Killarney National Park, with its lakeside and forest pathways, trails, and roads, is a paradise for bikers. Bike rental charges average around €20 to €25 per day, €80 to €90 per week. Bicycles can be rented from Killarney Rent-a-Bike, Lower New Street or 49 High Street (www.killarneyrentabike.com; 064/663-1282).
Fishing for salmon and brown trout in Killarney’s unpolluted lakes and rivers is a popular pastime. Brown trout fishing is free on the lakes, but a permit is necessary for the rivers Flesk and Laune. Salmon fishing anywhere requires a permit. Permits, tackle, bait, rod rental, and other fishing gear can be obtained from O'Neill's, 6 Plunkett St. (064/663-1970). The shop also arranges boat rentals and ghillies (fishing guides) for around €50 to €100 per day on the Killarney Lakes, leaving from Ross Castle.
Overlooking the Atlantic ocean, on the southwestern part of the Ring of Kerry, the par-72 Waterville Golf Links, Waterville (www.watervillegolflinks.ie; 066/9476-4102) is considered one of the best courses in Ireland. The 6,200-yard course also has the distinction of containing a “Mass Hole,” a relic of the days when Catholic Mass had to be celebrated in secrecy. Greens fees are €210 weekdays, €230 weekends. Daily second rounds are €100 to €110; early or late €150 and November to March €75. Visitors are always welcome at the twin 18-hole championship courses of the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killorglin Road (N72), Fossa (www.killarney-golf.com; 064/663-1034), 5km (3 miles) west of the town center. Widely praised as one of the most scenic golf settings in the world, its two 18-hole courses—Killeen and Mahony’s Point—have gorgeous lake and mountain layouts. (A third course, Lackabane, is currently being re-developed.) Greens fees are €45 to €110, depending on the course and the time of day.
Many trails in the Killarney area are suitable for horseback riding. Hiring a horse costs from around €40 per hour at Killarney Riding Stables, N72, Ballydowney (www.killarney-trail-riding.com; 064/663-1686). Lessons and weeklong trail rides can also be arranged.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.