County Kerry

    16 Bed & breakfasts in County Kerry

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    Over 60 acres of garden full of rare and exotic plants and mature woodlands, as well as native wildlife including Sika deer, Irish hares, red squirrels and otters. There are also incredible views to be had of Kilmakilloge Harbour and the Caha Mountains. There are a variety of walks around the garden, each taking half an hour to an hour.

    This privately owned 200-year-old cottage and farm are in Releigh, a village about 10 mins drive from Kenmare. The farm and cottage were once owned and worked by the widow Molly Gallivan, who supported her seven children through not just farming but running a Sibheen, or old Irish speakeasy. They are now a living museum to her life as well other aspects of the area's history. There is a cafe and gift shop onsite.

    The very epicenter of Killarney national park (it was the gift of this house and grounds that led to the parks creation), Muckross House is also an attraction in it's own right. In addition to touring the elegant rooms and exploring the beautiful garden, there is both traditional farms and a craft center onsite, where you can see how it was all done in the good old days.

    This 26,000 acre park was the first national park created in Ireland and it's unique ecological features are of international importance - including Ireland's largest remaining area of native woodlands and only habitat of native red deer. The park also includes many historic buildings, including Ross Castle, Killarney House and Muckross House. With it's combination of mountains, lakes, woodlands, waterfalls and historic structures and gardens, Killarney National Park has spectacular scenery for every taste, and there are many options for how to explore it - either independently or guided.

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    The Strawberry Field

    Hidden away in a beautiful rural location about 15 minutes drive out of Kenmare, the Strawberry Field is a delightful cafe specializing in delectable pancakes - with a wide variety of both savoury and sweet toppings. Plenty of vegetarian options, and gluten-free alternatives are available on request.

    Award-winning restaurant with an emphasis on freshly prepared seasonal, local, organic, and wild food, including the restaurant's own hand-reared pork. A good range of dishes, although nothing too adventerous and an equally good range of wines and local craft beers to match.

    A cosy, comfortable restaurant in a cute little historic building. The food is sublime - deceptively simple yet bursting with flavour and often with an inspired, unexpected twist.

    Exactly as the name says! Deli, café and brasserie in one, specializing in tasty food made with fresh local artisan ingredients. And if you're settling in for one of their delicious full meals, you can even select a bottle of wine from the deli section to accompany it!

    Treyvauds do a fantastic take on both international and traditional Irish favourites. A decent wine selection and friendly, attentive service. Again, this is not the cheapest place to dine in Killarney, but you certainly get what you pay for.

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    A town as payment

    The modern town of Kenmare was laid out by the English surveyor, Sir William Petty in 1670. He had been given the area by Oliver Cromwell as part of his payment for the job of mapping Ireland.

    Attractive old-style shops

    There is great shopping in Killarney, and the shops are particularly lovely looking as there is a ban on the usual tacky plastic shop signs, so they are decorated with old fashioned hand-painted signs and colourful window boxes.