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Plan a memorable family adventure to Kerry
Spend time exploring the natural beauty of Kerry with the whole family.
With its legendary lakes, picture-postcard landscape and majestic craggy coastline, Kerry is the perfect backdrop for a family break. Embark on a Hawk Walk, kayak across the pristine lakes and visit an ancient island in spectacular Kerry.

Visit one of Ireland's most beautiful counties and you'll soon see why it’s called The Kingdom.

Take a trip to Killarney National Park

Hike or bike the scenic trails

Set against the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, Killarney National Park is a staggering 26,000 acres of picturesque parkland enjoyed by walkers, hikers and anyone craving nature. Tell animal-loving kids to keep their eyes peeled for the largest herd of native red deer in Ireland. Look out for otters, Peregrine falcons, Pygmy Shrews and Sika deer as you explore.

Lakes surrounded by mountains in Co. Kerry
Enjoy the beauty of Killarney National Park on your visit to Kerry.

Cyclists can also enjoy the park’s many routeways and electric bikes are your best friend when navigating this hilly expanse, taking the slog out of the cycle and allowing you to really enjoy the magnificent views. The team at Killarney Rent A Bike can advise on the best routes around the park for kids and offer tag-a-longs and trailers as well as children’s bikes.

Muckross House and Traditional Farms 

While you’re visiting the National Park, step back in time at Muckross House’s Gardens and Traditional Farms. Take the circular trail through three separate working farms, complete with animals, traditional furnishings and machinery, each one inspiring your little ones’ imagination and transporting the whole family back to 1930s and 1940s Ireland.

Flowers and greenery in the gardens at Muckross House
Take the kids to explore the grounds of Muckross House.

Torc Waterfall

Just ten minutes from Muckross House, Torc Waterfall is at its most animated after rainfall. Park up and take the short 300m walk to the falls, or trek further upwards for a higher vantage point and bonus views over Middle Lake.

Enjoy fun-filled family time in Killarney

Kayak across the Lakes of Killarney 

Nothing quite prepares you for the natural beauty of Killarney’s Lough Leane, Muckross Lake and the Upper Lake, and kayaking across these legendary lakes with Mór Active is the most invigorating way to experience them. Travel to Innisfallen Island and discover its rich history, or paddle your way to Ross Castle, enjoying plenty of family fun on the water along the way.

Aerial image of Ross Castle in Killarney National Park in County Kerry
Paddle across the water to historic Ross Castle.

Fresh fish at Killarney’s Quinlan’s Seafood Bar 

After your day on the water, stop off at Killarney’s famous Quinlan’s Seafood Bar, where you’ll enjoy fresh hake, cod, haddock and whiting straight off their boat. Have yours battered or pan-fried using the restaurant’s special recipe and teamed with freshly cut chips of course. Eat inhouse or, if you fancy a picnic, ask for a takeaway and walk back to the National Park just a few minutes away.

Murphy’s Ice Cream 

Dessert is sorted with Murphy’s Ice Cream now available at their Killarney branch. World-renowned, but made in nearby Dingle, Murphy’s most famous flavours include Irish Brown Bread, and Sea Salt (made with salt from local waters) — the perfect treat after some epic exploring.

A man standing outside of Murphy's ice-cream shop in Dingle, County Kerry
Try out unique flavours at Murphy's Ice Cream.

Kennedy’s Pet Farm and Activity Centre

Just a 10-minute drive from town, Kennedy’s Pet Farm and Playground is a family-run centre with lots of pets ready to be cuddled, fed and befriended. The kids can meet pigs and their piglets, calves, lambs, goats and kids, donkeys with their foals, rabbits, ducklings and even a peacock. The farm also has an indoor playground, making it a great option for those rainy days.

If you’ve time to spare in County Kerry

Drive the Ring of Kerry 

The scenic 179km loop of the Ring of Kerry takes you around the whole Iveragh Peninsula past rugged coastline and rural villages like Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen, and Glenbeigh before returning to Killarney. While you’re exploring the Ring of Kerry, stop off at major attractions including the Gap of Dunloe, Ladies View and The Skellig Experience.

Signpost at the Ring of Kerry on a sunny day with hills in the distance
Bring the whole family to witness the wonder of the Ring of Kerry.

Take the boat to Skellig Michael 

A captivating, rocky island with an abandoned 6th century Christian monastery atop, Sceilg Mhichíl (Skellig Michael) is now world-famous after featuring in the Star Wars franchise The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi movies. Boat trips are seasonal and sea condition dependant – may the force and weather be with you.

Aerial image of Skellig Michael in County Kerry
Take a boat to Skellig Michael and re-enact a Hollywood blockbuster.

Go horse riding at Rossbeigh Beach 

Moving west along the coast, Rossbeigh Beach is a 40-minute drive from Killarney. Book in with Rossbeigh Beach Horse Riding Centre and feel the wind in your hair as you gallop along the seven-mile long Blue Flag beach with the Atlantic roaring by your side. They have adventures to suit all levels of experience and ability and, if you have smaller children, you can choose a leisurely stroll around their farm too. 

Take the kids to Kerry

Whether you pack lots in or explore The Kingdom at a leisurely pace, you can always extend your holiday or come back again. Get more inspiration for family-friendly fun in Kerry.

More to discover
Coastal escapesFollow the Ring of Kerry car-free

Spend even half an hour on the Ring of Kerry and you’ll quickly understand why this is one of Ireland’s most celebrated drives. Wild, beautiful and packed with jaw-dropping scenery, the 179km route around the Iveragh Peninsula also has plenty of historical sites and picturesque villages dotted between rocky coastlines and pretty beaches. A great way to explore it is by guided coach tour, where the guide comes with deep insider knowledge, local understanding and a day’s worth of entertaining anecdotes – while you relax in the comfort of a cushioned seat. Plus there’s a lot to be said for leaving it up to someone who knows the roads — as well as where the roaming sheep are likely to cross at a moment’s notice.

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