Jameson-Distillery

A woman in front of an ivy wall in Ireland

Killarney, Ireland is the land of sparkling green hills, rainbows and beautiful Irish farm life. The area of Killarney is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I seriously thought I was in a dream in this gorgeous region.

During October 2017, I traveled to Ireland with Crawford Concierge. From the moment I landed in “The Emerald Isle” I was in awe. I was exposed to the greenest nature I’ve ever seen, fresh Atlantic air and there was overall happiness.

Kells Sheep Dog Experience in the Ring of Kerry

Throughout my 10 days in Ireland, I had a blast in the capital city of Dublin and meandering around the beautiful fishing villages surrounding that area; chasing rainbows in scenic Killarney, Cliffs of Moher and Galway and experiencing a taste of royalty at Ashford Castle in the rural village of Cong.

In this article, dance with me along the yellow brick road to Ireland’s “Land of Oz” (aka Killarney).

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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Explore the Magic of Killarney, Ireland (With a Pit Stop in County Cork)

Where to Stay in Killarney, Ireland:

A woman enjoying her experience staying at the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, Ireland

During our two nights in Killarney, Ireland we stayed at The Killarney Park Hotel located in the heart of the town center.

I absolutely LOVED staying at The Killarney Park Hotel because it was absolutely beautiful and elegant. My cousin and I shared a room that was way more luxurious than anything we’ve ever stayed in prior to. As you walked into the room, there was a little hallway that had a big bathroom, closet and then there were two doors that led into our hotel room.

Inside of our room was a fireplace, seating area and two king beds. It was amazing! I liked how conveniently located the hotel was to all of the restaurants and bars in downtown Killarney, Ireland and they also welcomed us with a complementary glass of Champagne when we checked in.

Two women enjoying wine at Killarney Park Hotel

In addition to The Killarney Park Hotel, you could find a plethora of other luxury, mid-budget and budget hotels in the Killarney area using Hotels.com. There is also a wide range of Airbnb and Vrbo options as well as hostels.

How to Travel Around Ireland:

The beautiful nature in Killarney, Ireland

Nowadays, there are so many great ways to find affordable flights. I love using Skyscanner to get the best for my buck! From New York Stewart International Airport in Newburgh/New Windsor, New York, I flew directly to Dublin where I spent a few days there.

Since I traveled with a group, we took a private coach around Ireland, but other ways to get around is by renting a car or journeying with the Bus Eireann.

What to Do in Killarney, Ireland:

A woman exploring the beauty in Killarney, Ireland

County Cork, Ireland:

Kiss the Blarney Stone:

Located in Cork is the infamous Blarney Stone! Known to be the “germiest” place in the world (along with the famous gum wall in Seattle), Irish folklore has it that kissing a block of carboniferous limestone will give you everlasting eloquence.

Even though I personally didn’t kiss the Blarney Stone, it is still a cool experience if you are in County Cork.

Stroll around Midleton:

Sage Restaurant in Midleton, Ireland

Midleton, Ireland is a quaint city lined with colorful buildings, ivy-filled stonewalls, friendly faces and overall charm.

Since it was lunchtime when we arrived in Midleton from Dublin, we went to Sage, a farm-to-table restaurant located in a beautifully remote spot off of the main street.

When we walked inside, the restaurant was filled with sunshine and offered a welcoming ambiance. There were flowers and candles located throughout the main dining room and the menu looked absolutely delicious! One of the cool things with farm-to-table restaurants like Sage is that the menu always reflects the season. This allows the restaurant to work with local producers and growers.

Visit Jameson Distillery:

A woman enjoying her time at the Jameson Distillery

After our delicious lunch at Sage, we walked down the main street of Midleton to the world-famous Jameson Distillery.

When we first arrived at Jameson Distillery, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was! The Distillery has a huge campus that features beautiful bluestone buildings with clay shutters and an Industrial-era vibe. Unlike most tourist places, the souvenir shop is the first building you enter when you do the Jameson Experience.

