Incentive Group Activities in Killarney

Posted by : Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tripadvisor recently named Killarney as the top destination to visit in Ireland in its 2015 Traveller’s Choice Awards. Killarney has a huge variety of options for things to do whether you are on a family holiday, weekend break, or taking a business trip. For incentive groups, conferences, tradeshows, exhibitions, demonstrations, or company team-building corporate breaks, Killarney is an ideal destination. Here we highlight a sample selection of group activity options in and around Killarney.

Walking Tours in the Gap of Dunloe

Walkers in the Gap of Dunloe
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Best For: A Full Day Trip

Con Moriarty grew up in the Gap of Dunloe, just outside Killarney. He established Con Moriarty’s Hidden Ireland Tours in 1986 with a special emphasis put on tours around Killarney and County Kerry. There are a wide range of walking and cultural tours available for incentive and corporate groups. For a one day excursion that is close to Killarney, the ‘Killarney Lakelands and Gap of Dunloe Tour’ is ideal. It is a walking tour that runs at a time of your choosing, for your particular group, which is ideal if you are working around a conference, tradeshow, or exhibition. It caters to all levels of fitness and involves a spectacular hike with amazing views over the famous Lakes of Killarney and the Gap of Dunloe region.

Killarney Lakes Tour and Boat Trip

Ross Castle in Killarney
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Best For: A Half Day Trip

For many incentive groups, sightseeing before or after the event they are participating in, is a big draw for engaging with the event in the first place. A classic group activity is to take a boat trip around the Lakes of Killarney. Killarney Lake Tours operate a traditional one hour tour around the Lakes of Killarney which is ideal for incentive groups short on time, but who still want to take in some local sightseeing. They offer special rates for a group of fifteen people or more on board the M.V. Pride of the Lakes Waterbus which sets sail from Ross Castle, just two kilometres from Killarney town and dating back to the fifteenth century.

The boat trip will sail around Lough Leane, the largest of the lakes. Sights include Innisfallen Island (featuring monastic ruins) and a majestic waterfall known as O’Sullivan’s Cascade. Morning and afternoon trips are available and the company specialises in private charters. If your free time extends to a full morning or afternoon, a private charter cruise, combined with a traditional jaunting car trip through Killarney National Park, is well worth doing. The company organises a shuttle bus from the centre of Killarney town to take groups to Ross Castle fifteen minutes prior to sailing.

Killarney Heritage Trail Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Muckross House in Killarney
Image Source: Killarney Heritage Trail

Best For: Flexibility

If your group activity has to be something that is completely flexible, then the Killarney Heritage Trail is the best option. The tour works as a ‘Hop-on Hop-off’ bus tour and takes in the major tourist attractions in Killarney. The tour is delivered by live commentary on an open-top bus by local and very knowledgeable tour guides. There are more than ten stops on the route and major attractions featured on the tour include; Torc Waterfall, Ross Castle, Muckross House, Lough Leane and Killarney Town. The tour operates six open-top bus tours daily and the best part for incentive groups is that there is a three-day-ticket option for complete flexibility. This allows group members to hop-on and hop-off as frequently as they like across multiple days.

Craft Brewery Tour and Tasting

Craft beer from Killarney Brewery
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Best For: Relaxed Early Evening Entertainment

One of Killarney’s newest establishments, Killarney Brewing Company is a small brewery that makes its own additive and preservative free craft beer in small batches locally in Killarney. The water used in the brewing process is sourced locally from Mangerton Mountain. The company pays homage to its local roots and to its folklore by naming its range of beers after local myths. For example, ‘Golden Spear: Blond Ale’ is named after legendary hero Fionn Mac Cumhaill who is said to have hunted on the shores of the Lakes of Killarney. He is said to have killed a ferocious bear with his ‘Golden Spear’ after being attacked by the animal.

The brewery is located a mere five minutes walk from Killarney town centre. The ‘Guided Brewery Tour’ lasts one hour and includes an introductory film, a walking tour of the brewery, an opportunity to meet the brewer and complimentary beer tasting. Daily tours take place every hour, on the hour, from three to seven in the evening. It is sometimes possible to accommodate group bookings outside the regular tour times. The brewery is also home to a custom built wood fired pizza oven and artisan pizzas are prepared on site to complement the craft beers on offer.

Killarney Traditional Music Pub Tour

A traditional Irish music session
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Best For: High Energy Night Time Entertainment

Many conferences, trade shows, or seminars, finish in the afternoon, or early evening. It can sometimes be the case that incentive groups are not scheduled to depart until the following morning. Where this happens, Killarney has a huge range of night-time group activities to keep visitors entertained. The Killarney Music Pub Tour organised by Kerry Irish Music Pub Tours, is a two hour set of traditional Irish music, songs and stories from seven to nine in the evening. The tour takes in two of Killarney’s best known pubs, O’Connor’s Pub and Courtney’s Bar, both in close proximity to each other.

Not to be confused with a ‘pub crawl’, this tour is all about the music and the ‘Irish Session’. The tour consists of two professional musicians who have over forty years of experience combined and one of them, the founder of the tour, Brendan O’Sullivan, was a fiddler with Riverdance and has travelled the world promoting traditional Irish music.

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