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Kerry Again! Eat in Killarney, Stay in Annascaul.

A recent family celebration saw us foray over the county bounds yet again and  enter the Kingdom of Kerry.  I’ve been on so many trips there of late I’ve lost count.  And again she was glowing in her splendour.

Inch Beach

Our trip had to be quick owing to sporting commitments but it’s amazing what you can achieve in 24 hours.

First up was lunch in Killarney and Cafe du Parc will now be one of my go-tos for food, service and location.  Set in the Killarney Plaza Hotel you are in the heart of the town and we had seats beside the window where you could watch the horse-drawn jaunting cars go by.   Food was delicious and speedily delivered by very friendly and efficient staff.  The pictures will speak for themselves.

Killarney Plaza Hotel
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc
Cafe du Parc

Onwards then to Inch Beach (if you choose to drive on it, do not go too far or you may end up having to be rescued by a tractor – but that’s another story!).  A vast and spectacular beach you simply have to stop there every time you pass it.  A short drive from Inch brings you to the cosy village of Annascaul.  Ancestral home of the Antarctic explorer Tom Crean a visit to the South Pole Inn was next on the list.  A wonderful ambience awaits you here and in our other watering hole Patcheen’s an equal welcome.  Good food is provided in both.

Some of our party stayed in a large air b&b house and I stayed in The Old Anchor B&B which was scrupulously clean and comfortable.

Annascaul has a touristy, welcoming vibe but without the noisy bustle of close-by Dingle.  For a more relaxed Kerry break I recommend it.

Sheila.

 

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West Cork’s Best Kept Secret – Three Castle Head Cafe

NOTE: UPDATE August 2019 – to the best of my knowledge The Cafe is not currently open and wasn’t last summer either – i do hope that changes and if it does I will update again……...

Shhhh. Go find it and then don’t tell anyone where it is. Amazing coffee, the world’s best chocolate brownies and scenery that you will find nowhere else in the world – Three Castle Head Cafe in West Cork has it all.  And besides that it is a happy place with a happy workforce and such a fabulous welcome that you feel like an old friend.  When we were there today we met a lone traveller who could not stop smiling as he enjoyed his cup of tea and the vista. He was just bursting with declarations of what an amazing place this is.  And it is. Go find it (it’s near Barleycove) and you will never need to go anywhere else.

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