A woman taking a tour of the James Distillery in Ireland

The actual Jameson Experience is a guided tour, which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. In addition, we learned about the hard working individuals and field-to-glass processes that are responsible for the high quality whiskey that bears in John Jameson’s name. As we learned about the history, we also got to go into the old distillery buildings. I loved the architecture to these buildings!

The beautiful James Distillery campus in Ireland

When the tour ended, we went into the tasting room where we tried five different whiskeys. Like I have said in my previous blog posts from Dublin and Nashville, I am not the biggest whiskey drinker, but I do like to participate in the tastings and Jameson is known for some of the world’s best whiskeys.

Killarney, Ireland:

Downtown Killarney, Ireland in the evening

Enjoy Downtown Killarney:

Downtown Killarney, Ireland has so many wonderful restaurants, cafés and pubs. Below is everywhere we ate and drank at during our time in Killarney:

Killarney Park Hotel:

A delicious lobster dinner at the Killarney Park Hotel

The restaurant in the Killarney Park Hotel was absolutely amazing! During our first night, we enjoyed a nice lobster dinner with French fries (chips) and veggies on the side. This was by far one of my favorite meals in Ireland.

The Grand:

A seafood soup from Killarney, Ireland

The Grand is the perfect place to get the true Irish pub experience. Since Killarney is a small city, there were a lot of locals hanging out and having fun during the night we went.

After we arrived, an AWESOME cover band started to play on the little stage they had there. They were playing current and classic rock as well as fun Irish music that we all had a great time dancing to. In addition, The Grand also has a hidden nightclub/lounge in the back of the pub.

Pink Lounge (Ross Hotel):

During one of our evenings in Killarney, we enjoyed cocktail hour at the super chic Pink Lounge located in the Ross Hotel. This fun bar is a gin and champagne lounge that has every girl dreaming to be there. The Pink Lounge also has a restaurant downstairs that offers crafted meals that anyone will enjoy.

The Ring of Kerry:

A woman exploring the beauty of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Go Back in Time at Bog Village:

A woman walking through Bog Village in Ireland

Our second day in Killarney was nothing but pure magic. We hopped on the bus early in the morning that took us into the beautiful Irish countryside. We stopped in the town of Kerry at a historical park called Bog Village for an Irish or Bailey’s coffee and soda bread.

After we fueled up, we went into the cute little village that provided us a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland during the 18th century.

At Bog Village, you can go into each cottage and learn about the bog (a wetland that accumulates a deposit of dead plant materials such as moss), wildlife and equipment used to extract the turf. It was really interesting!

Experience Kells Sheepdog Display:

The Kells Sheepdog Experience in the Irish countryside

One of the coolest experiences during my time in Ireland was visiting Kells Sheepdog Display. The owner of Kells trains Border Collies to herd sheep. He uses a special kind of whistle and just a few words and sounds for the dogs to hear so they could swiftly round up the herd. The dogs did a great job directing the sheep and vice versa. A dog is considered a “predator” to the sheep, so the direction a dog moves plays a huge role in where the sheep go.

At the end of the demonstration, the trainer got both the sheep and dogs close to us so we can pet them. Watching this demonstration along the beautiful bright green hills of the Ring of Kerry was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I recommend it to everyone who travels to Ireland.

After the sheepdog demonstration, we walked through the Irish wool shop attached where we were able to purchase warm sweaters, jackets, blankets and more! When we were finished, we went across the street where we took in the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs. It was magnificent!

Savor the Seaside Views at Portmagee:

Colorful buildings in Portmagee, Ireland

As we drove from Kells Sheepdog Display to Portmagee, we made our way through wonderful backcountry roads, passed over the highest mountains in Ireland and saw more rainbows in the valleys.

When we finally reached the picturesque village of Portmagee, we were ready for a nice hearty lunch. This colorful area is known for its charming town, spectacular scenery, lively music, fresh seafood and the iconic Disney animal – the puffin!

During our time in Portmagee, we enjoyed lunch at The Moorings & Bridge Bar. When we got inside, we warmed up from the welcoming ambiance of this nautical pub. Since Portmagee is known for its seafood, I savored a SUPER delicious seafood chowder that had mussels, lobster meat, salmon and other fresh herbs in it. It was delicious!

