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The house is just minutes from Killarney National Park, known worldwide for the beauty of its lakes and mountains, with over 10,000 hectares full of interesting walks, cycles, hill walks etc. as well horse riding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, photography and wildlife spotting (e.g. wild deer and eagles). For the less active visitor, the area can also be seen by traditional horse and cart, car or tour boats.
Within 5 minutes drive of our house you will find not only Killarney town with its many shops, cafes and pubs as well as the beautiful Cathedral, but also some beautiful nature and sightseeing. Here are some ideas:
Muckross National Park– is huge and its extensive gardens have both beautiful plants and spectacular scenery of the lake and mountains - you can cycle or walk around here or visit Muckross House, the mansion built for Queen Victoria and now a Museum. There are many different walks and you can even paddle in the lake at a little ‘beach’ there. There is also a nice Restaurant and gift shop. In the summer months the lovely Traditional Farms are open with an insight into the old Irish ways and homes, as well as animals and fun activities for children.
Muckross lake - you can actually cycle from our house, all around Muckross lake and and home again – only 90 mins or so and very beautiful.
Muckross Abbey, an ancient ruin and graveyard overlooking the lake just down the road.
Torc Mountain - with its spectacular waterfall. The waterfall is only about 5 minutes walk from the car park but you can also climb to the top in about 3 hours or if you are brave, you can walk all the way to Kenmare on the old road – about 5 hours!
Ten minutes from us:
Ross: Ross Castle is on a peninsula which is lovely to walk/cycle around and has one of Europe’s oldest copper mines. The Medieval Castle itself can be visited and a favourite with locals is to feed the ducks here! There are boats from here which take you to Inisfallen Island with its interesting 7th Century Monastery. The little boats can also take you for a fantastic trip through all the lakes and amazing scenery to Lord Brandon’s cottage where there is a cafe.
Knockreer Estate - Just opposite the Cathedral is a beautiful walk with fantastic scenery. If you wish, you can walk/cycle all the way from here to Ross castle along a river and through the woods.
Gap of Dunloe - most people walk or cycle the Gap, an amazing place of beauty...or you can also get a ride on a horse and cart – you will see why tourists already came here hundreds of years ago!
All of these are set in spectacular settings, fantastic in every season.
This is the place to come for the great outdoors and you will not be short of opportunities for anything from mountain biking to hill walking and canoeing/kayaking on the Killarney Lakes or Kite-surfing on our sandy beaches. For organised activities there is "Cappanalea centre" at Carragh Lake offering many other fun sports.
Killarney is great for golf with some of the best courses in the country (the Irish Open was held here the last few years). If you like Golfing you must try the Killarney Golf Club which also is a fishing club. The Beaufort Golf Course is also stunning.
Fishing is popular both on the lakes and in our rivers - you will find Salmon, Sea trout and brown trout
The Ring of Kerry:
Killarney is the beginning and end of the famous Ring of Kerry loop with beautiful towns and spectacular scenery along with historical monuments and great activities including surfing and horse riding on the gorgeous sandy beaches. The mountainous drive is itself quite magical but along the way you can stop off at many interesting and beautiful places.
A wild and spectacular peninsula - Glengarrif is lovely and you can get a boat to beautiful Garnish Island. If you go further you will find great places like Bantry, Schull (famous for sailing), Skibbereen, Clonakilty and fantastic beaches and scenery.
A small city with a lot of character- Great for shopping, pubs and restaurants but also full of history and charm. There are many small towns around also worth a visit for example Kinsale; a wonderful fishing town famous for its food and sailing or Cobh; with its Cathedral and the historic Queenstown centre, where the Titanic last docked and millions of Irish left home from in the past.
The Dingle Penninsula
Dingle is a lovely little town and has a nice aquarium, fantastic seafood and lots of traditional music etc. If you drive out the Slea Head Drive you will be at the most westerly point of Ireland – it is wild and beautiful and has many things to discover...the people in this area still speak Gaelic today!
Tailor Made Tours:
For those who do not have a car or do not wish to drive, we are happy to be able to arrange tailor made tours for you. Our friend Niall O’Donoghue will help you plan your ideal visit to the area, offering both private and larger tours for you – call him on +353872500933 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a bus tour around the Ring of Kerry, The Gap of Dunloe or the Dingle Penninsula or to hire your own private mini bus (for up to 8 people) with a driver to take you on a variety of bespoke outings to be decided by you and your party.
There are some lovely playgrounds including the fantastic main town playground along the river near the Cathedral.
In Muckross Park are the wonderful Traditonal Farms, great for adults and kids.
There is Pony Riding and a Pet Farm within minutes of the house and of course swimming pools, cinema, and an indoor play centre too, as well as all the fun outdoor activities.
In Tralee (40 mins) there is another huge indoor play centre, a water park, bowling etc.
Crag Cave in Castleisland (45mins)- you can visit the fascinating caves and there is a great indoor and outdoor play centre there too.