Travel: Put a ring on it in the beautiful Kingdom of Kerry

Killarney National Park
My boyfriend is home from England for a week at Easter and I want to plan some time away in Ireland and have been thinking about Kerry. Would you be able to recommend some places to stay and also some of the best things to do while we are there?

My boyfriend is home from England for a week at Easter and I want to plan some time away in Ireland and have been thinking about Kerry. Would you be able to recommend some places to stay and also some of the best things to do while we are there?

Kerry is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and ideal for a romantic weekend away.

If you are an outdoors and adventurous couple the Kingdom of Kerry will not disappoint. The coastline is home to ten of Ireland’s highest peaks as well a vast national park which contains the country’s oldest oak forests. The county is a walker and hikers paradise. Horse riding, golf and numerous other outdoor activities are also catered for.

Killarney National Park is a must during your stay. Situated to the South and West of Killarney town, the national park encompasses a range of landscapes from mountain heights to low-running rivers, streams and waterfalls. At the heart of the park is Muckross House and Gardens.The house dates back to the 19th century and still features all the fixtures and furnishings of that period allowing you to really picture life at that time.

The Ring of Kerry is known the world over for its natural beauty and another box to tick during your stay. This region of the county is again known for its outdoor pursuits. If you enjoy fishing, the area boasts some of the best freshwater fishing rivers in the country.

If you have an interest in history, you will not be short on things to see. The haunting Slea Head Famine Cottages were originally built in the mid-19th century and tell the sad tale of the families that lived on the land during the Great Famine. Also on the site are working sheepdog performances which leave spectators in awe of the skill and teamwork offarmer and dog.

Depending on when you are planning your trip, there are numerous festivals and events that take place throughout the year. Portmagee set dancing and music festival in May is a great weekend of traditional Irish music and set dancing along with workshops and bar sessions taking place over the three days. Killarney’s May racing festival also takes place during this month and provides a great weekend’s entertainment. The festival calendar is not short on events so look into what is on.

You will not be short on places to eat and have an after-dinner drink. Kerry hospitality is known around the globe. There are numerous pubs, restaurants and cafés throughout the county to welcome you in after a long day of site-seeing and the great outdoors.

Where to stay:

Prices are per room per night and are subject to availability at time of booking on Hotels.com

Carlton House Tralee (****) from €71

Overlooking Tralee town, Carlton House is ideal hub for a stay in Kerry. Complementary internet is available throughout and all guest rooms are fully air-conditioned. The hotel also features an Asian-themed spa and health spa with gym, sauna and steam room.

Camp Junction House Bed & Breakfast (***) from €69

In the heart of the Dingle Peninsula, Camp Junction House is within a short driving distance of many of the regions wonderful beaches. Complementary full breakfast is served daily. WiFi and parking is also available to guests at no extra cost.

The Hillgrove, Dingle (***) from €46

Minutes for Dingle town, The Hillgrove is situated at the foot of the idyllic Conor Pass. Guestrooms include complementary WiFi and satellite TV. Guest parking is also available free of charge. The hotel also features a contemporary on site bar and lounge.

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