By Megan Millisky
If you’re searching for ways to make your Ireland trip memorable, look no further than Killarney. This beautiful town in County Kerry is perfect for sightseeing and getting to know the local community. Attend the Gathering Festival to hear great Irish music, or run a marathon through the Gap of Dunloe! Read on to discover eight magnificent things to do in Killarney this February.
1. Hardman Gap of Dunloe Marathon
February 23, take the scenic route through the Gap of Dunloe! Run a half marathon or 10k. For those who want to watch the race instead, head to the top of the Gap for a spectacular view of the finish line.
2. Gathering Traditional Festival
February 26 - March 1, come to one of the most anticipated festivals in Killarney each year! For 21 years, the Gathering has celebrated all kinds of music and storytelling. You can attend concerts, storytelling sessions, dance classes, and masterclasses!
3. Visit Muckross House
Muckross House is a 19-century Victorian mansion near Muckross Lake. The house is open year-round, so February is a great time to visit without the usual crowds! Stroll through the historic house and meticulous gardens. Spend a peaceful afternoon speaking with knowledgable guides and learning about Irish history.
4. Parkavonear Castle
For visitors who are driving the Ring of Kerry in February, Parkavonear Castle is the perfect detour! The 13th-century castle is cylindrical, giving it a unique look. And the incredible view from the Castle makes for a perfect vacation picture!
Address: Castlelough, Co. Kerry, Ireland
5. Timeless Irish Concert
Join in this night of song, dance, and storytelling! Beginning at 7 PM on February 19, eight musicians will join Radio Kerry to sing, dance, and tell Irish folk tales. Head to Tralee, near Co. Kerry, for this great concert.
6. The Franciscan Friary
Delve into the history of the Franciscan Friary, built in 1879. The Friary holds daily masses and sacraments of reconciliation. You can wander the grounds of the friary through February.
7. Scenic Cruise Tour of Killarney Lakes
Take a sightseeing cruise and immerse yourself in Killarney’s architecture! You’ll pass by popular areas of interest like Dinis Cottage, Muckross House, O’Sullivan’s Cascade, and much more. This is a great trip to do in February if the weather is too cold to see the sights on foot.
Address: Dinish Island, Co. Kerry, Ireland
8. Derrycunnihy Falls
While in Killarney, driving around the Ring of Kerry is a great way to learn more about the area. One of the best stops is Derrycunnihy, a roaring waterfall near Moll’s Gap. This picturesque waterfall, which you can visit through February, is a great location along an adventurous hike!
Address: Derrycunihy, Co. Kerry, Ireland