Let Cahernane be your base
Where to start?
There is more to Kerry than Killarney, using Cahernane as your base discover everything Kerry has to offer.
From historic sites to beautiful scenery. You’ll discover a wealth of experiences, history and natural beauty to explore at your leisure.
Wild Atlantic Way
Not to be missed
Did you know that Killarney is considered a gateway town to the Wild Atlantic Way? Ireland’s first long-distance touring route stretches along the entire west coast of the country and takes in some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery.
Stretching along the Atlantic Coast from Donegal to West Cork, it would take between three weeks to a month to drive the full length at a leisurely pace.
The Kerry stage of the Wild Atlantic Way is 450kms long so you can customise your route to see as much as you like. We’ve written a blog about the highlights of this gorgeous route.
Ring of Kerry
A new point of view
Another popular attraction is the 179km drive of scenic beauty, the Ring of Kerry drive. This spectacular driving loop takes about day to get around, depending how many times you stop to admire the stunning scenery and take postcard-worthy pictures.
Some of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry include the Gap of Dunloe, Torc Waterfall, Moll’s Gap, Muckross House and many stunning coastal sights.
There are cafes, stalls and craft shops along the way to pick up a memento of your once in a lifetime trip.
A little tip from our team: visit the Ring of Kerry anti-clock wise to beat the crowds.
Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is one of the more challenging and most popular tourist attractions in Kerry, owing to the stunning natural beauty. The narrow mountain pass separates the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range in the west, from the Purple Mountain range in the east. Walking through Gap of Dunloe and Black Valley will take between 2 and 2.5 hrs but you can travel by jaunting car or on horseback to save time and effort. Words really cannot capture the beauty of this area – you must experience it for yourself.
Dream it , Visit it
You couldn’t come to Killarney and not visit one of the most spectacular natural sights of all, the three lakes. Innisfallen is the largest island on Lough Leane, which is the largest of the three lakes. Aside from the magic of nature, the lake is the setting for many Irish folklore tales and stories.
You can arrange a boat to take you from the mainland to the island and if you’re lucky you may see deer swimming from Ross Castle to the island. Its everything a nature lover could ask for giving you fresh air, beautiful scenery and a tick on your Kerry bucket list.
St Marys Cathedral
Located to the West of Killarney Town, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, better known as St. Marys Cathedral, is an ancient Catholic church that is worth seeing.
Rising above the backdrop of Killarney town, the cathedral has been a place of worship for locals and visitors for over 165 years! The vaulted ceilings, archways and steeple give it a regal and authentic Medieval feel.
Its exterior beauty is complemented by the fascinating relics and colourful stained-glass windows contained within.
Our Local Area
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