Situated in the geographical heart of Kerry along the Laune River, the first stop on the way out of Killarney is the town of Killorglin. This lively town situated on a hill is best known for one of Ireland's oldest, longest and probably most unusual celebrated festivals - Puck Fair.
This annual event celebrated over three days in August honours an event during Cromwellian Ireland when a stampede of wild goats ran through the town warning the residents of the approach of Cromwell's Army. To celebrate this event a goat is captured and enthroned on a pedestal. The town really celebrates this historical event in style with a number of other events held in the town as well as the capturing of the goat. These additional events include ' The Guinness Busking Competition', Open air concerts and displays of dancing all laid on for the influx of 100,000 tourists. These visitors tend to arrive mainly from the US or Europe.
Killorglin is still a peaceful setting for a holiday as the area has many quiet roads and wonderful walks to enjoy. It is possibly best known for its numerous lakes which provide idyllic fishing grounds such as Lough Nakirka for trout fishing and Caragh Lake for Salmon. As well as lake fishing there is also river and sea fishing (available at Ballykissane Pier, Killorglin ) and like nearly every town in Kerry there are a number of Golf courses close by including Beaufort Golf Club, Dooks Golf Club, Dunloe Golf Range and Killorglin Golf club itself.
There are plenty of lively spots to be found in the town of Killorglin with traditional music in many. There is a selection of restaurants to be found to cater for most tastes.