County Kerry Journals

Family Reunion in Ireland

An October 2001 trip to County Kerry by emptynest

Quote: Trips with extended family can lead to disastrous long-term relationships unless people are very careful and communicate well. Trips to a foreign country can multiply the benefits and the problems, but the Irish culture creates instant family feeling and leaves everyone feeling good.

Scotts Hotel Killarney

Hotel | "Scotts Gardens Hotel"

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This is a comfortable hotel. The rooms are a bit small, but we were planning to spend a lot of time out of the room, so it wasn't important to have a big room. Breakfast was included daily, the dining room was huge, and the staff was friendly and welcoming.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Scotts Hotel Killarney
Town Center, Killarney
Kerry, Ireland
064 66 31060

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This is more of a local family hotel. The hallways are narrow and steps lead up to rooms in various corners of the building. It is not for anyone needing handicap accessibility. We loved this place and the family feeling from the people running the hotel

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Arbutus Hotel
Killarney
Kerry, Ireland
353 64 31037

Hannigan's Bar and Resturaunt

Restaurant | "Hannigan's Bar"

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We came here two different times. It had a welcoming environment and food choices ranging from soup to hot wings, so everyone's tastes could be satisfied. They take their time with preparing the food and drinks. We were loving that each Guinness came with a shamrock etched in the foam!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Hannigan's Bar and Resturaunt
Kenmare Place
Killarney, Kerry
353 (0) 64-6631816

Paddy's

Restaurant

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Although it is a challenge to climb the stairs to find this place, it was a delicious dining experience. Soup is a big part of the meal, and here, the soup was a blended vegetable soup that was rich and filling. We shared a dinner of duck, and it was great to know that sharing a meal is not frowned upon. Dessert was crème brulee with fresh strawberries, a sweet way to end the meal, with rich coffee and fresh cream.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Paddy's
Main Street
Kerry, Ireland
353 66 36600

Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms

Attraction | "Muckross House"

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The house was lived in generations ago by a wealthy Irish family and has since been restored. Unlike many other museums, items on display are not kept away from the tourists and can be held and viewed to get a better understanding of life then.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 30, 2005

Muckross House, Gardens and Traditional Farms
The National Park
Killarney, County Kerry
353 (64) 66 70144

Ring of Kerry

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Ring of Kerry Tour"

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Around 15€ (depends on exchange rate) The tour leaves downtown Killarney about 10am, with several stops along the tour at pubs, small towns, and a farm. The first stop is Red Fox Pub for Irish coffee made up at a small table where cups are stacked like pyramids. This is a blend of coffee, whiskey, and cream and an interesting start to the day! There is also an authentic grouping of thatched-roof homes that can be toured for a small fee. The bus stops along the way at scenic overlooks and allows time to take photos. There is also a stop at a sheep farm where a local farmer charges a small fee to show off his sheep-herding dogs and teach about how sheep are raised. This is entertaining and e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

Ring of Kerry
179 Km Circular Road
Kerry, Ireland

Berea Peninsula

Attraction | "Tour of Berea Peninsula"

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If you are looking to build your relationship with a traveling companion and learn about your own self, this could be the tour. Using "tour" is a loose term, as there is no guided tour, and it is a narrow road that has one lane in some places. There are road signs in Gaelic, so plan to be a bit lost much of your day. Of course, without a goal in mind and the beautiful countryside ahead of you, being lost is meaningless. This is an opportunity to wander and determine your own goals for the trip. Torc Falls is a short hike from the main road and a beautiful natural waterfall near Muckross Castle. There is a cable car that can be taken across the sea to a small island near Lambshead Island. Thi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

Berea Peninsula
Berea Peninsula
Kerry, Ireland

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We learned a new appreciation of Ireland with this train trip from Killarney to Dublin. It is 4 to 5 hours one-way and allows a snapshot of all of the small towns along the way. We did the "milk run," which leaves Killarney in the small hours of the morning and stops at each station. We brought our own breakfast along of cereal and fruit, but there is a vendor cart onboard (no dining car). We met a lot of local folks who make this trip weekly. It was a great way to listen to their stories about their lifestyle and how similar and how different it is from life in the US. We met a boy who travels 6 hours one-way (from Dingle) to Dublin for medical treatment each week. We met college students o...Read More