Welcome To Muckross Holiday Village
Our prime position on the Muckross Road means that you have easy access to all the wonderful amenities that Killarney has to offer. Situated just minutes from the INEC centre, the Killarney Oaks, Muckross Park, Brehon and Gleneagle Hotels, and with Ireland’s oldest and most spectacular National Park on your doorstep, our holiday homes are perfect for business or pleasure – or a mixture of both.
Killarney Self Catering
Muckross Holiday Village accommodation in Killarney consists of 35 self catering Houses to rent in Killarney, ideally located on the Muckross Road just a minutes from the famous Lakes of Killarney and Muckross House and Gardens. Each houses is spacious and offers a very high standard of accommodation. There are three different types of houses to rent. Three bedroom that sleeps 5 or 6 or a four bedroom that will sleep 7. Situated on the Muckross Road in Killarney it is close to The INEC Centre, The Killarney Oaks Hotel, The Lakes Hotel, The Gleneagles Hotel and The Brehon Hotel. It is in an ideal location for touring the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.
The lounge large and is tastefully decorated. It contains leather sofas and fireside chair. A 42" TV, DVD player and electric fireplace. The open plan kitchen and dining area is large and has a fully fitted kitchen with all modern conveniences. The homes are set in the style of courtyard and each group of eight houses shares a large green area at the back of the houses for children to play. Car parking is available free of charge and all bed linen and towels are also provided. Car Hire is available at Faranfore Airport and Killarney town centre from Ireland Car Hire City Car Rentals and Airport Car Hire Network.
Master Bedroom Ensuite
Things to do in Killarney
Whether you travel alone, with family or friends, there is plenty to keep all ages, tastes and fitness levels happy. Known for its history, heritage and countryside, as well as world-class hospitality, here’s our guide to some of the best places to visit during your stay in Killarney, both in and around the local area.
Take a guided tour around this late 19th century mansion, featuring a variety of artefacts from the period, for a taste of life in Victorian Ireland. The house’s original furnishings include furniture, artwork,
To the South and West of Killarney, and right on our doorstep, Killarney National Park is a vast expanse of rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands, including the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.
Killarney town has so much to offer the visitor, cosy cafes, traditional pubs with Irish music, restaurants for all budgets, fashion outlets to little bookshops.
Lake & Boat Tours
Lake & Boat Tours
A variety of eco-friendly lake tours are available, allowing you to sit back and relax, taking in the magical scenery.
Famously, this is the estate that Queen Victoria chose for holidaying in Killarney in 1861, and it has been the focus of a massive restoration project to return the estate to its former glory.
Irish Whiskey Experience
For whiskey connoisseurs, this is a great place to sample some of the famous Irish beverage through a variety of 50-minute courses.
Thing To Do In Killarney
Killarney National Park: To the South and West of Killarney, and right on our doorstep, Killarney National Park is a vast expanse of rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands, including the MacGillycuddy's Reeks. It offers several marked walks within the 26,000 acres and these walks are aimed a range of ability levels. Also boasting 24-hour pedestrian access, it’s easy for you to take in the dramatic views as you enjoy the fresh country air. There is plenty of fauna and flora to watch out for as you explore, including Japanese Sika deer and the native red deer that have lived in this area since the last Ice Age. As an alternative option, or if you’re tired of walking or have young ones in tow, you can also view the incredible scenery by boat.
Muckross House and Gardens: Take a guided tour around this late 19th century mansion, featuring a variety of artefacts from the period, for a taste of life in Victorian Ireland. The house’s original furnishings include furniture, artwork, and books, with the elegant upstairs rooms portraying the typical lifestyle of the gentry classes. Meanwhile, downstairs in the basement, the life of servants employed by the house is remembered. Other areas of interest include a craft room where you can watch demonstrations of traditional skills such as bookbinding, weaving, and pottery. Situated in the 26,000 acres of Killarney National Park, close to the shores of Muckross Lake – one of the three local lakes of outstanding beauty – you can also explore the grounds with a stroll in the stunning gardens. There are many routes to choose from if you wish to extend your walk, including; Muckross Abbey, the lakeshore to Torc Waterfall and Dinis Cottage. If the sun is shining, a picnic is the best way to spend a lazy afternoon with the family.
