With the terrific weather the country has been basking in lately – almost a little too terrific, at times – many of us are looking to escape the city’s heat and bustling streets for a relaxing rural retreat instead.

However, if you’re looking to escape the city but still want to have a buzz about your break away, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa in Killarney’s magical National Park offers a perfect mix of a little bit of adrenalin with plenty of luxury, too.

Enjoy the very best of adventure travel with all the added treats of a five-star stay inside Ireland’s oldest and most magnificent national park, where you can immerse yourself in an awe-inspiring setting, with an exceptional guide to personally introduce you to all the exhilarating activities possible in such a diverse landscape.

Guided daily by Nathan Kingerlee of Outdoors Ireland – a highly-qualified and experienced outdoor instructor who has worked as an instructor since 2001 throughout Ireland and Scotland – you will be introduced to exciting and adventure-filled days in the safest of hands.

At the end of each adrenalin-fuelled day, you can unwind with some equally safe hands at the five-star Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, with plenty of pampering, and muscle-relaxing hands giving expert massages, to help soothe your evening.

You’ll be left in the perfect mood for the Yew Tree restaurant’s expert chefs, who’ll craft delicious four-course dinners from the finest Kerry ingredients for you.

Adventure lovers and fans of Kerry’s great outdoors will be in their element, as they master and hone their adventure skills in the region.

From rock climbing and abseiling in the spectacular Gap of Dunloe, or kayaking along the deep, glaciated, majestic lakes of Killarney and through open bays and past islands, limestone caves and picturesque ruins, visitors to this rugged corner corner of the country will also enjoy all the treats and amenities of the luxurious Muckross Park Hotel & Spa.

The two nights Extreme Luxury package at the hotel includes bed and breakfast with a four-course dinner on one night in the Yew Tree, a day’s adventures with Nathan Kingerlee, and access to the indulgent Vitality Suite in The Spa at Muckross (with its vitality pool, herbal sauna, salt chamber, steam room and tropical rain showers).

Available for €492 per person based on two people sharing, a three-night Extreme Luxury stay is also available, featuring two days of guided adventures with Nathan, from €715PPS.

For further information or to book, see www.muckrosspark.com, or telephone 064 662 3400.