Killarney Summer Breaks
There’s no denying that the lengthy, warm summer evenings and temperate climate make Killarney an exceptional summer destination. Fondly known as “the town in the park,” The Killarney Park Hotel is situated right in the heart of this beautiful open space.
Stepping out of the doors places you on the edge of the 25,000-acre Killarney National Park, from which a vast array of activities are available without even needing to fetch the car keys. Whether you’re considering a Killarney staycation or a Summer vacation, there is something to do for everyone.
Killarney House, just across the road, boasts an intriguing interpretive centre. Entry is free, and we highly recommend a visit to this significant historical site. The surrounding gardens are perfect for a family picnic or simply to sit and watch the world go by. Throughout the park, an elaborate network of walking and cycling paths exist, with signage indicating various routes to explore.
Discover the ancient ruins of Ross Castle, skim stones across the lake, admire the grandeur of Muckross House and its perfectly manicured gardens, take a short boat trip to Innisfallen Island, enjoy a jaunting car ride along the lake’s edge, or simply relax with a picnic in the great outdoors… the options are limitless.
The Killarney Park offers several packages and deals for your Summer staycation.
- Natural Escape: Enjoy two nights’ accommodation with breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening.
- Family Staycations: We love welcoming our youngest guests and offer several family-friendly options.
- Eco-Awareness Package: For those who share our love for the environment and sustainable travel, our Eco-Awareness Package includes a two-night stay with breakfast. We will gift you a sustainable water bottle and arrange for a tree to be planted on your behalf.
Things To Do In Summer
Our Top Tips for Summer Breaks
- A sunrise walk in the National Park, catching the first golden rays of daylight
- An early morning or late evening horse ride through the park – slow paced and breath-taking
- The Gap of Dunloe, explore this ancient glacial valley by horse and cart, bike, foot… you choose – once you get to Lord Brandon’s cottage and enjoy a rest and some refreshments, you can hitch a ride back across the lakes with one of the friendly boatmen. They’ll fill your head with wonderful stories and drop you off on dry ground at Ross Castle.
- A pre-breakfast swim in the stunning pool and a dip in the outdoor hot tub
- Setting aside some me-time for a bit of pampering in The Spa at The Killarney Park
- A day trip to Dingle Peninsula is definitely a must if time permits. The town of Dingle is alive with cultural arts and artisan foods. Kids will love a boat trip into the bay or a visit to the aquarium and the coastal cliff route around Slea Head is breathtaking.
- One of the National Parks more rewarding walks, Torc mountain, is a fairly gentle hill climb with stunning views at the top or you can take on Ireland’s highest mountain and summit Carrantuohill. We’re happy to recommend some local guides.
- Explore the world renowned Ring of Kerry with loads of lovely little coastal villages and sandy beachers for stop-off points along the way.
- Pop over to our trendy sister hotel, The Ross (just across the road) The dessert menu is decadent and a great bottle of Natural Wine or freshly shaken cocktail will get the evening off to a great start… you can’t beat a bit of down time after an energetic day.