Earlier this year I traveled throughout Europe and The UK. High on my list of places to visit was Ireland. A close family friend who was more like a Grandfather to me was Irish and I always wanted to visit his home country which he always spoke so fondly of. Ireland surpassed my expectations with its picture perfect landscapes and its people who were so incredibly warm and friendly.
As we were only in Ireland for a short stay, we decided to road trip around Southern Ireland selecting a few townships to explore.
Upon landing at Kerry Airport, we picked up our hire car from Avis and headed to Killarney, a township of approximately 9,000 located in the south-western corner of Ireland. A town best explored by foot, it’s a little slice of paradise for adventure lovers where you can hike, kayak, swim, fish, play golf and horse ride while enjoying views of twinkling lakes and picturesque mountain ranges.
We stayed at the gorgeous Redwood Country House, located only 2 miles out of town. It was probably the best B&B I have ever stayed in and our Host Evelyn was incredibly welcoming and helpful; recommending places to visit, booking us a table for dinner and being so patient and helpful when we got lost…several times!
Our first stop was the incredible Killarney National Park. After months of exploring the big cities, a quiet stroll through the park was just what the doctor ordered. It was so peaceful in the late afternoon with hardly anyone around. We were taken aback by the beauty of the lake, the mountain ranges and the bluebells growing wild amongst the trees.
Located inside the park is Muckross Abbey, a Christian Church founded in 1448 and a burial place for several prominent County Kerry Poets. As strange as it might sound it felt like the ideal resting place, at peace with God and nature.
We were keen to try traditional Irish foods and Evelyn recommended Bricin Restaurant which is famous for it’s boxty, a traditional Irish potato pancake with a choice of fillings.
Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos but for entree we started with deep fried camembert with red currants followed by boxty with ratatouille which was delicious. We finished our meal with a traditional fruit crumble for dessert. I highly recommend Bricin Restaurant if you’re in town; the food is delicious, the prices are very reasonable and it has a great ambience.
I will be back shortly with more adventures in Killarney and our next destination Kinsale.
Have a lovely weekend 🙂