Dreaming of your next getaway post-lockdown? Us too. While international travel may be a while off, we can still dare to dream and plan out our next trip away. Read our post-lockdown bucket list blog series for our recommendations for must-see cities and towns.
For our second location, we're heading for Killarney, Ireland!
Killarney is a picturesque town located in County Kerry in the southwest of Ireland and was first made popular by Queen Victoria who visited Killarney and stayed at Muckross House in 1861.
Killarney is a vibrant, scenic, and culturally rich town renowned for its heritage, stunning scenery, lively bars, and welcoming, down-to-earth locals. There’s no wonder Kerry has been nicknamed the Kingdom of Ireland as nature is in abundance here. Brush off those lockdown chains and get reacquainted with fresh air, space, and freedom. Some ‘must sees’ during your stay in Killarney are a visit to the Ring of Kerry, the spectacular lakes of Killarney, and Ireland’s largest mountain range, The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. For those history buffs amongst you, pay a visit to the 19th century Muckross House & Gardens, Muckross Abbey. Mary’s Cathedral is also not to be missed!
Another one for those history and scenery fans - a visit to Ross Castle. The 15th-century castle is located on the edge of Lough Leane. Take a beautiful walk around and on the lake where you can take a variety of boat trips that take you around different historical spots. Better yet, you can rent a rowboat and create your own adventure. To clear the head further, why not take a trip to the iconic Killarney National Park. Walk, cycle, run or take a jaunting car through this vast, majestic park and spot a deer from the last remaining native herd of Wild Red Deer that roam there happily and freely. Reintroduced to Killarney National Park in 2007, The White-Tailed Sea Eagles are making a great comeback, and now locals and visitors cherish the opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of the White-Tailed Eagle while on or around the lakes.
Oh, the heart does yearn for the traditional Irish pub. I don’t know about you, but we certainly long for the time when Guinness was flowing, fires were crackling and people would socialised in the coziness and familiarity of the pub setting. As we know, the time will come again and when it does, Killarney boosts a lively ‘pub scene’
You must check out The Laurels, a very traditional pub indeed having been owned by the same family for almost a century. Murphys is another one for this list, with its walls filled with memorable, its legendary Guinness doesn’t disappoint.
Where To Stay:
Cahernane House Hotel - Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, this boutique four-star hotel is located just ten minutes' walk from Killarney town centre. The hotel offers 48 spacious guest rooms across three wings. The Herbert Restaurant in Cahernane House Hotel Killarney is one to savour. Awarded 2AA Rosettes for its’ dining experience. Cahernane’s dining room epitomises the style and grandeur of the original house with beautiful views over the gardens and mountains beyond. Located in the basement of the hotel you’ll find ‘The Cellar Bar’. Previously the original wine cellar of Cahernane House, it has been renovated into a stylish and welcoming space.
Check out Cahernane’s local area guide for some great tips and suggestions on what to explore in the local area. And remember Rewards From Us To You members can benefits from membership perks such as late checkout and room upgrades(when available) during their stay at Cahernane House Hotel.
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