Rivervalley Farmhouse is an ideal base to tour the area. Killarney town and surrounding area is full of spectacular wildlife and wilderness, history and heritage and outdoor activities such as cycling, golfing or mountaineering. Please take time to visit the many wonderful places on our doorstep.
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A visit to Killarney is a must when visiting Ireland. There is something for every taste. For those who love shopping, Killarney boasts an outlet centre with Ireland’s first Nike Store and a Blarney Woollen Mills outlet centre. A trip to Ireland would not be complete without tasting a pint of the “black stuff” also known as Guinness and where better than in one of the many traditional pubs Killarney has to offer. Traditional music along with Irish dancing and set dancing is prevalent throughout the town, and Killarney Music Pub tour is a popular activity where two professional musicians take you on a journey through traditional Irish ballads. Killarney town is also a starting destination for some jaunting cars, a horse drawn carriage which will take you to many of the sites in Killarney.
Muckross House & Gardens
Taking a stroll around Muckross House & Gardens is a must. Muckross House is a19th Century Victorian mansion set against the stunning backdrop of the lakes of Killarney within the national park. Designed by William Burn, the well know Scottish architect, Henry Arthur Herbert<http://www.themarketingcrowd.net/muckrosshouse/library-former-owners.html#1> and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert<http://www.themarketingcrowd.net/muckrosshouse/library-former-owners.html#1> became its residents on its completion in 1843. The rooms are finished in period style and portray the elegant lifestyle of its 19th residents. In advance of Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861, the gardens were developed and are now a haven full of a fine collection of Rhododendrons.
Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Kerry is a scenic circular 179km long drive around the Iveragh Peninsula. The route takes in rugged rural landscapes and beautiful rural seaside villages. Skellig Michael, the location for part of the Star Wars and Harry Potter movies are on this route, and daily trips during the tourist season are organised to the island. Bus tours can be organised to take you around the Ring of Kerry and we are happy to do collection and drop off to same.
Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearney’s cottage
The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass running north-south in Kerry which separates the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks on one side and the Purple mountain range in the east. It is one of the most scenic areas in Ireland and a must see.
Nestled at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe, you will find the infamous Kate Kearney’s cottage, a 150 year old family establishment where you will experience hospitality made famous by Kate herself.
River Valley Farmhouse is situated in an ideal location for taking day trips. Some suggestions are listed below;
Situated on Ireland’s southwest Atlantic coast, Dingle town is surrounded by sandy beaches and cliffs whilst inland the landscape consists of hills and mountains including Mount Brandon standing at 952m tall. The region is officially recognised as a Gaeltacht area, embedded in Irish language and culture. From Dingle, you have stunning views of the Blasket Islands, famous for Irish-language memoirs documenting rural life in the 1800s and 1900s.
Blarney Castle<https://www.blarneycastle.ie/> was built nearly 600 years ago. According to legend, the stone of Eloquence is found at the top of the tower. As they say “Kiss it and you’ll never be lost for words”. And the grounds around the castle offer spectacular gardens.
Situated in west Cork, the Beara Peninsula is bounded by the Kenmare river to the north and Bantry Bay to the south. A stunning location that has numerous Bronze Age remains of wedge tombs, stone circles and standing stones is worth a visit.