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County Kerry, Ireland
Lakes of Killarney Cruise

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The Killarney National Park is one of the highlights of the Ring of Kerry, but you don’t have to put on your hiking boots to enjoy its stunning scenery. This Lakes of Killarney cruise is the perfect introduction, offering spectacular views of Ross Castle, Innisfallen Island, Tomies Wood, and the wildlife of the Killarney Valley.
  • Cruise around the lakes, islands, and castles of the Killarney National Park
  • Pass historic landmarks such as Ross Castle and Innisfallen Monastery
  • Spot wildlife such as red deer and white-tailed eagle
  • Ideal tour for first-time visitors to Killarney or those short on time
  • Choice of departure times available throughout the day
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Live commentary on board
Professional guide
Local guide
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Departure Point

Ross Rd, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Lily of Killarney Watercoach departs from the Ross Castle pier which is located in front of Ross Castle. Please arrive 10 minutes before departure time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your own way to the pier by Ross Castle in time for your aftrnoon departure, and hop aboard for a thrilling cruise around the Killarney Lakes.

Set sail across Lough Leane and enjoy impressive views of the 15th-century Ross Castle and the ruins of St. Finian’s monastery on Innisfallen Island. Continue past Ross Island and the Copper mines, and take in magnificent views of the lakes, islands, and forests from the panoramic glass windows.

Listen to the on-board commentary as you pass beneath the dramatic peaks of the MacGillycuddy Reeks and catch sight of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrauntoohil. If you’re lucky, you might also spot some of the national park’s wildlife, such as herds of red deer grazing on the lakeside or white-tailed eagles swooping overhead.

Your tour ends back at Ross Castle.
Stop At:  
Ross Castle
15th century Ross Castle, Start & finish point for Lily of Killarney Cruise
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Pass By:  
Lough Leane
Killarney's largest lake in Killarney National Park
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Killarney National Park
26,000 acres in our beautiful National Park.
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Innisfallen Island
6th century monastic site on Innisfallen Island, View this from the Lily of Killarney Cruise
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Tomies Wood
Ireland's ancient Oak forest set on the foothills of Ireland's highest mountain range.
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The Copper Mines
Dating back to 2400bc Copper was mined here and operated up until the 1800's when it had to be abandoned due to constant flooding.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Killarney Jaunting Cars - Tangney Tours Ireland
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Lakes of Killarney Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Lakes of Killarney Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Lakes of Killarney Cruise?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Lakes of Killarney Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "We were about 15 minutes late taking off which was annoying as there were plenty small kids on board already getting bored." See review


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Brilliant tour
, Oct 2021
My sisters 40th and my sons 18th bday was so nice to relax around the lakes totally would recommend this we had 11 adults and two babies they loved it ..thanks for the tour and the history lesson
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Belated Happy Birthday Wishes to both your sister and son, we are delighted that you all had a nice time and what a memorable way to celebrate a special day for both of them. We hope we can welcome you back to Killarney for some more fun and interesting tour options we offer.
Beautiful views, friendly...
, Sep 2021
Beautiful views, friendly staff, excellent guide, I will definitely recommend it to my friends and family
Hens etc should have seperate times for sailing
, Sep 2021
Would have been an amazing experience if the hen party was a bit more hush so we could hear exactly what our tour guide was saying, would recommend to a friend but maybe hens etc. could be kept for seperate times for sailing
Great trip well wort...
, Sep 2021
Great trip well wort doing . Lots of information on board .. very safe lots of space .. beautiful scenery
Great trip around Lough...
, Sep 2021
Great trip around Lough Leane and the captain was full of great local stories and local knowledge…would definitely recommend!
A magical hour on the water.
, Sep 2021
The magnificent scenery and the obvious knowledge and passion for the lake and particularly its wildlife of our Captain.
, Aug 2021
Loved the trip, our grandaughter was allowed drive the boat which she loved & is still talking about it. The driver was so nice & friendly. Will definitely go again.
Lovely trip great host...
, Aug 2021
Lovely trip great host nice to get to see the Eagle who put on a great show for us I would recommend this trip to family and friends
Boat lakes trip
, Aug 2021
Good day out very informative about history and geography suitable for all ages. Good communication between skipper and passengers encouraged questions etc
Definitely worth the trip.
, Aug 2021
Tour guide was fantastic. Learned so much.. scenery is magnificent! Very enjoyable ! Definitely a must if visiting Killarney

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