St Mary’s Cathedral: Built between 1842 and 1855, St Mary's Cathedral is an excellent example of neo-Gothic revival architecture. With a lovely backdrop of Killarney’s glorious lakes and mountain, visitors can visit to admire the architecture or join the congregation for mass.
Cycling Trails: There are many cycling trails starting in Killarney, on and off road, and cycling maps are easily accessible. One of the best routes is a circuit from Muckross via Dinis Cottage, visiting Muckross Abbey, the Old Copper Mines, Torc waterfall and Dundag beach (16km, flat and very scenic). Another favourite is starting at The Gap of Dunloe (Kate Kearney’s Cottage) and travelling via Lord Brandon’s Cottage and a boat ride to Ross Castle (22km, hilly and scenic), or for a bigger challenge, cycle from the gap of Dunloe to Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and Muckross House.
Killarney House and Gardens: Famously, this is the estate that Queen Victoria chose for holidaying in Killarney in 1861, and it has been the focus of a massive restoration project to return the estate to its former glory. Providing immediate access to the National Park from the town and known as the biggest urban park in the world after a €7 million investment, you can stroll around the lovingly restored 18th, 19th and 20th century style gardens, including the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and Stream Garden. You can also take advantage of a variety of walking trails. The house itself includes restored rooms with original antiques and a Visitor Centre that includes an exhibition space. Don’t miss the rhododendrons in full bloom in May.
Irish Whiskey Experience: For whiskey connoisseurs, this is a great place to sample some of the famous Irish beverage through a variety of 50-minute courses. Daily masterclasses, tastings alone or paired with chocolate or farmhouse cheese, and whiskey blending are all on offer, making this a unique and interesting experience.
Climb Ireland’s highest mountain: Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain is in the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, rising to a height of over 1000 metres. A challenging but rewarding climb, this is for experienced hikers only – and we recommend you use an experienced guide for ultimate safety.
Killarney Lake & Boat Tours: A variety of eco-friendly lake tours are available, allowing you to sit back and relax, taking in the magical scenery. Surrounded by mountains and woodland, you can explore places such as Dinis Cottage, Lord Brandon’s Cottage, the Meeting of the Waters, and O’Sullivan’s Cascade. These can also be combined with horse drawn (jaunting car) tours.
Live Music in Killarney: Ireland is renowned for its incredible musical talent and Killarney won’t let you down if you’re looking for some high quality live entertainment. Venues range from the Gleneagle and INEC Centre for big-name celebrity performances, to local pubs like The Shore for lesser known but high quality musicians and The Killarney Grand for real trad sessions.
Ghost Tour: Enjoy the rich storytelling tradition of old Ireland as you explore local historical sites and immerse yourself in their myths and legend. Learn about Draculas association with Killarney, legends of the lakes, fairy folk and more, with professional storytellers and guides. These fun yet informative tours are available from June to September.
Child Friendly & Family Activities in Killarney
Muckross Traditional Farms: Step back into the past and explore a traditional farm from the 1930s and 1940s, as you explore pre-electricity working farms, decorated in traditional style, and each featuring animals, poultry and machinery. There is also a Labourer's Cottage, a Carpenter's Workshop and a Blacksmith's Forge.
Killarney Falconry: An exciting, up-close experience with beautiful falcons against the backdrop of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks, this is an opportunity to handle birds of prey using traditional falconry methods, alongside professional falconers. You can also opt to take private or group hawk walks to see the birds perform their natural aerial acrobatics in free flight
Horse Drawn Carriage (Jaunting Car) Tours: For traditional fun and thrills, horse drawn carriages are a wonderful way to see the local scenery – and particularly good for little ones who might not be able to walk very far.
Ross Castle: One for history buffs and adventurers, this late 15th century castle surrounded by a fortified bawn is an excellent example of a chieftain stronghold. Accessed by guided tour in small groups, you can also opt for a boat trip to view the beautiful surrounding area of the Killarney National Park, accompanied by a guided commentary on the local history, folklore, flora and fauna. Boats leave Ross Castle daily and travel through the three lakes to Lord Brandon’s Cottage, before continuing on through the Gap and down to Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Innisfallen Island: Situated on Lough Leane, approximately 1.5km from the shore at Ross Castle, this island is the biggest on the lake, offering 21 acres for exploring. It can be visited by boat from March until October. You can even hire your own boat for extra fun and exploration. Make sure you visit the ruins of Innisfallen Abbey, constructed in 640AD.
