Killarney Lakes So Blue, Three Of The Most Beautiful Lakes In The World

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Killarney Lakes comprising three of the most beautiful lakes in the world, more famous than Senator Kerry and more captivating than the Queen of Sheba. Nothing or anybody can out shine Killarney Lakes.

Two of Killarney’s three main lakes occupy a large glacial depression at the foot of the mountains which rises south-west of the town, while the third lies in a valley which runs south west from the south end of the range.

To the west of the lakes are MacGillicuddy`s Reeks, the highest range of mountains in Kerry with the highest mountain in Ireland, Carrantouhill.

The lower and largest lake Lough Leane covers some 5,000 acres, contains about 30 islands and lies nearer the town than any of the others. It is separated by the 680-acre Muckross Lake by the Muckross Peninsula. A narrow wooded strait links Muckross Lake with the 430-acre upper lake.

There are 4 islands in the Muckross lake and 8 in the Upper Lake.

Apart from these three main lakes there is also Lough Guitane, which lies 7km south east of Killarney, and numerous mountain tarns. These are mainly to be found in the Gap of Dunloe and on the slopes of Mt Mangerton.

Luxuriant woodland clothes the banks of all the lakes and the east shores of the middle and lower lakes, which both lie in a limestone trough, have been eroded into fantastic shapes and mysterious caves.

The effects of the Ice age are particularly evident around Killarney, including ice-smooth rocks, perched boulders and deep corries excavated by glacial action.

The horse’s Glen and The Devil’s Punch Bowel on Mangerton Mountain are great examples.

To the south of Lough Guitane is an interesting series of volcanic rocks comparable with the columns of the famous Giants Causeway.

Several rivers replenish the lakes, which drain into the Atlantic via the River Laune.

Why not take a walk around Killarney and see the lakes, the forests, the hidden places that the normal tourist does not see.


Contact Richard, Killarney’s foremost guide.

Killarney Guided Walks

” wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the milky way, They stretched in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee; A poet could not be but gay, In such a jocund company! I gazed—and gazed—but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils.”

William Wordsworth

Have you any experiences of Killarney Lakes? If you have please email me and I will include it on this page, thanks, Tom.

My Experiences Around Killarney Lakes

Killarney: Best Western International Hotel. European Charm And A Great Location From a Visitor of White Plains New York USA

I stayed at this hotel with my family last September. I thought it was very nice, very well run, with a lot of European charm, an old world feel, and loads of beautiful flower boxes outside.

The location was terrific with shops and restaurants all around, a beautiful park directly across the street, as well as very close proximity to pick up tour busses for the Ring Of Kerry tour.

The room was a good size with a very large bathroom.

My only complaint was that it did tend to be a bit noisy due to thin walls.

I could hear the noise in the street, and other doors in the hotel banging open and closed which bothered me when all I wanted to do after having arrived was to have a nap.

I must say the staff was very accommodating and moved me twice, however it didn’t seem to help.

It’s noteworthy that I was the only one in my party that was really bothered by the noise, and the following night I slept soundly.

The free breakfast was absolutely fabulous. I can still taste the delicious oatmeal.

Bottom line, I would stay there again.

For a beautiful dinner with a stunning view and amazing atmosphere you must go to The Lake Hotel.

They were kind enough to make dinner reservations for us at the front desk. It topped off a fabulous stay in Killarney.

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