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Killarney offers stunning scenery, medieval ruins and castles, lovely lakes and valleys, fairytale cottages and traditional Irish hospitality. Take a trip to one of Ireland's most visited destinations and experience this enchanting area firsthand.

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Overview

Nineteenth-century visitors founds the views around Killarney every bit as romantic and uplifting as the mountains of Switzerland. A unique combination of glacial landscape and abundant vegetation, studded by the bright blue waters of the lakes creates an unforgettable vista—and it smells good, too, with peat-fire smoke mingling with fresh mountain air. Killarney itself is the region’s most heavily visited town, thanks in no small part to its proximity to the Ring of Kerry and Shannon Airport. Light rain is typical of the area, but because of the topography, it seldom lasts long. And the clouds' approach over the lakes actually adds to the scenery. Rain is often followed within minutes by brilliant sunshine and, yes, even a rainbow.

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Planner

The best time to visit Killarney and its environs is mid-March to June, and September and October. In July and August it's the peak holiday period. March can be chilly, with daily temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The average high in June is 65°, which is about as hot as it gets. May and June are the sunniest months. May and September are the driest months. The farther west you go, the more likely you'll get rain. From November to mid-March daylight hours are short, the weather is damp, and many smaller places on the Kerry coast and in Killarney are closed.

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Top Experiences

  • Nature : Gap of Dunloe tours let you walk or horseback ride through the heart of purple mountains and cross a glittering blue lake by rowboat. Trails of varying distances wind through yew and oak woods in Killarney National Park.

  • Scenic Vistas : The Ring of Kerry is one of the most brazenly scenic coastal drives in Ireland. Get ready to use up your entire flash card in a jiffy!

  • Food and Drink : Given the setting, it’s no surprise that Killarney’s excellent restaurants specialize in seafood and game (wild boar, duck, pheasant, and quail). The town is also blessed with lovely pubs, often serving up traditional music.

  • Craftsmanship : Shops selling crafts and art galleries line the streets in town, and, at the Kerry Folklife Centre, bookbinders, potters, and weavers demonstrate their skills.

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Rental Cars

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Shannon Airport
Shannon, Ireland (Republic), M SNN
Telephone: (353) 61-715600
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin Airport
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L D
Telephone: (353) 1 605-7500
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Dublin City Centre
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), 8
Telephone: (353) 1-605-7501
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Avis at the rental location.


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Shannon Airport
Shannon, Ireland (Republic), M SNN
Telephone: (353) 061-704914
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin Airport
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L D
Telephone: (353) 01-8445848
Monday-Friday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Hours: 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Dublin City Centre
Dublin, Ireland (Republic), L 1
Telephone: (353) 01-8366577
Monday-Friday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rates Include

  • Rates include the daily rental rate, unlimited mileage, taxes and service fees.

Renter Qualifications

  • Renters must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the rental.
  • Major credit card in own name. Debit cards are not accepted.

Accident Protection Plan

  • Optional insurance plans are available to book directly through Enterprise at the rental location.


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