View Skellig Rock:

Views of Skellig Rock from the Ring of Kerry

Our next adventure through the Ring of Kerry brought us to the top of a mountain that featured an overlook of the famous Skellig Rock. A fun fact about Skellig Rock is that in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker had his hideout there; where the Jedis built one of their temples. The other side of the overlook featured more beautiful hills and valleys, cute sheep and beautiful blue water from the distance. It was so awesome!

In addition, it was very windy in this area and there were overwhelming cliffs and great ruins. It was so beautiful!

Adventure through Killarney National Park:

Stunning views of Killarney National Park in Killarney, Ireland

The drive through Killarney National Park was absolutely breathtaking! There were rainbows, beautiful trees (that reminded me of the pictures I’ve seen of the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland) as well as gorgeous mountains.

In Killarney National Park, you could go hiking, take a horse and carriage ride and more!


Beautiful views in Killarney, Ireland

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in Killarney and County Cork with Crawford Concierge. If you have any questions about my time in Killarney or my trip to Ireland in general, please feel free to email me at [email protected]

Make sure to pin this post if you find it useful!

Everything to do in Killarney, Ireland

Basic Facts of Ireland:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Dublin, Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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  1. BEST RESTAURANTS IN CORK IRELAND on July 24, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Great article
    I share with you some information about BEST RESTAURANTS IN CORK IRELAND
    Market Lane
    Liberty Grill
    Greenes Restaurant
    The Cornstore Restaurant

    • Taylor Deer on July 24, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Thank you so much and I appreciate you sharing this!

  2. Cristina on May 26, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I have only been to Dublin, and I fell in love with it. Since then, I have wanted to visit other areas of Ireland, and this one looks amazing. I’m saving this destination for the future 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely magical! The rolling green hills took my breath away! 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on May 27, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I’m missing Ireland adventures so much now! We got to go to Howth and the area around Dublin but we never made it to Cork. I wanted to kiss the Blarney stone! I would love to take a road trip around the ring of Kerry and also go north to see more castles. Great post Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Ireland was definitely a trip that surprised me. I loved it so much there. Also, I don’t know if anyone is kissing the Blarney Stone anytime soon haha, but you totally need to see the Ring of Kerry. 🙂

  4. World of Lina on May 27, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Killarney looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, I’m hoping I can go there soon. 🙂 Great post Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      You would love it Alina. It’s such a beautiful country with stunning nature. 🙂

  5. katie on May 28, 2020 at 2:46 am

    I love how in depth this is!! I really cant wait to visit Killarny and I will base my trip off this guide!

    • Taylor Deer on May 28, 2020 at 11:49 am

      You would love Ireland Katie! Killarney is the most picturesque! 🙂

  6. Maria on May 28, 2020 at 3:29 am

    The nature there looks amazing Taylor! I absolutely love the intense green of the hills and also the coastal view. I totally missed out on this beautiful place when I was in Ireland.

    • Taylor Deer on May 28, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Yes, the greenery was amazing. The grass was actually sparkling and there were so many rainbows!

  7. Ciaran and Maria on August 5, 2020 at 5:46 am

    There is something so incredible about Killarney that even Irish people get stumped by.

    Wondering shots of the green hills. You really captured what makes Ireland so special in many ways.

    • Taylor Deer on August 5, 2020 at 11:59 am

      It seriously was one of the most breathtaking places I’ve seen! Also thank you so much. 🙂

  8. mark spratley on March 12, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Taylor, you always express your adventures well as if I were there.
    You are a luck lady to experience all these great things the world has to offer.
    Thanks for the visit, stay well
    I am glad you did not kiss that blarney stone, yuk !

    • Taylor Deer on March 13, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Thank you Mark and haha yes, now you definitely cannot kiss the Blarney Stone.

