Killarney town guide
Killarney is a delightful place of lakes and hills. It is situated in the south west of Ireland and close to the westernmost point of Europe. Here Ireland's first National Park was created in 1932. The park was formed from the Muckross Estate, which was presented to the nation by Senator Arthur Vincent, together with his late wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Bowers Bourn, in her memory.
The park has now grown to encompass over 25,000 acres of magnificent countryside with a huge variation of habitat for the varied wildlife. There are mountain, moorland, woodland, waterways parks and gardens. The variation in altitude and the influence of the Gulf Stream have spawned an unusual and varied ecology. A hire car will allow the visitor to explore this magnificent park and its surroundings to the full.
Within the park stands Muckross House with its beautiful Gardens. Today the House, is jointly managed by Dúchas - The Heritage Service and the Trustees of Muckross House (Killarney) Ltd, and forms the focal point of the National Park while also serving as a major tourist attraction for the area. Adjoining the House are the world famous Muckross Gardens and Arboretum.
In Killarney town don't miss out on the opportunity to explore the lanes. These are considered by many to be the finest feature of the town. In recent years many have been repaved, lending them a new vitality. Among others New Street, one hundred yards on the Cathedral side of the Post Office is now the most complete traditional Lane complex in the town.