Killorglin is located on the Iveragh Peninsula and is the gateway to The Ring of Kerry. The town is built on the River Laune which is famous for its salmon fishing. There are also fishing opportunities at nearby Caragh Lake. As you approach Killorglin from the Killarney direction one of the first landmarks you will see is a large statue of a goat. This statue is to commemorate one of Kerry's most famous and oldest festivals - the Puck Fair. If your Kerry tour allows it is held each year on 10-12 August, it draws great crowds of locals and tourists. This pagan festival dating back 3,000 years is centred around the locals going up the mountains and capturing a wild goat which is then caged in the village centre for the duration of the festival and is crowned “King Puck”.
Ballymallis Castle a 14th century towerhouse is beautifully situated on the River Laune, with a good view of Ireland's highest mountain, Carrantuohill. The castle has 4 storeys, linked by a spiral stairs, and an attic below the roof. It is still in good condition and well worth a visit. Another two buildings of note is the town are St. James Roman Catholic Church and the Old Carnegie Building on Market Road.
A permanent exhibition of Pauline Bewick's art is housed at Library Place in the town centre. Pauline Bewick is one of Ireland's most acclaimed artists. The collection of 250 works is open Monday to Friday and by appointment on Saturdays.
Killorglin has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from hotels and bed & breakfasts to hostels and self catering accommodation. Killorglin has a nice variety of pubs which are well worth a visit on a warm summers evening or a cold winters one!.
For diners there are a selection of restaurantsMilltown Market Organic Store and Country Market is located 4 miles outside Killorglin on the road to Castlemain, in a old church in Milltown village. It abounds with organic producers, stalls include specialist bakers, organic growers, a wheatgrass stall, and a herbalist. What makes the market so unique is that artists and musicians are welcomed to display their creativity which really adds to the ambiance of the Saturday Market. The market opens Saturday between 10am and 2pm.