  9. Megan on March 20, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This looks so beautiful. There is something about Ireland that is so relaxing and welcoming!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      It really was a beautiful country! I loved Killarney. 🙂

  10. Emma on March 20, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Oh my gosh I’ve wanted to go to Ireland for so long, it’s such a beautiful looking place and is very top of my list. What a great guide, I love how green everything is and the amazing views

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      You would love Ireland so much. It is absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  11. Lindajane on March 20, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Irland does look magical. I’m saving your itinerary for later! Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      You’re welcome! You would love Ireland. 🙂

  12. Linnea on March 20, 2021 at 6:47 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never been here before! I’ve only done Dublin, but I need to see Killarney now. Def will use your hotel and food recs when I go!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      You definitely have to go back and do the rest of Ireland. It is absolutely beautiful Linnea! 🙂

  13. Krista on March 20, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I visited Killarney when I was very young with my family, so I really want to go back and experience more of it and take better photos! I’m loving all of your tips on what to see and do there.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, it is such a gorgeous place! I recommend re visiting for sure. 🙂

  14. Sophie on March 20, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I was hoping to visit Ireland last year but couldn’t make it there. I’m really hoping to go later this year, and will definitely be trying to get to Killarney 🙂 It looks so beautiful, I love how green it is!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      You would definitely love Ireland, Sophie! It really is amazing. 🙂

  15. lisa on March 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland! Loving the seaside villages and beautiful homes in the quaint towns!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      It really is such a gorgeous country! I loved everything about it. 🙂

  16. Shannon on March 20, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I absolutely love Killarney and the surrounding area! Great ideas! Kenmare is another cute town worth checking out, close by.

  17. Katy on March 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I had to cancel my trip to Ireland last year due to COVID and I was *super* bummed. I can’t wait until I can make it back there again. I’ve visited once before but I’m dying to see the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Rock. Thanks to this article I’m adding Killarney National Park to my Ireland bucket list too!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      It is absolutely amazing Katy! You would definitely love that entire area. It is sparkling green. 🙂

  18. Brittany on March 20, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Gahh I’d love to visit Ireland! My mom’s family is Irish, so I’d love to visit to learn more about my heritage. I feel like Dublin gets tons of attention, so it was fun to read about all the things to do in Killarney. I’d love to visit the Ring of Kerry and Jameson Distillery! Thanks for sharing this awesome post, Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Brittany! I definitely recommend visiting the more rural areas in Ireland. They are so beautiful. 🙂

  19. Suvarna Arora on March 21, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Killarney looks beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Ireland but it’s literally another world for me. Hope I can visit someday.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      It really is amazing Suvarna! You definitely have to go to Ireland in the near future. 🙂

  20. Brittany Q on March 21, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I recently found out that I’m more Irish than I grew up thinking, so Ireland is very high on my list of places to visit ASAP. Thanks for the tips!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, you totally have to go! You would love Ireland. 🙂

  21. Helena on March 22, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Ooh I’ve always wanted to see more of Ireland, looks like such an amazing place to explore!

    • Taylor Deer on March 25, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      It really is Helena! I loved Ireland. 🙂

  22. Cosette on March 25, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Killarney sounds like an amazing place to explore. I wouldn’t kiss the Blarney stone either. Touring Jameson Whiskey sounds like fun. We’ve done whisky tours in Scotland and France so far.

    • Taylor Deer on March 25, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      It really was beautiful there! Also I only did whiskey tastings in Ireland and Nashville so far.:)

  23. Mikayla on March 25, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Im the opposite I love whiskey, and Ireland treated me well while I was there, haha! Some of the best whiskey I ever had, I wish it could taste like that after it’s imported 🙁

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Jameson-Distillery

A woman in front of an ivy wall in Ireland

Killarney, Ireland is the land of sparkling green hills, rainbows and beautiful Irish farm life. The area of Killarney is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. I seriously thought I was in a dream in this gorgeous region.

During October 2017, I traveled to Ireland with Crawford Concierge. From the moment I landed in “The Emerald Isle” I was in awe. I was exposed to the greenest nature I’ve ever seen, fresh Atlantic air and there was overall happiness.

