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Welcome to 3 Lakes Hostel Killarney

Explore Killarney

The 3 Lakes Hostel Killarney is a great base to explore Killarney town, the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way. Killarney town is one of Ireland’s premier tourist destinations. There’s lots to do and see including boat trips, walking trails, hiking routes, horse riding, fishing and cycling. In the evening and night time you can soak up the atmosphere in our historic town which is famous for its Irish entertainment, hospitality, restaurants, bars and fantastic nightlife.

When you stay at the 3 lakes hostel Killarney, take advantage of…

• Discounted tours to The Ring of Kerry, Dingle peninsula, the Gap of Dunloe and the Lakes of Killarney.

• Discounted bike hire is also available.

• Maps can be provided and our knowledgeable hostel team are always on hand to help you plan your trips and excursions to get the most out of your time with us at the 3 Lakes Hostel.

Killarney town is nestled on the banks of Lough Leane, and the starting point of the Kerry Way walking trail. Killarney National Park features more than 100 kilometres of lakes, mountains, castles and some of the most spectacular areas that offer some of the most breath-taking views and experiences on the Island of Ireland.

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Attractions, tours and tourist hot spots

The following are a list of some of the top attractions, tours and hot spots to visit when staying at the 3 Lakes Hostel Killarney.

Ladies View and the Ring of Kerry

Ladies View can be found between Kenmare and Killarney on the Ring of Kerry (N71). It is part of Killarney National Park and is known as one of Ireland’s best panoramas. The area got its name after Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861 when her ladies-in-waiting commented on how picturesque the view was. You can pick up a few souvenirs on site in the gift shop and relax for a coffee in the Cafe or bar.

The Ring of Kerry, also known as the Iveragh Peninsula, is a 179km route through county Kerry very popular with tourists. Along the route you encounter numerous attractions including Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall and for the Star Wars enthusiasts, Skellig Michael, were part of the new series of movies are being filmed. It also has some of Europe’s finest beaches for a visit to the seaside and the very best freshwater rivers if you fancy a spot of fishing.

Tour of Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Tour Highlights:

• 1-day Ring of Kerry and Skellig Experience Centre tour from Killarney

• Follow Kerry’s coastal roads and enjoy fine views over the rugged scenery

• Explore the peaceful fishing village of Portmagee with a guide

• Visit the Skellig Experience Centre and learn of the UNESCO–listed Skellig Michael Island’s ancient Christian heritage

• Gain insight into the lives of the monks who lived there in the 6th century

• Tour includes round-trip travel from Killarney


Runs Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Departs from/Returns to Discover Ireland Centre, Beech Road, Killarney

Tour includes:

• Professional and experienced guide
• Ring of Kerry day tour
• Bus transfer from and to Killarney
• Skellig experience centre
• Photos of your tour

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Kerry Climbing Tours are the premier guiding and mountain activity provider in the South West of Ireland.

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Should you wish to climb Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest summit or have other peaks or routes in mind, try an adventurous day of rock climbing & abseiling, develop your navigational skills or perhaps take on the challenge of some of Kerry's classic mountaineering routes they will guide and assist you in achieving your goal. You can be assured of an adventure for everyone - from the easy to the extreme!

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Muckross House and Gardens

Located only 6km from Killarney town centre and so called ‘The jewel of Killarney National Park’ Muckross House and Gardens is not to be missed. It has been visited over time by many famous figures including Queen Victoria, who visited the Herbert family here, in 1861. It was later taken over by Lord Ardilaun (of the Guinness family) and by the Bourn Vincents. Today, the house and gardens have been restored to their original Victorian splendour. Along with the house and gardens you can visit the traditional farms which give you an idea of life on a farm in the 1930’s and 40’s. If you haven’t come prepared with a picnic to enjoy beside one of Killarney’s lakes, nestled in the grounds, you can fuel up at the Garden Restaurant. Here you can enjoy a relaxing meal while also taking in the scenic views of the surrounding park.


Only 18 minutes from the Hostel

Opening Hours

Summer (July 1st - August 31st)

9am - 7pm (7 days a week)

Winter / Spring (September 1st - June 30th)

9am - 5.30pm (7 days a week)


Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park is home to Ireland’s highest mountain range the McGillycuddy’s Reeks standing at over 1000 metres tall. The park is made up of mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls all contributing to its scenic beauty. In 1981 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) designated the park as a Biosphere Reserve. In doing so the park is now part of a worldwide network of conservation areas involved in research, education and training.