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What To Do In Killarney

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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. Click here to read our '10 things to do in Killarney' blog.

The range of outdoor activities is endless in the Killarney & Kerry region, for example:

Golfing in Killarney

Golf in Kerry is the stuff of legend; with historic links courses like Ballybunion and Waterville rated among the top in the world. For the avid golfer, half a dozen championship courses on our doorstep mean you'll never be short of a challenge. What ever you are looking for in golf, Killarney & Co.Kerry provide the ideal venue. The inspiring  two Championship parkland courses of Killarney Golf & Fishing Club are located a mere 5 minutes drive from the Hotel. Killarney courses have hosted some prestigious competitions including both the Ladies & Gents Irish Open. Kerry's rugged coastline provides an exciting and challenging setting for some of Ireland's best-known links courses. Historic Ballybunion Golf Links, made famous by Tom Watson in the 1960s, and played by the former President Bill Clinton in 2009 is within an hour's drive of Killarney. Waterville Links, another of Kerry's magical renowned courses, is just over an hours drive from Killarney and has been visited by some of the top golfers from the United States, including Tiger Woods, David Duvall & Mark O'Meara. In addition to the aforementioned courses there are an abundance of superb alternative links & parklands courses nearby, from the Arnold Palmer designed course in Tralee to Dooks Golf links near Glenbeigh town that offer testing Links golf. The Parkland Courses of Beaufort and the Ring of Kerry equally offer wonderful golfing experiences.

Family Holidays

The choice is endless in Killarney/Co.Kerry when it comes to chosing activities for your family. Take a trip 'under ground' to Crag Caves, go on a 'muck' about in Muckross Traditional Farms, enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Killarney Lakes,  a fun filled farm visit to Kennedys Pet Farm, delight in exciting water sports with Star Outdoors Kenmare or a night at the dogs at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium to mention but a few. Spend hours with your loved ones discovering The Killarney National Park & take a step back in time & visit the majestic Muckross House & Gardens.  Feel like staying closer to the hotel then enjoy a swim in pool or a stroll around our 6 acres of private gardens including a childrens play ground. Taking your family on holiday to Killarney will no doubt create memories that are sure to last a life time. 
Click Here to read what one of our past self catering guests had to say about her recent family trip to Killarney.  
Read our Blog Summer Family Fun programmes to see a sample of what's included. To book simply Click Here.
We also provide superior 4 star Self Catering accommodation options on our doorstep, Click Here to view our special offers. 

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.

Rock Climbing, Hillwalking, Kayaking, Biking 

Co.Kerry is an adventure sport enthusiats heaven. It's no wonder many of Irelands leading adventure races are held here such as the Helly Hensan Killarney Adventure Race & The Ring of Kerry Cycle.  So if it's kayaking on the Lakes of Killarney, hiking through the Gap of Dunloe, climbing to the highest peak in Ireland, Carrauntoohil or mountain biking through the Killarney National Park forest trails interests you then you are in the right place.  Outdoors Ireland offer a range of adventure break activities for those looking for an adverture experience of a lifetime.

Jaunting Cars

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.

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.

Sightseeing Trips

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