Choosing a Killarney hen party plants your hen group smack bang in the centre of one of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. This tourism magnet of a town is big enough to offer the best accommodation, activities, food experiences and even nightlife. Killarney is a super popular hen destination to our groups because it combines these expected hen amenities with endless opportunities for your ladies to get out into nature to take it all in, get some quality time together and celebrate the bride-to-be in style.
Without hesitation, the biggest and most precious attraction in Killarney is Killarney National Park. Killarney National Park has 10,000 hectares of beautiful nature, hiking trails, bike paths, and amazing views. Add to this a bit of history and traditions and you get an area worth visiting on your hen weekend. In 1981, specialists from UNESCO also recognised the park as a biosphere reserve.
How to get to Kilkenny
Killarney station is located only 5 minutes walk to Killarney centre. The bus station is situated right beside the train station. The nearest airport is Kerry airport which is located 15 minutes drive from Killarney town. Kerry airport serves daily direct flights to the UK and Germany and also daily national flights to Dublin International Airport.
From Dublin – 308km
By car: Take N7 national road towards Kildare, then M7 motorway towards Limerick, followed by N21 national road to Killarney town. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.
By train: There is a daily train service from Dublin Heuston station to Killarney. The journey takes approximately 3 hours and 12 minutes. For more details, please check Irish Rail.
By bus: There are a few bus services that operate daily between Dublin- Killarney. Bus Eireann departs from Bus Eireann station and stops at Killarney bus station. Or Dublin Coach that departs from Dublin City Burgh Quay and stops on East Avenue Road in Killarney.
From Galway 208km
By car: Take M18 motorway from Galway, followed by N18,N21, N22 and N71 national road to Killarney. The journey takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
By train: There is no direct train from Galway to Killarney. You could take a train from Galway train station to Portarlington and from there take a train towards Tralee that stops that stop in Killarney. The journey takes approximately 5 hours long. For more details please check Irish Rail.
By bus: There is no direct bus from Galway to Killarney. You could take a bus from Galway to Arthur’s Quay in Limerick (City Link) and from there take another bus to Killarney, for more details please check Dublin Coach.
From Cork – 87km
By car: Take N22 national road from Cork towards Killarney. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours.
By train: Several trains operate daily between Cork and Killarney. The journey takes approximately 2 hours. For more details please check Irish Rail.
By bus: There is a regular bus service between Cork- Killarney. Buses depart from Cork bus station on Parnell Street and stop at Killarney bus station. Full bus schedule information can be found on Bus Eireann.
From Belfast – 470km
By Car: Take M1 motorway from Belfast towards Dublin, followed by M50 motorway. The take N7 national road towards Limerick, followed by M7 and M20 motorway to Killarney. The journey takes approximately 5 hours
By train: Take a train from Belfast to Connolly Station, from there take Luas (tram) to Heuston station and from there take a train to Killarney. The journey takes approximately 7 hours, for more details, please check Irish Rail.
By bus: Take bus from Belfast Europa Bus Centre to Dublin City South Burgh Quay and from there take another bus to Killarney. For more information please check Dublin Coach.
Scott’s Hotel is a 4-star family-run hotel, located in the heart of Killarney town. Situated across from the train and bus station, an excellent location for those who are thinking to take public transport to Killarney. Scott’s Hotel offers 126 spacious and modern rooms. Any hen group will be also delighted to hear that there are 3 bars at the hotel and a lovely restaurant. In addition, there is a free underground car park and Wi-Fi.
The Eviston Hotel is another hen friendly 3-star hotel situated in Killarney centre. Only a few minutes walk to the bus and train station in Killarney and just 5 minutes to walk to Killarney National Park. The Eviston Hotel has its own fitness centre with a well-equipped gym, hot tub, and sauna room. You and your hen ladies could get some relaxation after the crazy hen night in Killarney. In addition, there is a free car park and Wi-Fi for all hotel guests.
The Railway Hostel– is a perfect accommodation for a hen group on a budget. This hostel is located beside the railway station, only a few minutes walk to Killarney centre. All dorm rooms are private with ensuite bathrooms. There is also a free car-park and WiFi for all hostel guests. In addition, a light complimentary breakfast is included for all hen groups in the morning!
If you are planning a hen weekend in Killarney, you should consider picking one of the outdoor activities to be able to admire the natural beauty of the Killarney area. One of our groups’ most favourite outdoor hen activities is the Cycling National Park Tour. Cycling among beautiful surroundings like lakes, waterfalls, and natural mountain scenes in Ireland’s largest national park will be some activity to remember for a long time.
You can even turn the cycling tour into a Bridal Treasure Hunt to bring the hen party out into the park.
If you like spending time more actively, another great outdoor activity in Killarney is kayaking. This activity guarantees beautiful views on the lakes and waterways of Killarney. You and your hen ladies will have some time to bond with nature and of course time to get to know each other better. This activity is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
If you are not a fan of outdoor activities you could also have great fun indoors. The Cube activity is popular across many destinations, and choosing this activity will create amazing memories from your hen weekend in Killarney. The Cube activity is based on the TV game show and the whole hen group will compete in a series of different challenges. This activity guarantees great fun and lots of laughter!
Killarney is one of the most touristy towns in Ireland and there are many fantastic pubs/bars where you can enjoy a few drinks with your friends or listen to live music. Although, one of the most favourite hen venues in Killarney is KTown bar. Situated very centrally, this bar has Dj and live music over weekends and with the ‘¬5 entry, you and group are guaranteed a reserved area and a round of shots for everyone!
There are many nice places to eat in Killarney. You could pick a lovely 1-course meal option at Eviston Hotel or if you fancy a proper feast then 2 or 4 Course meal options at Scotts Hotel is a perfect option for your hen group.
If you are more fan of Italian cuisine, then a 2-course meal at Milanos might just hit the spot as well. This meal option includes a starter and main and comes with a glass of wine.
Killarney town and the incredible national park surrounding it are a must-see for hen parties who love nature and don’t mind combining it with a bit of luxury on the side. A Killarney hen party really is the perfect combo.