The Tangney Family would like to welcome you to Killarney South West Ireland. A Jaunting Car Tour is the perfect option to show you the hidden delights of Killarney National Park & the famous Lakes of Killarney.
We want you to step back in time and experience Ireland’s most traditional mode of transport with a jaunting car tour/ horse and carriage. We operate local tours of The Killarney National Park & the Lakes of Killarney. Our intimate knowledge of Killarney derives from our generations before us.
All our tours operate where no motor traffic is permitted- offering you a unique tour. As you ramble along on your tour you are informed of the history, legends and folklore of the area – with some Irish wit thrown in for good measure!!
12 Times National Award Winners - Killarney Jaunting Cars were awarded the Special Merit Award for Tour Feature at the CIE Tours National Tourism Awards of Excellence.
Killarney Jaunting Cars Ltd is a family run business and has been operated and managed for over 220 years. Today the business is operated by Michael Tangney Senior and his children Paul, Laura & Michael.
Michael Senior has worked with horses all his life, and his first jaunting car tour was back in 1959 when he took Gloria De Haven (American Actress) on a tour of the National Park. Throughout his jarvey life he has met many people from all walks of life and has built up great long-lasting friendships. In 2011 he was delighted to welcome back one of his dearest friends’ Maureen O’Hara to Killarney, and she shared some fond memories of her time on a jaunting car with John Wayne in the film “The Quiet Man”
Michael’s children, Paul, Laura & Michael Jnr were with their Dad on a jaunting car from a very young age helping him greet many people from all over the world to Killarney. As the years went on and his children grew up, he showed them the reins and they joined the family business. They wanted to continue and grow the legacy of what had been done by the generations before them.
Today Michael Senior and his 2 sons Paul and Michael along with a team of drivers continue to welcome people from all over the world onto their jaunting cars. His daughter Laura works in the office dealing with the day to day running of the tour operating business.
The business has grown considerably since Michael took his first jaunt in 1959. The company now caters for both the individual traveller to large groups, and offers a variety of tour options to choose from; there is no request too large or no detail too small for them to take care of.
Please Contact Us to see the variety of tour options we now offer!
“We base our service on a tradition of excellence. The most important element of our business is that we take pride in what we do and we want you to share in our tradition”
I just wanted to drop a line to say what a delight it was to use one of your jaunting carts.
I recently returned from my first trip to Ireland. Whilst there and visiting Killarney, my best friend and I were picked up at our hotel by Paddy and Charlie (the horse).
It was such delightful way to see Muckross House and estate as well as some of the Killarney National Park. Paddy was a wonderful tour guide!!! He was chock full of information and had a GREAT sense of humour! Charlie was wonderful as well! Being a horse owner myself, I can say that Charlie OOZES personality! A very big compliment to you and to Paddy as Paddy told us he foaled, raised and trained Charlie himself!
It was such a wonderful experience! Thank you again SOOOOO much!!!
Alan Behan BEM Ireland
“There is little more to be said than a big thank you. A multi wave incentive can be difficult at the best of times but the attention to detail you showed made everything run flawlessly. The two waves of 300 people all left with a big smile on their face and some great stories to tell, most of which came from your wonderful boats men and Pony and Trap drivers!! Trying to coordinate the group, especially with 2 different starting points from both Muckross house and Kate Kearney’s, was very daunting to us but you managed it smoothly and efficiently without any problem, and had them all arrive at the cottage for their lunch with expert timing. This is just a reflection of you and the teams professionalism. Thank you for helping us run such a great event that they will never forget.”
Pat Crowley Odyssey International
Since we first worked with Killarney Jaunting Cars several years ago , our requests have seemed to get more and more complex in that challenging time-tables and complicated logistics now seem to be par for the course.
But Laura has always found a workable formula, and her team has always delivered impeccably, resulting in our clients being 100% happy every time with their jaunting car experience.
And so have we, to the point that we at Odyssey look forward to each new season and an opportunity to partner once more on several programmes with Laura and her wonderful crew.
Steve Royston The Irish Tourism Group Ltd
I am delighted to say that in every case, your company has been one of the most favoured attractions experienced by our groups and for this I would like to thank you and all your Jarvey’s for the high standard of service provided.
Regardless of the weather, and thankfully this year we have not had that many poor days, all the groups have stated that one of the main highlights of their tour was the ride through Killarney National Park and the wit and humour of their “guide”, the Jarvey.
