How To Make The Most Of Your Weekend In Killarney Ireland?
Killarney is a must-see Irish vacation spot because it is the best place to start exploring the many wonderful things in southern County Kerry. From here, travelers who want to be more adventurous can climb Ireland’s highest mountain or ride their bikes through the narrow Gap of Dunloe. But if you want to take it easy for the weekend, follow this plan.
Friday night: An Irish dinner in the traditional style
When you get to Killarney on Friday night, check into your hotel and freshen up before going to eat at Bricn, a restaurant and craft shop on High Street that serves traditional Irish food. This local favorite is run by two brothers. Some of the dishes on the menu include boxty, which is an Irish potato pancake, and a gratin made with hake and salmon from the area. After dinner, go to bed early so you can get ready for Saturday’s trips. We recommend spending a lot on a room at The Dunloe in Beaufort, which has a 12th-century castle ruin on a 64-acre property.
Muckross House and Killarney National Park will be on Saturday.
After a relaxed and delicious breakfast at The Stonechat, also on the High Street, head to Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney National Park via the N71. From here, you can take one of the trails that go around the peaceful Muckross Lake. The shortest of these trails takes about three hours. If you want to spend more time here, you can find Torc Waterfall at the base of Torc Mountain on the way. From here, you can climb Cardiac Hill for a truly amazing view. When you get back to the estate from your walk, treat yourself to a meal at The Garden Restaurant at Muckross with a view of their Victorian walled garden. If you’d rather have a guide show you around the park, two-hour tours start every day at 11 a.m. from the St. Mary’s Cathedral side of the park.
Saturday night: Things to do in Killarney
See if you can get a last-minute ticket to an event at INEC Killarney, a convention center that has hosted big-name acts like Bell X1, The Script, and Billy Connolly. You could also just go to one of the many pubs with live music in Killarney. Try Courtney’s Bar on Main Street, which is said to have the most Irish whiskeys of any bar in Killarney, or the recently remodeled but no less charming Fáilte Bar, where you can try fresh oysters with a pint of Guinness.
The Ring of Kerry is on Sunday.
Start the world-famous Ring of Kerry driving route early in the morning. This route goes around the outside of the ruggedly beautiful Iveragh Peninsula. First, take the N71 to the old town of Kenmare via Moll’s Gap, a pass with great views of Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. Then keep going along the coast of Kenmare Bay through the pretty villages of Sneem and Whitestrand before stopping in Caherdaniel for lunch at the popular Blind Piper Pub.
If the sea conditions are good, you can take an eco tour from the Portmagee marina around the Skellig Michael and Little Skellig islands. If not, go over the bridge and check out Valentia Island, which is one of the most western parts of Ireland. Drive along the northern side of the peninsula and stop at Rossbeigh, a beautiful Blue Flag beach that is quickly disappearing because of coastal erosion. Between 2008 and 2013, it is said to have lost five million tonnes of sand. On your way back to Killarney, take a side trip to the famously narrow Gap of Dunloe. This beautiful mountain pass has five lakes and is known for being very narrow.
Sunday night: Take it easy.
Spend a relaxing night at the family-run Porterhouse Gastropub to end your trip.
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