Save your time for the great landscapes
These woolen mills can be found anywhere in Scotland & Ireland. Pretty boring really unless you really need some knitwear. Save your time and watch the woolly sheep instead.
Unique Suggestions: They do sell some excellent wool blankets which might be handy for future travel.
Fun Alternatives: Forget shopping - you can usually buy the same stuff at home or via the internetRelated to:
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Negative effects of tourism
Unfortunately Killarney is the most commercial, touristy town in Ireland and some of the surrounding areas have been spoilt or overrated (like Ring of Kerry and Ladies View). I know I keep going on about it in the forums. :) but American tourists in particular are convinced that it is the best thing since cable TV and it so isn't.
It's not the end of the world if you visit Ireland and skip Killarney, in fact you're not missing a lot. Explore the rest of Kerry instead.
Unique Suggestions: Bear in mind that Killarney is just "for the Yanks" as far as local entrepreneurs are concerned. If you go down Killarney Main st at night, you'll hear loud Irish trad music. That's purely for the tourist's benefit, its not "genuine". If you want to visit a more "real" town in Kerry, try Kenmare, Caherciveen or Tralee.
Fun Alternatives: Killarney is practically a compulsory stop on a package tour to Ireland. Enjoy it by all means, but remember it's a real brash commericial "dollars-in-your-eyes" tourist town and it's not the "real" Ireland, by any means.
Dance on the Moon -not worth the money
There is a step dance show at the Gleneagle Hotel called "Dance to the Moon" or "Dance on the Moon". We paid 27.50 euro/person and I felt like it was still in rehearsal. The picture in the brochure makes it look like a huge professional production, but in reality it is a small stage in one of the hotel's ballrooms, with folding chairs set up in front. We were only a few rows back, but could not see much. The dancers were good, and there was a talented soloist (althought this part was a bit cheesy), but we expected more for the money. Occasionally the musicians would forget how to play a song and could be seen laughing in the background. I felt like I was either on a cruise ship or at a high school musical. We left halfway through.
If they charged less, then I would say it's worth a couple of hours to see some decent step dancing. But for the money, it's really not worth it.
Unique Suggestions: We tried to keep in mind that it was the beginning of the season, so maybe the show will improve as the summer progresses. If you really love step dancing, then you may find it is worth the money to go.
Fun Alternatives: We should have spent the time at a pub with some really good traditional music. Live and learn, I guess.Related to:
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Avoid Killarney in July and August as it's overcrowded and overpriced. And that doesn't just go for the town proper. All towns and trails are jammed and you definitely won't experience the quiet and mystical Ireland you came for.
The Tralee Museum
It's a tough choice to classify this Museum in the county town of Tralee. On one hand it gives a great insight in Irish rural life throughout the ages. And the audio-visual presentation of Kerry the Kingdom is a gem!The 'ride' that complements the experience (through a medieval town) is a bit tacky though, but surely kids will love it, and that's sort of what matters most in these things.
Killarney is rather touristy
Killarney is a VERY popular town amongst tourists so be prepared to see loads of other people taking photos at your favourite spots.
The shops know this and the industry in Killarney revolves around tourists. You'll be sure to see lots of tacky stuff in the shops but despite all this Killarney is still a delightful place.
Perhaps the biggest tourist...
Perhaps the biggest tourist trap in all of Ireland is the town of Killarney...not that it's bad, or not a fun place...it's just that it seems more of a commercial Americanization of expectations of Ireland, and less the authentic Irish village.Avoid the mall and shopping area. Spend your time in the National Park to experience the joy and beauty of the Irish landscape.
Killarney tends to be overrun...
Killarney tends to be overrun with American tourists. If you're trying to get away from that, then avoid the town. There're plenty of other towns around the penninsula where you could stay if you want to get familiar with the region, of which Kenmare is the largest one.
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