Kells Sheep Dog Experience in the Ring of Kerry

Throughout my 10 days in Ireland, I had a blast in the capital city of Dublin and meandering around the beautiful fishing villages surrounding that area; chasing rainbows in scenic Killarney, Cliffs of Moher and Galway and experiencing a taste of royalty at Ashford Castle in the rural village of Cong.

In this article, dance with me along the yellow brick road to Ireland’s “Land of Oz” (aka Killarney).

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

Explore the Magic of Killarney, Ireland (With a Pit Stop in County Cork)

Where to Stay in Killarney, Ireland:

A woman enjoying her experience staying at the Killarney Park Hotel in Killarney, Ireland

During our two nights in Killarney, Ireland we stayed at The Killarney Park Hotel located in the heart of the town center.

I absolutely LOVED staying at The Killarney Park Hotel because it was absolutely beautiful and elegant. My cousin and I shared a room that was way more luxurious than anything we’ve ever stayed in prior to. As you walked into the room, there was a little hallway that had a big bathroom, closet and then there were two doors that led into our hotel room.

Inside of our room was a fireplace, seating area and two king beds. It was amazing! I liked how conveniently located the hotel was to all of the restaurants and bars in downtown Killarney, Ireland and they also welcomed us with a complementary glass of Champagne when we checked in.

Two women enjoying wine at Killarney Park Hotel

In addition to The Killarney Park Hotel, you could find a plethora of other luxury, mid-budget and budget hotels in the Killarney area using Hotels.com. There is also a wide range of Airbnb and Vrbo options as well as hostels.

How to Travel Around Ireland:

The beautiful nature in Killarney, Ireland

Nowadays, there are so many great ways to find affordable flights. I love using Skyscanner to get the best for my buck! From New York Stewart International Airport in Newburgh/New Windsor, New York, I flew directly to Dublin where I spent a few days there.

Since I traveled with a group, we took a private coach around Ireland, but other ways to get around is by renting a car or journeying with the Bus Eireann.

What to Do in Killarney, Ireland:

A woman exploring the beauty in Killarney, Ireland

County Cork, Ireland:

Kiss the Blarney Stone:

Located in Cork is the infamous Blarney Stone! Known to be the “germiest” place in the world (along with the famous gum wall in Seattle), Irish folklore has it that kissing a block of carboniferous limestone will give you everlasting eloquence.

Even though I personally didn’t kiss the Blarney Stone, it is still a cool experience if you are in County Cork.

Stroll around Midleton:

Sage Restaurant in Midleton, Ireland

Midleton, Ireland is a quaint city lined with colorful buildings, ivy-filled stonewalls, friendly faces and overall charm.

Since it was lunchtime when we arrived in Midleton from Dublin, we went to Sage, a farm-to-table restaurant located in a beautifully remote spot off of the main street.

When we walked inside, the restaurant was filled with sunshine and offered a welcoming ambiance. There were flowers and candles located throughout the main dining room and the menu looked absolutely delicious! One of the cool things with farm-to-table restaurants like Sage is that the menu always reflects the season. This allows the restaurant to work with local producers and growers.

Visit Jameson Distillery:

A woman enjoying her time at the Jameson Distillery

After our delicious lunch at Sage, we walked down the main street of Midleton to the world-famous Jameson Distillery.

When we first arrived at Jameson Distillery, I couldn’t believe how gorgeous it was! The Distillery has a huge campus that features beautiful bluestone buildings with clay shutters and an Industrial-era vibe. Unlike most tourist places, the souvenir shop is the first building you enter when you do the Jameson Experience.

A woman taking a tour of the James Distillery in Ireland

The actual Jameson Experience is a guided tour, which brings the stories of Jameson’s rich heritage to life. In addition, we learned about the hard working individuals and field-to-glass processes that are responsible for the high quality whiskey that bears in John Jameson’s name. As we learned about the history, we also got to go into the old distillery buildings. I loved the architecture to these buildings!

