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The small town of Killarney is tucked at the base of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s largest mountain range. This charming community has been a popular spot for European visitors since the 1800s, thanks in part to its striking surrounding woodland and temperate climate. Killarney’s tourism has been a major boost for its economy; aside from Dublin, there are more hotel beds in Killarney than in any other Irish community.
Start your Killarney tour with a walk down High Street or College Street, where you can try out some authentic Irish fare. Grab a drink in one of the town’s many pubs, or stop in at a café if you want to forgo the alcohol. The town continues to hum along even after the sun goes down; if you’re a night owl, you’ll love spending the later hours checking out eateries, cafes, and nightclubs.
Any Killarney sightseeing should include Killarney National Park, which is located just two miles from the town. This gorgeous landscape is home to wildlife and a number of Killarney’s famed tourist attractions. Wander through some 24,000 acres of lakes and mountains, which are home to red deer, ospreys, and even Arctic char.
Ready to be impressed? Killarney National Park also houses Ross Castle, a genuine medieval tower perched on the shores of Lough Leane. Looking for something a little less medieval? Tour Muckross House, a 65-room mansion that once hosted Queen Victoria. Before you head back to town, grab a picture on the Old Weir Bridge. How old is it? No one is entirely sure, but historians think it may have been constructed in the 1500s. Like Killarney itself, the bridge remains an endearing place to visit.
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