The people of Killarney always knew they were blessed with such beauty on their doorstep but never more so than recently having been forced to remain within their 5km.
Having restrictions imposed was never much fun but so many of us locals have had the opportunity to take stock, get out in the open air and appreciate the glory of our 5 kilometre radius.
With fresh air and ample room to move being an important fact of life right now, we present to you..
10 of the Best Open Spaces to Enjoy in Killarney
- Killarney House and Gardens is an oasis of calm just steps from the hustle and bustle of the town centre. Bask is the fresh air, enjoy the colourful flowers, stunning mountain views and wander the expanse of trails.
- Ross Castle and The Copper Mine Trail is an easy 3km lake walk that is stunning, peaceful and charming. Look out for the swans often seen swimming near the castle.
- Muckross and Dinis is a local favourite that never gets old! Walk, run or cycle this beautiful path that hugs Muckross Lake. Stop at Dinis Cottage for a cuppa then pop around the back to see the meeting of the waters. Sublime.
- Work Up A Sweat on Cardiac Steps. Whoever named this 5km loop wasn’t messing around. It will certainly get your heart pumping for an intense calorie burn. But it’s not all work, work, work! When you get to the top you will be rewarded with epic panoramic views of Killarney.
- The Boathouse Walk to Dundag Beach. This cute walk is tucked away down a narrow path near Muckross House. The trail meanders through woodland before opening up to reveal the majestic Muckross Lake. Keep following the path to Dundag Beach and take a refreshing dip to blast away those cobwebs. If you do go for a swim, please exercise caution and don’t go alone.
- Walk Aghadoe to the Fossa Way. Start from the graveyard in Aghadoe and take in the view of Killarney’s Lakes laid out below. Follow the ancient Béithrin na Marbh (Little Road of the Dead) down the hill and link up to the Fossa Way. The urban woodland track will take you through the Killarney National Park all the way back into Killarney town.
- Ride a Jaunting Car for an invigorating blast of fresh air. A traditional cart is the perfect vantage point to survey both park and town. The Jarvey at the helm is often a comedian, guide and storyteller all rolled into one and very much part of the fun.
- Killarney Golf Club is surrounded by the lakes of Lough Leane and four time host to the prestigious Irish Open. For a great day out with epic scenery to boot, a round of golf in Killarney is a must.
- The Blue Pool is an easy 3km loop walk through forest tracks just off the N71 near the Muckross Park Hotel. Stepping into this enchanted woodland feels every bit like stepping into a film set. The pool is luminous and crystal clear and the walk itself is one of Killarney’s hidden treasures.
- Killarney Race Course feels special from the moment you walk through the gate. With Tomies Mountain Range as backdrop the scene is a picture postcard. Plan your trip around a race meeting in May, July or August and experience the buzz. Beautiful horses in the parade ring and banter with the bookies make for a memorable day on the track. The races probably won’t be back in full swing this year but you can still hang enjoy the beautiful space. Navé Coffee Shop is open every day and is a great place to grab a brew and enjoy the fresh air, without the crowds.