The beautiful James Distillery campus in Ireland

When the tour ended, we went into the tasting room where we tried five different whiskeys. Like I have said in my previous blog posts from Dublin and Nashville, I am not the biggest whiskey drinker, but I do like to participate in the tastings and Jameson is known for some of the world’s best whiskeys.

Killarney, Ireland:

Downtown Killarney, Ireland in the evening

Enjoy Downtown Killarney:

Downtown Killarney, Ireland has so many wonderful restaurants, cafés and pubs. Below is everywhere we ate and drank at during our time in Killarney:

Killarney Park Hotel:

A delicious lobster dinner at the Killarney Park Hotel

The restaurant in the Killarney Park Hotel was absolutely amazing! During our first night, we enjoyed a nice lobster dinner with French fries (chips) and veggies on the side. This was by far one of my favorite meals in Ireland.

The Grand:

A seafood soup from Killarney, Ireland

The Grand is the perfect place to get the true Irish pub experience. Since Killarney is a small city, there were a lot of locals hanging out and having fun during the night we went.

After we arrived, an AWESOME cover band started to play on the little stage they had there. They were playing current and classic rock as well as fun Irish music that we all had a great time dancing to. In addition, The Grand also has a hidden nightclub/lounge in the back of the pub.

Pink Lounge (Ross Hotel):

During one of our evenings in Killarney, we enjoyed cocktail hour at the super chic Pink Lounge located in the Ross Hotel. This fun bar is a gin and champagne lounge that has every girl dreaming to be there. The Pink Lounge also has a restaurant downstairs that offers crafted meals that anyone will enjoy.

The Ring of Kerry:

A woman exploring the beauty of the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Go Back in Time at Bog Village:

A woman walking through Bog Village in Ireland

Our second day in Killarney was nothing but pure magic. We hopped on the bus early in the morning that took us into the beautiful Irish countryside. We stopped in the town of Kerry at a historical park called Bog Village for an Irish or Bailey’s coffee and soda bread.

After we fueled up, we went into the cute little village that provided us a fascinating insight into how people lived and worked in Ireland during the 18th century.

At Bog Village, you can go into each cottage and learn about the bog (a wetland that accumulates a deposit of dead plant materials such as moss), wildlife and equipment used to extract the turf. It was really interesting!

Experience Kells Sheepdog Display:

The Kells Sheepdog Experience in the Irish countryside

One of the coolest experiences during my time in Ireland was visiting Kells Sheepdog Display. The owner of Kells trains Border Collies to herd sheep. He uses a special kind of whistle and just a few words and sounds for the dogs to hear so they could swiftly round up the herd. The dogs did a great job directing the sheep and vice versa. A dog is considered a “predator” to the sheep, so the direction a dog moves plays a huge role in where the sheep go.

At the end of the demonstration, the trainer got both the sheep and dogs close to us so we can pet them. Watching this demonstration along the beautiful bright green hills of the Ring of Kerry was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I recommend it to everyone who travels to Ireland.

After the sheepdog demonstration, we walked through the Irish wool shop attached where we were able to purchase warm sweaters, jackets, blankets and more! When we were finished, we went across the street where we took in the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic Ocean from the cliffs. It was magnificent!

Savor the Seaside Views at Portmagee:

Colorful buildings in Portmagee, Ireland

As we drove from Kells Sheepdog Display to Portmagee, we made our way through wonderful backcountry roads, passed over the highest mountains in Ireland and saw more rainbows in the valleys.

When we finally reached the picturesque village of Portmagee, we were ready for a nice hearty lunch. This colorful area is known for its charming town, spectacular scenery, lively music, fresh seafood and the iconic Disney animal – the puffin!

During our time in Portmagee, we enjoyed lunch at The Moorings & Bridge Bar. When we got inside, we warmed up from the welcoming ambiance of this nautical pub. Since Portmagee is known for its seafood, I savored a SUPER delicious seafood chowder that had mussels, lobster meat, salmon and other fresh herbs in it. It was delicious!

