Killarney Summer Breaks
There’s no denying that the long, late summer evenings and the mild weather, makes Killarney an exceptional Summer destination. Killarney is known fondly as “the town in the park” and The Killarney Park Hotel is located right in the heart of this beautiful open space.
Stepping out of the doors, will literally have you on the edge of the 25,000 acre Killarney National Park and there are an extensive range of things to do from this point, without even needing to dig out the car keys. Whether it’s a Killarney Staycation or a Summer Vacation, there is something to do for everyone.
Killarney House is just across the road and offers an interesting interpretive center. Entrance is free of charge and we can highly recommend a visit to the important historical feature. The surrounding gardens are perfect for a family picnic or just to sit and watch the world go by. Throughout the park are an elaborate network of walking and cycle paths, with signage showing 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 edge or keep it simple with a picnic in the fresh outdoors… the list is endless.
The Killarney Park has a number of packages and offers for your summer staycation.
- Summer Escape: Two nights accommodation with breakfast each morning and dinner on one evening.
- Family Staycations: We love to welcome our littlest guests and have a few different family options available.
- 5 Night Stay: Stay five nights with two dinners included.
- Eco-Awareness Package: For those who share our love for the environment and sustainable travel, our Eco-Awareness Package is a two night break with breakfast included. We will gift you a sustainable water bottle and will also arrange to have a tree 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.