Torc Waterfall: Located at the base of Torc Mountain, 4.5km along the N71 to Kenmare, Torc Waterfall stands at 20 meters high and is particularly mesmerising after a heavy downpour. Next to the waterfall are the 100 steps that take you up to stunning views over Muckross Lake and Killarney National Park. For serious hikers, this walking path is part of the Kerry Way Walking Route and also leads to a variety of circular walks around Torc Mountain.
Killarney Riding Stables: To enjoy the locality from a different angle, why not try a trek around Killarney National Park on horseback? Suitable for all levels, from experienced rider to complete novice, and an activity to be enjoyed by all ages, you will be guided through the park for panoramic scenic views of the woodlands and lakes as well as wildlife spotting. Treks can be for one, two or three hours, and each is led by a professional guide.
Travelling further afield
Although Killarney has plenty for you to enjoy, Ireland is an island full of hidden treasures, so you may want to explore a little further afield to see what else our emerald isle has to offer. Here are a few of our favourites that you can enjoy in a day trip:
The Gap of Dunloe: Over two millions years old, the world famous Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass between Mac Gillycuddy Reeks (west) and the Purple Mountain (east). Less than half an hour’s drive on the Ring of Kerry, this glacial valley can be explored by car, on foot, or by horse and trap. Whether you choose to travel alone or as part of a guided tour, you’re guaranteed beautiful scenery and photo opportunities as you breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Ring of Kerry: The Ring of Kerry is one of the world’s most famous drives, known for its outstanding natural beauty. It’s easy to follow the route and includes many incredible sights, viewpoints and historical towns and villages worth visiting along the way. In summer, people in the know drive the route anti-clockwise to avoid the tour buses, but it is a beautiful drive at any time of year and well worth completing. Highlights include; Killorglin – home of the famous PUCK Fair, a Pagan festival dating back 3000 years, celebrated in August every year; Cahersiveen – the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell; the sea views from Valentia Island; and the mountains at Coomakista Pass and Moll’s Gap. If you want to extend your trip to the Skelligs, stop at Portmagee for a ferry trip across. The ring will bring you back to the Gap of Dunloe and Muckross House and can easily be completed in a day, even with a few stop-offs. To get started, leave Killarney by Saint Mary’s Cathedral and head for Killorglin.
Stone Circles in Kerry: If you like ancient monuments, then one of the most spectacular surviving stone circles in Kerry is in Uragh close to Lough Inchiquin.Found just off the road to Gleninchaquin, where you can enjoy incredible walks and waterfalls, this stone circle boasts a main stone of over three meters high. There is also an old famine cottage nearby.
Dunloe Ogham Stones: Ogham was the first form of Irish writing that dates all the way back to the 3rd century AD. Ogham stones were usually used to mark burial sites and graves, providing information about the deceased. Situated between Beaufort Village and the Gap of Dunloe, you will find eight Dunloe Ogham Stones with beautifully preserved inscriptions, thanks to their sheltered position and lack of over exposure to the elements. A must visit for history buffs.
Slea Head: This important landmark is part of the Wild Atlantic Way, approximately 80km from Killarney, and it’s well worth the drive if you want to see more of what Ireland’s beautiful countryside has to offer. Visit to see the dramatic sea views over South Kerry and the Blasket islands.
If you want to delve even deeper into the Wild Atlantic Way, the Slea Head Drive is a 47km circular route that begins and ends in Dingle and offers more incredible scenery, sights and local hospitality such as the Gallarus Oratory chapel, historic fort and beehive huts and Dingle Famine Cottage. Popular with motorists and cyclists alike, there are many places to stop off for a visit including a blue flag beach at Ventry, Dunbeg Fort, Coumeenoole Strand, and Dún Chaoin where you can board a passenger ferry to Great Blasket.
This is our third stay at Muckross Holiday Village and each time it exceeded our expectations. It is of a very high standard with all the comforts of home.
- Claire Easton / London.