Killarney is a charming county of lakes and mountain ranges. With the wild Atlantic Ocean not far and the raw Irish landscape in full bloom, it is the stuff of poetry and old Irish legends, where history and culture are represented in equal measure.
With so much to do it can be a little overwhelming where to start, and although the list could be somewhat endless, here are the top five things to do with the kids when in Killarney.
Just remember to check the weather in advance – our ever-changing conditions can be a pretty big factor when it comes to how to spend your day!
5. Killarney Falconry – for an up-close encounter
This unique tour gives a birds-eye view of the majesty of our fine feathered friends.
The suitably named “Halk Walks” take places in the wilds of Killarney National Park, where guests and guides stroll the lakeside surroundings learning about these magnificent birds in their natural habitat.
You will experience awe as they dip and soar and swoop from the trees, landing effortlessly on the gloved fist of a falconer… or even you, if you care to give it a go. This tour is kid-friendly and they are sure to be blown away, experiencing these intelligent furry creatures up close.
Bookings for this experience is essential, and group discounts are available for parties or those coming as a family.
Location: Killarney Falconry, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
4. Kennedy’s Pet Farm – for an all-weather experience
Kennedy’s Pet Farm is a great day outing for families with children of all ages. Running for over 25 years, this family establishment has garnered a name for itself for being at the top of its game, dedicated to animal care and visitor experience.
The list themselves as being an all-weather farm and playground, meaning that as long as you don’t mind getting a bit wet, there’s no reason you can’t come visit, rain or shine!
Just a short distance from the town of Killarney, Kennedy’s offers first-hand, up close and personal encounters with over a hundred farm animals to feed and play with. Animals include deer, piglets, geese, ducks, lambs, puppies, rabbits and donkeys among others.
Location: Kennedy’s Pet Farm, Glenflesk, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
3. Irish Fairy Trails – for ancient Irish fairies and folklore
Explore Irish mysticism and let the imagination run free as Irish Fairy Trails brings you and your little ones on an enchanted adventure.
Only an hour from Killarney in Derrynane House in Parknasilla this fairy trail – which has existed for thousands of years – can be explored without a guide, free of charge, 365 days a year.
The expedition, which follows the fairy trail, allows families to explore the woodland in search of fairy houses. Made from wood or stone, sometimes of shells or rubbers, these quaint little houses are hidden across the trail…just waiting to be found.
Who knows what magic you will come across? You may even spot a fairy out at play!
Location: Irish Fairy Trails, Derrynane House, Parknasilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
2. Killarney Riding Stables – for a ride on the wild side
What better way to spend the day with the kids than in nature, on the back of one of the most majestic creatures? Enter: Killarney Riding Stables.
Located a stone’s throw from Killarney town, this stable which has been a part of the local community since 1968 is family-run and home to over 70 horses. With a sterling team of trainers and teachers, the stable offers many rides per day ranging from one to three hours in duration.
Overnight packages are also available and include bed and board as well as two days of trail riding (four hours riding per day) and a picnic lunch on both days, along with a horse, tack and guide.
With the backdrop of Killarney, kids will love this dynamic outdoor experience.
Location: Killarney Riding Stables, Ballydowney, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland.
1. Star Outdoor Adventure Centre – for adventurers, old and young alike!
When it comes to things to do in Killarney with the kids, look no further than this star-studded adventure centre in Kerry, less than an hour’s drive from Killarney.
This truly is the icing on the cake with an impressive line-up of activities ranging from paintball and pedal boats, to wakeboarding and crazy golf, from archery and sailing to obstacle courses and canoeing.
Family packages, hens and stags, active retirement programmes and school groups are all welcomed with offers available on the website. Summer and Easter camps are in particular – and unsurprisingly – popular at Star Outdoor Adventure Cantre, so always book in advance.
Location: Star Outdoors Adventure Centre, Dauros, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland