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Innisfallen Island - Enjoy the scenery & history of the Lakes of Killarney.
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Innisfallen Island - Enjoy the scenery & history of the Lakes of Killarney.

By Ross Castle Boat Tours
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Ages 0-100, max of 12 per group
Duration: 60–90 minutes
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Mobile ticket
Live guide: English
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Start:
  • Ross Castle, Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
    We are located on the pier which is located directly in front of Ross Castle.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 188760P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 188760P1

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    • You'll start at
      Ross Castle
      Ross Rd, Ross Island, Killarney, Co. Kerry, V93 V304, Ireland
      We are located on the pier which is located directly in front of Ross Castle.
      See address & details
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      Innisfallen Island
      Stop: 60 minutes
      Early monastic settlement on scenic 21 acre island in the center of Killarney’s largest lake - Lough Leane. Historic ruins dating back to the early 6th century along with a beautiful 25 minute walk around the islands perimeter.
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    • You'll return to the starting point
    About the operator
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    • Ross Castle Boat Tours
      35
      Ireland
      Joined in August 2019
    • mikeeV1534XF
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Beauty Experience!
      What an incredible experience! Our captain and tour guide Mike was exceptional. Born into a family of boat operators on the lake, his knowledge of the culture and ecology of the area was extensive, and delivered tastefully with humour and passion. Safety was paramount from the get-go, and although we had some choppy lake conditions at the beginning of the tour, there was never concern for our safety. This day trip is a should be on everyone’s itinerary when in Killarney, and Mike from Ross Castle Boat Tours is the operator you should seek out for this trip. Well done man!
      Written 21 August 2023
    • Mick_betsy1
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      What a day to remember !!!
      What a day to remember !!!! A huge thank you to Mike for such a great day . It was fun from start to finish Mike had so much knowledge of the lake and we even encountered the White Tale Eagles which was just amazing. From the minute we met Mike we felt safety was his first priority which was so important and his boat was absolutely spotless . Do this trip even if its a rainy day as it made it more fun. Thanks Mike we will be back !!!!! Betsy
      Written 21 August 2023
    • adematos2017
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dream come true!
      We were 10 people in total and had a mix of Irish, Canadian, and an American within our group. We had the best time with Mike. He made the whole experience from start to finish super enjoyable…despite the weather. So many highlights from the boat tour but a favourite of everyones would be seeing the white tailed eagles. 100% recommend and ask for Mike!
      Written 20 August 2023
    • lucmuller2016
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great place to visit in familly !
      A fantastic place to visit. We have not been inside Muckross House but the gardens are so beautifull to visit. You can go by horse or by foot. There is a walk along the lake down to the cascades. The shoping center also sels souvenirs and
      Written 9 August 2023
    • annatQ1947EQ
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience
      Our boat trip was a fantastic experience. Charlie was a super guide and he knew so much history which made our trip extra special. He took his time taking us around and stopping at different sites to tell us about them and answering our questions. The views of the lakes and mountains of Killarney were most spectacular,
      Written 6 August 2023
    • alisonmZ2489NB
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Boat Tour with Tales of Yore and Laughs Galore
      Tony was a hoot and made it so much fun! We learned about the geology of the three lakes and the mountains above. It was exciting as the currents changed and as we ducked low or shifted weight - all very mild and of course safe… if future travelers are at all nervous, don’t be & just book it! All along we heard stories including history of Queen Victoria, Ross Castle, and more curent humorous tales. The most beautiful and fun part of our Irish trip so far. Tony makes it a blast! Or was it Patrick? Lol. Inside joke.
      Written 30 July 2023
    • Nikkala
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An amazing experience
      We had a boat ride with mike it was absolutely amazing and mike was a gentleman very polite and friendly. It was honestly an experience we will never forget.
      Written 23 September 2022
    • ciaram712
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful experience
      We really enjoyed this experience, a group of 9 of us turned up on the wrong day but this was no problem to our tour guide Charlie he brought us out anyway. Charlie is full of knowledge of the all the history and a really friendly man. Overall a brilliant experience
      Written 6 August 2022
    • Jones2315
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A lovely stroll
      An absolutely delightful evening out in the lake. Michael knows the area like the back of his hand. He manages to come across in an informal and yet brilliantly professional way. Would definitely be back for another spin on the lake.
      Written 29 August 2021
    • Janet F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highlight of Killarney trip
      As a big family group of 30+ we were at first surprised to see 3 little boats for our big crew. As soon as we stepped on board with our captain Mike, we knew we were in for a fantastic trip. Mike was full of knowledge, jokes, tales and overall friendliness throughout the whole journey. We saw the most spectacular views of the lakes and mountains of Killarney that you would not get elsewhere. It was most definitely the highlight of our family weekend in Killarney and I personally will be returning to join the boat tour again! Highly recommended, 10/10.
      Written 11 August 2021
    • Passenger313986
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic boat tour
      Highly recommend this tour. Michael had so much knowledge of the area to give us and we enjoyed our coffees at Dinis cottage. Thanks for a great tour and we will definitely be back again
      Written 4 August 2021
    • caitlinmD9925RP
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic scenery and even better humour
      I visited Killarney this past weekend and ended up taking this boat trip and I must say it was one of the highlights of the whole weekend. Not only did we have fantastic weather but also our guide, Mike, was extremely knowledgeable about the area and wasn't afraid to crack a few jokes along the way. Not having much prior knowledge of Killarney I was shocked to see how beautiful the area is and I cannot wait to visit again. A big thank you to Mike and I would highly recommend booking this tour if you find yourself in Killarney.
      Written 29 July 2021
    • 625se_nr
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely sensational. The highlight of my trip to Killarney
      Absolutely sensational. The highlight of my trip to Killarney. Mike was both hilarious and incredibly informative. If you do one thing while in Killarney do this. You won't be disappointed
      Written 29 July 2021
    • AliceS3410
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic trip on the lakes of Killarney
      We had a lovely boat trip on Lough Leane and Muckross Lake yesterday evening. We saw Dinis cottage, the meeting of the waters, Inishfallen Island, Glena cottage, as well as all of the mountains. The lake was amazing and we had perfect weather for our trip. Mike, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the local history, as well as the local wildlife. There were plenty of jokes throughout our trip also. We were blown away by the scenery and the hospitality. I would highly recommend the trip for groups of friends or family. It is a very unique way to see Killarney! 10/10 - very professional and enjoyable tour.
      Written 26 July 2021
    • Y5580DNjs
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Superb
      A most enjoyable experience. We were looked after exceptionally well by our guide who was very knowledgeable on the local history and landmarks. We were entertained by a mix of knowledge and wit, which made the entire experience one we will always remember. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this company for your trip around the world famous Lakes of Killarney
      Written 26 July 2021
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    Reginald R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    My wife and our two boys (15,12) had a wonderful time with Mike. He was an excellent tour guide and gave us a great tour of the lake and told us about local history as well. The boat was clean and well maintained and the island was just gorgeous! Just enough time of the island to walk the trail the circles the little island and see the monastery. Very peaceful and serene. Even our boys said it was one of their favorite parts of the trip! Very cool to see such an old part of history. Thanks again Mike for the great experience!
    Written 17 August 2023
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    Good morning Reginald, what an fantastic review. Mike will be delighted with the 'Clean Boat' comment as he is forever cleaning it. Delighted you enjoyed your tour with us and Fully agree that Innisfallen is indeed a very special place to visit. Many thanks again. Charlie.
    Written 19 August 2023
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    Sharon G
    Bay Village, OH23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Michael was our tour guide and he was outstanding!! We went out early in the morning and even though we were the only two in the boat he still took us out. When we got to the island we were the only ones there - such a peaceful, serene and sacred experience. Thank you, Michael, for your kind and informative, tour. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland.
    Written 23 September 2023
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    Hi Sharon, thank you for the 5 star review. September is a great month to visit as all Tours continue to operate but the really busy period has passed so you get a greater sense of the tranquility that is Innisfallen. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 20 October 2023
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    Julia C
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Good price for a short boat trip. The island was great to see with the deer and the ancient ruins. Mike was great captain who shared lots of information and is clearly very proud of Killarney, the nature of the park and the surrounding area. Thanks Mike and PS - we managed get a glimpse of the Eagles during our later trip through the woods.
    Written 12 August 2023
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    Good morning, thank you for the positive review. I'm delighted you got to see the eagles, they are fantastic to see in the wild. Thanks again. Charlie.
    Written 13 August 2023
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    Michael F
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    Visiting Innisfallen Island is like stepping into a myth. Imagining monks from almost a 1000 years ago walking the same paths around the island, you can't help but feel transported. The kids liked it most of any place we went - said it reminded them of Zelda Breath of the Wild :). Michael was a wonderful boat guide - very kind, very informative, very humorous. Highly recommended.
    Written 16 June 2023
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    Hi Michael, many thanks for the positive review. The island is a great place to visit and we are delighted you enjoyed Mike's engagement. Thanks again, Charlie.
    Written 18 June 2023
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    Samantha H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful ride with Mike to the island. It was drizzling but he made sure we stayed dry. He told us about the history and gave us tips in our travels in Killarney. The island was peaceful and quiet, and we saw a herd of dear. We could have spent an entire day there.
    Written 22 June 2022
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    Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted you enjoyed your tour with us and agree Innisfallen is a very special place. Many thanks, Charlie.
    Written 23 June 2022
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    Bg35830
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Friends
    Had a great trip onto the lake with Mike as our guide. He had lovely knowledge of the area and gave a great understanding of the lake. Island was excellent to explore. Free parking at the starting point. Toilets at Ross castle with coffee shop beside the pier. Value trip well worth doing.
    Written 26 June 2023
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    Thank you so much for the positive feedback. It is always great to hear back from guests and helps us to keep developing our product. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 3 July 2023
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    Laurens D
    Uden, The Netherlands108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    Brilliant private tour. Nice guy this Charlie. Knows a lot about everything. comfortable open boat with outboard, not a big closed one fortunately.
    Written 7 September 2023
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    Good morning Lauren and thank you for taking time to post a positive review. Really glad you enjoyed the tour and love that you appreciated the open boat and all that goes with it. Hope you enjoyed the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 11 September 2023
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    Aoife K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Friends
    Had a great time out on the boat with Mike today. Would highly recommend to do while exploring Killarney. Innisfallen island was stunning - we even saw deer!
    Written 25 June 2023
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    Aoife, really appreciate you taking time to leave a good review. Hopefully we will see you on the boat again in the near future. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 3 July 2023
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    Sandbuilder
    Wadsworth, OH201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2019 • Friends
    We visited the island for an hour but could have stayed the whole day.
    We took a boat from Ross Castle with Charlie our “captain”. He gave us a fairly detailed history of the island. From the earliest monks who arrived in the 5th century to the movement to the mainland in the 15th century, it’s a fascinating story. The island was one of the earliest centers of learning in Europe. Nobles from the continent as well as local lords sent their eldest sons to learn to read and write. One of their most famous pupils was to become the High King of all Ireland.
    The remaining structures give a good idea how the school functioned. This is where the second most important book in Ireland was written, the Annals of Innisfallen. It’s a history of the daily activities of the monks covering a thousand years. Unfortunately you have to go to the Oxford library in the UK to see it.
    If you can make the time for the short visit it’s worth it.
    Written 15 October 2019
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    Many thanks for the positive review. I’m delighted you enjoyed your visit to this wonderful island and hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 16 October 2019
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    Miss M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2021 • Friends
    Amazing boat ride well worth every cent! I love being able to see everything on out own. A must for your vacation!
    Written 18 August 2021
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    Mello, Many thanks for taking time to post a review. Really nice to see the word 'amazing' used in the review. 😊. Kind regards, Charlie.
    Written 19 August 2021
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