Killarney, County Kerry

Killarney is an attractive town situated in County Kerry which is in south-western Ireland. Located to the north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, the town is famous for Ross Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Lakes of Killarney, Muckross House and Abbey, the Gap of Dunloe and Torc Waterfall. Moreover, the town was honoured by the prestigious award of “Best Kept Town” in the year 2007. The award was given in a cross-border contest organised jointly by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and the Department of the Environment. Owing to its history, natural heritage and proximity to the Skellig Michael Island, Dingle Peninsula and its location which is on the Ring of Kerry, the town has emerged as one of the most popular tourists destinations.

The town is served by the National Secondary Routes N72, National Primary Route N22 and the N71. These routes provide better connectivity and easy transportation to the residents of the town. Moreover, there are many train services to Limerick, Dublin, Tralee and Cork that are operated by IarnrodEireann. Whereas the bus services to Cork, Tralee, Limerick, Skibbereen and Kenmare are provided by the Bus Eireann. Furthermore, Kerry Airport situated in Farranfore between Killarney and Tralee offers an incredible air services. The Cork Airport which is not much far and accessible by rail or bus, also serves the region of Kerry.

Killarney is the ultimate destination for tourism and by now is the largest tourist catering industry. With Dublin as exception, there is more number of hotel beds in the town in comparison to any other Irish town. The tourist population in Killarney is very diverse though a significant proportion of visitors come from the UK, Ireland, the US, Germany and various other European countries.Furthermore, the town’s tourism history takes back to the mid 18th Century, the Fourth Viscount Kenmare, Thomas, started attracting new residents and visitors to the town. The date of 1747 was taken in recent 250-years celebrations in order to give respect to the history of Killarney tourism. Moreover, the town was visited by the great Queen Victoria in the year 1861, which gave it an international exposure.In the summers, the town gets busy with innumerable visitors exploring shops and several tourists’ attractions. Most of the gift shops and other shops are designed keeping in mind the tastes and preferences of the visitors.

The town takes good care of its tourists, therefore, offer them with number of good pubs, hotels and restaurants that meet the every requirement. Moreover, the beautiful town is also appreciated for its jaunting cars that are operated by the local jarvies. Various tourists take up jaunting car rides in order to have a round of the city in an adventurous manner.

Killerney SummerFest is the most awaited highlight of the year and features indoor and outdoor concerts from major international and Irish acts. Previous acts include The Cranberries, Snow Patrol, Bryan Adams, Westlife, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Jones and many more. Therefore, the town is the perfect destination for activities that are adored by all the visitors.

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