Our Killarney Hop on, Hop off tour will no longer be operating on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday 4th October 2022.
Explore the beautiful
scenery of Killarney
See Killarney like never before on the Big Red Bus. Our hop-on/hop-off tour takes in all of Killarney’s most treasured landmarks: from the Iconic 15th century Ross Castle on the banks of Lough Leane, to the glorious waterfall at Torc, visit the world renowned Muckross House and gardens, explore the ancient monastic ruins of Muckross Abbey, Take a step back into the past at Muckross Traditional Farms and experience how people lived in Ireland during the 1930s and 1940s. Enjoy the numerous walking and hiking trails in the 26,000 acre park and everything in between.
Hop-off and absorb at your leisure the wonders Killarney has to offer. Rejoin the tour when we come back around.
Our professional guides, Killarney natives all, have a wealth of local knowledge and entertaining folklore to share. Join us for a Tour and discover why the Big Red Bus is the best way to see the most beautiful town in the world.
Stops & Tour Highlights
Killarney (Gaelic: Cill Airne – ‘The Church of the Sloes’) is a small town in the southwest of Ireland and has been a hugely popular Tourist destination for over 250 years. Our Tour is full to the brim with history, culture, story-telling and, of course, the world class hospitality for
which our town is renowned.
Built in the 15th century by one of the O’Donoghue-Ross chieftains, Ross Castle was the last stronghold in Munster to hold out against Oliver Cromwell. It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652. Also there are the remains of one of Europe’s oldest copper mines which date back to 2400BC. Take a walk around the island and see stunning views of Torc and Tomies mountains and the lakes. There are also great walks and trails in all directions through the National Park.
Torc Waterfall is undoubtedly one of Killarney’s most awe-inspiring landmarks. In addition to the waterfall itself there are countless great trails in all directions and if you follow the steps up from Torc Waterfall you’ll get the most magnificent views of the lakes. The waterfall is a 25 minute walk to Muckross House.
This dignified 19th century manor is surrounded by beautiful gardens and now serves as a museum (pre-booking required). Situated in Killarney National Park, Muckross House and Gardens are amongst the most popular visitor attractions in Ireland. Many of the rooms in this magnificent mansion have been restored to their original Victorian splendour. There are plenty of great walkways through the park or, if you prefer, you can take a boat ride out across Muckross Lake.
Muckross Traditional Farms: Step back into the past on Muckross Traditional Farms and visit a very different Ireland – the Ireland of the 1930s and 1940s. Then, a trip to the well was still a daily chore for the housewife and electricity had yet to be introduced to the countryside. Visit three separate working farms (small, medium and large), each complete with animals, poultry and machinery. The farm dwellings are furnished in traditional style, complete with dressers, settlebeds and mealbins. There is also a Labourer's Cottage, a Carpenter's Workshop and a Blacksmith's Forge.
Muckross Abbey: Muckross Abbey was founded for the Observatine Franciscans about 1448 by Daniel McCarthy Mor. The friars remained in occupation at Muckross at least intermittently and despite the dissolution of the monasteries until Cromwellian times.
Operating 7 days per week from March 1st to November 30th
A = Arrives.