Franciscan Friary (map) on Fair Hill north side of the centre remains active. It’s a hefty building of 1860, founded by Belgian friars, and you can attend church services to see the ornate altarpiece and stained glass windows.
Muckross Abbey (map). The first monastery was founded in the 6th century, but the ruins you see now are of the Franciscan friary of 1448. The ruin is roofless but extensive; a striking central courtyard has a yew tree and cloisters. The graveyard remains in use. Free.
Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms (map). Grand mansion built in 1843 in Tudor style. Two sideshows have outgrown the original attraction: “Muckross Traditional Farms” are an outdoor museum of farm life in Kerry in the 1930s, with demonstration of country crafts and cutesy animals for children to pet. There’s also a large clothing and pottery retail outlet.
Torc Waterfall (map) is the 110 m cascade of the Owengarriff River – it descends 20 m but not in a clean drop. There are several walking trails, and after you’ve slogged up them for a while, you’ll probably guess how the “Cardiac Steps” got their name.
Ladies View (map) is a viewpoint on N71 climbing out of Killarney towards Kenmare.
Gap of Dunloe (map) is a scenic mountain gorge west of the lough, created when a glacier broke through and bruised its way north. The lane traversing the gorge is a public road so you may drive it, but it’s very narrow, and cars come into conflict with other cars, bikes, more cars, pony carts and yet more cars.