The chance to pack up the car and take advantage of a well-earned break from The Big Smoke is always one that is far too good to pass up, so when the opportunity to take a trip to the Castlerosse Hotel and Holiday Homes in the heart of Killarney came about, my wife and I were all too eager to say farewell to Dublin’s fair city.
With splendid views of lakes and mountains, the hotel is situated in its own parklands with a lakeside setting, two km away from Killarney town.
Castlerosse guests have direct access to the walks and cycle paths of the National Park and its many attractions.
The property offers a range of accommodation to suit all visitors, ranging between traditional hotel and self-catering. Guests in Woodland Cottages and Golf Lodges have access to all the hotel’s facilities including the Health & Leisure Club with 20 metre swimming pool, offering families residing in Self Catering accommodation to experience a greater sense of flexibility during their stay.
We were spoilt with immediate access to trails for walks and hikes, and took advantage of the hotel’s on-site bike rental service.
For those feeling adventurous, canoes and kayaks can be rented to explore the sparkling waters of the Lakes, with qualified guides to ensure a safe and fun trip.
On our first night we took a 30 minute stroll through majestic scenery to Killarney town.
There is more happening in Killarney than in any other town of its size in Ireland.
Entertainment venues abound for young and old and there is a magical atmosphere, especially in the evenings, when pubs, restaurants and cafes are teeming with visitors from Ireland and the world.
The next morning we headed of on the spectacular Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, both are within a one hour drive of Killarney which makes it a perfect base for exploring this magnificent coastal scenery.
We also made visits to Knockreer House, Deenagh Lodge, Killarney House and Gardens and St Mary’s Cathedral which are nearby Castlerosse.
A bit further on is 14th century Ross Castle, one of Killarney’s major attractions.
Overall, we had a really nice time at Castlerosse Hotel, and will surely return for a visit at some stage in the near future.
There are a wide variety of excellent summer holiday packages available including the Golden Breaks 55s +.
This three night programme, with an option to extend to four nights, includes dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, welcome drinks, complimentary tea/coffee, lake boat trip and sightseeing drive and a range of activities.
Daytime activities include a guided walk, aqua aerobics and gardening talk while evening entertainment consists of traditional music, dancing and table quiz.
For detailed information on all of the resort’s packages, see www.castlerosse.ie or call 064 6631144.