KILLORGLIN: best activities, hotels, pubs & restaurants

Killorglin is a great place to stay when visiting County Kerry. Here are some of the best things to do while in the area.

KILLORGLIN: best activities, hotels and pubs in town.

Killorglin, or Cill Orlan as it’s known in Irish, is a town in County Kerry in the West of Ireland. It’s a spectacular location not far from Rossbeigh Beach, Caragh Lake, the Dingle Peninsula, and the breathtaking Ring of Kerry

Sitting on the banks of the salmon-rich River Laune, it is renowned for the Puck Fair, Ireland’s oldest running festival, and is a famous town in the summer months. 

There is much to see and do here, so we’ve decided to give you a low down on the best restaurants, hotels, and things to do. 

So, without further ado, here are the best things to do and the best restaurants, bars and hotels to make your trip to Killorglin as memorable as possible.

Ireland Before You Die’s top tips for visiting Killorglin:

  • With its location close to the coast, Killorglin is renowned for its offerings of fresh and delicious seafood.
  • One of Ireland’s oldest and most unique festivals, try and plan your visit around the annual Puck Fair, held without fail on 10, 11 and 12 of August every year.
  • If you’re planning on staying over in Killorglin, be sure to book your accommodation well in advance to ensure a booking and a good price. Booking.com is the best site to use for booking hotels in the area.
  • Try out the many pubs, bars, and restaurants in Killorglin and get chatting with a local. They’ll be able to recommend hidden gems, must-see spots, and more.
  • To explore Killorglin, the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula and more, we recommend renting a car.

Best things to do in Killorglin – make the most of your time in Killorglin

Wilma’s Cheese Factory

Check out Wilma's Cheese Factory in Killorglin.
Credit: Facebook/ Wilma’s Cheese and Farm Shop

Wilma has been operating in Killorglin since 1980, having moved to the town from the Netherlands. 

She produces the most fantastic cheese in Southwest Ireland and offers tours of her small factory.

You will learn about cheesemaking and experience a little slice of cheesemonger life. Don’t forget to buy some of her delicious produce while visiting; you’ll regret it otherwise.

Address: Ardmoneel, Ardmoniel, Co. Kerry, V93 D8YF, Ireland

Book a tour with Morrison Tours

Book a tour with Morrison's Tours.
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With Morrison Tours, you will safely climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain. The route will take approximately seven hours, so this is a trek for the physically fit. 

Book a tour and get some insight into local knowledge from a couple with over 40 years of tourism and hiking experience.

Address: Main St, Castleconway, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Drive the Ring of Kerry route

Drive the Ring of Kerry while in Killorglin.
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It would be a sin and a crime not to drive the 179-kilometre-long Ring of Kerry route while in Killorglin. This is the highlight of any Irish holiday. 

Leave early in the day to make the most of your road trip around the Iveragh Peninsula.

Allow for stops for photo opportunities at sites like the Torc Waterfall in Killarney National Park and to grab a bite to eat while marvelling at the views at Rosspoint Restaurant.

RELATED: Top 10 best things to do on the Ring of Kerry

Puck Fair

Puck Fair is one of Ireland's most unique festivals.
Credit: Flickr/ Neil and Kathy Carey

The Puck Fair can be dated as far back as the 1600s and is Ireland’s longest-running fair. It runs every August and involves a goat catcher going up the mountains to catch a goat. 

The goat is then crowned the king, or King Puck, and worshipped for the entirety of the festival before being released back into the wild.

Pubs and restaurants – the best places for food and drinks

10 Bridge Street 

10 Bridge Street is one of the best restaurants in Killorglin.
Credit: Facebook/ 10 Bridge Street

Formerly the Soly y Sombra Tapas Bar & Restaurant, this family-run restaurant was relaunched in 2022 as 10 Bridge Street. 

The restaurant runs out of a renovated 200-year-old church and only opens in the summer months. Their menu is jam-packed with delicious tapas for you to try, and we promise you will be leaving with very happy bellies.

Address: Old Church of Ireland, Bridge St, Dromavally, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Jack’s Bakery 

Jack's Bakery is a great option.
Credit: Facebook/ Jack’s Bakery

It’s always good to know where the best cafés are, and we can tell you Jack’s Bakery is the best in town. 

