this is about 2 miles from killarney town on the limerick road there is an old graveyard and ruin of a church and tower, there is also a hotel aghadoe heights hotel & spa, now dont let this place fool you from the outside this is a bit if an eyesore but inside is a real treat and the spa.... what can i say??? this place should be listed in the sictionary under the definition of luxert but the real star of the show here is the veiw the best time is the early evening great light for photos and the crowds are nowhere to be seen.
About 7 miles from Killarney, the main road will take you as far as Kate Kearny’s cottage a very well known and historic pub, which is also a shop, restaurant. I will take this opportunity to tell you They make the best Irish stew I have ever tasted, (not including my mother’s of course). now its a mighty fine establishment, but Don’t make the mistake of ending your journey here, the best bit is beyond this place and most people tend not to the trip up for a closer look , You can take a jaunting car or go on horseback, but if you walk, you can take your time and explore the little streams and mountain walks. there are plenty of them, I have been here many times and each time I find new hidden treasures (on the purple mountain in particular.) During the first half a mile there are couple of steep hills but after that it levels gets easier. If you do take the option to explore be careful the mist can fall pretty quickly.
If you stay on the main route you will still see some of the best scenery in Ireland, go as far as the first bridge at least, ( pic 1 was taken from here.) If you go on a further 1/2 mile you will see a couple of houses one is a little tea house that serves tea and hot homemade scones (they’re still warm from the oven), the house is really homely like a trip back in time, and the lady of the house (maureen) is indeed a lady.
On further about another 3 - 4 miles and you come to the Gap itself, where the two mountains meet, if you don’t believe in god, your beliefs may be questioned here, logically I know this is a valley created by a glacier, but the after experiencing this place, I wonder if this beauty is really an accident of nature or is it the work of a sacred artist?
one things for sure, if there is a heaven on earth, its not too far away from here.
Muckross house & gardens
If you have to take a jaunting car trip this is the one to do , it costs 35euro (and that’s for a family of 4) for the whole circuit, which takes in muckross abbey , Muckross house & gardens and torc waterfall, now the reason this trip is better than the others is, they will stop at all these points to allow you to get out and have a look around, the jarvey men are very laid back and have great knowledge about the area so you can ask all the questions you like. The tour of the house is worth taking, you would be forgiven for believing that some old ms havershim type character still lives here (although she would be of the dusting variety as this place is gleaming) I don’t like to include too much info on places as I tend to think part of the reason we vist s is to find out the details for ourselves.. But I can’t resist telling you that these gardens were commissioned in honour of queen victoria’s visit here and cost £30,000 Imagine at that time ,spending this type of money on a garden , I thought long and hard before parting with £600 for my little patio :~) seriously though, its acres of amazing plants and greenery and camera at the ready for the rose garden to the rear of the house.
These gardens had extraordinary, high rhododenrons in bloom as you can see in this photo. I was amazed at the luxurious nature of these gardens and the beautiful colors which were everywhere.
The next morning we cross over into County Cork, stopping at Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of gab. It rained off and on, but Erin and I made it to the top-and she kissed it!
If you can hire a car or a bike, you should tkae a trip through the Gap of Dunlow, stopping to enjoy the view of the Tomies and Purple mountains on the left and the McGillycuddy Reeks in the right from Ladies view. You can also walk it or get a jaunting cart.
The tour took us all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean. I have a thing for the sea. Maybe it is because I'm from Denmark surrounded by the sea everywhere. But there's something so soothing about the sound of the sea and the gulls and the smell of the salty air. It feels like home...
The bus tour also took us round the Kerry Peninsula. Saw lots of typical 'country Ireland' with many stone walls. I think the tour is called "the ring of Kerry" Not sure though... (Once again; too long ago)
Since I can't drive I once again jumped on a bus. This time around Killarney, Dingle and Kerry. Driving back to Killarney we came to this place called Ladies View. Why it is called this I don't know, but I must say it is one of the prettiest places I've seen. The lakes are the Lakes of Killarney.
The gap of Dunloe is well worth a visit. The road runs from Kate Kearneys cottage through to the black valley. On of the trips available includes a bus from the town to Kates, followed by jaunting cart through the gap of Dunloe to Lord Brandons cottage followed by a boat trip through all the lakes back to Ross castle in Killarney. A lot of people walk up the gap, especially at the weekend. A nice pint of Guiness is always waiting for you in Kates!
Standing at 1034M (3414 Ft) Carrantouhill is Irelands highest mountain. There is a stunnig view of the surrounding landscape, you can see for miles & miles. It's about a 4 hour hike, be prepared for adverse weather conditions. Unfortunately, when I took the picture below the clouds began to move in. It gets very dangerous if you are not careful!
Well, if youve made it to Killarney then youre either heading to The Ring of Kerry or coming back from it. See my Tralee page for details on the ring of Kerry. Killarney itself hasnt any major must see's. Its full of tourists and therefore full of tacky shops! but theres plenty of pubs to keep you amused! Killarney national park a few miles away has great scenery around the Muckross lakes.
You can take a jaunty ride through the Gap of Dunloe. No cars are permitted there in summer (though our B&B host took us through when he visited a friend who lives back there!) It is an awesome valley. You won't forget its beauty!
This ancient mountain range is the highest in Ireland. The scenery is ever changing with the weather's moods. The colours can range from bright greens to booding blues & purples.
This is a famous viewing point on the road to Kenmare/Sneem. You can see the run of the upper lake as it meanders down through the meeting of the waters to Dinis cottage.
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