Everyone has heard about The Lakes of Killarney…and so they can get very crowded. Just as beautiful, but virtually undiscovered, are the lakes, rivers, mountains and woodlands around Glencar, known as the Highlands of Kerry. If you want to visit Killarney, home of Ireland’s largest National Park, we will advise you on the best time to go, and the best way to avoid the crowds – easily done with some local knowledge. Video clip of Killarney Lakes
Ross Castle – A 14th century tower house on Ross Island, close to Killarney town. The castle was the seat of irish chieftan O’Donoghue Mór but in 1587 fell into the possession of the chieftain MacCarthy Mór. In 1652 Ross Castle was the scene of a battle, and was the last castle in Munster to fall to Cromwell’s forces. In the 18th and 19th centuries the castle was used as a military barracks. Today the castle has been restored and is open to visitors. Ross Castle is only a leisurely stroll from Coolclogher House along a little known path which has wonderful views over the Killarney Lakes. Video clip of Ross Castle
Muckross House – Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion located on the shores of Muckross Lake near Killarney. This stately home, built in 1843, is set in the splendour of Killarney National Park. The furnished rooms of Muckross House contain some locally carved furniture and items of historic interest. Inside the house, skilled craftspeople including a book-binder, a potter and a weaver can be seen at work producing high-quality crafts. Muckross House is open to visitors with the entrance being through the main entrance to Killarney National Park. Video clip of Muckross House
If you want to do things, rather than just see the sights, there is a great deal on offer and we’d be happy to help you arrange them. The following is just a selection:
The Kerry Way, once the old road, now a properly marked walking route, passes very close to Iskeroon and you can walk for miles and miles in either direction.
Waterville Golf Links is seven miles from Iskeroon and is a world famous course. In 1998 Els, Furyk, Magee, O¹Meara, Stewart and Woods played at Waterville in preparation for the 1998 British Open. Other courses nearby include Dooks, Parknasilla and Kemare, all within one hour’s drive.
A dive charter and instruction company operates from Derrynane Harbour, another dive company operates from Valentia Island.
Both sea and freshwater fishing are available locally; we can arrange ghillies for you in Waterville, where Charlie Chaplin regularly came to fish.
You can waterski, windsurf and sail at the centre based in Derrynane Harbour, 15 minutes walk from Iskeroon.
The Eagle Rock Equestrian Centre is based in Caherdaniel. Both beginners and more experienced riders are catered for.