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Ladies' View, Killarney

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Landmark Tourist Spot
Few places in Ireland have been photographed as often as Ladies' View, a spot that offers unspoiled views of the famous Lakes of Killarney. The scenic point's name stems from a visit of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting, who came here in 1861 and afterward told everyone they met of the deep impression the landscape of sky, water, and mountains had left on them. This is one of Ireland's best-known panoramas, but there is a bit more to this place than just one vista. The lookout also contains a modern cafe and a well-stocked gift shop, selling rugs, throws, scarves, and sheepskins. Try to time your visit for mid-morning or mid-afternoon, when the landscape is most conducive to photos. Plan to visit Ladies' View during your Killarney vacation using our convenient Killarney tour planner.
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Where to stay in Killarney

Travelers visit Killarney for the national park surrounding it, and there are plenty of places to stay in town that capitalize on the natural beauty of the valley setting. Because of its popularity, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland other than Dublin. Stay at a hotel or hostel in the town's center near the bustling corner of Main Street and East Avenue Road, or find a place along the side streets off Main Street for easy access to tourist shops, local pubs, and restaurants. There are plenty of affordable bed and breakfasts or guesthouses just within walking distance from the center, or you can stay outside of town at a scenic farmhouse or luxurious resort.
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  • Enjoyed a nice drive up from the valley. Good scenic view and nice to get off the narrow road full of tour buses for a bit. Close to a nice gift shop with wonderful Irish hand made knits and woolen go...  more »
  • The look down onto the lakes is absolutely beautiful, but it was quite a dull day and I think they would be even more beautiful on a bright sunny day.  more »
  • Our trip was definitely enhanced by our decision to stop and take in the scenery at Ladies' View. We first saw it from the water via boat ride and then again from the road. Get your cameras ready!  more »
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  • The site was beautiful. The shop with gifts and food were as expected. The staff. Talked to four of them could not close up shop any quicker. Numbers of would be customers were ignored. Pushed to finish early. Each staff member was​ rude and clearly more interested in getting off work Than making a sale or for the owner. Absence of work ethic was super clear. Rudeness is the lasting impression I will take home.
  • There are a view points where you can stop along the way. Each will give you a nice view of the valley and the mountains as well as the lake. A bit crowded with tourists but still worth stopping. Watch out for the tourist buses.
  • Excellent view, services are a little tired (apart from the upstairs modern viewing gallery, which seems like a relatively new addition). Not sure if this is the same always but prepare to queue to be served. Parking is a bit risky - or least getting in and out can be, this is because of limited space and proximity to main road.
  • Beautiful views,well worth going there. Be careful driving as you will meet buses on the narrow road on the way. Take time to sit upstairs in the cafe there and watch the light playing across the mountaibs and lakes if Killarney. Prices reasonable in the cafe and great ice-cream.
  • Such an amazing view of the lakes! Good for people who can't walk far as you park right at the view!