View Skellig Rock:

Views of Skellig Rock from the Ring of Kerry

Our next adventure through the Ring of Kerry brought us to the top of a mountain that featured an overlook of the famous Skellig Rock. A fun fact about Skellig Rock is that in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Luke Skywalker had his hideout there; where the Jedis built one of their temples. The other side of the overlook featured more beautiful hills and valleys, cute sheep and beautiful blue water from the distance. It was so awesome!

In addition, it was very windy in this area and there were overwhelming cliffs and great ruins. It was so beautiful!

Adventure through Killarney National Park:

Stunning views of Killarney National Park in Killarney, Ireland

The drive through Killarney National Park was absolutely breathtaking! There were rainbows, beautiful trees (that reminded me of the pictures I’ve seen of the Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland) as well as gorgeous mountains.

In Killarney National Park, you could go hiking, take a horse and carriage ride and more!


Beautiful views in Killarney, Ireland

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my time in Killarney and County Cork with Crawford Concierge. If you have any questions about my time in Killarney or my trip to Ireland in general, please feel free to email me at [email protected]om.

Make sure to pin this post if you find it useful!

Everything to do in Killarney, Ireland

Basic Facts of Ireland:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Dublin, Time Zone: Greenwich Mean Time

Click here to join my private blog sharing Facebook group.

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

Shop my Killarney Look:

44 Comments

  1. BEST RESTAURANTS IN CORK IRELAND on July 24, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Great article
    I share with you some information about BEST RESTAURANTS IN CORK IRELAND
    Market Lane
    Liberty Grill
    Greenes Restaurant
    The Cornstore Restaurant

    • Taylor Deer on July 24, 2019 at 8:31 am

      Thank you so much and I appreciate you sharing this!

  2. Cristina on May 26, 2020 at 10:52 am

    I have only been to Dublin, and I fell in love with it. Since then, I have wanted to visit other areas of Ireland, and this one looks amazing. I’m saving this destination for the future 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 26, 2020 at 12:36 pm

      Yes, it is absolutely magical! The rolling green hills took my breath away! 🙂

  3. Brittany Sneller on May 27, 2020 at 11:22 am

    I’m missing Ireland adventures so much now! We got to go to Howth and the area around Dublin but we never made it to Cork. I wanted to kiss the Blarney stone! I would love to take a road trip around the ring of Kerry and also go north to see more castles. Great post Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Ireland was definitely a trip that surprised me. I loved it so much there. Also, I don’t know if anyone is kissing the Blarney Stone anytime soon haha, but you totally need to see the Ring of Kerry. 🙂

  4. World of Lina on May 27, 2020 at 1:37 pm

    Killarney looks beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland, I’m hoping I can go there soon. 🙂 Great post Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on May 27, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      You would love it Alina. It’s such a beautiful country with stunning nature. 🙂

  5. katie on May 28, 2020 at 2:46 am

    I love how in depth this is!! I really cant wait to visit Killarny and I will base my trip off this guide!

    • Taylor Deer on May 28, 2020 at 11:49 am

      You would love Ireland Katie! Killarney is the most picturesque! 🙂

  6. Maria on May 28, 2020 at 3:29 am

    The nature there looks amazing Taylor! I absolutely love the intense green of the hills and also the coastal view. I totally missed out on this beautiful place when I was in Ireland.

    • Taylor Deer on May 28, 2020 at 11:50 am

      Yes, the greenery was amazing. The grass was actually sparkling and there were so many rainbows!

  7. Ciaran and Maria on August 5, 2020 at 5:46 am

    There is something so incredible about Killarney that even Irish people get stumped by.

    Wondering shots of the green hills. You really captured what makes Ireland so special in many ways.

    • Taylor Deer on August 5, 2020 at 11:59 am

      It seriously was one of the most breathtaking places I’ve seen! Also thank you so much. 🙂

  8. mark spratley on March 12, 2021 at 10:07 am

    Taylor, you always express your adventures well as if I were there.
    You are a luck lady to experience all these great things the world has to offer.
    Thanks for the visit, stay well
    I am glad you did not kiss that blarney stone, yuk !

    • Taylor Deer on March 13, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Thank you Mark and haha yes, now you definitely cannot kiss the Blarney Stone.

