Killarney Water activities

Our most recommended Killarney Water activities

Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

1. Lakes of Killarney: Boat Cruise

Discover the lakes of Killarney on this scenic cruise. Enjoy a voyage to Lough Léin with panoramic views of the lakes, islands, and castles of Killarney National Park. Relax as you watch the sights pass by from your modern, heated, glass-covered boat, guided by your local captain and guide. Depart from 15th-century Ross Castle, as you make your way past some of Killarney's most famous landmarks. Drift past the ruins of St. Finian’s 6th-century monastery on Innisfallen Island. Continue to the foot of the MacGillycuddy Reeks to view Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. Pass Ross Island as your captain points out the flora of the area, including the ancient oak and yew forests and learn about the unique ecosystem of the area.

Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

2. Gap of Dunloe Tour by Foot & Boat

The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass situated between Macgillycuddy’s Reeks and Purple Mountain in County Kerry. It spans 11 kilometers from north to south and consists of 5 lakes. Take a guided tour through the narrow and winding path, and discover a terrain formed by glaciers. Marvel at the towering summits of the Reeks, the changing shadows on the Purple Mountains, and the silence and solitude of the rugged glen. After being transported by coach, arrive at the famous cottage marking the entrance to the Gap. The cottage is named after Kate Kearney who is reported to have died of childbirth here at the ripe old age of 102! An unlikely story! Embark on a 7-mile journey to Lord Brandon’s cottage by either trap, pony, or foot. There will be an opportunity to purchase lunch at Brandon Cottage. Afterwards board a boat to Ross Castle, traveling through the 3 of the 5 lakes of Killarney. Be enchanted by the stories and folklore of the boatmen. As the tour draws to a close you will be transported back to Killarney by motor coach.

Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

3. Killarney: Guided Boat Tour to Innisfallen Island

Boats depart from Reen Pier (near Ross Castle) in our red and black traditional boats. Enjoy a 10 minute boat ride out to Innisfallen island, you will then explore the island for 30-45 mins. Your guide will educate you about the history of the Island and the wildlife that inhabit the island. The boat will then travel back to Reen Pier. Innisfallen is home to the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, one of the most impressive archaeological remains dating from the early Christian period found in the Killarney National Park. The monastery was founded in 640 by Saint Finan the Leper and was occupied for approximately 950 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the monks wrote the Annals of Innisfallen, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The island is also home to a heard of Sika Deer, explore the 21 acre island and if your lucky you might spot these beautiful animals.

Killarney: Combination Jaunting Car & Lake Cruise Tour

4. Killarney: Combination Jaunting Car & Lake Cruise Tour

Experience the most beautiful part of Ireland in the most memorable way. See the Killarney National Parklands and the famous Lakes of Killarney on a jaunting car, combined with a lake cruise and live commentary. Jump aboard a traditional jaunting car and ramble through the Killarney National Park and Ross Castle with the local jarvey. Discover the history and folklore of the area and bump into the odd leprechaun if you're lucky. Continue through Killarney’s deer park and admire the majestic Irish red deer and Sika deer graze before arriving at the wonderfully restored 15th century Ross Castle. Take a cruise on Killarney’s largest and most picturesque lake, Lough Léin in the comfort of a covered, heated, and modern vessel. Drift through the islands and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. With live commentary from your captain, hear about the heritage of local attractions, including O’Sullivan’s Cascade and the monastic ruins of Innisfallen Island, Bricin Bridge, and the copper mines.  

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What people are saying about Killarney

It was really informative and although Paul must have done the spiel a million times he managed to make it sound fresh and interesting. It was a great introduction to the Killarney National Park and put the rest of our visit into perspective. Also the boat was covered to keep out the rain!

Amazing tour. BOB was awesome. He gave a great tour to the island by boat and maneuvered well. Was very accommodating when the dock was fully immersed in the water. Even though it was not a guided tour Bob gave us a few insights and was informative. Highly recommend.

Beautiful scenery and knowledge guides. Not too long for those that want to do other activities or do explore the park on their own.

The crew were knowledgeable and friendly and provided interesting information.

The tour guide was very sound and we had a great time because of it!