Winner - Best Family Friendly Hotel - 2016 Keelings Gold Medal Awards
Activities at the Dunloe include complimentary horse riding on the Hotels beautiful Halflinger ponies. The Dunloe offers children a wide range of activities including the adventure playground and not forgetting the 64 acres of gardens which are a delight for young explorers! Kids can go for a swim in the 25 metre heated indoor swimming pool, play indoor tennis. If that is not enough than maybe they could try Kayaking or fishing which are available on the River Laune located on the doorstep of the Hotel.
Our outdoor adventure playground is extensive and includes slides, swing sets, monkey bars and lots more! All on a safe grass 'grow-through' rubber matting. Our indoor playroom includes toys, games, a Packman machine and a Nintendo Wii on an 8ft home cinema screen.
Activities available for Kids in Killarney
In the surrounding area there are ample activities to keep the entire family entertained:
• Gap of Dunloe
The Gap of Dunloe is one of the most stunningly beautiful parts of County Kerry and indeed Ireland. Stretching through the MacGuillicuddy Reeks mountain range, this beautiful glacial valley simply must be experienced to be appreciated. Guests of The Dunloe may begin at the front door of the hotel for this memorable trip. The tour begins with a short coach journey to Kate Kearney's Cottage where you can take a jaunting cart or go on horseback through the six mile pass. A packed lunch or BBQ can be arranged at Lord Brandon's cottage upon request. Once through the gap, boats are waiting for the homeward journey via the enchanting Upper, Middle & Lower Lakes to historic Ross Castle where coaches await for the journey back.
Muckross Pet Farm and Stables play area is in an idyllic setting in Muckross in a peaceful private valley surrounded on all sides by Killarney National Park. They have a large variety of animals to see, hold and cuddle including puppies, rabbits, pigs, ponies, emus, ducks and many more. There is a great sand play area with a number of slides, tunnels and swings and climbing frames for the kids to play around on. They also have an indoor sand play area for rainy days. Muckross Pet Farm is the perfect place to relax and have a family picnic as there is a coffee / sweet shop on site and a number of picnic tables including a large enclosed indoor picnic area.
• Killarney National Park
Ireland's first National Park lies to the south and west of Killarney town at the foot of Ireland's highest mountain range, The MacGillycuddy's Reeks. Killarney National Park contains the most extensive areas of natural woodland remaining in Ireland. The park today covers an area of over 26,000 acres with numerous walking trails. The park also boasts the three world famous Lakes of Killarney. You can rent bicycles from various locations in Killarney; it is the perfect place to safely cycle with the entire family on multiple routes throughout the park.
A traditional feature of Killarney is its jaunting cars which are available for hire in the town and at other locations adjoining the National Park. During your stay in Killarney you can enjoy the many walking trails in the National Park and don't forget your camera as you might get the opportunity to photograph some rare red deer.
With over 80 horses at the stables, the O’Sullivan’s have the luxury of being able to choose a horse or pony that suits your and your kids experience level, from absolute novice to intermediary to more experienced and special care is taken with nervous riders.
There are hard hats and riding boots available at the stables and these are included in the price of your horse riding. For those that have not ridden a horse or pony before, the guide will give you the tuition you need to go on a one, two or three hour trek through the Killarney National Park which is literally across the road from the stables.
The pet farm has proved to be a great attraction for both young and old. A great advantage is the all-weather facilities, indoor playgrounds & indoor little stars play centre, so come rain or shine the Kennedy family can offer you an exciting day out.
New arrivals on the farm are a regular occurrence and there's always a happy mother waiting to show off her new babies!
So if you fancy cuddling, feeding or just admiring the large varieties of animals -deer, pigs, piglets, horses, calves, sheep, lambs, goats, kids, donkeys, pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, duck and ducklings, geese and goslings and "Prince" the peacock - then Kennedy's Pet Farm is a must for any visitor to Kerry
• Torc Waterfall
A visit to Torc Waterfall is well worthwhile when visiting Killarney; it is 4.5km from Killarney on the N71 to Kenmare. Torc Waterfall is viewed on a pathway that has several walking options you can enjoy, there are three main walking routes that can be taken here, they are mostly well tree lined so are ideal in wet weather, you can also climb the top of Torc Mountain where you can get an amazing view of Killarney National park. From the carpark it’s about a 300 m walk to see the waterfall in its most spectacular form. You can drive to Torc Waterfall, Cycle or Walk, you can even get a Jaunting Car (horse and carriage) or the new Red Bus which stops at the Waterfall and is available from Killarney
• Boat Trips in Killarney
Boat trips are available at Ross Castle and at Dundag in Muckross. There are trips to Innisfallen Island on the Lower Lake and to Dini’s Cottage on the Middle Lake. Two covered waterbuses operate from Ross Castle on the Lower Lake. Horse drawn jaunting cars are available in Killarney Town and in Muckross and offer a traditional and enjoyable way of experiencing the National Park.
Nestled in the forests of the gorgeous Killarney International Youth Hostel Play At Height: Killarney. Their huge high ropes course climbs from a 4 meter starting platform to over 10 meters high above the forest floor! The course has over 30 different challenges from huge zip lines, to wobbly planks, rope swings and more. The course is brilliant for families, individuals, groups and teambuilding – once you are over 1.4 meters tall the high ropes course is for you.
For the younger visitors there is a brilliant safe low level ropes course which kids from the age of 5 can enjoy. Here the kids can enjoy all the same fun of high ropes but only 1 meter above the ground, all harnessed up and safe, with parents and instructors close at hand to reassure and help.
Killarney Falconry provides group and private hawk walks, you will set off around the beauty of Killarney's lake lands to fly a hawk/or team of hawks and experience the unforgettable moment when a hawk swoops down from a tree to land on your gloved fist. Each hawk walk is an experience with a falconer and hawk, or team of hawks, all to yourself while spectators may accompany you at your invitation. All ages and abilities can be catered for with reduced rates for families and groups. Pre-booking is essential for this experience of a lifetime. A truly amazing experience. Killarney falconry is very professional and excited about their craft. They take their time and make you feel very comfortable around these magnificent birds of prey. It is evident that they have dedicated a lot of time, effort and love to mastering these skills, their enthusiasm is infectious. For anyone looking for an unforgettable experience seeing these magnificent birds up close and personal performing amazing aerial acrobatics