May Farrell, UK
Dear Mr Tangney
Thank-you very much for your kindness when I was on my recent trip to Killarney with my son Raymond.We both thoroughly enjoyed the jaunting car and the lovely boat trip on the lake.It is wonderful for me to have such fond memories.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tourism Ireland
Greetings from the Amsterdam office Tourism Ireland.It was great to meet with you all on our recent fam trip.Thank-you for a most memorable trip by jaunting car to dinner. It was the highlight of our visit to Ireland.
Monika Rizvanaj, Albatross Tours
Our group enjoyed your tour very much, thank you for all your hard work to make this such an unforgettable and special experience for the passengers
Daphne Stephenson, GTO for St Theresa's Social Group in Leicester
Intrigued by Ireland
My group were recently in Killarney and enjoyed a tour with Killarney Jaunting Cars, we organised a joint ticket which allowed us to take a jaunting car ride through Killarney on a horse and carriage, followed by a cruise on Lough Lein, This was a lot of fun and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
Where the welcome is as warm as the memories you will surely take home and treasure for a long time.
Places to visit and things to do while in Killarney
Muckross House and Gardens - A visit to Killarney, or indeed Kerry, is not complete without a visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens. One of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions, Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion and one of Ireland’s leading stately homes. It is beautifully situated amidst the spectacular scenery of Killarney National Park, Ireland’s premier National Park. location of the Muckross gardens. Attractive features include a fine collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, an outstanding rock garden on a natural rock outcrop and beautiful tree fringed lawns. The Muckross traditional farms are an authentic outdoor interpretation, on a 70 acre elevated site, of rural life in Kerry in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The traditional farms present an authentic environment and experience of rural life in the early part of the 20th century. Traditional buildings and field systems are recreated and domestic farming and craft practices are carried out daily during the visitor season.
Innisfallen Island - Some of the most impressive archaeological remains in Killarney date from early Christian times, and the most important of these is the ruined monastery found on Inisfallen Island in Lough Léin. This monastery was founded in the 7th century by St. Finian the Leper, and was occupied for approximately 700 years. Over a period of about 300 of these, the 'Annals of Inisfallen' were written, which chronicle the early history of Ireland as it was known to the monks. The Annals are therefore an extremely important manuscript, and the original copy is kept in a controlled atmosphere in the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Ross Castle - Ross Castle sits on the edge of Killarney's lower lake and was built by O'Donoghue Mór in the 15th century. The Castle came into the hands of the Brownes who became the Earls of Kenmare and owned an extensive portion of the lands that are now part of Killarney National Park. Ross Castle is believed to be the last significant fortress to fall to Cromwell's armies in Ireland.It was eventually taken by General Ludlow in 1652.
Ross Castle is located on Ross Island. Its human habitation history goes back some 9000 years with one of Europe's earliest Bronze Age Copper Mines dating back some 4500 years. A most informative and pleasant Mining & Nature Walking Trail takes you through the Island.
Torc Waterfall - The Owengarriff River cascades through the wooded Friar's Glen into Muckross Lake. A pretty path winds up to the top of this 18m high waterfall, revealing views of Torc Mountain. Torc Waterfall is a must visit destination, the views are truly stunning and once at the top of the waterfall the Killarney Lakes spread out majestically before you.
Ladies View - Ladies View Killarney, here you can see the three Lakes of Killarney, Derrycunnihny Oak Woods, the Eagles Nest, Torc Mountain either side of the lakes. To the left the Gap od Dunloe, Purple Mountain and the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Ladies View is about 12 miles from Killarney on the N71 road headed towards Kenmare. The view from the traditional look-out area is probably the best known of Killarney and is a major stopping point for visitors. Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting visited here during the royal visit in 1861. They were so enraptured with the view that it was named after them.
Copper Mines - Famous for its tranquil beauty it is difficult to imagine that the Lakes of Killarney were the setting for mining enterprises at various times over the past four thousand years. Worked for copper, iron, and possibly lead and silver, these metal mines made an important contribution to economy and society through the ages. Most significantly, this is one of the first places where metal was actually made in Ireland. Though mining on a modern industrial scale began in the eighteenth century, the high point came between 1804 and 1828, when nearly 5000 tonnes of copper ore were extracted and shipped from Tralee to Wales, where it was smelted to the metal.