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Discover Killarney Together

Magical places for a days adventure

Gap of Dunloe

Day Trip

The Gap of Dunloe is a full day trip including a 14 mile boat trip through the 3 lakes of Killarney and a 10km hike or jaunting cart trip from the Black Valley to Kate Kearney’s Cottage (the jaunting cart is better if travelling with younger children). You will be collected from Cahernane at 10am and will return home by 4.30pm.

For a shorter day, drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage (14 km from Cahernane) and walk 2km up to the first bridge crossing the River Loe.

Beautiful scenery with lakes and mountains, rocks for children to climb on and some roaming sheep awaits you !

Horse Riding in Killarney National Park

Hold your horses

Horse Riding is a unique way to explore the best of the park and an experience that will stay with you as a treasured memory of your time here. Local riding stables offer daily rides in the Killarney National Park or treks through the MacGillicuddy Reeks for riders of all abilities. A trek through the Gap of Dunloe can be undertaken either as part of an all-day trip coming back to Killarney by boat or alternatively as a one- or two-hour trek. Ask our staff for more information or if you need help to book.

Valentia Island

Day Trip

Valentia Island is a 2 hour drive from Killarney – a beautiful drive especially from Killorglin to Caherciveen. A full day can be spent here if you bring a ball, kite and a bucket and spade – activities for young children like making sandcastles on the beach, playing football or flying kites. Take a trip up to the top of Geokaun mountain (not really a mountain at 266m !) – with a breathtaking outlook over the Fogher Cliffs. It’s possible to drive all the way to the top, so visitors with younger children don’t miss out on the views.

Muckross Abbey

Hide and Seek

The Abbey is just over 3km from Cahernane by foot. Hours can be spent here playing hide and seek – there are some great hiding spots.

The Yew Tree in the center is approx. 400 years old and much restoration has been done on the Abbey in recent years.

A short distance from here are Muckross Farms, they have a playground and farm animals to visit throughout the summer.

Fishing in Killarney National Park

Let's go fishing

Trout fishing in Killarney is a popular pastime for both locals and visitors. Killarney is one of the main game fishing centres in the south-west of Ireland and is famous for its brown trout and salmon fishing.

The River Flesk which runs beside Cahernane House has excellent salmon and trout fishing and drains into the Killarney Lakes.

Cahernane House Hotel has fishing rights on the River Flesk which are available to guests of the hotel. An enjoyable days fishing can be spent on a boat on the Killarney lakes with your own private gillie arranged by the hotel. Deep-sea angling can also be arranged and is less than an hour’s drive from the hotel. Ask our staff for more details.

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