Muckross Gardens are renowned world-wide for their beauty and in particular they are noted for their fine collection of Azaleas, Rhododendrons, extensive Water Garden and an outstanding Rock Garden hewn out of natural limestone.
Situated on the south Kerry Atlantic Coast, Derrynane House and Park is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell and contains many relics of O'Connells life and career.
Glanleam was the home of the Knights of Kerry. Sir Peter Fitzgerald, the 19th Knight, realised the almost frost free conditions. He laid out 40 acres of a subtropical garden around Glanleam House in a wild Robinsonian style, interplanting natural habitats with exotics. This, along with recent extensive additions, have resulted in an enchanted garden, a subtropical paradise, a rain forest and a jungle all at the same time.
Glanleam is famous for Southern Hemisphere & Asian plants thriving in the mild climate of Valentia Island.
Fota Wildlife Park
Located just off the main road to Cobh, Fota Wildlife Park was established in 1983 and has more than 70 species of exotic wildlife in open natural surroundings, with no obvious barriers.
Giraffes, zebras, ostrich and antelope roam together in 40 acres of grassland, much as they would in the African Savannah. Monkeys swing through trees on the lakes, and kangaroos, macaws and lemurs have complete freedom of the Park. Only the Cheetahs have a conventional fence.
Facilities at Fota Wildlife Park include Playgrounds, Bisto Wildlife Train, Picnic & Rest Areas, Serengeti Gift Shop and Oasis Restaurannt.
Coolwood Wildlife Sanctuary
Coolwood is situated on the outskirts of Killarney town, enclosing 10kms of a wildlife park and sanctuary. It is an interesting place to visit for anyone who is into nature, birds, animals, pets, walks etc. Heavily wooded, it is the stronghold of the red squirrel, and has a well established rookery. It is also home to the rare golden eagle.
Crag Cave Castleisland
Situated some 28km from Killarney, Crag Cave is an ancient fossil cave system, formed of limestone. It is a colourful wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites with dramatic sound and lighting effects. It was discovered in 1983 and is thought to be over one million years old. With a large restaurant and souvenir gift shop, it is open from mid-March to November.