How to get to County Cork:
There are flights in and out of Cork Airport, but John and I have never found the flights feasible. Instead, we have traveled to and from County Cork by train, bus, and rental car.
Where to stay in County Cork:
If you want to stay in Cork we recommend finding a room on Airbnb near The English Market or in the "Victorian Quarter" area.
Check Airbnb's website here for available stays!
Book your own stay at The Oriel Hotel on their website here!
Things to do around County Cork (in alphabetical order):
Learn more about all the theories behind The Blarney Stones magical powers in my more detailed blog post, here!
We learned all about the old fortress and how the city was protected during wartimes, plus we also learned about some astronomy and saw their research facilities. It was very cool!
Learn more about our visit to The Blackrock Castle, here!
Read more about this interesting formation, here!
Read more about The English Market in my separate blog post, here!
See more from our afternoon in Kinsale in our more detailed blog post here!
We have enjoyed every minute of every place we have visited, and there is surely much more to see and learn in County Cork. We cannot wait to continue our journeys around County Cork and the Emerald Isle. Until then, Cheers!
You can see more of our recommendations for other places around Ireland like Dublin and County Kerry in our more detailed blog posts here!
When you find yourself exploring around The Emerald Isle, here are some places we recommend staying!
Explore Airbnb.com and find your own room to stay!
Discover more things to do in County Cork and Ballincollig in my blog post here, and book your own stay at The Oriel House Hotel on their website, here!
This beach town is a popular vacation spot for the Irish for good reason! We stayed at the historic Glenbeigh Hotel during our visit and had other friends stay at The Kerry Ocean Lodge. Both were quaint bed-and-breakfast-styled hotels with less than 20 rooms each.
Check them both and decide with which one you want to stay!
Discover more about each of these towns, things to do, and places to eat around Ireland on my Emerald Isle page here!
The Village is a few houses and structures that have been recreated and maintained to show what life was like for farmers and families in the area years ago. We walked through homesteads, blacksmith’s quarters, stables, and even an illegal alcohol still and barroom.
It was an interesting and educating quick walk through the exhibit. The area is small, because the rest of the land is a bog, or ancient swamp.
The Bog Bodies...
The bog has a specific chemical makeup that creates Peat soil prime for building, burning, and fertilizing. This bog Peat was essential to the people who lived here. It must has been essential to people for a long, long time, because ncient bodies have been found mummified in the water. The bog is extremely acidic and efficiently mummifies what are now know as “bog bodies”.
After learning about the bodies, we decided it was enough for us, and we had seen just about everything else at the village site.
It was a very nice and quick stop during our trip through Ireland.
Read about other places we went in County Kerry in our more detailed blog post here!
It is an extremely rich area in its history and its geology, and we wish we could have seen more. Since the park is so large, it’s difficult to fit all of its highlights into one day and especially one afternoon like we had.
Read about other places we visited during our summer 2021 trip in my "Things to do Around Ireland's Southern Region" blog post here!
We were staying nearby at The Muckross Hotel and discovered that the hotel offers carriage rides through the park to some of its most notable attractions on the east side of the lakes.
Read about all of the places we stayed across Ireland in the “Where to Stay around Ireland” blog post here!
The carriage ride eventually brought us back to The Muckross Hotel, and we were sad that our horse-drawn tour was over. There was still so much to see, and we wanted to find it all. The rest will have to wait until another trip to Ireland, and until then, we will be dreaming of this beautiful national park.
Read more about all of our adventures around Ireland in our blog posts about Dublin, Kinsale, Ballincollig, Killarney, and more on our Ireland page, here!
Where to stay in County Kerry:
Book your own stay in this high-class hotel on their website, here!
Book a stay in one of Ireland's oldest operating hotels on their website, here!
Learn more about The Kerry Ocean Lodge on their website, here!
You can see more about all the places we have stayed around Ireland, including Dublin and Ballincollig, in our “Places to Stay” blog post here!
Towns to visit:
We recommend taking a carriage ride through Killarney National Park to see all of the highlights including the Muckross House and the Torc Waterfall.
We also recommend The Kerry Bog Village. The village site dates back to the 1700’s and is now the site of a restaurant, bar, and historical exhibit.
We didn’t spend much time in this very small town, but we did grab a delicious lunch from a pizza pub. It was worth the stop after visiting The Kerry Bog Village Museum and walking around Glenbeigh beach.
Limerick was the last town we visited in County Kerry, and we didn’t spend much time here either. We grabbed a nice breakfast from a cafe and drove around in the pouring rain. We hope to come back soon to explore more!
County Kerry has so much to offer, and we’re happy we were able to see so much in our short time. We love Ireland, and every time we come back, we find more and more to discover. We hope to discover the rest of County Kerry in trips to come!
See more from all of our journeys around Ireland:
You can about other mountains I have climbed, including Mount Sneffels, Grays and Torrey, and the DeCaLiBron Loop on my Colorado Hiking Page!
6:00 am - Our arrival
We arrived at the trailhead at 6:00 a.m. on the dot, and the parking lot was already full. We parked down the hill from the trailhead parking lot and walked up about a quarter of a mile up the road.
7:00 am - Starting the trail
After the water, the trail started to head up the mountain and progressively became steeper. The next mile of the trail remained above the tree line and was a lush green landscape. We walked through rows of short bushes before we broke out into vast fields of blooming wildflowers.
8:15 am - 2/3 of the way up, here come the crowds
The path became more difficult to navigate as more rocks littered the ground. This caused people to slow down for the sake of safety, so things became very congested the higher up we hiked. Traversing the rocks wasn’t difficult to manage, since there was no climbing or scrambling required. We slowly continued up the trail and eventually reached the summit.
9:00 am - Reached the summit
9:30 am - Started the hike down
The descent took us just as long as the hike up, primarily because we stopped a lot to take pictures of the flowers and beautiful valley below. Now that the sun was out the views were even more spectacular!
12:00 pm - Finished!
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