Killarney Town & National Park
Courses are now located at various locations in Killarney. For dates and venues, click on the ‘courses’ tab. For accommodation close to our studio, I highly recommend The Salmon Leap Farm, a 300-year-old family run 3-star bed and breakfast. We will be painting outdoors weather permitting, at Ross Castle in the summer months, and there is no shortage of accommodation in Killarney, please contact me for advice, or the local tourist office, Discover Ireland.
Killarney has long been a tourist destination, and the town itself has an extensive choice of restaurants & pubs famous for their craic and warm welcome. The area is steeped in history and heritage; you can take a ride in a horse-drawn cart around the town or follow the mining trail on Ross Island which dates back 4000 years. There are boat trips across the Lake, which give you the option of visiting the 6th Century Monastic Ruins on Innisfallen Island. You can take a guided tour around 15th Century Ross Castle, or Muckross House and gardens.
Killarney National Park is a popular destination for artists and outdoors enthusiasts alike and is set in an area of stunning natural beauty beside the Three Lakes & the Macgillicuddy’s Reeks which includes Irelands highest mountain, Carrantuohill. Killarney is on the Ring of Kerry which follows the rugged coastline of the Iveragh peninsular.
There are no less than 43 golf courses within a two-hour drive of Killarney. The National Park is a walking destination equal to any in the world, and there is no shortage of choice, from gentle lakeshore walks to serious mountain hikes. You can find more details on these walks at Killarney Guided Walks.
There is a variety of other sporting activities, including horse riding through the woods or on the beach at Ross Beigh, river or sea-kayaking, or fishing for wild salmon etc. Improve your football or hurling skills with www.gettheedgeinkerry.com Hire a bike and cycle the tarmac paths around the lakes, or go off-road on a mountain bike. Climbing is superb at Doonsheen or the Gap of Dunloe, with a welcome pint or Irish coffee afterwards at historic Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Outings can be arranged for the beginner to the more experienced, through nearby outdoor centres, which we will be pleased to recommend. More details can be found over at Outdoors Ireland.
If all that leaves you breathless, you can book in for a luxury treatment at one of the local spas. From personal experience, they are well worth a visit!
Killarney National Park is home to all kinds of wildlife, including the native Red Deer & the Japanese Sika Deer, which can often be seen in the woods beside the studio. Bats flit across the garden at dusk, and badgers come and dig holes in the lawn at night (!). There are many types of birds from the White Tailed Eagle which was introduced into the National Park last summer to the grey heron swooping low over the river Deenagh. Rooks nest in the tree tops, & woodland birds such as finches, blue-tits and robins are frequent visitors to the garden and can be watched from the studio windows.
Killarney Art Holidays Painting Courses are located at:
The Lake Hotel Muckross Road Killarney
From Dublin – 188 miles / 300km – 4 hours approximately
Follow the signs for the N7 South. Take the Limerick Road from Limerick south to the N20 to Adare, continuing straight to the N21 through Newcastle West, then Castleisland, and on to Farranfore. At Farranfore, turn left on the N22, following signs to Killarney. There is directional signage for Killarney from there.
From Cork – 55 miles / 88km – 1.5 hours approximately
Follow signs for Kerry from Cork city, then take the N22 to Macroom and onto Ballyvourney and then into Killarney.
From Shannon – 83 miles / 133km – 2 hours approximately
Take the N18 into Limerick from Shannon, and from Limerick follow signs for Cork/Tralee, which will bring you onto the N20 to Adare. Continue straight through Adare, following the N21 to Newcastle West, then Castleisland, and on to Farranfore. At Farranfore, turn left at the N22, following signs to Killarney. There is directional signage for Killarney from here.
Kerry Airport is just 12 miles from Killarney. It is serviced by short, direct and inexpensive flights from London Stansted, Frankfurt Hahn, and four flights a day from Dublin. Almost all Ryanair flights connect to Kerry through London Stansted. For further details please visit Kerry Airport.
Transfers from Kerry Airport
Car hire can be arranged at the airport through the main car hire companies. Alternatively, a range of car hire companies are available via Kerry Airport.
There is a taxi rank at the airport which is approximately 15 minutes drive to Killarney.