Killarney has a long tradition of entertaining visitors, of combining the best that nature has to offer, with the most modern luxuries to make it an ideal holiday destination. Mountains, lakes, woodlands, natural parks combined with history, culture, myths, stories all come together in this unique place.
Killarney Town Centre:
Killarney sits at the junction of New Street, High Street and Main Street. Footpaths are wide here and it’s a nice place to wander, listen to the buskers and soak in the atmosphere of the town. Directly behind the junction are the remains of the old town hall (now home to some small business) and some smaller old lanes with quaint old buildings. Stroll down these lanes to get a feel for the old town.
Main Street Killarney is filled with shops selling clothing, antiques, tourist goods and book shops. It forms the heart of the shopping area of the town. At the end of High street stands St. Mary’s Church Killarney. Built in English gothic style in the nineteenth century it is still in use today. Killarney town centre has restaurants to suit all tastes and you will find traditional music in some bar in the town virtually every night of the week.
Killarney and the Ice Age:
Killarney’s history, like that of Kerry’s in general began after the last ice age. As the ice sheets retreated Kerry and Killarney were sculpted. The results of this sculpturing process are today the wonders of the region, the magnificent peaks of the Macgillycuddy Reeks - Corran Tuathail, Binn Carroigh, the beautiful mountain passes The Gap of Dunloe, Moll's Gap, Bealach Oisin and of course the wonderful lakes. The most famous of the lakes being the lakes of Killarney - Lough Leane, Muckross or Middle lake and the Upper lake.