  9. Megan on March 20, 2021 at 12:09 am

    This looks so beautiful. There is something about Ireland that is so relaxing and welcoming!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      It really was a beautiful country! I loved Killarney. 🙂

  10. Emma on March 20, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Oh my gosh I’ve wanted to go to Ireland for so long, it’s such a beautiful looking place and is very top of my list. What a great guide, I love how green everything is and the amazing views

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      You would love Ireland so much. It is absolutely beautiful! 🙂

  11. Lindajane on March 20, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Irland does look magical. I’m saving your itinerary for later! Thanks for sharing.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      You’re welcome! You would love Ireland. 🙂

  12. Linnea on March 20, 2021 at 6:47 am

    I can’t believe I’ve never been here before! I’ve only done Dublin, but I need to see Killarney now. Def will use your hotel and food recs when I go!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      You definitely have to go back and do the rest of Ireland. It is absolutely beautiful Linnea! 🙂

  13. Krista on March 20, 2021 at 7:01 am

    I visited Killarney when I was very young with my family, so I really want to go back and experience more of it and take better photos! I’m loving all of your tips on what to see and do there.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, it is such a gorgeous place! I recommend re visiting for sure. 🙂

  14. Sophie on March 20, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I was hoping to visit Ireland last year but couldn’t make it there. I’m really hoping to go later this year, and will definitely be trying to get to Killarney 🙂 It looks so beautiful, I love how green it is!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      You would definitely love Ireland, Sophie! It really is amazing. 🙂

  15. lisa on March 20, 2021 at 11:01 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Ireland! Loving the seaside villages and beautiful homes in the quaint towns!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      It really is such a gorgeous country! I loved everything about it. 🙂

  16. Shannon on March 20, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I absolutely love Killarney and the surrounding area! Great ideas! Kenmare is another cute town worth checking out, close by.

  17. Katy on March 20, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I had to cancel my trip to Ireland last year due to COVID and I was *super* bummed. I can’t wait until I can make it back there again. I’ve visited once before but I’m dying to see the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Rock. Thanks to this article I’m adding Killarney National Park to my Ireland bucket list too!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      It is absolutely amazing Katy! You would definitely love that entire area. It is sparkling green. 🙂

  18. Brittany on March 20, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Gahh I’d love to visit Ireland! My mom’s family is Irish, so I’d love to visit to learn more about my heritage. I feel like Dublin gets tons of attention, so it was fun to read about all the things to do in Killarney. I’d love to visit the Ring of Kerry and Jameson Distillery! Thanks for sharing this awesome post, Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you so much Brittany! I definitely recommend visiting the more rural areas in Ireland. They are so beautiful. 🙂

  19. Suvarna Arora on March 21, 2021 at 1:39 am

    Killarney looks beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Ireland but it’s literally another world for me. Hope I can visit someday.

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      It really is amazing Suvarna! You definitely have to go to Ireland in the near future. 🙂

  20. Brittany Q on March 21, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    I recently found out that I’m more Irish than I grew up thinking, so Ireland is very high on my list of places to visit ASAP. Thanks for the tips!

    • Taylor Deer on March 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Yes, you totally have to go! You would love Ireland. 🙂

  21. Helena on March 22, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Ooh I’ve always wanted to see more of Ireland, looks like such an amazing place to explore!

    • Taylor Deer on March 25, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      It really is Helena! I loved Ireland. 🙂

  22. Cosette on March 25, 2021 at 8:31 am

    Killarney sounds like an amazing place to explore. I wouldn’t kiss the Blarney stone either. Touring Jameson Whiskey sounds like fun. We’ve done whisky tours in Scotland and France so far.

    • Taylor Deer on March 25, 2021 at 7:59 pm

      It really was beautiful there! Also I only did whiskey tastings in Ireland and Nashville so far.:)

  23. Mikayla on March 25, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Im the opposite I love whiskey, and Ireland treated me well while I was there, haha! Some of the best whiskey I ever had, I wish it could taste like that after it’s imported 🙁

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