Things to do in Killarney

See the beautiful nature and charming architecture of Killarney

Killarney may just be a small town in Ireland but it is packed with great outdoor destinations, quaint shops, and fine restaurants where you can have the perfect laid-back holiday you are wishing for. Sightseeing, hiking, and camping are some of the best things to do in Killarney and the scenic surroundings of the city.


Things to do in Killarney


Killarney National Park

Traversing the famous Killarney National Park is a hiker’s dream. You will pass along tranquil lakes, woodlands, and mountain peaks offering breathtaking views of the surrounding areas. Take time to learn about the region’s flora and fauna by taking a closer look at the plants, birds, and wildlife in the park.



You can also spend the night and go camping at one of the designated camp sites in the park. If you want to explore the Lakes of Killarney, you can rent canoes or boats at the shore.


Killarney Racecourse

Watch a spectacular horse racing event at the Killarney Racecourse just outside the town. Check out the schedules beforehand so you catch a race when you get to the racetrack.



There are a few golf courses in and around Killarney where you can enjoy a round of golf with your family or newfound friends.


When to go to Killarney

The town of Killarney experiences an oceanic climate with strong influences from the Gulf Stream. Summers are cool and moderate with winters are mild with occasional frosts. Daily temperatures throughout the year vary between an average January low of 5.88 °C (42.58 °F) to an average July high of 15.28 °C (59.50 °F).


There is abundant rainfall year round to keep the forests, hills, and surrounding nature lush and green. There’s never a wrong time to visit Killarney because of the comfortable weather all year around.



Killarney Facts

Population14 219
CurrencyIrish Pound
AirportKerry, Ireland (KIR)

Killarney average temperatures

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Killarney Marathon

In southestern Ireland you will find the cozy, picturesque town of Killarney and it is also the town where the Killarney Marathon has its finish line. The marathon starts outside of Killarney, in Sneem, a village west of Killarney. The course will take you on a scenic run on the Irish countryside passing lakes, bridges and farms. The event features not only a main marathon but also a half-marathon and a 10k, all ending their route in the same place in Killarney but with different starting points. The marathon is held in July, which usually makes for a great run in the sunny countryside.

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