They bake fresh bread, pastries, and cakes daily, and there’s always something new to try. In the centre of Killorglin, Jack’s is the perfect spot to pick up your morning coffee before embarking on the Ring of Kerry drive.

Address: Lower Bridge St, Dromavally, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Bunkers Bar and Restaurant 

Bunkers Bar & Restaurant is another great choice in Killorglin.
Credit: Facebook/ Bunkers Bar Killorglin

Bunkers is a great place to visit if you want to be fed and watered. They have a superb whiskey selection and some of the best pub grub in Killorglin town centre. 

They also offer the most delicious desserts, serving the best hot chocolate in town. Looking to try some Irish whiskey? Ask at the bar; they can set you up with a unique Irish whiskey-tasting tray.

Address: Iveragh Rd, Castleconway, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, V93 K68F, Ireland

Kingdom 1795 

Check out Kingdom 1795 for some fine dining.
Credit: Facebook/ Kingdom 1795

If you have a taste for the finer things in life, then Kingdom 1795 should be on your radar.

Despite the Michelin-quality food, the chef maintains an unpretentious standard in his cooking, meaning the food is just amazing without any unnecessary frills you often get with fine dining.

Address: Main St, Dromavally, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, V93 XED7, Ireland

Best places to stay in Killorglin – rest your head in comfort after a day of exploring

Ard na Sidhe Country House 

The best places to stay in Killorglin.
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Ard na Sidhe is a spectacular hotel on the beautiful Caragh Lake. The location boasts 32 acres of wondrous gardens, with many hidden walkways to escape into nature. Their garden house has some beautiful downstairs bedrooms for you to really embrace the beauty of the gardens. It’s the perfect place to embrace the true beauty of Ireland, with mountain and lake views right at your doorstep.

Address: Caragh Lake, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, V93 HV57, Ireland

Kingston’s Bar and Townhouse 

Kingston's Bar and Townhouse.
Credit: Facebook/ Kingston’s Bar and Townhouse 

Kingston’s Bar and Townhouse boasts some very comfortable boutique suites. If you’re feeling hungry, you’re in luck; they make their own in-house pizza, which is simply divine. The business is run by 4th generation owners, so the service is unbeatable. Their bar is another great spot in town to try Irish whiskey, but if you don’t take alcohol, they also have a great selection of mocktails.

Address: Market Street, Dromavally, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, V93 E4XV, Ireland

The Bianconi Inn

The Biancoli Inn is another great choice.
Credit: Facebook/ The Bianconi Inn

One of the only luxury hotels on the Ring of Kerry, the Bianconi Inn has over 150 years of welcoming guests under its belt. This is an excellent option for a sleek and comfortable stay right in the centre of Killorglin. The hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant on site, too. With the park nearby and numerous pubs and restaurants in the area, this is the perfect place to stay for exploring everything Killorglin has to offer.

Address: Annadale Rd, Dromavally, Killorglin, Co. Kerry, Ireland

READ MORE: The 10 best hotels in Kerry for all budgets

Other notable mentions

Killorglin Golf Club: Like nearly every town in Kerry, Killorglin has its own golf club for golf enthusiasts to take advantage of. Dooks Golf Club is only 20 minutes away, too.

Tralee: Tralee is located around 30 minutes from Killorglin. Famous for the Rose of Tralee International Festival, there’s is a lot to see and explore here.

The Dingle Peninsula: While you’re visiting County Kerry, you can’t miss out on Dingle and the Dingle Peninsula. It’ll take you about an hour to drive from Killorglin to Dingle, but the drive and scenery alone are worth it.

Your questions answered about Killorglin

If you still have questions, we have you covered! In this section, we’ve compiled some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions and popular questions that have been asked online about this topic.

What is Killorglin famous for? 

Killorglin is famous for the annual Puck Fair, Ireland’s oldest festival, which can be dated back to 1613.

Where are the best places to eat in Killorglin? 

We recommend Kingdom 1795, Bunkers Bar & Restaurant, or 10 Bridge Street for Killorglin’s best food.

What are the best places to stay in Killorglin?

There are many beautiful places to stay in Killorglin, but our favourite places are Ard na Sídhe Country House and Kingstons Townhouse. Book before your trip to avoid disappointment and get the best prices.

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