' for both attractions.

Ross Castle & Gardens

Original home of the O'Donoghue Ross Chieftains in the 15th century and, believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell's armies in Ireland, Ross Castle has been magnificently restored to its former glory. Standing on the shore of Lough Leane, this castle is open to visitors (Guided Tours) from April to October inclusive.
Ross Castle is located on Ross Island. Its human habitation history goes back some 9000 years with one of Europe's earliest Bronze Age Copper Mines dating back some 4500 years. A most informative and pleasant Mining & Nature Walking Trail takes you through the Island - allow 60-90 minutes.

Ring Of Kerry

The Ring of Kerry is the most renowned Day Tour in Ireland. Throughout its 110 miles, the visitor will travel around the MacGillicuddy Reeks and the Iveragh Peninsula, along the breathtaking Atlantic Coast, Dingle Bay and Kenmare Bay, returning to Killarney through the famed Molls Gap, Ladies View and Killarney National Park. En route, are the lovely coastal villages of Glenbeigh, Waterville and Sneem and the thriving market towns of Killorglin and Cahersiveen. The "original Ring of Kerry" (and still the best option) takes you from Sneem to Kenmare and then back to Killarney.
The beautiful town of Kenmare is a must for the independent traveller. If time is pressing the route may be shortened by going directly from Sneem to Killarney. The Ring embraces many points of historic and archaeological interest such as, Cahersiveen Heritage Centre, The Skellig Experience(Valentia Island), Derrynane House, prehistoric Staigue Fort and Kenmare Heritage Centre. Allow ample time for photo stops, shop visits and lunch. Check with Coach Tour Operators on this site for details of Guided Tours.

Quills Woolen Mills

Quills Woolen Market is a must visit on a trip to Killarney.Family run business since 1939, Quills Woolen Market has the town's biggest selection of Irish knitwear including Erin knitwear for which Ireland is famous. It also carries tweeds, linens, traditional lace and Celtic jewelery.
This is one of the best spots in town for hand-knit sweaters of all colours and types, along with mohair and sheepskins. As well as this shop, there are branches in Sneem and Kenmare on the Ring of Kerry, in Cork City, and at Ballingeary, County Cork (the original shop).