Coming up in Killarney at the end of the winter does feel like coming back home and it makes you feel relaxed instantly. The mysterious atmosphere of the clouds hanging around the mountains and the silence that can be experienced going up there is incredible.
Since the tourism season hadn’t started yet, the area was quiet. Many accommodations, shops and restaurants were still shut for the winter season. However, walking around town still was a great experience. The lovely buildings and the locals wandering around gave a great impression about what Killarney is like.
A good starting point for a tourism stroll in town is the Town Hall. Right across the Town Hall, you can see the Irish Church. Walking onward from the Irish Church on to the High Street you see the modern restaurants and shops, such as Milano and Penney’s, together with the history of the town.
Before heading to the friary of Killarney, do not forget to take a quick look in the smaller lanes such as Bowers’ and Bride well lane where you can find colourful Irish houses. Walking from the high street in to the old market lane you stroll past Noelle’s Retro Café. In this place, you can enjoy a nice coffee with a delicious piece of cake and at the same time you can have a look upstairs at their amazing little record shop.
Walking pass the Killarney outlet centre, an interesting sight to see is the train station. The train station is small and there is not much to see. Nevertheless, it is still worth the visit. Maybe be bold and take the train to the next station to experience the Irish railway.
Continuing down the street you arrive at the place where the jaunting tours depart from. If you are feeling lazy and not feel like walking, they can take you on a tour through the National Park of Killarney.
Feeling more adventurous? Take the Muckross road and turn left arriving at the Killarney House. Getting passed the Killarney House, you will be amazed by the view. A stunning landscape of the Killarney National Park will appear with in the background the mountain scenery. Make your way to the Ross Road to continue the walk headed for the Ross Castle.
After Ross Castle, it is time to return to the town centre. Instead of taking the Ross road turn left in to the woods. When arriving at the river Deenagh, continue on the river walk which will lead you back in to the town centre.
Don’t forget to take a last visit at the St. Mary’s Cathedral before heading home.