What to do in Killarney
Mary MacMonagle, Guest Services Manager
"Welcome to the place God made when he was in good form."
It is not hard to see why Killarney is described in such an eloquent manner. Situated on the shores of Lough Lein, the largest of the three Lakes of Killarney, the town lies in a magical valley surrounded with 33,000 acres of National Park, protected by the largest mountain range in Ireland.
The range of outdoor activities is endless in the Killarney & Kerry region, for example:
Walking & Hiking
Walkers and Hikers are in for a real treat with an abundance of wonderful paths and trails through the Killarney National Park, which offers 33,000 acres of lakeside, mountain, and ambling walks to suit all tastes. The Malton has its own walking brochure, which offers a comprehensive list of walks departing from the Hotel. Our residents' library if full of books on the area, as well as a nature table where you can read about other guests' adventure, and add your own bit of history to our hotel.
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking is available through the Killarney National Park where groups of all sizes can be catered for. Our concierge is happy to arrange this for you.
No trip to Killarney would be complete without experiencing the renowned Jaunting car trip - a type of horse drawn carriage famous in the Killarney Valley for over two hundred years. Trips can be organised to and from the stunning Muckross House and Gardens, including the majestic Torc Waterfall. (Even Queen Victoria visited Muckross House on a Royal Visit in 1861.) Or, to Ross Castle, about three miles from The Malton, perched on the edge of the famous Lakes of Killarney complete with swans, ducks, and deer roaming through the forests.
General Sightseeing Trips are an ideal way to sample our Irish culture, and a selection of half and full day trips allow you to discover the full range of Killarney's natural beauty. Or travel further a field, with day trips to the greater Kerry region - departing daily to areas like the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Dingle's rugged scenery was highlighted in the Tom Cruise & Nicole Kidman film "Far and Away" as well as David Leane's epic film "Ryan's Daughter", featuring Robert Mitchum and Sara Mills. In fact, the full cast of this film stayed at the Great Southern and travelled to Dingle daily, and the rooms that are now home to Peppers Restaurant were turned into a cinema and used for the "rushes", or cutting & editing of this masterpiece.
The area surrounding The Malton offers unlimited opportunities for photography, beginning with our own gardens and distinct Victorian architecture. Ross Castle, traditional colourful lake boats, wildlife including deer and eagles, lakes, waterfalls, rivers and streams.
Ring of Kerry Tour
The famous Ring of Kerry, renowned for its amazing scenic beauty is one of Ireland's most recognised and travelled tourist attraction. Escape for a whole day through mountains, lakes, and majestic sea views, stopping along the way in picturesque villages. It's no wonder this journey is adored and remembered by all who complete this dramatic circle along Ireland's coastline.
The Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is a very unique and iconic Killarney day trip.
Your departure point is from Kate Kearney's Cottage ™ a charming country pub where you can begin your adventure with an Irish coffee while choosing your mount to start your trek through this rugged glacial mountain pass. The more leisurely choice would be jaunting car, where the local guide will regal you with the legends and tall tales of the area. Or, choose to ride you own pony over the gap!
As you venture into this beautiful valley, you'll be surrounded by geological evidence of the battle between the great forces of glaciers from the north as they clashed with these immovable mountains. The MacGillycuddy Reeks of Kerry dominate one side of the pass, bearing the scars of the struggle, with the Purple Mountains on the other.
From the top of the pass you are treated to your first glimpse of the Black Valley, so called because it remained untouched by modern technology until the early seventies. The Black Valley was the very last place in Ireland to receive electricity, in 1977. Telephones weren't available here until the 1990s!
At Lord Brandon's Cottage, a light lunch is served before you continue your adventure by boat. Prepare for awe-inspiring views of exhilarating beauty over the three famous Killarney Lakes. The encircling mountain slopes and woodlands are home to a fascinating array of wildlife, including Red deer, Sika deer, otters, badgers, foxes and hares, whilst hawks and majestic eagles hover overhead.
The Old Weir Bridge links the middle and lower lakes and here the boats "shoot the rapids", stopping at the romantic Dinis Cottage for afternoon tea.
Lough Leane is the last of the lakes and here your journey becomes more serene before your final stop at the towering Ross Castle, where swans paddle peacefully. Once the stronghold of local chieftain O'Donoghue, legend has it he still emerges form the lake on his trusted steed each May Day at sunrise.
For further information don't hesitate to contact our Guest Services Manager, Mary MacMonagle, and her team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org