The Killarney Valley has opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing, with some great surfing along the Atlantic coast as close as 30 minutes away.
Canoeing & Kayaking
With something to suit all abilities and a number of professional guides in the area, you can enjoy Killarney’s lakes and rivers with confidence. Kayaking trips leave from Ross Castle daily (Feb–Nov) bringing you around Ross Castle and the old Ross Coppermines on Ross Island.
If you wish to take to the lakes with your own boat, you must obtain a permit from the National Park Rangers in advance. Your kayak or canoe will also need to be power washed beforehand, in an effort to keep the lakes free from from the threat of the invasive Zebra mussel.
For more experienced kayakers, local rivers such as the Flesk and Caragh offer more advanced outings which can be especially challenging after a spell of heavy rain.
Killarney Boat Tours
Enjoy the Lakes of Killarney from a different perspective, hiring a boat from the old Muckross boathouse across to Dinis Cottage, or walk the Gap of Dunloe and get a boat to Ross Castle from Lord Brandon’s Cottage in the Black Valley.
Weather not the best? The Killarney Watercoach offers an all-weather tour from Ross Castle around the islands, including Inisfallen Island with its monastery founded in 640AD, and across to the shores of Tomies and its ancient oak woodland.
Some of the best surfing is to be had at the many beaches located between 30 and 60 minutes from Friars Glen.
- Rossbeigh Beach just off the Ring of Kerry: 38km
- Inch beach on the Dingle Peninsula: 41km
- Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula: 52km
- Brandon Bay on the Dingle Peninsula: 72km
- Derrynane on the Ring of Kerry: 75km
There are also many surf schools in these areas where you can avail of lessons, wetsuit, surfboard and equipment hire.
Fishing & Angling
With an abundance of lake and river fishing locally, and with the Atlantic ocean only a short drive away; there is a fishing experience available for all requirements. Hire a local guide to show you the best locations to get the best out of your day. Enjoy trout, salmon, perch and pike fishing on the famous Lakes of Killarney and local rivers including the Laune.
“Extremely clean! Extremely friendly! Friars Glen sits back away from any busy roads so it was very quiet and the view from the breakfast room was stunning. Bridget put together an excellent breakfast along with fresh brewed coffee and tea. There are several trails nearby for hiking. The inn was full but you would never no it because the room was very quiet. Wish we had planned to stay longer, but next time we will!”