The Emerald Isle – Kenmare and Killarney

Nestled on the banks of the Kenmare River, this charming town in southwestern Ireland is a picturesque destination that will capture your heart. Kenmare boasts stunning scenery, from the majestic mountains to the tranquil waters of the bay. The town is also a haven for foodies, with a wealth of local restaurants serving up the finest in Irish cuisine. In addition to its natural beauty and culinary delights, Kenmare is steeped in history and culture, with a variety of museums, galleries, and historic sites to explore.

The drive was long but beautiful. Our guide gave us a crash course in Irish history, legend, and topography.

The group separated for a casual lunch on our own on the High Street of Kenmare. The company must have been great because I didn’t take a single photo during lunch. 🤦🏽‍♀️

En route to Killarney we enjoyed a mini Ring of Kerry tour. The Ring of Kerry is a breathtakingly scenic drive that takes you on a journey through some of Ireland’s most stunning landscapes. This 179-kilometer circular route takes you along the rugged coastline of the Iveragh Peninsula, with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged cliffs, and pristine beaches. The drive also takes you through charming Irish towns and villages, each with their own unique character and rich history. Along the way, you’ll encounter ancient ruins, medieval castles, and stunning natural wonders, making it a perfect destination for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike.

One of the highlights of our mini Ring of Kerry tour was learning about Moll’s Gap and the sandstone MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountains. Moll’s Gap is an example of a glacial breach, formed during Ireland’s last ice age 25,000 years ago.

The Valley of Killarney was equally stunning.

I had high expectations of Killarney National Park and even then I was absolutely blown away. This was one of my favorite parts of the entire itinerary. Such vivid shares of green and an incredible sense of peace.

Then we were off to Ross Castle. Located on the shores of Lough Leane in Killarney, Ross Castle is a true marvel of medieval architecture. This stunning fortress was built in the 15th century and exudes a hauntingly beautiful aura that transports visitors back in time. The castle’s imposing stone walls, turrets, and battlements stand proudly against the backdrop of the tranquil lake and lush greenery. Inside, the castle is equally as impressive, with its richly decorated rooms and ancient artifacts providing a glimpse into the castle’s fascinating past. Visitors can also take a boat tour of the lake or enjoy a stroll through the castle’s beautiful gardens.

The group enjoyed a spectacular fine dining experience at Harrow. This description says it all:

Harrow presents a contemporary, ever-evolving cuisine that is influenced and informed by the exceptional seasonal produce available in the harsh, wild and beautiful surroundings of Kerry. We have created a detail-oriented atmosphere and a modern dining experience to match our ingredient centred approach.

Many of my colleagues were off to the pub, while I headed to my very lush room at Killarney Royal Hotel to catch up on emails and recharge my social battery. Here’s a peek. Top notch service with a smile. Nothing I love more!

More Killarney to come, plus Adare and Limerick!

The Emerald Isle – Dublin / The Emerald Isle – Kilkenny / The Emerald Isle – Kenmare and Killarney

The Emerald Isle – Killarney, Adare, and Limerick / The Emerald Isle – County Offlay

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